Comic encounter: The problem with henchmen

Comic encounter: The problem with henchmen
The picture is taken from some 19th century book about India. I don’t remember the title of said book but the copyright of the picture has definitely expired. It is free to use but please credit me if you use it. Especially if you use the text, which is of my own creation.

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Comic encounter: Everyday routine

stupid traps
The picture is taken from the story “The Iron Stove” in Andrew Lang’s The Yellow Fairy Book from 1894.  The image was drawn by Henry Justice Ford (1860–1941) and is free to use but please give me some credit if you use it, especially if you use my caption.

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Comic encounter: Mother knows best

The picture is taken from the story “Apotheose de docteur Puff” in J.J. Grandville’s Un Autre Monde from 1844. The image is free to use but please give me some credit if you use it, especially if you use my caption.

All pictures from Un Autre Monde.
(Thank you to Carl Guderian for uploading them.)

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Comic encounter: The problem with trusting rumour

sea snake
Rumour is a double edged sword. The illustration is made by J. B. Clark for a publication of the story of Sinbad the Sailor in 1896 and is, as far as I know, free to use. Please credit me if you use it. Especially if you use my caption.

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Literary encounters: Putting your adventure into writing


Drowning slaver sentries might be fun but don’t run into action before seriously considering the ramifications of your enterprise.

Before going on an adventure it is always, in order to avoid confusion and disrupting conflicts, a good idea to make the responsibilities and the general relations between participants and sponsors very clear. A professional adventurer like the impoverished english gentleman Leonard Outram (from “The People of the Mist” by H. Rider Haggard) might even put the agreement onto paper. Many TPK-incidents could be avoided if only people where more open and clear regarding their relations to each-other, in advance. But it should be noted that even the most meticulously made agreement might result in unintended consequences, like the appearance of a love interest.




Agreement between Leonard Outram and Soa, the native woman.

“I. The said Leonard Outram agrees to use his best efforts to rescue Juanna, the daughter of Mr. Rodd, now reduced to a state of slavery and believed to be in the power of one Pereira, a slave-dealer.

“II. In consideration of the services of the said Leonard Outram, the said Soa delivers to him a certain stone believed to be a ruby, of which the said Leonard Outram hereby acknowledges the receipt.

“III. Should the rescue be effected, the said Soa hereby agrees, on behalf of herself and the said Juanna Rodd, to conduct the said Leonard Outram to a certain spot in central South Eastern Africa, inhabited by a tribe known as the People of the Mist, there to reveal to him and to help him to gain possession of the store of rubies used in the religious ceremonies of the said tribe. Further, the said Soa agrees, on behalf of the said Juanna Rodd, that she, the said Juanna, will accompany her upon the journey, and will play among the said People of the Mist any part that may be required of her as necessary to the success of this undertaking.

“IV. It is mutually agreed that these enterprises be prosecuted until the said Leonard Outram is satisfied that they are fruitless.

“Signed in the Manica Mountains, Eastern Africa, on the ninth day of May 18—.”

The People of the Mist by H Rider Haggard


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A few ships and some other stuff

And now it’s time for some more nice old illustrations. All pictures below are taken from the swedish magazine “Allers familj-journal” from around 1930. Most of them are made by an artist that signs his stuff “Harry.N” or just “N”. I have tried to find out who he was without any success. Anyway it seems like the magazine probably bought the illustrations so their copyright should have expired in most countries.

attacked_lenderfleetalchemist    ancient_babylon ancient_egypt ravensword_and_shieldship2ship3  letter_with_seals viking_ship    fleetsiegeiron_cowviking_lion_statue    cyclop  war_elephantpig_mencity_arrival cave_man

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An ancient greek d20


About a week ago I visited the Mediterranean Museum in Stockholm. Unlike most of Stockholms museums it is situated in the city center, just north of the parliament. It is well worth a visit, especially when the new egyptian exhibition is finished in the spring. Aside from the exhibitions there is also a very nice restaurant and a well stocked museum shop. All blended nicely into a beautiful building, an old bank-palace.

As I browsed through the greek shelves I found this large die. I don’t remember the exact age but it is at least 2000 years old. It’s sides are marked with letters and according to the sign it was used for games of for divination. I wonder if they used a Ionian or Dorian armor class system?

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