The White Tower: A Wheel of Time Podcast
Join Jenn & Jess every week for chapter synopsis, in-depth discussion, and plenty of spoilers and real talk about Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series.
podcast  WoT  WheelOfTime  Fantasy 
36 minutes ago
Catacombs beneath the Holy City | Dyson's Dodecahedron
The Holy City has a slight necropolis issue. For most of the history of the city, old mines and caverns beneath the hills of the city have been used as crypts and tombs. Some areas were expanded by churches specifically to inter the deceased, others just adapted as the small silver mines that helped found the city were worn out.
fantasy  map  rpg 
2 days ago
Crescent Lake (Dunhuang) - Wikipedia
Yueyaquan (Chinese: 月牙泉; pinyin: Yuèyá Quán) is a crescent-shaped lake in an oasis, 6 km south of the city of Dunhuang in Gansu Province, China.
3 days ago
GoPro Studio Download - TechSpot
GoPro Studio software makes it easy to import and view your GoPro media and create professional-quality videos.

GoPro Studio software makes it easy to import your GoPro media, play back your videos and Time Lapse photo sequences, view photos and create professional-quality videos. We’ve taken our most popular GoPro videos and turned them into GoPro Edit Templates that help fast-track you to an incredible edit. The music, edit points, slow-motion effects and more have been dialed—all you have to do is replace our video clips with yours. Or if you want to create edits from scratch, you can do that, too. Trim and mix clips. Add titles, music, audio tracks and more. Adjust video playback speeds for ultra slow motion and fast motion—Flux makes speed changes super smooth. Plus, view HiLight Tags to quickly find your best clips for more convenient playback and editing.
video  GoPro 
5 days ago
Tomb of the Serpent King - TotSK_3.0(1).pdf - Google Drive
When you rst start up Super Mario Brothers, the game
doesn't give you any instructions. The rst level is de-
signed to teach you the rules: jump on enemies, pick
up mushrooms, look for secrets, get coins, avoid pits.
There is no tutorial. The game itself is a tutorial.
Everyone can name "classic" dungeons { Tomb of Hor-
rors, Barrier Peaks, Ravenloft, etc. { but for those
adventures to make sense, there needs to be a sort of
introduction. Tomb of Horrors and Death Frost Doom
are both reactions to something, but what they are re-
acting to doesn't really exist as a published product.
It's like all the adventures we have are Bach concer-
tos. People are writing works of staggering genius, but
someone needs to write a book on how to play the piano.
This dungeon is designed to be "classic" without being
full of callbacks and nostalgia. It has some, but not all,
of the major tropes. It also has full design notes.
7 days ago
This title sounds extra nerdy because it is extra nerdy, but this is a nerdy hobby and being extra nerdy can sometimes be good. Assuming you aren’t already using a feed reader of some sort, here are some things you should do now.
osr  opml  rss  rpg 
7 days ago
The Unmasqued World - TV Tropes
In Timothy W. Long's At The Behest Of The Dead, not only has the supernatural been revealed, the necromancer main character, Phineas, is the one who made it happen. He is the sole entity responsible, and is held as such by the rest of his kind.
In the Anita Blake series, the existence of the supernatural has been known throughout all of history. Vampires and lycanthropes are commonplace (and the object of some fascination), and Anita herself is a licensed necromancer. There is still the social upheaval described by the trope but it is caused by the recent granting of legal personhood to vampires.
In Matthew Laurence's Freya Series, the only supernatural elements in the world are gods - all of them. They don't exactly try to hide their divinity at street level, but they're not very keen on straight-up announcing themselves, either. This is because their power is tied to belief, and the world's gotten very cynical - tell the average citizen you're Sekhmet, for instance, and they'll know exactly who to disbelieve.
In Justina Robson's Quantum Gravity series, an accident with a particle accelerator has reduced most of the continental United States to a series of islands and revealed parallel realities housing dragons, elves, demons, faries, and other such creatures. This is news to Humanity, but these other worlds claim that Earth (which they call Ootopia), and themselves, have been there all along. This difference in POV is never reconciled, but most people don't care and simply think Elvish rock stars are cool.
The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries (and its HBO adaptation, True Blood) take place in a world where vampires have revealed themselves to the world following the invention of synthetic blood that takes care of all their nutritional needs. Other supernaturals slowly follow in their footsteps
The Kitty Norville series stars a werewolf who hosts a late-night radio show. When she's attacked by a werewolf hunter on the air, she ends up revealing that she's a werewolf — but instead of running from it, she decides to parlay it into power, and ends up becoming a celebrity and figurehead for supernaturals across the country. Shortly after that, a government agency publicizes the existence of werewolves and vampires, up to and including DNA tests. By the time Kitty's forced into shapeshifting on live television, the matter's well enough known that the worst she suffers is an FCC fine for flashing the audience.
The Hollows series by Kim Harrison is set years after a virus from a genetically altered tomato wiped out most of the human race — 'supernatural' people, like witches, vampires and weres, were immune or less affected, so ended up revealing themselves when they realized their combined numbers nearly outnumbered humans in an event called The Turn.
The Mercy Thompson series features a world where The Fair Folk came out of the closest years ago, albeit intentionally and in a far more controlled method than the typical Broken Masquerade. It didn't end well, with religious conservatives and bigots railing against the fae and eventually creating voluntary reservations for them. (Which is actually exactly what the fae leaders wanted them to do in the first place.) After the events of the first book, the universe's werewolves decide to reveal some of their population as well, with a bit more success. Stefan the vampire anticipates the day when his people will come out of the coffin. He's working on ways for vampires to cure blood-borne diseases in order to gain some public good will and hopefully smooth over the whole "feeding on humans" bump. So far no one else has come out publicly, but with first fairies and now werewolves unmasqued, people are starting to question what else is out there.
