Author Archives: Barwickian

Review: Champions Character Creation Cards

I’m a huge fan of the Hero System (a tabletop roleplaying game for those wandering souls who’ve found this blog without knowing much about tabletop RPGs). Hero is not the easiest RPG to get into – the 5th edition billed … Continue reading

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Homosexuality in the Middle Ages

In Chivalry & Sorcery 5th Edition we referred briefly to medieval attitudes towards homosexuality and to an active gay scene in the 11th and 12th centuries. This article explores homosexuality in the Middle Ages in more detail. This is a … Continue reading

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RIP Christopher Tolkien

‘To mortal fields say farewell,Middle-earth forsaking!In Elvenhome a clear bellin the high tower is shaking.Here grass fades and leaves fall,and sun and moon wither,and we have heard the far callthat bids us journey thither.’ JRR Tolkien, The Last Ship Christopher … Continue reading

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Genderqueer people in the Middle Ages

One aspect of the diversity of medieval life we did not address in Chivalry & Sorcery 5th Edition concerns genderqueer people. This article is intended to correct that omission, in more detail than the core rulebook would have allowed. The … Continue reading

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Diversity, historical accuracy and Chivalry & Sorcery

Common factoids (things that look like facts but aren’t) about the Middle Ages are that people of colour didn’t exist in medieval Europe, that women didn’t fight (or do much other than be wives or nuns), and that homosexuality was … Continue reading

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C&S 5th Edition: one designer’s notes

I really don’t need an excuse not to update this blog, as I can go years without posting. But for what it’s worth, the last few months have been taken up with helping design and edit Chivalry & Sorcery 5th … Continue reading

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Chivalry & Sorcery 5th Edition Kickstarter: Nightwalkers

The Kickstarter campaign for Chivalry & Sorcery 5th Edition is well underway, and I’m proud to be associated with it. It achieved funding in less than 16 hours and, as I write, is on the way to unlocking its second … Continue reading

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Dangerous Journeys: Mythus revisited

About three years ago I wrote a post about my love-hate relationship with Dangerous Journeys, the game Gary Gygax designed after leaving TSR. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of playing 12 sessions of a Dangerous Journeys game run by … Continue reading

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Basic Hex and Square Grids

Update: Added one-inch square grids in European and US paper sizes. One of my colleagues in the Gulf Roleplaying Community was looking for some hex grids to print out, so I made these basic ones for European and US paper … Continue reading

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Review: Dave Gross, Lord of Runes (Pathfinder Tales)

Lord of Runes is without question the best piece of tie-in fiction I’ve read. It’s an excellent fantasy novel in its own right. Before I further explore why I think this, let me first address this: if I consider it … Continue reading

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