The Uncertain Truth Behind Thugee

The word ‘thug’ arrived in English in the early 1800s to refer to a specific kind of bandit operating in India. The concept of ‘thugee’ (the practices of thugs) soon lodged itself in the Anglophone popular consciousness, spawning media like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. But real-life thugee was very different from the […]

Weirder Xenomorphs: Strepsipteran Insects

You know the alien from the movie Alien? The creepy, scary one with the shiny black carapace and the chest-bursting larval form and the well-regarded RPG by Free League? If you’re like me, you want to put that monster (the ‘xenomorph’) in your ongoing campaign, but you don’t want to use exactly that same monster; […]

Terrible Mountain Travels in 16th-Century Afghanistan

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PCs on the Battlefield: Babur Waits in the Dark

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Palace Intrigue with a Teenage King

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The Wreck of the Convict Ship ‘George III’

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PCs on the Battlefield: the Rock Island Keelboats

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Patrocles’ Caspian Exploration Fraud

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Lord Thomas of Marle, the Wickedest Man of His Generation

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Wild Adventures Mapping the Khorasan Border

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Xuanzang and the Five Border Towers

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Hiroo Onoda

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The Trans Conquistador, Lieutenant Erauso

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The Great Whiskey Fire of 1875

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The South Sea Scam Colony

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