Medieval Monday: Making Barrels and Wooden Vessels — Allison D. Reid

Medieval coopers were important craftsmen in the Middle Ages. Many different types of goods were kept in barrels, such as alcohol and salted meats. But barrels were not the only things coopers made. A variety of wooden vessels were needed for daily use by the average person as well as many other medieval craft and […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: Making Barrels and Wooden Vessels — Allison D. Reid”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Nine

TRADERS, PLUNDERERS, AND PIRATES Every fantasy world has its material goods, whether it be everyday items such as food and clothing, or more specialised items such as weapons and armour. The most basic goods will be made from the most basic, readily available materials, such as stone and bone, wood and horn, fur and feather,Continue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Nine”

Medieval Monday: Battling Against the Shield Wall — Allison D. Reid

Jason looks back at our shield wall experiment day that we filmed in the summer of 2017. We put shieldmaker Luke’s handiwork to the test with a group of twenty brave volunteers, who clashed together in various formations of shield wall. In doing so, we explored some of the events recounted in ancient sagas to […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: Battling Against the Shield Wall — Allison D. Reid”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Seven

THE AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION AND THE RISE OF CITY-STATES Mesopotamia, the land “Between Rivers”, namely the Tigris and Euphrates in what is now Iraq, is considered the cradle of civilisation. There are a number of factors that made it perfect for the rise of the first known cities and city-states, but it’s important to note thatContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Seven”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Four

DRAWING ON REAL-WORLD HISTORY, POLITICS, AND CULTURE Every worldbuilder, whether a novelist or a game designer, has to draw upon real-world history, politics, and culture to a certain extent. It’s important, however, to be sensitive to those nations and cultures that are not one’s own, particularly if they have been subject to colonialism, enslavement, andContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Four”

Medieval Monday: Cooking Methods (Part 2) — Allison D. Reid

Last week my Medieval Monday post talked about cooking methods without the benefits of a modern kitchen. Today is part two of that post. I previously mentioned a type of earth oven which was really just a pit in the ground, primarily used for things like meat, which could be wrapped up and placed directly […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: Cooking Methods (Part 2) — Allison D. Reid”

Medieval Monday: Cooking Methods (Part 1) — Allison D. Reid

We’re pretty used to our modern kitchen conveniences, including our stoves and ovens. But somehow people from the Anglo-Saxon and medieval period managed to make a wide array of dishes and baked goods without them. How did they do it? Managing your fuel supply was a key element.  Cutting and gathering wood was a summer […]Continue reading “Medieval Monday: Cooking Methods (Part 1) — Allison D. Reid”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Two

MAPPING YOUR WORLD If you’re going to have a complicated story you must work to a map; otherwise you’ll never make a map of it afterwards. ~J. R. R. Tolkien Your initial map can be as simple as you need it to be. It doesn’t have to be this daunting task that I foresaw itContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Two”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part One

INTRODUCTION Some years ago I started blogging a series on worldbuilding, but never got to finish it before abandoning the blog due to a lack of traffic. I called the series “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers” because at the time the renewed surge of interest in Tabletop Role-playing Games (TTRPG) hadn’t yet transpired, but I alwaysContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part One”

Journey to the Edge of the Universe

Sometimes when I feel I’m losing sight of the wonder of this existence, not just here on this planet, but in this solar system, in this galaxy, in this unimaginably vast and still largely mysterious universe, I like to watch videos like this one in order to be reminded of just how amazing is theContinue reading “Journey to the Edge of the Universe”