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Traditional versus Modern Steel Katanas

Is the traditional method of making katanas better than using modern steel? Here’s the answer from modern expert sword maker Walter Sorrels. To summarize, katana blades made from modern steel have superior performance. They are harder and keep a sharper edge. They are also cheaper. The primary advantage of the traditional technique is that th...

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Wheel of Time Cover Art for the US Hardback Editions

Some time ago, I posted the cover art for the ebook editions of The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. For the sake of comparison, here is the art for the US hardback editions. All of these covers were done by Darrell K. Sweet except for the last book, A Memory of Light, which was done by Michael Whelan. Click each image to see a larger ver...

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Wheel of Time Book Covers in Dutch

Some time ago I posted images of the covers to all the Wheel of Time ebooks. Here are the covers of the Dutch print versions. New Spring   The Eye of the World   The Great Hunt   The Dragon Reborn   The Shadow Rising   The Fires of Heaven   Lord of Chaos   A Crown of Swords   Path of Daggers   Winter’s Heart ...

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RPG Combat: Damage

I have some pretty strong ideas on how damage ought to be handled in a roleplaying game. But rather than complaining about how boring and unrealistic hit points are, I’ll simply present my current thinking on how I’m going to implement damage in my own game. I am an unabashed violence monger (well, I might be slightly abashed depending on who I...

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Speed Archery Techniques, Part 4

My posts on speed archery have been very popular and continue to get a lot of traffic. So I’ve been digging into it more and trying to find more resources for those of you who are interested in the topic. If you haven’t seen them already, check out my first three posts in this series. I’ll link to them at the bottom of this post. Today I bring ...

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Mobility in Medieval Plate Armor

Does medieval plate armor slow you down and make you easier to hit in melee combat? On the face of it, you’d definitely think so. But the truth of it is that plate armor was designed to allow freedom of movement and weighed less than the gear of a modern soldier or firefighter. That’s about all I’m going to say for now. There are a ton of great ...

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RPG Combat Ideas

I’ve been thinking a lot about combat systems for roleplaying games, enough that I’ve decided to start a series of blog posts about it. I think everybody who has run a table-top RPG as game master is secretly working on designing their own game, and I’m no exception. I’ve been working on mine off and on for years. Some of my very early blog read...

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Roleplaying for Kids: The Example of Dan Wells

A while back I promised blog reader Riotimus that I would give some recommendations about roleplaying games for kids. This is a subject I’ve thought a fair bit about, as RPGs are one of my most favorite hobbies. I started on them when I was 10 years old (that totally sounds like I’m talking about drugs—I suppose I may as well be considering how ...

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