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Re: (TFT) How did he do it?


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  From: "maou_tsaou1@netzero.net"
  To: tft@brainiac.com
  Subject: Re: (TFT) How did he do it?
  Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 17:06:56 GMT

  Fantastic refrences Chrise, THANKS!

  I'm curious about the old rail stuff too.
  It took a civil war here to get everybody on the same page via
  standard tracks, and I find it intresting that the optimum width
  turns out to be the same ratio the Romans used for their wheeled
  You ought to see some of the old logging routes up this way.

AFAIK Stephenson's railway guage which became the standard gauge
(4'81/2") was derived from pre-steam colliery wooden railways. These were
derived from the horse that pulled the wagon. So there's some truth in
the Romans to Railways. Initially there was a lot ov variation in the
guage used. Wikipedia has a useful article here:




Kingston upon Hull 53045'N 00021'W

  More like down from mama England.

  45deg lat is more like south France - north Italy I think.

  So do you think I can fake the mountains with the Pennin chain?
  I know to look for flint in chalk, and yew grown in chalky soils
  make the best longbows...

  Give the humans crossbows and the goblins longbows?


Why do you need mountains ? If you want to use the Pennines (which get
more mountainous the further north you go) Your goblins will have to
cross most of Yorkshire to get here.

If you want to use a real location, why use unreal geography ?

I doubt if goblins could draw a longbow, but light crossbows might be
appropriate. The Picts were recorded as using crossbows against the
romans, so there is some precedent. Steel strung heavy crossbows are
relatively modern and may be inappropriate depending in what period you
are modelling.

My goblins tend to use light bows, darts and throwing blades, but they
usually poison the points.


  If you think the location will work then my next step is to figure
  out what kinda resources are in those hills.

  The norse got iron outta peat.

  That's pretty bad ass to me.

Chalk provides Flint and Lime, so buildings are likely to be well built

There's also Clay, sand and gravel but not much other mineral wealth
around here.

The coal fields are further west.

However, the largest Iron Age slag heap found in England was discovered
near Holme on Spalding Moor. Google "Iron Masters" & "Foulness Valley".

HOSM is easy to spot, it's the only hill between the Wolds and York. It
also has a church on top and an ancient beacon site. That's important. 

  Ever see "The Gods Must Be Crazy"?
  If wood is the hardest thing in your enviroment and white dudes
  show up with firearms it may just be magic.

I think Arthur C Clark had something to say along those lines.

  It's like slapping a medieval TOWN on Ayers Rock.
  What are they gonna eat?

Nope, you've lost me there. Ayer's Rock is on the other side of the

  Anyway, THANKS for the info!
  You must have packed a bakers-dozen advent-ideas into that post!
  I've NO IDEA what's drawn so much of my research to your little
  corner of the world, but it's really neat that you happen to be
  there to drop some "local flavor" on my textual readings.

Glad to help out. It surprises me how often you've dropped in my back
yard. :o)

  I'm STILL waiting on the bloody cable guy to hook up me high-speed
  Talk about seriously un-chuffed!
  I built another gaming-table based on the square-hexes rather than
  the perfect hexes from a decade ago in the interm.

  What does a squaderon of Flying Martial Wizards look like?

  Does FF have a GameBox?

If you mean Fokker Fodder, I doubt it. They're a good set of rules but
pretty obscure now.



Chris Nicole

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