Volume 1 Issue 37 – Hardcore History with Dan Carlin

Be sure to check out Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast!

This week Roll for Initiative has a very special guest – Hardcore History podcast host Dan Carlin.

Ancient and medieval societies are discussed, as well as real life counterparts of AD&D classes.
Also, this weeks Creature Feature Theater has roots in ancient Greece, as we discuss caryatid columns.

All of this and more is in a special Hardcore History edition of Roll For Initiative.

INTRO – Dan Carlin of Hardcore History 0:00.000
Damascus Steel
HG Wells “A Short History of the World” http://www.bartleby.com/86/

Bronze Age http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze_Age


Knights Hospitaller http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knights_Hospitaller
Roman Multi-tool http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/11/2000-year-old-roman-multi-tool/
HG Wells “Little Wars” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Wars
Baghdad Battery http://www.world-mysteries.com/sar_11.htm
Will Durant http://www.willdurant.com/home.html

Creature Feature Theater – Caryatid Column 52:22.507

The Lumpers “Spare Parts” Part 5 – 1:05:37.606

10 Foot Poll / Outro – 1:14:42.311


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  1. Mark Morrison

    Well I would do this. Room 1 would have lets say 8 Caryatid Columns. Their command would be” get back the jeweled crown”. So when the party enters the room the Caryatid Columns would not attack the party, would just look like stautes. The party would enter room 2, battle the big bad monster and get the jeweled crown. When the players would leave with their ill gotten gains, WHAT?!?! THE STATUES ARE ATTACKING?? lol.

  2. angelicdoctor

    An excellent podcast! As an amateur historian, I truly appreciated the content of this particular podcast more than you can imagine. I am pleased that Dan revealed the prejudice which has been adopted by us moderns concerning our ancestors with respect to their intelligence and/or wisdom. Some so-called academics have a good deal of arrogance due to the fallacious reasoning that previous generations certainly lacked much that we appear to know today. In fact, in my study of history and especially with medieval European history, I have found that in many things, the medieval man was our superior especially with respect to philosophy, agriculture, religion, natural science, et al. A contemporary and critic of H.G. Wells, G.K. Chesterton has also noted this trend in modern historical academia in that we falsely attribute stupidity and lack of education in previous civilizations when in actuality, many past civilizations may have been on par if not excelled beyond our current modern era. For more on his treatment of this theme, I would like to encourage you and your audience to pick up and read Chesterton’s ‘The Everlasting Man’ for more on this as well as for his well placed criticism of Mr. Wells. Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve never read G.K. Chesterton – I will take your advice and pick up The Everlasting Man.

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