I was looking for images of Set and Nergal to add to our campaign wiki. After hours of surfing I ended up on the Project Gutenberg site. This site is awesome. I still remember downloading a simple ASCII copy of Milton’s Paradise years ago and realizing that there was a source of free texts available online. But what I was interested in was the History of Egypt – you should do a search for it right now. I found some good quotes in the History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria by Gaston Maspero.
- “Nergal united a crafty fierceness to his bravery: not content with being lord of battles, he became the pestilence which breaks out unexpectedly in a country, the death which comes like a thief, and carries off his prey before there is time to take up arms against him.” – Volume III, Part B
Notice the subtitle: “containing over twelve hundred colored plates and illustrations”. Check out the instructions for downloading all the volumes. Once you have all the images in a single directory, picking them for your blog, campaign wiki, or PDF project is so much simpler.
Some finds in Volume III:
- One of the eagle-headed genii – notice the wrist-watch and the handbag!
- The South-West Wind – who doesn’t love to shout “Pazuzu! Pazuzu! Pazuzu!” when the going gets tought? Ah, the joy of uttering the name Pazuzu three consecutive times… Also note the following sentence on the same page: “Imps haunted the houses, goblins wandered about the water’s edge, ghouls lay in wait for travellers in unfrequented places, and the dead quitting their tombs in the night stole stealthily among the living to satiate themselves with their blood.” Straight from the history books!
- Plan of the existing buildings of Telloh – it looks like an old school dungeon map down to the symbol used for the stairs!
- Egyptian slave merchant
Looking around for some books on medieval arms and armor – including details about polearms, and not necessarily with gaming application – I found the following books via Amazon. What do you think? Other books you want to suggest? Warnings? Is this series from St. Martin’s Press good?
- Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World (3000 B.C. to 500 A.D.): Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics by James R. Ross
- Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World 500 - 1500 AD by Matthew Bennett
- Fighting Techniques of the Early Modern World: Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics by Christer Jorgensen (1500 to 1763)
- Fighting Techniques of the Napoleonic Age 1792-1815: Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics by Robert B. Bruce
- Fighting Techniques of the Oriental World: Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics by Michael E. Haskew
- Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and Armour (Military) by Richard Holmes
Or start with some books from other lists? 
I got recommendations for Gary Gygax’s World Builder and The Palladium Book of Weapon and Armour via Twitter. What do you think of these?
Remember the 12 Byzantine Emperors podcast? The same guy is now putting out a similar podcast called Norman Centuries. I’m looking forward to it!
Via his brother .
Should I give it a try? They are based in the Netherlands so maybe shipping will be reasonable, haha.
I haven’t read any EN World in ages.
Archimob ist ein Verein, der Zeugnisse über die Zeit des zweiten Weltkrieges sammelt und archiviert. Auf der Webseite gibt es 555 Interviews, jedes davon ca. 2h lang. Wahrhaftig ein “Oral History” Projekt.
Siehe auch: DeutscheWikipedia:Oral History.