Catching Up

Catching Up

People forget that Car Wars was pretty much an RPG where the car was your character. Jeffro brings out Car Wars to show that, if you are worried about the plot of your adventure, you're doing it wrong. The question is asked, “What are your favorite ways of coming up with an engaging campaign plot line for role playing games?” My answer to this is that it’s an inherently wrongheaded question: If your campaign has a plot line, you are not just doing it wrong. You have repudiated the very concept of fantasy role-playing games! The most common structure…

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How Mussolini Took Power

How Mussolini Took Power

Quintus Curtius has posted this little bit on Mussolini’s rise to power. This caught my eye: It was never established whether Mussolini was involved or knew anything about the plot beforehand.  He was certainly not above using violence, or encouraging its use, against political opponents; but such a reckless step probably was taken without his knowledge or approval.  Despite this, he was able to use the crisis that the murder generated to consolidate his hold on power.  Anti-fascist demonstrations escalated in the streets, general strikes were declared, and it seems that Mussolini would have to resign. But the king…

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