In Kim Newman's Anno Dracula series, vampires have been hiding in the shadows for centuries. Then Dracula becomes Queen Victoria's consort and everything changes.
Mike Carey's Felix Castor novels depict a Britain where the existence of ghosts is becoming recognised as a fact with lobbying groups and parliamental debates weighing in on the issue.
In Elizabeth Bear's Blood and Iron, a dragon reveals itself to humanity and the existence of the fey can not be denied.
F. Paul Wilson's The Adversary Cycle of novels ends with a global revelation of the reality of the supernatural. Having the sun nearly go dark forever, releasing godawful monsters to stalk the increasingly-long nights, while bottomless pits open up and start eating the landscape, would sure convince me.
Sunshine by Robin McKinley is based on this, centering around a human protagonist who lives a fairly mundane life in the world post "Voodoo Wars" where protective talismans are the norm, certain geological areas can make you go insane if you enter them, magic users work for the government and everybody knows if the vampires get you, you're dead. Said protagonist encounters said vampires...
In Peter Watts's novel Blindsight, vampires used to exist, but a genetic defect that causes them seizures when they see things with too many right angles (like buildings... and crosses) led to them being wiped out centuries ago. Modern genetic engineers have recreated them and made them useful to society, or at least to society's corporate and military overlords, who have found all sorts of applications for highly intelligent and ruthless creatures kept under control by antiseizure drugs. Obviously nothing could possibly go wrong with reconstructing a super-intelligent predator that already nearly wiped out the human race once...
Towards the end of Animorphs, the Yeerks become increasingly careless about covering up their invasion, starting around book 45 with the ousting and execution of Visser One, who developed the plan of slow infiltration in the first place. By the last book, they're openly occupying the ruins of an unnamed city in California, enforced by Kill Sat. Also, at the end of the series it's stated that peaceful aliens now live openly among humans.
Poul Anderson's Operation Otherworld series is set on an Earth where Einstein's Theory of Relativity and at least one other scientific theory from the same time period were put together and used to negate the effects of Cold Iron on supernatural beings and magic. This results in brooms and flying carpets instead of cars, photo flashes specifically designed to mimic the light of a full moon so were-creatures can transform outside of a full moon, and unicorns as cavalry mounts, among other things.
In Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom novels, magic has been known to the general public for about thirty years before the story starts.
While it doesn't happen in Sergey Lukyanenko's Watch series, Geser reveals that it was the strongest possibility for a world where Communism prevailed (it was originally conceived as a perfect social system). Of course, the humans would then quickly hunt down and kill all Others. Which is why he convinced a witch to sabotage the experiment. In another book a member of "The Last Watch", Edgar, describes his version of Utopia he's trying to build: a feudally-organized Magitek world where Others are rulers and public servants. Apparently this was an older plan of the Watches and the Inquisition, scrapped in favor of keeping on with The Masquerade.
This happens in the eighth (and final) book in the Artemis Fowl series, The Last Guardian. Opal Koboi had her past self killed, creating a time paradox that destroyed every bit of technology created or influenced by her in the last five years. This means about 75% of all machines, both on the surface and underground had catastophic failures. While one would think this would help the masquerade, since cameras and other such equipment are now completely destroyed, this breaks the masquerade wide open since a large part of The People's tech was hiding themselves from "the Mud Men" (their name for humans).
In the world of Kevin J. Anderson's Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., a supernatural event known as the Big Uneasy took place several years ago, causing all manner of spooky creatures to reappear or begin rising from the grave. It's implied that such beings had previously existed, but were extremely rare and either dormant or in hiding.
In The Laundry Files it is increasingly fraying and by the time of The Annihilation Score it has become public knowledge that people are appearing with superpowers, though it's still kept secret why this is happening.
While badly fraying at the edges at the end of The Annihilation Score, by the end of The Nightmare Stacks it has been well and truly broken by the invasion of The Host of Air And Darkness while The Delirium Brief deals with the immediate aftermath.
Before the events of "The Stones Are Hatching" began, everyone had long since dismissed magic and mythology as mere superstition. With the hatchlings now rampaging around Britain and presumably, Europe, this is no longer the case.
The Detective Inspector Chen series is set at some point after the creatures of Chinese Mythology became public knowledge. There is official communication between the mundane government and the Celestial Bureaucracy, which even leads to a Strange Cop in a Strange Land plot where the strange cop is an enforcer from Hell.
Vampirocracy: The world had The Masquerade until the vampires decided that humanity definitely needed to be supervised, and conquered the world, ripping the mask to shreds.
In The United States of Monsters, the vampires held The Masquerade until the 2008 Financial Crisis when they proceeded to bail out the United States in exchange for legal citizenship. It's a relationship which has many ups and downs.
Magic Ex Libris introduces us to a world with a masquerade in the first book, which starts to unravel by the end of the second. The third book has a running commentary on the meltdown in the background while the protagonists struggle desperately to survive and win, and the fourth book shows a world where magic is universally known, and there's a charitable foundation researching all the ways magic can benefit ordinary … [more]
trope  urbanfantasy  fiction 
8 days ago
Easy and Super Tender Chinese Red Braised Pork【红烧肉】 : recipes
Ingredients: Chinese Red Braised Pork Belly

