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The Caspian Expeditions of the Varangian Rus’

June 5, 2020 — The Caspian expeditions of the Varangian Rus’ were military raids undertaken by the Varangians — warriors and merchants from Scandinavia and Gotland — between 864 and 1041. The raids targeted the shores of the Caspian Sea, including Persia. LEARN MORE »

Gamedev 101: Life In A Lonely Lane

May 18, 2020 — Every game developer, of course, has their own story to tell, and here’s mine. When I was younger, I always felt a strong urge to create. I knew in my heart that I wanted to work in games, but I had no idea how to realize my life dream. Games are expensive to make (or so I thought) and my daytime occupation as a business software “programmer” was stable, safe, and well-paid. LEARN MORE »

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Of Blood and Death: Vampires in Movies, Video Games, and Fiction

March 21, 2020 — Contrary to popular belief, vampires and bats in popular culture didn’t start with Irish author Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. Pre-historical Chinese cultures viewed bats as good luck signs, while the old Europeans feared it as evil. To some South American civilizations, Camazotz was a vampire bat god. In the Quiché Maya language which is still spoken in Guatemala, Camazotz means “death bat.” LEARN MORE »

Gamedev 101: The Vertical Slice — How Studios Can Attract Funds

February 22, 2020 — Before any business angel, soft-money bureaucrat, or publishing executive is going to sign off on any funding for a game project, they’ll more often than not expect to see the development team’s creative vision realized in the form of a short and polished playable demo, which in many investor and game publishing circles is referred to as the “vertical slice.” LEARN MORE »

Varangian Warrior Draugablíkk Serpents in the Mist Historically Accurate

Why Turn-Based Strategy Gameplay is the Heart of Interactive Entertainment

January 20, 2020 — Turn-based combat and strategic games are, arguably, at the core of gaming. From tabletop board games to JRPGs, turn-based gameplay has always been a defining aspect of video games. Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying the impact this type of gameplay has had — and will continue to have — on video games. LEARN MORE »

Norse Lore: Polar Bears, Yuletide, and Berserker Ritual in the Sagas

December 22, 2019 — Bears were deeply respected animals in the Viking Age, a tradition that likely hailed from pre-historic animism and warrior initiation rituals of ancient Scandinavia and Finland. Historical sources point to a thriving bear cult attested by the many berserker (berserkr in Old Norse) poems in the sagas, as well as several occurrences of dueling champions (hólmgǫngr.) LEARN MORE »

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