Some years back, during a trip to Istanbul, Turkey, I spent the afternoon studying a collection of ancient Assyrian artifacts in a wing of the Topkapi Palace and, while there, had an epiphany. 

Suffice it to say that one of my current favorite television shows is the FX animated spy series Archer, which is set in a version of our world that combines elements of the modern era and the Cold War of the 1980s and is as hilarious as it is irreverent. And while it takes some liberties with reality it is strikingly accurate in its treatment of the wide variety of weapons that appear in the hands of its characters and hanging on the walls of its arms rooms.

While doing some research recently into games played in ancient and medieval India, I stumbled across what I consider to be a very curious list of games that Gautama Buddha reportedly indicated he would not play! This is apparently the earliest known list of games, dating to the 5th or 6th century B.C. — making it a fascinating and invaluable glimpse into the history of game design — and has appeared in a number of Buddhist texts, including the Brahmajala Sutta and the Vinaya Pitaka.

Upon receiving word that he was party to a legal proceeding in the Kingdom of Tyre and that he stood to receive some portion of property as a result, Tiefling wizard Pumayo decided to return to his homeland for the first time in some two decades. Apprehensive about traveling so far and to such an ominous locale alone, he prevailed upon barbaric Elf Parthenia, his adventuring companion, to accompany him as a bodyguard.

It has been more than a week since I got home from Comicpalooza, Skirmisher Publishing's big convention of the year, and I am still physically exhausted. That, however, is not a surprise, and has been the case with every major convention I have exhibited at for the past 12 years and it usually takes about two full weeks for me to completely recover.

In this brief video blog, Michael O. Varhola recaps some of the fun and exciting things the Skirmisher Publishing crew have been up to recently! These include releasing the innovative new Cards & Quests fantasy role-playing game, receiving our new company patches, and getting ready for the upcoming Comicpalooza fan convention.