Posts Tagged ‘Books’

The Three Battles of Sand Creek: In Blood, in Court, and as the End of History

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Three Battles of Sand Creek: In Blood, in Court, and as the End of History

The Sand Creek Battle, or Massacre, occurred on November 29-30, 1864, a confrontation between Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians and Colorado volunteer soldiers.

The affair was a tragic event in American history, and what occurred there continues to be hotly contested. Indeed, labeling it a “battle” or a “massacre” will likely start an argument before any discussion on the merits even begins. Even questions about who owns the story, and how it should be told, are up for debate. Many questions arise whenever Sand Creek is discussed: were the Indians peaceful? Did they hold white prisoners? Were they under army protection? Were excessive numbers of women and children killed, and were bodies mutilated? Did the Indians fly an American flag? Did the chiefs die stoically in front of their tipis? Were white scalps found in the village? Three hearings were conducted, and there seems to be an overabundance of evidence from which to answer these and other questions. Unfortunately, the evidence only muddies the issues. Award-winning Indian Wars author Gregory Michno divides his study into three sections.

The first, “In Blood,” details the events of November 29 and 30, 1864, in what is surely the most comprehensive account published to date. The second section, “In Court,” focuses on the three investigations into the affair, illustrates some of the biases involved, and presents some of the contradictory testimony. The third and final section, “The End of History,” shows the utter impossibility of sorting fact from fiction. Using Sand Creek as well as contemporary examples, Michno examines the evidence of eyewitnesses all of whom were subject to false memories, implanted memories, leading questions, prejudice, self-interest, motivated reasoning, social, cultural, and political mores, an over-active amygdala, and a brain that had a “mind” of its own―obstacles that make factual accuracy an illusion. Living in a postmodern world of relativism suggests that all history is subject to the fancies and foibles of individual bias.

The example of Sand Creek illustrates why we may be witnessing “the end of history.” Studying Sand Creek exposes our prejudices because facts will not change our minds we invent them in our memories, we are poor eyewitnesses, we follow the leader, we are slaves to our preconceptions, and assuredly we never let truth get in the way of what we already think, feel, or even hope. We do not believe what we see; instead, we see what we believe. Michno’s extensive research includes primary and select secondary studies, including recollections, archival accounts, newspapers, diaries, and other original records. The Three Battles of Sand Creek will take its place as the definitive account of this previously misunderstood, and tragic, event.

Swords of the Empire – various authors

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

This novel, hailing from the Warhammer line, is a collection of short stories set in / about the lands of The Empire.Containing 6 stories in total, each one numbers between 40 – 60 pages long, and varies a lot in theme and antagonists.The first one, Th…

Haul Report 86

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Welcome all to another weekly oversight of stuff I obtained, and this week it’s a big one, but not really an expensive one.Because fleamarket season is in full swing, and some other bargains where found along the road as well…It started last saturday…

Operation Caravan : Reading List

Posted on June 13th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

For anyone wanting to research and recreate the LRDG raid on Barce (Bar-Chay) for themselves here are a few books that I found to be invaluable. All of these are top notch titles but I have given each book a rating based on how useful they were when researching this particular action.

☆   Good – Well researched with some new insights and/or original illustrations
☆   Excellent – Original, insightful, clear, readable. A valuable resource. 
   Outstanding – A ‘must have’ book for this subject.


Barce Raid: The Long Range Desert Groups Most Daring Exploit
By Brendan O’Carroll
Ngaio Press 2005


The Long Range Desert Group: 1940-1945: Providence Their Guide
By Major General David Lloyd Owen
Pen and Sword Books 2000


Desert Raiders: Axis and Allied Special Forces 1940-43
Battle Orders Series
By Andrea Molinari
Osprey 2007
☆☆

The Italian Army 1940-45: Africa 1940-43
Men-at-Arms Series
By Philip Jowett and Stephen Andrew

Osprey 2001


The following books don’t necessarily reference the Barce Raid but were very useful for getting a feel for what the raid would have been like.

