'7th Sea' - I consider '7th Sea' to be one of the best Role-Playing Games ever produced. Here are sites directly related to the game; plus others of a Pirate-y or Swashbuckler-ish disposition.
OTHER RPG SITES - I have been an avid role-player for over 20 years - playing 'GURPS', 'Cyberpunk' and 'Traveller' amongst a whole bunch of others.
MILITARY / INTELLIGENCE - Several sites of general interest.
HISTORY - Ditto.
HUMAN ACHIEVMENT / ENTERTAINMENT - Stuff to make you smile, or wonder "What. Were. They. Thinking?!?".
FORTEANA & OTHER STRANGENESS - Varying degrees of weirdness. Science has not figured it ALL out, just yet!
SPACE - NASA, satellite watching, space weather reports, interest groups, alternate astronomy and plans for the (hopefully!) near future.
SCIENCE FICTION - I am an SF fan from way back. These sites relate to some of my favourite books and TV shows.
HOLIDAYS - I've holidayed at these places, and recommend them to others.
LEFTOVERS - All the stuff that doesn't fit anywhere else.
Alderac - The publishers (and copyright holders) of 7th Sea and its D20 offspring 'Swashbuckling Adventures'.
The Temple - A VERY good 7th Sea (& general SF) site.
Revenant's 7th Sea Forum - If you really want to talk 7th Sea, this is the best place to do so.
7th Sea Compendium - Another worthwhile 7th Sea site / forum.
Pirates of the Burning Sea - A huge online RPG, which I would join in a nanosecond if I had the time and money AND broadband link. Loads of useful data, particularly on ship types of the 16th-18th centuries.
Blackbeard Lives - Lots of info about Blackbeard, and about pirates in general.
Talk Like A Pirate Day - Aaaaaarrrrrrrrrr!!!!!! Ye ne'err 'earrd o' such? It be on 19 Septemberrr, matey.
The Mother of All Maritime Links - What the name says. Vast number of links to all things maritime.
OTHER RPG SITES:
- Publishers of 'GURPS' (Generic Universal Role-Playing System); 'GURPS: Traveller' (under license); card games such as 'Illuminati', 'Ninja Burger' and 'Chez Geek / Greek / Grunt & Goth'; and a bunch of other neat stuff. They do good work. The US Secret Service is a former adversary (long nasty story with ). Fnord.
Gamewyrd - Forums, Links, More Links, Articles. Lots of good schtuff.
RPG's Famous Last Words
ReligiousTolerance.Org - Totally demolishes the anti-RPG hysteria.
Top 100 Sites For Cyberpunk 2020
Napoleon's Military Bookshops - The primary supplier for my gaming addiction.
MILITARY / INTELLIGENCE:
JANE'S - As in "..... Book Of Just About Every-bloody-thing".
Royal Australian Navy - They have a very good website, and I'm a patriotic Aussie who likes ships and the military. You figure it out.
CIA (Central Intelligence Agency, duh!) - I am slightly weirded out by the fact that this site has a kids' section.
DIA (the USA's Defence Intelligence Agency) - Interesting links.
Terraserver - Satellite pics from all over, including the reknowned Area 51.
William Blum - Author of 'ROGUE STATE', which delves into US policy and activities for the last 50-odd years - using the same standards that the USA (purportedly) judges most other nations by. The detailed results are horrifying.
Open US Government Information Awareness - Given the current political climate, I like the idea behind this site. A lot. Produced by some especially bright folks at MIT.
Soldiers For The Truth - Publicizes the problems that US military service-people currently face - and the idiotic decisions and policies causing many of those problems in the first place. Solidly on the side of the rank and file, less than complimentary about most generals and politicians.
1421 - The official website for a fascinating book - '1421 - The Year China Discovered The World' by Gavin Menzies. Solid evidence is presented for a huge Chinese fleet having explored much of this planet circa 1421.
Australian War Memorial - For Australian military history, this is the place to start.
Australia @ War - An entertaining private site about Australia's proud (and colourful!) military history.
Digger History - Australia and New Zealand at war. An unofficial history.
Australian National Maritime Museum - As maritime museums go, it is still quite new (only opened in Sydney circa 1988), but is well worth the visit.
US Naval Historical Centre - For those interested in naval history.
HUMAN ACHIEVMENT / ENTERTAINMENT:
The Darwin Awards - If you don't believe in evolution, maybe this will change your mind.
Mythbusters - My favourite TV "science" show.
This Is True - What more can I say?
Infiltration - 'Infiltrators' are guys who explore places that the rest of us never even hear of - derelict factories, disused missile silos, unusual structures and complexes of all sorts - simply to see what is there. Stories, pictures and links.
The Lads From Lagos - Devoted to those "unique financial opportunities" of certain nations. Amazing stuff here.
SatireWire - Satirical (and, I hope, untrue) "news". No longer updated, sadly, but should induce a few chuckles.
Bored.com - "When you have nothing better to do". Highly recommended.
Jump The Shark - The term is from 'Happy Days', and refers to the point when a given TV show shoots itself in the foot (or elsewhere). This site covers just about every TV series ever shown to the English-speaking world, with polls and opinions as to how / where / when / why each became doomed.
