Village Idiot is a fast, trick taking game of medieval village politics! Life in a medieval village can be very political. On one side you have the Mayor - respected, powerful, able to affect real change. On the other side you have the Village Idiot. Challenge other players to a battle of skill and luck.... Continue Reading →
Running a military campaign in a medieval setting, fantasy or otherwise, can be pretty difficult. Mass combat rules in any given system stand a decent chance of being incredibly tedious or hastily slapped together as filler that was never really intended for use. Even if you take the mechanical issues aside, the life of your... Continue Reading →
Mount & Blade was a game that was first brought to my attention a few years ago when it was just a beta, looking for some love. It took me a while but I finally got around to playing it and now I'm kicking myself for not picking it up much earlier. I've had it now for just over a year and it's one of two or three games I consistently return to when I've finished with The Next Big Thing.
Here we’ll toy with the definition of Medieval quite a bit and perhaps replace it entirely by the time this ramble is through. I’m talking about those movies that not only grip you in their poetic throes, but do so with realistic costumes and historical accuracy. They’re few and far between as no film is completely historically accurate and no picture of history is absolutely complete. Also, people won’t sit for twenty minutes while King Richard II treats us to a Medieval French monologue while in the garderobe.
My latest ramblings, in which we go on a journey from Snowy New Hampshire to stark Medievalville, passing through the far future on the way. Hopefully we'll be ending up with a clearer understanding of what it is to think like a 14th century person.
Seems that the Pythons are once again in the news. This time through no fault of their own. A copy of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch was found by utility workers under a fire hydrant cover, causing a nearby pub to be evacuated. This gives me a chance to look back at the Holy Grail and admire it some more. The Pythons were delving into a myth that makes up so much of the medieval English psyche that it can’t be ignored.