One of the fun things about medieval fantasy is that characters often don't know very much about biology, and can get into a great deal of trouble by trying to correct this.

Out of all the many dangers inherent in dragon-slaying, nobody ever stops to worry about salmonella.

This past week, by virtue of some unusual free time and an inconvenient unavailability of the people I would normally spend it with, I've been spending some time playing Civilization V. I have a mixed relationship with Civ V, because its predecessor, Civ IV, is among my favourite video games of all time, and I can't help but compare them.

In writing Insults & Injuries, we tried hard to find diseases that were relevant in one of three ways: that were either common in players' day-to-day lives, and therefore interesting; that would have been particularly common in a medieval or renaissance setting; or that had the potential to make particularly good plot hooks.

Adventuring is a lifestyle that can really get in the way of your appreciation of a good meal.

With all respect to Bill Shakespeare, if roses were called skunkbreath flowers or bileblossoms, they wouldn't be nearly as popular on Valentine's day.