An Investigative Dungeon Crawl in the Royal Art Mine

Herculaneum was a Roman town buried in 79 A.D. by the eruption of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius. These days, it’s a bit of an afterthought to the neighboring buried ruin of Pompeii. But from 1738 to 1748, before excavation began at Pompeii, the excavation at Herculaneum was the big exciting hotness of Europe. Except it […]

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; […]

Cotton Mather’s American Ghosts

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Highgate Cemetery

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Scholarly NPCs from Aubrey’s Lives

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Occult NPCs from Aubrey’s Lives

Back in November, we looked at a weird ghost story from an even weirder source: Aubrey’s Brief Lives. This week we return to the Lives to look at his biographies of nine bizarre occult NPCs from 1600s Britain. Some were (according to Aubrey anyway) literally haunted by the ghosts of their sins; others were outright […]

Fort Jefferson

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The Poltergeist of Furze House

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Duntulm Castle

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The Heretic and the Pilgrimage of the Dead

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The Rubber-Cutters’ Outdoor Disease Dungeon

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Taboos as Plot: Navajo Taboos

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Dartmoor

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The Mos Teutonicus and the Excarnates

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The Alesia Gauntlet

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