The Landing: Gallipoli 1915 — Recreating a historical World War I battle as a solo tabletop game

Interview with Joe Schmidt Download PDF The Landing: Gallipoli 1915 is a new tabletop game published by Catastrophe Games LLC.[1] The company’s motto is “Historical games made differently”.[2] That, plus the fact that their new game is about a very specific and generally little-known battle of World War I,[3] got our History sense tingling. So,Continue reading “The Landing: Gallipoli 1915 — Recreating a historical World War I battle as a solo tabletop game”

Cultural lepidopterology in modern Japan: butterflies as spiritual insects in the Akihabara Culture

Hideto Hoshina Faculty of Education, University of Fukui, Fukui City, 910-8507 Japan. Email: hhoshina (at) f-edu.u-fukui (dot) ac (dot) jp Download PDF Butterflies are one of the most popular insects because they have diversified and colorful wings. They were probably the first insects to be collected purely for their beauty (Preston-Mafham, 2004). In the WesternContinue reading “Cultural lepidopterology in modern Japan: butterflies as spiritual insects in the Akihabara Culture”

Ancient Egyptian royalty in Fate/Grand Order

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Fate/Grand Order, and the Fate franchise in general, is probably something all historians, archaeologists and literature scholars at large curse every time they do a Google Search for a historical figure or famous literaryContinue reading “Ancient Egyptian royalty in Fate/Grand Order”

My light novel’s title can’t be this short! The evolution of light novel titles in another world!!!

João V. Tomotani Universidade de São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil. Email: t.jvitor (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Light novels are a subculture of Japanese literature primarily targeting the young adult demographic, with the average length of 50,000 words, a dense publishing schedule, and usually illustrated with an anime/manga art style (Wikipedia, 2020). Due toContinue reading “My light novel’s title can’t be this short! The evolution of light novel titles in another world!!!”

The belligerent crustaceans of Fight Crab

Interview with Onuki Masafumi Download PDF Fight Crab is a new game by the indie studio Calappa Games[1] (aka Nussoft, Japan). As you might have suspected from the title, it revolves around crabs fighting each other. What you might not have anticipated, though, is that the crabs fight wielding over 40 different kinds of weapons,Continue reading “The belligerent crustaceans of Fight Crab”

Pokécrustacea: the crustacean-inspired Pokémon

Rafael M. Rosa, Daniel C. Cavallari & Ana L. Vera-Silva Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo. Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil. Emails: rafaelmassonrosa (at) usp (dot) br; dccavallari (at) usp (dot) br; ana_luiza_vera (at) hotmail (dot) com Download PDF Crustaceans are a large and incredibly diverse group of veryContinue reading “Pokécrustacea: the crustacean-inspired Pokémon”

The biological basis of Marvel Comics mutants

Damián E. Pérez Instituto Patagónico de Geología y Paleontología (IPGP CCT CONICET- CENPAT), Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina. E-mail: trophon (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF “Feared and hated by a world they have sworn to protect” is the catchphrase always present in nearly all comics of Marvel’s mutants, the X-Men. This phrase was coined byContinue reading “The biological basis of Marvel Comics mutants”

Beyond Blue: a game backed by real science

Interview with Mandy Joye Download PDF Beyond Blue is a new multiplatform indie game by E-Line Media.[1] The game is set in the near future, and you explore the ocean as part of a new research team. During your dives, you can see and interact with the marine fauna. One of the most interesting thingsContinue reading “Beyond Blue: a game backed by real science”

Shadows of stained glass: an analytical look at animated horror

Nalin Bhardwaj University of California, San Diego, CA, USA. Email: nalinbhardwaj (at) nibnalin (dot) me Download PDF One of my favorite “things of beauty” are stained glass windows. By themselves, they contain intricate works of art with vivid color palettes that overlay silhouettes of the outside world. They’re like a dreamy, imaginative capture of theContinue reading “Shadows of stained glass: an analytical look at animated horror”

The One Born of Fire: a pterosaurological analysis of Rodan

Henry N. Thomas University of California, Berkeley, USA. Email: h.thomas (at) berkeley (dot) edu Download PDF Rodan is a giant monster, or kaiju, created by Toho Studios (Tokyo, Japan). First appearing in 1956 in its own movie (aptly named Rodan), the monster has since become strongly associated with the Godzilla franchise (Fig. 1). Rodan hasContinue reading “The One Born of Fire: a pterosaurological analysis of Rodan”