Stirling’s Desert Triumph: The SAS Egyptian Airfield Raids 1942
Raid Series
By Gavin Mortimer
Osprey 2015


One of the Originals
By Johnny Cooper
Pan Books 1991
☆☆

Long Range Desert Group
By Kennedy Shaw
Greenhill Books 2000 (Reprint of Collins 1945)


The Desert my Dwelling Place
By David Lloyd Owen
Cassell 1957


Sting of the Scorpion
By Mike Morgan
History Press 2010
★★★★☆


A Reminder Call out to Writers who want to Collab…

Posted on June 12th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Just a quick call out for anyone who would be interested in becoming an author of one of our growing range of Grinning Skull Studios PDF products for RPGers, Wargamers and other hobbyists. Check out the page on the top or side menu, or visit the page HERE for more details, or just simply drop me […]

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Dimensions Pen and Paper RPG by Juliet Fehrenbacher on Kickstarter

Posted on June 12th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

This is the first Kickstarter that I wanted to highlight for some points later on (in a future post on here) but, I’ll address those later and get talking about this project in it’s own right. Tabletop RPGs and their ilk seem to be doing a roaring trade on stuff like KS these days, showing […]

New Release: 100 Genetic Defects for Inbred Families for all RPGs

Posted on June 10th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It’s June, and time for this month’s latest release, dedicated to some of the weird freaks who live around me here. Yes, now you can create your very own messed up hillbilly clans and inter-bred family bloodlines with this PDF publication, designed for all RPG systems. It’s completely system free and suitable for literally any […]

Putting publications in print. Anyone want a copy?

Posted on June 8th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Ploughing through the various ways of self-publishing in print is very interesting. So, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the subject and show you an early version I have had done for quality comparison. Back in the day, I remember the old indie RPG crowd in a similar position to Grinning Skull, and remembered the […]

The Lost City of Z

Posted on June 5th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

This was on offer for 99p for the Kindle so, having seen a trailer for the eponymous feature film recently, I thought I’d read the book upon which it was based. It’s cracking along at a good pace thus far and is very readable, with lots of contemp…

Haul Report 84

Posted on June 4th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello everyone to another overview of stuff I`ve added to my piles this week.Again a bit of a mixed boat, as it includes second hand finds, new stuff and even a price I`ve won…The first thing I`ve obtained was when i made a trip to the local used boo…

The Burning Land – Bernard Cornwell

Posted on June 3rd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The fifth book in the history of (fictional) Uther of Bebbanburg, published in 2009, is part of the Making of England series.I just advise NOT to read the part about the Making series at the end, because it tells how the story ends after the series…I…

Brainfarts: Selling adverts in RPG Ebooks: Can it work? Can you make it viable?

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

So, more thinking out loud here, I’m going to talk about something that is virtually non existent in RPG ebook media as far as I am aware, which could either be a real pain for me, or a real bonus. To recap, while before I could advertise my own projects, material and goods etc on […]

Shiloh Wargame Maps

Posted on May 31st, 2017 under . Posted by

Design your own miniature wargame scenarios for the Battle of Shiloh with this comprehensive map book.  From small unit level maps focusing on a specific terrain feature such as the Hornet’s Nest, to large maps encompassing huge areas of the battl…

A Wargamer’s Guide to the Desert War 1940 – 1943

Posted on May 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

Continuing this exciting new series of guides for wargamers, Dan Mersey gives a wargamer’s perspective on the North African campaign of World War II. Dan gives an overview of events from the opening British successes against the Italians, to the famous…

This Bloody Field

Posted on May 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Battle of Shiloh was the first truly large battle in the American Civil War’s western theater, and the largest until Chickamauga the next year. With largely inexperienced troops, the two sides faced each other and knocked each other around until on…

New Collection Now Available: The Witch’s Daughter Adventure Bundle

Posted on May 28th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Just another post to let you know that we now have a discounted adventure bundle available via RPGnow/DrivethruRPG, The Witch’s Daughter Adventure Bundle! This discounted pack contains the following titles: “The Witch’s Daughter” Adventure Module GSAM01 Hammergate Poster Map 100 Strange Townsfolk for all fantasy RPGs 100 City Encounters & Adventure hooks for all fantasy […]

New Release: 100 Cursed Places for all Horror RPGs.

