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How Dungeons & Dragons' Team Voltron Designs Every 5th Edition Book

There are three core people responsible for the final design and layout of every Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition book. The process is surprisingly more like improv than anything technical like you might imagine. In the video above I had the chance to talk with senior graphic designer Emi Tanji, …

Board Games

The Persian empire: myth vs reality

Thomas Harrison sets the record straight on some of the many misconceptions that have grown around a powerhouse of the ancient world...<p><i>This article</i> …

An underground boat to Islamic glory

A hidden subterranean world of water offers a glimpse of the city’s enchanted past.<p>When the geographer Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Shams al-Din al-Muqaddasi visited the city of Ramla on the road between Cairo and Damascus in the 10th Century, he described an urban paradise that rivalled his hometown of …

Archaeology

Rabbit hole leads to '700-year-old Knights Templar' caves

Footage has emerged of an intriguing network of caves found through a rabbit hole that many believe were built by the Knights Templar order 700 years ago.<p>The sanctuary in Shropshire is located under an unassuming set of what appear to be large rabbit holes in a farmer’s field near the town of …

Last of five hidden gold objects found in Scunthorpe

<b>The last of five gold artefacts hidden in Scunthorpe as part of an artistic treasure hunt has been discovered.</b><p>Beckie Allen, from Grimsby, found the replica ammonite shell at the base of a fence post in Scunthorpe's High Street East.<p>The objects were hidden by artist Luke Jerram for his installation …

Archaeology

16th century 'zoological goldmine' discovered – in pictures

It was one of those moments historians dream of. In 2012, <b>Florike Egmond</b> discovered an enthralling collection of 16th-century drawings and watercolours of animals collected by the founding father of zoology Conrad Gessner and his fellow Swiss successor Felix Platter hidden away in the Amsterdam …

Zoology

Beauty in the Bible: Illustrating world's most widely distributed book - CNN Style

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Bible

Festivals in Ancient Egypt

The gods of the ancient Egyptians were always apparent to the people through natural events. The sunrise was Ra emerging from the underworld in his …

7 Incredible "Lost" Cities

<b>Angkor, Cambodia</b><p><b>Once the capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor was a massive city in the jungles of Cambodia that was constructed by Khmer Hindu</b> …

‘Sex and the Constitution’: The ancient Greeks

<i>Geoffrey R. Stone, who is guest-blogging this week, is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago.</i><p>In my first piece in this series on my new book, “Sex and the Constitution,” I noted in passing that “the ancient Greeks and Romans did not attach any …

Ancient History

How the Huns influenced Romans at the frontiers of the Empire 1,500 years ago

Roman settlers nay have borrowed subsistence strategies from nomadic groups.<p>In historical sources, mentions of the Huns often evoke scenes of terror …

Ancient Naval Base for Epic Greek Battle Found

Greek archaeologists have found the ancient military harbor of the island of Salamis — the very physical space from which the largest and most …

The Christian Singer: Charlemagne and Beyond

How did this Gregorian or Frankish-Roman music come into existence?

Medieval

Where Do the “White Middle Ages” Come From?

<i>This is Part XI of The Public Medievalist’s continuing series on Race, Racism and the Middle Ages, by Dr. Helen Young. Her book</i> <b>Race and Popular</b> …

Check Out Our Overview Of D&D Beyond Beta Phase 1

D&D Beyond, the new official <i>D&D 5E</i> digital toolset, launched on March 21st, and is the first phase of three phases leading up to the formal launch …

Letting Your Story End at the End

Today I’d like to tell you a story about a little book called <i>Keeper of the Dawn.</i> I’ve learned an incredible amount from this book, about myself, my …

Writing

Never Out of Date: The Past as Fantasy, and Our Fantasies of the Past

Victorians, Edwardians, the Great War, the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, the Greatest Generation… The past is always a time when Men were Men, a …

Top 10 fantasy fiction universes

When it comes to top-notch fantasy, we’re spoiled for choice these days. JK Rowling, China Miéville, Ursula K Le Guin, Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson are just a few of the juggernauts of this ever-growing category of fiction, which has spawned endless sub-categories. Fantasy is the realm of …

Books

Finding the Perfect Monster for Your Fantasy Novel

I wanted the fifth Tufa novel, <i>Gather Her Round,</i> to be a monster story.<p>Writing a series is a balancing act between giving your readers what they want, …

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing: How to Build Fantastic Worlds

So, you’re ready to write a science fiction or fantasy novel. But where to start? Lots of writers begin by creating a map, or researching some …

Creative Writing

Re-Roll: This Week's Tabletop Game News

Reading Time: 2 minutes<p>Here are the latest announcements and stories that caught our eyes this week:<p>Renegade Games announced <i>Flip Ships</i>, a cooperative …

Acquisitions Incorporated at Pax East 2017 Geek Dad

Reading Time: 4 minutes<p>Acquisitions Incorporated has become the main event at all PAX Conventions, and this year at PAX East was no exception. Hours …

My gaming story (or how i became a massive nerd)

Posted by<p>Scott Malthouse<p>It was back in the halcyon days of 1998 that the bug of tabletop gaming bit me, leaving a red mark that would last a …

Cam Newton, Charles Johnson, Damiere Byrd undergoing surgery

CHARLOTTE – Quarterback<p>Cam Newton(shoulder), defensive end Charles Johnson (back) and wide receiverDamiere Byrd(knee) are undergoing surgical …

Jesus's tomb unveiled after $4m restoration

The restored tomb in which Jesus’s body is believed to have been interred after his crucifixion will be officially unveiled at a ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday.<p>A team of Greek scientists and restorers has completed the nine-month renovation …

Archaeology

Van Gogh Paintings Stolen During Mafia Heist 14 Years Ago Returned

AMSTERDAM — Two paintings by Vincent Van Gogh were unveiled, barely damaged, at an Amsterdam museum on Tuesday, 14 years after they were stolen in a mafia heist.<p>The works, 1882's "View of the Sea at Scheveningen" and the 1884 "Congregation Leave the Reformed Church in Nuenen," are from a period …

Fine Art

Check Out These D&D’s New Arcane Traditions for Wizards

I have a confession to make when it comes to making characters for my <i>D&D</i> campaigns: I always pick magic users. Every time. In fact, our current …