Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pandoracon 2012 Schedule

Pandoracon 2012 – September 28-30

Pandoracon is a new convention and it's local to me, so when I heard they were looking for programming I figured it was worth a try. I'm currently signed up to run the following panels, though I may end up being involved in more.

I usually enjoy smaller conventions more - everything is more relaxed and there's much more chance of actually being able to talk with the guests of honor.
Medieval Food
Fantasy games and novels are commonly set in a society based on medieval Europe. Learn how medieval English and French cuisine worked as a system. Topics will include medieval ingredients and preparation methods, the structure of medieval feasts, finding medieval recipes (or making them up), and common myths about medieval foods
09/29/2012, 5:00 PM
World Design - Food
Realistic food can add depth to a story, and can also reveal aspects about the climate and culture of a people. Learn how to create food and foodways that are exotic but still believable.
09/29/2012, 10:00 PM
World Design - Language
Panelists will discuss methods that authors and game designers use for creating believable fictional languages.
09/30/2012, 12:00 PM
World Design - Geography
The physical world influences a society’s development. Learn how to let the environment shape your fictional culture.
09/30/2012, 2:00 PM
That's a lot in just two days, though I'm really looking forward to it. We'll see how it goes.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

La Maison Rustique - September

From: L'agriculture et maison rustique, Charles Estienne (Rouen, 1658).

The works that the laborer should do for each month of the year.

(Chapter 10)



In September give the last working to the tilled ground scattered with wheat, maslin, rye and other similar grains.

Be on the lookout, beat down the nuts, mow the meadows that are late for being renewed, gather the thatch to cover the stables, and for heating the furnace the whole year.

Cut the branches of the madder, and collect the seed for planting at the beginning of the next March.

Collect the leaves of dyers woad, and dress them so that they are reduced into bundles, and will dry in the sun, or by a fire that is not too hot, cut the rice and millet.