You can’t spell Game Master without “pretentious.” Well, you can, actually. But let’s pretend you can’t so I can make a point. My point is a good Game Master needs a lot of big, fancy words at their disposal to make their flavor text as confusing as possible. Oops. I mean engaging, not confusing. More at www.GMWordoftheWeek.com
Will he or won’t he? King Croesus, we mean.
But beyond that, what is it that makes Cyrus the Great, so great? Is it the size of his empire? Perhaps. But, arguably, it’s more to do with the way he treated those he conquered and the legacy he left to his sons. And what a pair of sons they were. Granted, they might have tried to follow in their father’s footsteps, but you might almost think they were doomed from the start. Find out what happens to everyone inside this episode.
Persian Fire by Tom Holland
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Long ago there was a great empire. Probably the greatest ever seen.. But for some reason, it gets left by the wayside when Empires are discussed.
Which is unfortunate, because the Persian Empire is at least as interesting as anything the Greeks or Romans ever did. In any case, we’ve resolved to talk about the Persian Empire for the entire month, and what better place to start than at the very beginning. Before there even was one. Meet the Medes.
Persian Fire by Tom Holland
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Where did all this history come from and why has so much of it been left laying around the place?
History must be important. We spent so much time learning so much of it in school. It has to count for something right? But what did we really learn and what can you really say about it? Was it really important to know all those names and dates? Or was there something more we should have been told? Let’s see if we can figure out by going all the way back to ancient Greece and meeting the person responsible for all this history stuff. What is the History of History?
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Warm, delicious, and comforting pretty much describes Hot Chocolate to a tee.
Which makes it hard to explain why we forgot to do an episode about it when we were talking about warm, delicious, comforting drinks all that time ago. But here we are at last with the story of Hot Chocolate. Not Chocolate, Hot Chocolate. There’s a difference. Let’s find out what it is.
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It’s lovely to look lovely and cosmetics help that happen. But only up to a point.
See, one of the problems with cosmetics is that you never quite know what you are putting on your face. Certainly not if you were, to pick a completely random example, Queen Elizabeth I or, indeed, a whole lot of other Elizabethan era men and women. Basically, no one knew or cared what was going on their skin as long as it had the desired effect. Which, by and large, it did. But it also had a whole bunch of other effects, so let’s talk about those.
Thanks to The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul by Eleanor Herman
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Even some of the greatest minds the world has ever known can make mistakes, but when Edmund Halley made his he was only doing the best he could with the information at hand.
Aside from not writing down how to pronounce his name, or even spelling it consistently, his biggest mistake was made while trying to explain why two things that should have been relatively fixed points kept moving around. But thank goodness he made that mistake. If he hadn’t, the worlds of fiction and gaming would be much less interesting.
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