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East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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Ancient Greek Insults – a primer

Greek was the language of phylosophy (and of commerce) to the ancient Romans, and therefore it was sort of a lingua franca in the Mediterranean.
As I have often explained, it is likely that Aculeo and Amunet speak in Greek to each other – and indeed Amunet tends to use Greek swearwords wjhen she goes over the top, reserving Latin profanities only to those she is sure can understand them.

dirtywords-300x217So, after yesterday’s roundup of Latin dirty words, here’s a quick list of Ancient Greek terms that are absolutely not safe for works, especially if you are a citizen of the Empire… Continue reading


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Getting away with murder

But in the end I did it – I was able to nail shut the box of my first Murder Party script, and the client was pleased enough to buy it.
I have opened a new market – and a paying one – and my first script sale will probably be represented in April.

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Now, murder parties seem to be modeled on old episodes of Murder, She Wrote and I knew those long years spent watching reruns of the series during lunch break would one day pay.
There are some perks in being a fan of Angela Lansbury.

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My first script takes place at a new-age convention held in a Colorado ski resort, during the off season. A collection of quirky characters (including a medium that channels an ancient Egyptian sorceress called Amunet) are bickering and confronting each other when suddenly one of them turns up dead.
Murder or accident?
And really, can you get away with murder in a place filled with mediums and mind-readers?

It was as hard as hell, but also lots of fun.
Can’t wait to do it again.


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News from the Mana Bros Skunkworks Shed

italia-doppelgangerSo, we were kicking around a few ideas for a roleplaying game or our own, or maybe four.
The real instigator was my friend Alex,that is having a nice success with his Italia Doppelganger RPG, based on the universe of a popular series of horror stories of his.
And I’ve been talking about an Aculeo & Amunet RPG for ages, now. And then there’s the idea of the RPG spin-off of AMARNA1.
And a lot of other stuff – some projects I pitched and fizzed, some things I said “one of these nights I’ll do it” and we’re still here and waiting.
But not anymore!
So, let’s get to work.

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News from Nennius Britannicus and the boys

I am happy to say that I have just signed a contract for the publication of the (first?) story featuring centurion Nennius Britannicus and his Contubernium.

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I am currently revising the proofs.
As soon as the story will be out I will post here (and everywhere else) the relevant links.
I am very happy (but I guess you guessed that).