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Resources for TTRPG – NSA Declassified Agony Aunt

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

NSA’s Declassification and Transparency section which includes some really interesting resources for anyone who’s interested in the history of cryptography and for GMs running spy games. Amongst the documents are the “Ask Zelda” columns which might make good handouts for a Laundry Files game. There’s also a collection of UFO related material (complete with heavy […]

Resources for TTRPG – Old English to Modern English Translator

Friday, April 26th, 2019

Today’s resource for TTRPGs is an Old English to Modern English Dictionary. Great for finding names and inspiration for fantasy writing.

Resources for TTRPG – Qatar Digital Library

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Lots of reusable free digital material in the Qatar Digital Library including maps, photographs, books, sound recordings and more much of it available under Creative Commons licence.

Resources for TTRPG – Aerial Photographs of Britain

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Britain from Above has a collection of 95,000 aerial photographs of Britain searchable using a map or text. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography (CUCAP) has a growing selection online of their extensive collection of aerial photographs of Britain searchable using a map, by theme and place with some available under for use under a  CC-BY-NC […]

Resources for TTRPG – President’s Daily Brief

Friday, April 5th, 2019

The CIA has released the Daily Briefs for the Nixon, Ford, Kennedy and Johnson presidential administrations. The collection includes almost 5000 documents from 1961 to 1977.  Produced every day except Sunday the brief summarise the day-to-day intelligence and analysis on current and future national security issues. President’s Daily Brief 1961-1969 President’s Daily Brief 1969-1977

Resources for TTRPG – Currency

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Want to get an idea of what your £££ would buy you in a year from 1270 to 2017?  The National Archive Currency Converter will work out how much your money would be worth at other times in history. The Bank of England Inflation calculator will calculate inflation between two years for you. There are […]

Resources for TTRPG – 800 medieval manuscripts of France and England

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

The Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200 website has 800 manuscripts from the two libraries collections accessible by theme, location, place, author and century along with a search

Resources for TTRPG – British Library Flickr

Friday, March 15th, 2019

The British Library Flickr account is a vast collection of over a million out of copyright images from books.

Resources for TTRPG – Headshots and other Pictures for NPCs

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Theses collections at the the New York Library Digital Collection are useful if you need to find a head shot for an NPC.  Many of them are still in copyright but still a good resource for personal use. The Friedman-Abeles Photograph Collection head shots of actors from productions mostly from Broadway and off-Broadway shows between 1954-1970. The Vandamm […]

Resources for TTRPG – More FWP Guides – Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Four more, now out of copyright, guides from the FWP to late 1930s US states… Minnesota; a state guide Montana, a state guide book North Dakota: A Guide to the Northern Prairie State A South Dakota guide

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