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#451 Post by oalajoki » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:25 pm

Paul Lehman wrote:What do you think about Verbruggen's handling of maneuver and battle? (For full disclosure, I'm an unreconstructed Delbrueck guy.)
Do you mean Battle of Arsuf or more generally? I must read texts again, I'm a little rusty after a decade... :)

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#452 Post by Paul Lehman » Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:15 am

Well, both. I saw Asruf and have not done any critical comparison. One big advantage Delbrueck has for me is that he actually had to do the nuts and bolts of moving armed young men across the landscape, something few others (since) have. His scholarship is, um, dated, sure, but I don't go to him for that. About all I know about Verbruggen is that the intro book exists and what wikipedia tells me...

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#453 Post by oalajoki » Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:31 am

I know very little of Delbrück, but if I remember correctly, in one book (R. C. Smail, Crusading Warfare 1097–1193. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1956.) his work was devastated without mercy. But for Verbruggen I must read some texts again.

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#454 Post by Paul Lehman » Thu Mar 24, 2016 11:01 pm

All good.

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#455 Post by stirling » Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:21 pm

The Kalevala Compiled Elias Lönnrot
A Distant Mirror Barbara W. Tuchman
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#456 Post by Paul Lehman » Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:42 pm

Warfare in Tenth-Century Germany. David S. Bachrach.

It's the latest in the Bachrachs' ongoing project. Heavy on footnotes and historiography, I still find it rewarding reading. I'd say they have me about halfway to burying my beloved Delbrueck.

In terms of Harnic relevance, don't let the date in the title fool you. This would be useful for anyone wanting to work on a Shorkyne-Trierzon war. Or similar.

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#457 Post by kilgs » Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:30 am

APrewett wrote:Look at the description of the large temple statue, straight of the cover of the original Players Handbook.
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Wasn't it the DM's Guide? The huge red gems clued me in :wink:

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#458 Post by Krazma » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:58 am

kilgs wrote:
APrewett wrote:Look at the description of the large temple statue, straight of the cover of the original Players Handbook.
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Wasn't it the DM's Guide? The huge red gems clued me in :wink:
Assuming you're talking about the original hard copy AD&D books, the players handbook was the one with the idol with gems for eyes. The DMG had an illustration of some adventurers fighting a fire demon.

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#459 Post by kilgs » Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:13 pm

Google informs me you are correct, sir! I will claim age-bias :D My first Player's Handbook was the second printing with the wizard and blue effects.

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#460 Post by stirling » Mon May 16, 2016 12:12 am

In am going to a The Stars by HA Rey write up of the naked visible eye constellations.
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#461 Post by Munin » Tue May 17, 2016 12:31 am

Isn't H. A. Rey one of the authors of the "Curious George" books?

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#462 Post by john » Mon May 23, 2016 10:02 am

I'll also recommend The Tain, a translation of the ancient Irish epic Tain Bo Cualgne (the Irish Iliad) by Thomas Kinsella - my goodness! What a rocking, head-rolling, gut-spilling, glorious piece of bronze-age epic fantasy!
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#463 Post by stirling » Wed May 25, 2016 3:57 pm

Munin wrote:Isn't H. A. Rey one of the authors of the "Curious George" books?
Yes. He had an ... interesting life.
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#464 Post by Lord Graeme » Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:15 pm

What a great bibliography for reading late into the night!
Thanks so much to all who posted today...
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#465 Post by Lord Graeme » Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:06 am

A huge thank you to all who have responded....
I have first downloaded the freebie "The White Company" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle courtesy of the www.gutenberg.org folks...and will now see what I can find first at Amazon.com....
It's the language of the people and the things they worry about day to day that I want to familiarize myself with.... also what I can learn about some
of their occupations and crop tending details...
I'm a happy camper in a brand new world...

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#466 Post by Siggurd » Sun Aug 21, 2016 12:23 am

I just finished reading Crow Hollow by Michael Wallace. While it is set in Colonial America immediately after the events of King Philip's War, the plot could readily translate to Harn if someone were looking to run an adventure centered around kingdom/tribal relations and greedy nobles making a land grab.

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#467 Post by CASTLEMIKE1 » Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:20 pm

The Dagger and The Coin by Daniel Abraham is the best fiction book I've read in the last half dozen years.

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#468 Post by uthris » Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:02 pm

CASTLEMIKE1 wrote:The Dagger and The Coin by Daniel Abraham is the best fiction book I've read in the last half dozen years.
I was like, wat? another novelist from New Mexico, but then I realized he's the other half of James S. A. Corey (a writing partnership kicked-off during a tabletop RPG campaign), the author the The Expanse sci-fi series.

Apparently he writes a couple of novels each year, which is quite prolific for a New Mexican fantasy novelist. Any novelist, really.
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#469 Post by Bracken » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:46 am

I'm rereading William Horwood to remind me what the British landscape and seasons are like. I'm thousands of leagues away from a native deciduous forest.
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#470 Post by MDMann » Tue May 02, 2017 5:44 pm

A TV series, but the Last Kingdom is entertaining. Plenty of anachronisms but good fun. Set in the kingdom of Wessex during the time of Alfred aspects of it could be ported to Orbaal with a little effort.
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#471 Post by Nightly Knight » Fri May 26, 2017 3:20 pm

MDMann wrote:
Tue May 02, 2017 5:44 pm
A TV series, but the Last Kingdom is entertaining. Plenty of anachronisms but good fun. Set in the kingdom of Wessex during the time of Alfred aspects of it could be ported to Orbaal with a little effort.

I agree. One of my players and I quite enjoyed the series. He was very struck by a moment where king Alred tells his Aeldormen that they must return to their homes to see that their crops are gathered in safely before they can go to war, it brought home to him how difficult such things really were in an agrarian kingdom.

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#472 Post by Nightly Knight » Fri May 26, 2017 3:21 pm

stirling wrote:
Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:21 pm
The Kalevala Compiled Elias Lönnrot
A Distant Mirror Barbara W. Tuchman

I loved A Distant Mirror, it was the book that really got me fascinated by the Middle Ages.

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