Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, public speaker, chairman of the Swedish Skeptics Society, atheist, lefty liberal, board gamer, bookworm, and father of two.

Movie Recommendations Thread

John asked me to create a permanent movie recommendations forum in the shape of a comment thread. Et voilà!

Most-played Boardgames of 2015

Here are the ten boardgames I played the most during 2015. The year’s total was 78 different boardgames. Saboteur (2004) * Istanbul (2014) * Love Letter (2012) * Manhattan (1994) * 6 nimmt / Category 5 (1994) Elysium (2015) * El Grande (1995) * Magic: the Gathering (1993) Province (2014) * Boss Monster (2013) *…

Best Reads Of 2015

Here are my best reads in English during 2015. My total was 55 books and 16 of them were e-books. Find me at Goodreads! The Summing Up. W. Somerset Maugham 1938. An old writer and traveller looks back on his life and turns out to have settled upon pretty much the same philosophy as myself.…

Ten Years Of Blogging

I’ve been blogging for a bit more than ten years now, having started on 16 December, and today Aard turns nine! I was inspired to begin blogging by my wife who started in October 2005. She worked as a news reporter at the time, and journalists were early adopters in Swedish blogging. I was doing…

This is the definitive study of English cruciform brooches. Now and then a study comes along that is so comprehensive, and so well argued, that nobody will ever be likely to even try to eclipse it. It is my firm belief that future work on English cruciform brooches will strictly be footnotes to Toby Martin.…

A Tangled Tale Of The Arabian Nights

Most story boardgames don’t let you do much tactically to influence the results or win. I’ve reported previously on what a game of Arkham Horror (2005) can be like. And I’ve played Betrayal At House On The Hill (2004) quite a lot. But the storiest of all story boardgames I’ve played is Tales Of The…

December Pieces Of My Mind #2

Wearing my early-90s Tolkien Society outfit for tonight’s Viking yule feast with the students. Been so long since I wore it that I’d forgotten where I’d put it. It was neatly stacked in the back corner of my closet’s top shelf. I’m slow on the uptake. It took me long to realise that the subway…

Notes on the new Star Wars movie

Vague and sweeping spoilers below. The Force Awakens is fully on a level with the original three films, as far as I remember them. These are four good scifi action movies. The new one is actually better in being much more inclusive of women and non-Europid people. It’s quite a loving re-visit to the original…

Together with Dorthe Wille-Jørgensen, Curator at the Danish Castle Centre in Vordingborg, I’m organising a paper session on Medieval castles at the 22nd annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. This is in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, 31 August to 4 September 2016. Here’s our session abstract: Lifestyles At Medieval Castles: Current Methodological Approaches…

December Pieces Of My Mind #1

Found the secret passage between the humanities building and the library. Now I can go eat lunch without braving the elements. I flew to Umeå today along the contrail left by the aircraft when going south earlier in the morning. Contrails are really pretty up close. Once I saw two parallel ones, really thick and…