Hey everyone! This week is going to be a gap week as I am currently at PDXCON 2022, possibly playing the Victoria III preview as you read these very words. I expected there to be no posts this week but controversy overtook that plan so there was something, albeit not the normal fare. Fear not, I have no intention of becoming the sort of person who just picks fights on the internet constantly; I’ve said my bit on this point and don’t expect to have more to say on it. I do think a deeper discussion of the methods historians use is something we might explore in the future, but for its own sake rather than in defense of the discipline.
That said I should note that if for some inexplicable reason you are still craving more pedantry that I have been on a number of podcasts this month which you may have missed:
- I was on the 3MA podcast, a strategy games focused podcast, discussing the medieval city builder Farthest Frontier (now in early access) and how it tries and in some ways succeeds at embracing a more historically grounded model of settlement.
- I was also a guest on Advisory Opinions, normally a legal podcast but the at least one of the hosts shares my abiding interest in The Lord of the Rings (and the other was willing to indulge us) so I talked there about the logistics and battles of The Lord of the Rings.
- I was also a guest on the Beyond Solitaire podcast with Liz Davidson talking about how video games can inform (and misinform) player’s understanding of history. A great conversation on the topic and well worth a listen; it seems to have slipped through the cracks a bit so go give it a whirl.
- And finally I was also a guest (again!), along with fellow historian Ed Watts on Subject to Change with Russell Hogg where we talked about the film Gladiator, what it captures and (mostly) what it doesn’t capture about Roman history, including the battle scene at the beginning, the place of Christianity in second century Rome, gladiatorial games and the reign of Commodus.
Finally, I hope that by the time this goes up I’ve had a chance to take some pictures in Stockholm (at least of PDXCON; I plan after the con to get out to the city’s many impressive museums because that is my better half’s and my idea of a good time) which will hopefully appear here:
So we’ll be back to our regular content next week (probably a Fireside and then in subsequent weeks diving into a deeper look at Crusader Kings III and how its vision of history differs from the other Paradox titles we’ve talked about). Until then!