700g pork belly (high welfare if you can 🐷❤️)

3 Tbsp vegetable oil

5 stalks spring onion

10 slices of ginger

4 cloves of garlic, crushed

2 pieces star anise

1 Tbsp Sichuan peppercorns

3 dried chilis

1 pod black cardamom

1 stick of cinnamon

3 walnut sized chunks of Chinese rock sugar, crushed (or 3 Tbsp brown sugar)

3 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine (Shaoxing if you can)

2 Tbsp light soy sauce

2 Tbsp dark soy sauce


Blanch whole pork belly for about 2-3 minutes. This gets rid of some bad taste and gives it more firmness for cutting. Let rest for 5 minutes.
Cut into cubes or thick chunks, whatever you prefer.
Blanch a second time. We are getting rid of even more excess fat, impurities and unpleasant taste notes. Remove and let rest until completely cool.
In a wok or cast iron pot on medium heat, add your oil and fry aromatics until fragrant.
Return the belly, stir for a minute.
Cover with water, add sugar, cooking wine and soy sauces.
Simmer for 1 hour, lid on.
Take out the pork pieces (chopsticks are your friend here) and set aside. With a slotted spoon or small strainer remove all aromatics. Return pork.
Let the braising juice reduce until saucy, about 20-30 minutes. Don’t forget to stir occasionally when the sauce begins to thicken to prevent burning.
Serve with a warm bowl of rice and share ❤️
pork  chinese  cooking  recipe 
16 days ago
Material Catalog with links.docx
Material Catalog by Dungeon Master Paul Weber
16 days ago
Hardening macOS
There are bad guys out there, who want to steal your data, your money, your identity, your time… Those bad guys come from very different backgrounds, some are known as criminals, others as governments or ad companies.

