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Resources for TTRPG – The Buttolph Collection of Menus

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

  The New York Public Library Digital Collection’s The Buttolph Collection of Menus is an extensive collection of 19,000 menus from the 1850s to now .  I use these as a bit of period colour and to get player characters interacting over something other than how to do the next part of the adventure.  Just keep […]

Resources for TTRPG – Federal Writers Project – Boston and Massachusetts

Friday, February 15th, 2019

  Massachusetts; a guide to its places and people An almanack for Bostonians, 1939 is very similar to the New York almanacs by the FWP – this one includes local holidays, flag days and phases of the moon, Boston looks seaward; the story of the port, 1630-1940

Resources for TTRPG – Federal Writers Project – Almanac for New Yorkers 1938 and 1939

Friday, February 8th, 2019

The published in 1937 and written by Federal Writers Project authors the Almanac for New Yorkers 1938 has a guide to warnings for small craft, a day by day guide to things that were going to happen in New York along with a fact of the day, a pictorial map of the city, a list of […]

Resources for TTRPG – Federal Writers’ Project Guides to New York

Friday, February 1st, 2019

I’m a big fan of reading guide books and other period books as source books for RPGs.  Yesterday I stumbled across the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) – a project to provide jobs for unemployed writers established by the US federal  during the Great Depression.   Amongst their output were guides to various parts of the US.    Now […]

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – lovely costume and set design, some really good special effects, can’t fault the cast. So its a shame the story was so laden with exposition, foreshadowing the existing films and random happenings. Also once you’ve we’ve been told its in Paris you don’t have to be quite so […]

London December 2018

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Quick summary of stuff I went to in London… Cats on the Page (Free British Libarary) exhibition about fictional cats in books by various theme. Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War (££ British Libarary) exhibition with lots of books and some other shiny stuff like gold jewellery from hoards Tate Britain Winter Commission by Monster Chetwynd […]

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho Talk at Tate Liverpool

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Went to a talk from Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho at Tate Liverpool tonight.  I’ve not had a chance to see their exhibition, Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho: News from Nowhere,  at Tate Liverpool yet Interesting to hear how they collaborate with each other and bring in experts in fields such as architecture, technology and fashion to […]

Serpentine Pavilion 2017 by Francis Kéré’s

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Just posted a gallery of photographs of this years Serpentine Pavilion by Francis Kéré’s.  Unfortunately there was something greasy on my camera lens that I didn’t notice until I loaded the pictures up.  Combined with lens flare and many of the pictures were just not very good.  I’ve had to pick and choose from those that […]

Robots at Science Museum

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

The last exhibition of my summer trip to London was Robots at Science Museum and after being disappointed by Into the Unknown: a journey through Science Fiction at the Barbican I almost skipped it.  I’m glad I didn’t. It starts strong with an exploration of clockwork machines. It dips a tiny bit with  a room […]

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity at Leighton House is an interesting set of works with some really great neo classical pieces. I’d not known Alma-Tadema work before but if you’ve seen any Hollywood biblical epic ever or sword and sandals epic you’ve seen his influence.  Gladiator almost lifts whole shots from his paintings. After seeing […]

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