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    Quote Originally Posted by ravells View Post
    Although, all this said, we are talking about Fantasy RPGs rather than real life medieval. Fantasy settings are basically a sanitised and idealised take on medieval / renaissance life. Disease, lack of sanitation, the sheer smelliness, the presence of fleas on virtually everyone and general lack of personal hygiene, the utterly back-breaking, hard life that rural peasants led, the almost universal lack of literacy and numeracy, the fact that it was not uncommon to step over the dead bodies of children in city streets in 18th Century London....the list goes on and on.

    Years ago I pondered the same issue, vacillating on whether dungeons & buildings should have bathrooms/indoor outhouses. Ultimated I reached the same conclusion as Ravells- it's a game of fantasy, not a treatise on plumbing! It's like the Renaissance Festivals so popular now, an overly romanticised view of the times (hey, I love the Ren Fest, but was everyone back then really a Lord or Lady, and did they all have bad English accents?).

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    I would LOVE to go to a Ren fest. Must book a trip to America soon....we don't really have them here. ...oh and 'back then' (pre 1900s) received pronunciation (aka BBC English aka 'the posh accent') hadn't been invented. In fact the American accent is closer to how people spoke in the 1500s than RP is....and as an added bonus you still use words which are obsolete here, like 'gotten'.

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    Ravs--you can come stay at my house anytime, buddy. There's a ren fest in Detroit close by--and I can sure introduce you to some "interesting" people there. IN fact, I'll bet we can find some McFacts about European history you've never "gotten" in your own schooling...
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    We say "gotten"? I don't think that is even in my vocabulary. It is in the dictionary though. It just doesn't sound right to me. I wonder where he could have gotten that from?
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    Loads of Americans I've met say 'gotten'! Trust me to find the only two who don't here!

    Don, we could dress up as fifteenth century cartographers (I don't know why but I've always imagined fantasy Cartographers to dress like 16th Century Florentines), and run a ye olde mappe shoppe!
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    Hahaha. Sure--although I get to be the assistant, Igor. (Pron: Eye - gore)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyrandon View Post
    Hahaha. Sure--although I get to be the assistant, Igor. (Pron: Eye - gore)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyrandon View Post
    Hahaha. Sure--although I get to be the assistant, Igor. (Pron: Eye - gore)

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    We'll need a Madam Blushtika as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravells View Post
    We'll need a Madam Blushtika as well!

    (sound of horses neighing).
    Hahaha--you know what's really funny? When my wife calls out to our horses they neigh like that--so I've called her Frau B for along while now
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    Quote Originally Posted by ravells View Post
    We'll need a Madam Blushtika as well!

    (sound of horses neighing).
    Er... That is Frau Blucher.

    And before anyone mentions it, Blucher is not German for Glue. There are 3 different words for glue and none of them sound like blucher. The most common is Klebemittel.
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