Your device is not secure, and never will be. I’m not going to lie to you, this guide ain’t no silver bullet, there’s no such thing as a completely secure system. That said, you can make it a lot harder for the bad guys to steal what’s yours, that’s what this guide is made for.
mac  macos  apple  Security 
17 days ago
Fetch recommendations from threads at micro.blog. Explore links from Discover emojitag
17 days ago
Trix: A rich text editor for everyday writing
Compose beautifully formatted text in your web application. Trix is an editor for writing messages, comments, articles, and lists—the simple documents most web apps are made of. It features a sophisticated document model, support for embedded attachments, and outputs terse and consistent HTML.
markdown  editor  javascript 
17 days ago
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser comic | Read Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser comic online in high quality
"Rogues through and through" is how fantasy and science fiction author Fritz Lieber describes his swashbuckling duo, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser."

"Ill Met in Lankhmar" is the tale of their first meeting- adventurers blessed with a touch of innocence and youthful naivete. This is a story of dark romance- and evil as old as time itself- set in the murky streets of the once great city of Lankhmar.
Comic  Lankmar 
17 days ago
Autologon - Windows Sysinternals | Microsoft Docs
Autologon enables you to easily configure Windows’ built-in autologon mechanism. Instead of waiting for a user to enter their name and password, Windows uses the credentials you enter with Autologon, which are encrypted in the Registry, to log on the specified user automatically.
Windows  Login 
18 days ago
Home | Solid
Solid was created by the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Its mission is to reshape the web as we know it. Solid will foster a new breed of applications with capabilities above and beyond anything that exists today.
web  decentralized 
20 days ago
7 Smartphone Photo Tips and Tricks for Journalists
Lighting Is Everything
Don’t Over Edit Yourself
Get Close (Don’t Zoom)
Treat Instagram Like Your Portfolio
Don’t Overdo It With the Filters
Shoot From the Hip, Literally
Remember Etiquette
photography  tips  photojournalism 
22 days ago
‎Modern Atlas on the App Store
Modern Atlas lets you discover and bookmark places to explore. Make the most of your next adventure.
iOS  atlas  map  history 
24 days ago
Vapid: an intentionally simple CMS
Vapid is an intentionally simple content management system built on the idea that you can create a custom dashboard without ever leaving the HTML.
nodejs  cms  tools  opensource 
29 days ago
Five Room Dungeon - 1d4chan
Entrance with Guardian
Puzzle or Roleplaying Challenge
Trick or Setback
Big Climax
Reward, Revelation
rpg  dungeon 
4 weeks ago
Middle Earth Map Style – Adventures In Mapping
Here are a couple maps made to resemble the epic collaboration of JRR (oops, turns out it was Christopher) Tolkien and Pauline Baynes. I would consume every little pen stroke as a kid, poring over the insert maps of Middle Earth in my sister’s LOTR set (which mysteriously now live on my shelf)…
lotr  mapping  cartography  ArcGIS 
5 weeks ago
Color Leap - History's Palettes
Take a leap through time and see the colors of history.
inspiration  design  color 
5 weeks ago
Reapportionment Act of 1929 - Wikipedia
The permanent House size has generated some controversy because, combined with continued population growth, it leads to larger Congressional districts for each Representative. Opponents of a constant House size claim that the framers of the Constitution intended each district size to remain between 30,000 and roughly 60,000 constituents, and that larger district sizes take away representation from the people.[12] According to the 2010 census, the average district size is more than 700,000 constituents per representative. To keep the average district size below 60,000 constituents would require a House size of over 5,000 members. However, if the logarithmic progression suggested by the original Article were to be continued, then approximately 1500 members of Congress would each represent fewer than 200,000 residents (based upon the 2010 census).
US  congress 
5 weeks ago
FAR WEST Rules Q&A - Far West
In an effort to get back to ramping this site back up to full speed ahead, I'm starting this thread to allow backers who have been sent the redesigned FAR WEST rules manuscript chapters to ask questions, comments, or otherwise discuss the system -- and I'm making the conversation public, so that non-backers can read along, and thereby get a sneak preview of what's coming!
rpg  forum  d6  FarWest 
5 weeks ago
pure JS WiFi QR Code Generator
Ever wanted to create a cool QR code for your guests? But never wanted to type in your WiFi credentials into a form that submits them to a remote webserver to render the QR code? QiFi for the rescue! It will render the code in your browser, on your machine, so the WiFi stays as secure as it was before (read the code if you do not trust text on the internet :-))!
qrcode  generator  ios  javascript  wifi 
6 weeks ago
Star Wars Adventure Downloads
This Page has tons of community submitted and official free download adventures for the Star Wars roleplaying game.  Feel free to download your copy of the adventure and use it in any Star Wars Legends of the Galaxy story you are creating in your local area.  Experience Adventure and Excitement in a Galaxy Far, Far Away....
rpg  starwars 
6 weeks ago
Mystical Motives - 100 Esoteric & Occult Plot Hooks For D&D 5e (Part 1 of 4)
Signs. Spirits. Sigils. Secrets. For my first blog post on Otherworldly Incantations I want to open with a longer-than-average series in four parts on Western Esoteric and Occult traditions, their relation to Dungeons & Dragons, and topical Plot Hooks to inspire Dungeon Masters to get weird with it.
6 weeks ago
OD&D Setting.pdf - Google Drive
Compiled from posts on Semper Initativus Unum by Wayne Rossi
6 weeks ago
Aegon's Conquest MegaGame - DDE Adventures | DriveThruRPG.com
Aegon’s Conquest is a medieval fantasy themed tabletop megagame, meaning that it is an interactive experience where a large number of players work either together or against each other to affect the greater storyline. Aegon’s Conquest is a team-based competitive endeavor with tightly defined rules and player options. The game aligns its players into eight major factions of four players each with the ultimate goal to have the most points by the end. It encourages face-to-face diplomacy, tactical play, secret dealings, betrayal, and heartfelt roleplaying. The game is based on the history and deep lore as presented in the A Song of Ice & Fire literary series, though knowledge of the source material is not needed to play or run this game.
boardgames  GoT 
7 weeks ago
Getting back to RSS – A Whole Lotta Nothing
Here’s my exported Newsblur RSS feed list. It’s mostly everything I was following until the day Google Reader died. Of these couple hundred feeds, only a couple dozen are regularly updating these days and I’m slowly pruning out old dead ones that turn into commercial blogs when the owners stop paying for a domain and a squatter takes over.