Posted on May 28th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Yet more Grinning Skull Design Studios goodies on offer, this time 100 Cursed Places for all Horror RPGs by Tyler Omichinski. This great title presents 100 weird locations for GMs to slip into your horror games when on the fly, simply choose and use, or randomly generate by D100! Get your title here: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/212885/100-Cursed-Places-for-all-Horror-RPGs from RPGnow.com (also […]

CSS Alabama vs USS Kearsarge Cherbourg 1864 – Mark Lardas

Posted on May 25th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Part of the Osprey “Duel” line of books, this details not only the titular duel, but ALL duels between Confederate raiders and Union hunters.Well, all 3 engagements that is, in which a total of 5 ships over the whole WAR have been involved.From the bac…

Mad Mitch’s Tribal Law

Posted on May 24th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I’ve just started reading this book on the role of Lt Col ‘Mad’ Mike Mitchell and the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders in the withdrawal from Aden. It’s had mixed reviews but it is very interesting and obviously well-researched. It’s all good backgrou…

New Release: 100 Last Will & Testament Inheritances for all fantasy RPGs

Posted on May 24th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Back with another of this month’s releases, 100 Last Will & Testament Inheritances for all fantasy RPGs Get your copy by clicking here to go to the product page: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/212636/100-Last-Will–Testament-Inheritances-for-all-fantasy-RPGs Don’t forget to check out our first scenario release too, “The Witch’s Daughter” out now! http://www.rpgnow.com/product/212464/The-Witchs-Daughter-Adventure-Module-GSAM01?src=hottest_filtered I’ll be back later with another Skulltaliser update!!

New Release: 100 Last Will & Testament Inheritances for all fantasy RPGs

Posted on May 24th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Back with another of this month’s releases, 100 Last Will & Testament Inheritances for all fantasy RPGs Get your copy by clicking here to go to the product page: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/212636/100-Last-Will–Testament-Inheritances-for-all-fantasy-RPGs Don’t forget to check out our first scenario release too, “The Witch’s Daughter” out now! http://www.rpgnow.com/product/212464/The-Witchs-Daughter-Adventure-Module-GSAM01?src=hottest_filtered I’ll be back later with another Skulltaliser update!!

Glory, Hallelujah! – Black Powder supplement

Posted on May 21st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

While Black Powder allows for gaming the American Civil War (ACW for short), this nearly 200 page expansion adds far more detail into it.With the ACW always having been my main “historical gaming intrest”, this was a tome I just needed to have for the …

Haul Report 82: mostly about books

Posted on May 21st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Welcome to another Haul Report, and what a week it has been as my library pile was extended by no less then 28 new additions.But that isn`t everything I obtained, so bear with me…The main haul this week came of course from the Boekenfestijn event pas…

Coming Soon: Grinning Skull’s first adventure module, The Witch’s Daughter!

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well, almost ready for release is the first Grinning Skull Adventure module, “The Witch’s Daughter”, Other than these few images, I’m not telling you too much, other than a little tease of a few pages. It’ll be on sale in a few days, and I’ll tell you more then!

Coming Soon: Grinning Skull’s first adventure module, The Witch’s Daughter!

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Well, almost ready for release is the first Grinning Skull Adventure module, “The Witch’s Daughter”, Other than these few images, I’m not telling you too much, other than a little tease of a few pages. It’ll be on sale in a few days, and I’ll tell you more then!