Idleworm - Totally unsuitable for sensitive souls. Go here if you like the idea of simple games (with great animations!) that do horrible things involving Bill Gates, Jar Jar Binks, Jerry Springer, Barney The Dinosaur, William Shatner, David Duchovny or generic telemarketers. Free advice: 'Shoot The Monkey'. You won't regret it.
Acts Of Gord - "Gord" runs a computer / video game business in Canada. He has a numnber of anecdotes about some of his ... more memorable customers. People who ... well, how can I put this? Probably too inbred to suit Jerry Springer, and certainly most are 'Darwin Awards' just waiting to happen.
The Exploding Whale Of Oregon - "They" said it was an urban myth. They were wrong.
213 Things Skippy Cannot Do - An Internet classic, with numerous variants and emulations.
FORTEANA & OTHER STRANGENESS:
Worth regular checks:
The Millennium Group - Killer mission statement. Scary theories.
Global Consciousness Project - Unsure how to describe this without sounding stupid. Yes, it is for real - and they may be on to something significant.
Graham Hancock - Author of 'Fingerprints Of The Gods' and 'Underworld'. Co-author of 'The Mars Mystery' and 'Keeper Of Genesis'. I do not agree with some of his conclusions, but he may otherwise be on the right track.
Michael Cremo's "Forbidden Archaeology" - There are things that many archaeologists are not keen to get involved with. Or even think about.
How To Debunk Anything - Like most things, skepticism in moderation is fine, BUT ...
Disinformation - More food for thought.
Badastronomy - Many links for both sides of the faked moon landings argument. Also tackles the most popular fallacies about Astronomy (Hollywood has much to answer for).
I am profoundly skeptical of most conspiracy / cover-up theories, but here are three that seem worthy of serious examination:
Who was the first man in space? Maybe it isn't who we think.
USS Liberty - A mostly forgotten "incident" from the Arab-Israeli wars. Another "friendly fire" tragedy? .... Or something much more sinister?
TWA800 - A tragedy with troubling inconsistencies in the 'official' explanation.
Nuclear Space - Sensible, effective and economic ideas for space exploration - that would also scare the #### out of the anti-nuke lobby. Worth supporting for all of those reasons.
NASA - One of their main sites.
NASA History- Historical reference.
Heavens Above - Tracks the International Space Station, and other stuff.
Lunar Republic - Applications for citizenship being accepted.
Skyramp Technology - An alternative means of spacecraft launch, which shows a lot of potential.
Space.com - For all species of space enthusiasts.
Hobbyspace - Ditto.
Cosmiverse - Yet another good space site.
SpaceWeather - Tracks solar activity, Close Earth Objects, meteorites, and more.
MetaResearch - An 'alternate' look at astronomy. This bunch rationally disagrees with certain conclusions that the mainstream have arrived at.
Ringworld - Larry Niven's 'Ringworld' is one of the best SF concepts ever. Ths site helps you grasp just how H-U-G-E such a structure would be.
Liad - The 'Liaden Universe' books by Steve Miller and Sharon Lee are well worth reading.
Star Trek - The "Official" Site. A good way for we Trekkers to keep up with what is happening.
Journal of Applied Treknology - Plans and blueprints and the like by Trekfans for assorted starships and hardware.
StudioFoglio - Phil & Kaja Foglio's official site.
Stargate SG-1 - I like the show.
Jeff Russell's STARSHIP DIMENSIONS - Size / silhouette comparisons of SF spacecraft from 'Star Wars', 'Star Trek', 'Star Blazers'. 'Macross / Robotech', 'Babylon 5', 'ID4', 'Farscape', etc.. Plus more conventional (and familiar) objects to scale for further comparison - 747, F14 Tomcat, VW Beetle, ships, well-known buildings, etc.. ***HIGHLY*** Recommended.
WorldCon (World Science Fiction Convention) - An annual event. I have survived two (Aussiecon 2 in Melbourne, and Noreascon 3 in Boston). For those who truly love SF, there is no other place to be.
Hamilton Island - A very nice holiday spot. One of Australia's beautiful Whitsunday Islands, near the Great Barrier Reef.
Aurora Ski Lodge - Another nice place, located in Australia's Perisher Valley.
Ripples Houseboat Hire - In Brooklyn, just across the water from Long Island - in Broken Bay, an hour or so's drive north of Sydney. Pretty surroundings (mostly national park), nice houseboats, reasonable rates.
MIDIs By Mike Bourke - A long-time friend, and a talented musical composer.
Dale's Web - Alternate Histories and Cryptozoology. Worthwhile.
Today In Alternate History - More AH stuff. Updated daily.
Webring Listings - You name it, and there is probably a webring for it.
Project Gutenberg - Books available via free internet download.
Bookcrossing - I'm too selfishly attached to my books to consider this course of action. But the idea is admirable.
BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA - Reviving the Library of Alexandria.
The Vatican - Nope. I am not, nor have I ever been, Catholic. Interesting site, but.
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