My internet friend Spotted Toad has a harrowing but somehow beautiful tale of another friend of his who drank himself to death.
Some of John's central ideas about the Papacy are contained herein. The 18th and 19th centuries were a time of rampant nationalism in Europe, and the Pope was the head of the last institution that could effectively resist the nation-state. As the latter half of the nineteenth century built to a revolutionary crescendo that would reach its culmination in the Great War, Pius IX and Leo XIII filled this unlooked for role in their own characteristic ways.
A nice blog post on just what LitRPG is.
Viridian Gate Online: Nomad Soul by D. J. Bodden and James Hunter Book Review
A LitRPG I rather liked.
The Secrets of Blackmoor: The Benefits of Meta-Gaming
Meta-gaming, the use of knowledge not available to the character, is a divisive topic in RPGs.
A fine YouTube channel on miniature wargaming, that features the best video on dungeon design ever.
Another YouTube channel, a paean to old school gaming, from one of its practitioners.
Warfare in Hunter-Gather Societies
A presentation detailing what we know about warfare before civilization.