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This is only a partial answer (by challenging the frame) but way too long for a comment ... I believe that there will be no clear answer because wargaming and RPGs influenced each other in ways that make it difficult to separate them. Look at the early history of Traveller, for instance, and Trillion Credit Squadron. When you put the focus on cooperative ...


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Fire was as common in pre-Edo (i.e., Nara, Heian, & Kamakura) Japan as after as the architectural basis for construction did not change on the large scale—though it seems that not as many studies quantifying these fires have been carried out. Fire Prevention Rituals to avoid fires date to much earlier than the Miyagi one you refer to. I saw references ...


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In the study of historical games there is a strong evidentiary bias towards those that used physical artifacts. A board for ur or a drawing of senet probably predate evidence of a collaborative talking game. Those games have narrative structure, but the state of the game is represented by the placement of physical tokens instead of the use of language. A ...


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Japan is a country with a broad range of weather conditions and a lot of difficulties if you are an average rice farmer who just wants to survive. The northern part of Honshu (Touhoku) and Hokkaido is famous for harsh conditions for life even now. The traditional Japanese lifestyle is more about hot summers and mild winters, while the northern end of Honshu ...


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