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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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War Talk – Pike Part 1

Welcome to another War Talk! Today we are taking a trip back to a time before the Medieval roots of many TTRPGs and talk about a tactic first popularized in antiquity: the pike phalanx. The phalanx was a formation of spearmen popular among Greek and early Roman city-states prior to the Punic Wars. Phalanxes contained …

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