Karavansara

East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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Red Box Nostalgia

D&D_1983_Basic_Rules_coverI was talking with a friend today about this sick nostalgia thing that has swept the culture ever since the nerds have won weltanschauung hit us hard.
Case in point, and the subject of our discussion today – people waxing nostalgic about the D&D Red Box.
I mean, really?
Don’t get me wrong – the Basic Set Red Box was certainly the first form of roleplaying game for a lot of people, including my brother (me, I started playing with Call of Cthulhu), but really thirty years on people still consider that their best, and most memorable gaming experience? Continue reading

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The Miskatonic Repository

On the 12th of this month, Chaosium announced on their blog the forthcoming Miskatonic Repository, basically doing what D&D and TORG and other roleplaying games are doing: opening the door to user-created content.

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Through the Miskatonic Repository, it will be possible to create and distribute Call of Cthulhu material on DriveThruRPG…

Here’s how it works – you create content, format it to our design template, and then upload the PDF to the site. Your work becomes part of the Miskatonic Repository content on DriveThruRPG – able to be accessed by the community and, optionally, providing a financial return to you.

Meaning it will be possible to distribute these contents as pay what you want, or for free, or for a fixed price. Continue reading


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Virtual Globetrotting, the website

It would be lovely to board a train and a ship, or maybe a plane, and take two weeks off in Egypt and Sudan to visit the places I’m describing in AMARNA.
As things stand now with me and my finances, I can’t even board a train to go and take an afternoon off in Milan, that’s barely 80 kms away.
But, praised be Thoth, God of Knowledge, we have the web – and while I was browsing the usual Google Maps and Google earth, I stumbled on something that’s quite fun, and useful, called Virtual Globetrotting.

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View amazing and beautiful satellite imagery from across the globe. Celebrity homes, roadside attractions, movie locations, landmarks, military, and more!

The website allows users to upload and share tour maps and guides, with links to online resources and extras, basically building virtual tours.
I’ve spent the last half-hour checking out the Valley of the Queens, and I’m seriously thinking about creating an account and later on use Virtual Globetrotting to add extras to my serial.

In the meantime, check it out – it’s a wonderful resource.


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Good news for the 1-Buck Brigade

unnamedFollowing the thousands of protests and complaints from both Creators and Patron, Patreon has announced they will NOT change their billing system as previously planned.

This is good news especially for all those patrons that are showing their support with 1$ or 2$ pledges – that may seem nothing to outside observers, but are actually significant and important for the creators, and that were on the receiving end of the harshest increase in fees. It was just unfair to have these patrons pay an extra to make a donation.

Jack Comte’s announcement is an excellent show of how damage control should be handled, and is a first step in restoring the public’s faith in Patreon.

This is certainly good news as far as I am concerned – and now back to work on this month’s Patreon contents.


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An Egyptian past

I was born and grew up in Turin.
I love Turin, it’s my city, I have a lifetime of memories rooted in the city. A lot of my friends and the little that remains of my close family reside in Turin.
I went to school there, I went to the movies, I dated— you get the picture.

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Now, according to a rather apocryphal story, Turin was founded by the Ancient Egyptians.
I kid you not… Continue reading


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Crooks in history

I have just delivered a 33.000 unproofed manuscript to all those that last summer supported my crowdfunding for the fist Italian-language outing of BUSCAFUSCO.
The book is called La Storia Fatta coi Cialtroni (literally “History made with slobs”) and it is a first collection of eccentrics, adventurers, loose women and other assorted crooks and cranks across the last three centuries.

The proper book will come out (hopefully) for Christmas or (more likely) for Twelfth Night, and it was a hoot to put together and a cow to edit.
That’s why I sent off an unproofed version.

My Patreon supporters will probably get new excerpts of a second volume, and some English-language snippets of the first.

Because it’s fun.