For the most part, they’re people I met early into blogging and at events like SXSW in the early 2000s. Going through the list is like a trip through memory lane. I even pruned about a dozen links that went to long-since dead services like Google Blog Search, Bloglines, and Technorati search results I had saved in RSS.
RSS  List  Blogs 
7 weeks ago
nomacs | Image Lounge
nomacs is a free, open source image viewer, which supports multiple platforms. You can use it for viewing all common image formats including RAW and psd images.
windows  linux  mac  image  photos 
7 weeks ago
The Four Corners of Civilization | Kingkiller Chronicle Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia
Depicted on the map at the beginning of both books, the Four Corners consists of seven countries all greatly differing from each other in culture. Judging from the map, the name describes the four largest nations, territory wise. These consist of the Commonwealth in the south-west, Ceald in the north-west, Modeg in the north-east, and Vintas in the south-east. These frame the Aturan Empire, with two smaller outlying nations the Small Kingdoms and Yll. The map also features the country of Ademre which is not part of the Four Corners. The Four Corners is bordered on three sides by water and the Stormwal Mountains on the other.
7 weeks ago
Freesound - Freesound
Welcome to Freesound
Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.
sound  audio  free 
7 weeks ago
Using 5th Edition D&D to do Sci-Fi: Class Talk – Role Play Craft
Would it be worth it?

The main reason I enjoy the 5th edition ruleset is it’s simplicity, and the ease at which you can arbitrate the rules at the table. I’ve enjoyed a number of sci-fi rulesets throughout the years, but I can think of none that can match the simplicity of 5e. Could a conversion be worth it? Would the feel of the sci-fi genre be lost in that translation?

GURPS and Traveller are my two favorite systems that can be used for sci-fi, but both of these systems are complex and definitely not pick-up-and-play friendly. In some ways that is the charm of these systems. Traveller character creation is, to me, a game in itself. However, could the ease of play of 5e be used to make a simple and fun sci-fi system?
DnD  5e  Scifi 
7 weeks ago
Fictional Architecture | Angie's List
As special effects budgets continue to grow, the architectural wonders that TV, film and video game producers create seem to get more and more impressive.
art  fiction  scifi  fantasy  marvel  starwars 
7 weeks ago
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