Thursday, December 26, 2013


Forget Milk and Cookies. He's out for Chocolate.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Regions of the world

Below are some maps that I have come across that plan out the world map in categories of region. The first one I feel most comfortable with, (in the creation of a generalized map) for game purposes. Below are some others that I found that I may go with as well. I found twelve regions sufficient for E and G.

I don't want to leave anyone out, yet I don't want the game to experience user fatigue from TMI (too much information) syndrome. If you have problems or concerns, please feel free to address it in the comments below.

I fiddled with this one, just a rough coloring job, to round things out...

and then, this next one was my second favorite but i didn't want to include that much detail in europe

and these next three were... ok... but really didn't cut the mustard.

Resource Reference Card

Merry Christmas 2013!

I made this (hopefully) up-to-date Resource List that will obviously need tweaking as time goes on.

But enjoy it for now.

It's fitted to 3x5 but you could do it on a 5x7 or an 8 1/2 by 11


-pauly hart

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Laughing in the face of history - Flexible Glass

Flexible glass is a legendary lost invention from the time of the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar.

As recounted by Isidore of Seville, the craftsman who invented the technique brought a drinking bowl made of flexible glass before Caesar who threw it to the floor.

The material dented, rather than shattering.

The inventor then repaired the bowl easily with a small hammer.

After the inventor swore to the Emperor that he alone knew the technique of manufacture...

Tiberius had the man beheaded.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Live vs. Health

There has been a little confusion regarding this.

LIFE is something that is inherent to every UNIT.

HEALTH (or Cultural Health) is something that is inherent to every PLAYER.

Some cards read a contrary reading, calling something life where it was health.

I hope to fix all cards like this so there is no confusion.

Let me know what other cards I can fix please.

Again, In Empires and Generals... People have health, Cards have Life.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Billy the Kid

Exploration and Conquest of the New World to 1600 AD.

[this is a work in progress]

Pre-history - Beringia Theory puts African, Asian and Arabian Peninsula Travelers in the New World 4000+ years ago.

1000 - Leif Ericson discovers his brother, and also Thorfinn Karlsefni at L'Anse aux Meadows discover Vinland (New England).

1313 - Abu Bakr II of Mali in Africa may have made a voyage to the New World.
1398 - The Venetian Zeno Brothers and a Prince, "Zichmni" possibly reached America.

1432 - Portuguese navigators discovered the Azores
1445 - Dinis Dias sails the west coast of Africa
1456 - Cape Verde islands are explored by Portuguese
1470 - Portuguese begin African exploration
1488 - Bartholomeu Dias of Portugal sails from the Iberian Peninsula to the south of Africa.
1492 - October 12. Columbus discovers the New World.
1493 - First war between Americans (Carib) and Europeans (Christopher Columbus) fought at Salt River Bay, St. Croix. Christopher Columbus retreats back to his ships after losing.
1497 - John Cabot lands in Newfoundland, beginning the British colonial presence in North America.
1498 - Columbus on third voyage discovers South America.
1499 :Alonzo de Ojeda explores Columbia and Venezuela

1500 - Vicente Pinzon and Juan Dias de Solis discover Brazil
1501 - Amerigo Vespucci explores the coast of South America
1500 - Rodrigo de Bastidas and Juan de la Cosa discover Panama
1506 - Columbus dies at Valladolid.
1507 - New World named after Americus Vespucius.
1508 - Juan Dias de Solis explores Argentina
1513 - Balboa discovers the Pacific Ocean and Ponce de Leon discovers Florida.
1516 - Juan Dias de Solis explores Uruguay
1519 - Alonso Álvarez de Pineda sails from Florida to Mexico, mapping the gulf coast along the way.
1519 -1521. Cortez conquers Mexico.
1519 -1522 Magellan sails round the world.
1523 - Pánfilo de Narváez became governor of Florida but died after dealing with a Hurricane, Attacks by Americans, and Disease.
1524 - Verrazano and Gomez explore New England coast.
1528 - Panfilo de Narvaez conquers Cuba and explores Florida,
1528 - Alvar Cabeza de Vaca explores Texas, Arizona and New Mexico
1531 - Francisco Pizarro explores Peru
1532 - Francisco Pizarro invades and loots the Incan Empire
1533 - Pizarro conquers Peru.
1534 - Cartier sails up the St. Lawrence to Quebec and Montreal.
1534 - Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, explores from the Sabine River to the Gulf of California.
1540 - Francisco Vázquez de Coronado explores south-western North America,
1540 - Discovery of the Grand Canyon by Garcia Lopez de Cardenas,
1540 - Francisco de Orellana explores Amazon River
1541 - Francisco Vásquez de Coronado explores Kansas
1542 - Hernando de Soto discovers the Mississippi River,
1559 - Tristan de Luna explores North America
1562 - John Hawkins sails to Africa
1563 - Francisco de Ibarra explores New Mexico
1565 - Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés founds St. Augustine, Florida the first Spanish settlement in the New World, and is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the continental United States.
1576 Sir Martin Frobisher explores Baffin Bay and the Hudson Strait
1577 Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the world - December 13 1577 to September 26 1580
1579. Drake explores coast of California.
1584. Sir Walter Raleigh sends first expedition to America.
1585 Sir Walter Raleigh establishes the Roanoke colony
1588. Defeat of the Spanish Armada.
1593 Sir Richard Hawkins travels to the South Pacific
1595 Sir Walter Raleigh seeks golden city of El Dorado in South America, Cornelis de Houtman discovers Sea Route to Indonesia
1598 Juan de Archuleta explores Colorado

United States Geo-political ancestry map

There are a zillion things interesting about this census. You can spend around twenty minutes getting some pretty interesting insight yourself.

Here are some of the things that I found that blew me away:

1) I thought we conquered Germany in two wars already?
2) Africans never moved far from the south once the civil war was won.
3) There appears to be a pervasive invasion from Mexico.
4) There seems to be a "buffer zone" of "Americans" (Whatever they might be) between Africans and Germans.
5) There really aren't that many Brittish folk left over.
6) There are even less French.
7) Now I know why most of my friends in Oklahoma were First Nations!
8) The "Viking Settlements" theory of North Dakota seems to be solved.
9) Puerto Rico is full of Puerto Ricans!
10) Again, what the heck is an "American" in racial context if you are not "American Indian" (First Nation)?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Fixing maps

still fiddling with

on the right side...

moved the USA colonialists over to the age of discovery and am going to have the USA on its own standing in the new world expansion.

i plan to have most of the regions colonized around the world represented but this epoch in history is a cluster-mess and i haven't even gotten started on south east asia and australia... not to mention africa or india... sheesh.

a lot to do on it.

never fear, plenty of time.

i will probably develop a good working "old west" before any real work is done on... lets say: the development of djakarta by the dutch... it's just a little more fun to think about doc holiday and butch cassidy than it is... um... someone dutch in djakarta.

on the left side...

many of you know that i lost ten years worth of notes when james venters stole my car and sold it for crack cocaine in 2003. i have recently begun digging into my subconscious thru prayer and meditation and re-compiling much of what was lost.

BESIDES my new book: by the gates of the garden of eden, i am still planning on releasing an S.F. game of empires and generals that is completely my own work.

more of that to come later...

in the real world...

i need more time in my day.

i plan on changing my work schedule to reflect as soon as:

a) i move into my new house
b) the holidays are over
c) both

have a great Christ-mass. i may get some stuff done this week yet.