Villa of the Mysteries is a typical example of a luxurious suburban house containing a farm annex. The house is built on a steep slope facing the sea. An artificial embankment under the home contains the "cryptoporticus," used as a cellar. The main rooms consist of an atrium, "oeci" (type of dining room), house facilities around a peristyle including a tetrastyle... [click here for more]
As we begin a new century, many of us are looking back to a period that ended as the last century began. Viewed through goggles of brass and leather, the Victorian period can look like a lost golden age - a time of excitement and adventure, opportunity and possibility. Writers, artists, film-makers (and gamers) have all revisited the speculative fiction of that period, mining it for ideas.
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We live in a society that grew up on pulp science fiction; the characters and iconic images from Star Wars and Star Trek are part of our culture. The spirit of freedom and optimism that pervades these films and the endless possibilities offered by the genre continue to be deeply attractive. This supplement explores the history of pulp sci-fi, from its beginnings with King of the Rocket Men, and the... [click here for more]
On the face of it, there should be nothing romantic about pirates. They take hard-earned money and goods away by force - typically accompanied by torture, murder and rape. And yet there is still something attractive about a life of adventure, freedom and lived without responsibility. SotC is a OGL role-playing game written by Evil Hat Productions and based on their FATE system. This supplement contains... [click here for more]