More Magic Books

A few weeks ago I posted some images and a link to an eighteenth-century book of magic. Meanwhile, the Newberry Library in Chicago is looking for help to transcribe some magical books from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, so they’ve digitised the images and put them online. That means that you also get transcriptions of the otherwise difficult to read text. Here’s some instructions for talking to spirits:

The Book of Magical Charms, fol.10r, image 13 (excerpt)

To Speak with Spiritts
Call their names Orimoth, Belmoth Lymocke]
and Say thus. I coniure you by the names
of the Angels + Sator and Azamor that
yee intend to me in this Aore, and send
unto me a Spirite called Sagrigit that
doe fullfill my comanding and desire
and that can also understand my words
for one or 2 yeares [?]; or as long as I will.

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The Early-Modern German Court, Part 3/3

The third and last part of this overview of the offices of the early-modern German court covers religion, culture and government.

For Part One go here, and for Part Two go here.

The court’s religious community could either consist of the narrower court itself, in which case religious ceremony took place in the Hofkapelle [court chapel] or Hofkirche [court church] or it might include the wider community that surrounded the court, in which case the Hofkirche also formed its own parish. The church was under the authority of the Hofprediger [court preacher], who was responsible for services as well as the moral condition of the court. Occasionally, court churches were also monastic or conventual churches.

Music was extremely important at court. It was under the authority of the Kapell or Konzertmeister and both smaller and larger orchestras provided music at mealtimes, chamber music and music for religious services. Trumpeters in particular took part in virtually every court occasion. Apart from the actual musicians, vocalists etc, there were also technical personnel, such as instrument makers, copyists etc.

From the end of the Middle Ages, court poets (Hofdichter) were common in England and France, but only occasionally appeared in German courts.

From the late 17th and then in 18th centuries, the name Hofmeister described the tutor of the sons of high aristocrats. These teachers had graduated from the philosophical or theological faculties of the universities, travelled with the court on its journeys and often attained high office.

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The New Guy Introduces Himself

Hi. I’m Rangdo and Doc has generously given me a copy of the keys to this particular kingdom. I’ve been active on Strike-to-Stun, Liber Fanatica and rpg.net, but this is the first time I’ve ever blogged, so be gentle…

I played WFRP when it first came out, then fell out of the roleplaying habit in the 90s, only to return in the middle of WFRP 2e. Since then I mainly play online and have acquired a large collection of games, most of which I don’t get a chance to play. I’m something of a system junkie, apparently. But WFRP is and will remain my main squeeze.

I have a couple of one-sheets which Doc hosted here, The Arabyan Knight and The Estalian Prisoner; I contributed to Defenders of the Forest, the Liber Fanatica Elf sourcebook, and am also the author of the scenario A Bitter Harvest, which was adapted to be the intro scenario for Zweihänder. That’s about the extent of my RPG ‘publishing’. But I do have a lot of unfinished thoughts and plans. I often think of something that might be cool, then don’t really finish it up, or it gets left as a draft in a folder somewhere. I’ll be putting that stuff up here instead on the off-chance someone else can use it, and hope to post about once a week. I will also, of course, be following the development of 4e, recently announced by Cubicle 7, with great interest.

Talk to you again soon…

Zweihänder Kickstarter has been funded!

Amazing job fellow gamers! Zwehänder was funded in six hours and now we just keep digging for more rewards! I was away from computer when this thing went live but here is the announcement anyway! Yay!

ZWEIHÄNDER fans! We are now officially live on Kickstarter!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your interest, support and shared over these long years as we prepared the game for the public. We know you’ll enjoy ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG as much as we do, and hope to count on your support to bring a cool new indie tabletop RPG to market!

Happy gaming, and we’ll see you over at Kickstarter!

Back In Business! Creatures by Slaughter Margin!

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After the Zweihänder news yesterday I finally got around reinstalling the latest update. And Against all odds everything seems to be working ok again! It seems that I needed to let go to get the groove back on.

This also means that FINALLY I’ll be able to upload and host Emil Heide’s excellent document that lists creatures by slaughter margin for WFRP2. You can download it HERE.