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History In TTRPGs

If you have been hanging around the Variant Ventures page for a while, you will know I am the history guy. I like history, I write about it frequently, and I talk about ways to implement historical factors and events in your game. Today, however, I want to make a statement – most TTRPGs are …

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War Talk – Box Barrage

Welcome Back, Variants! Following last week’s blast of a post about artillery and indirect fire, I’d like to talk about Box Barrages today. A box barrage is a form of artillery fire that falls around a specific part of the battlefield, with the aim of preventing escape or reinforcement of that area.  For a Box …

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Talk Like A Pirate Day

Yo Ho, me hearties! Today be “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” and here be some educational materials about different types of scurvy sea dogs! *cough, cough* Okay, that’s enough of that. Today we will be looking at the difference between pirates and their variants. Generally speaking, a “Pirate” is a sailor who takes things that …

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War Talk – Pikes Part 2

Hello again, Variants!  As promised, I have returned for week two of our pike tactics War Talk. Last week we talked about the use of the phalanx in ancient warfare, but that’s not the only time the pike saw widespread use.   The second was during the early Renaissance, with the proliferation of gunpowder weapons. …

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