Research and Reference Material
Here’s a list of places I get my research material, and reference material! Some places do require purchasing things (like books) but knowledge is priceless. Most of this is for horror, but some can be applied to anything. I will add more when they pop into my head.
Thrift Books $ This place sells used books of any type, including text books! There are new books, old books, obscure books, best sellers - and most are just 3 dollars, and they often have sales or deals. I highly recommend this place. I’ve purchased from them about 4 times now, so I can verify that they’re a reliable seller. I don’t know if they do international shipping, but they might!
Netflix $ If you don’t have a subscription, get one. It’s like 8-10 bucks a month and there are 230940239403202 documentaries on here of every subject. There’s even a friggen “Brony” documentary, as laughable as that is, lol.
Pantheon.org Is a great website that has a lot of different mythologies in it. Not all articles are super detailed, but very good for giving you an idea of things so you can look into things deeper.
My Armoury: A great website that talks about various weapons and armors through history, and goes over their “Anatomy” and historical uses.
Google Books Are you using Google Books? If you’re not, you should start. Especially for obscure topics that are hard to find research on. Why? Google Books has a lot of books that contain anthropological essays and so on and so forth. You can even search by “Research Topic.” Very fun to explore. Also, free books. You can even download and read for free some books on your phone through play, but I don’t think you can get everything you can read online.
Human Sacrifice in Legend and Myth: Some articles discussing the aforementioned. Did you know “London Bridge is Falling Down” could possibly be about human sacrifice?
Medieval Torture: Self-explanatory. Not for the weak-stomached.
Human Sacrifice: Some articles on various culture’s acts of human sacrifice.
Urban Mythology Not so much true “Research” as it is more of a peek into different cultural legends. Still interesting. May invoke some ideas for people doing horror games, too.
Yokai.com A great site that talks about japanese monsters and mythology. A lot are from the Toriyama Sekian book.
Wikipedia’s Sources. Wikipedia is “Okay” for a start to your research, but I find that exploring the listed sources yields much greater outcomes. They’re listed at the bottom of various articles.
I also suggest: Visiting thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets for used books. You can easily find treasures, sometimes for as little as 25 cents.
References and Resources:
Design Doll: A (mostly) free program that helps you to create poses for drawing reference.
Seventh Sanctum: A pretty neat website that’s great for stirring up ideas when your brain is farting, or for doing little exercises. Or being silly.
Donjon: Another generator, specifically for DnD, but also good for many other things. Can also generate maps!
Dave’s Mapper: Another map generator!
Daily Writing Tips: A great site for writing dialogue and other things!
Word Mixer: Having trouble with a name? This is kind of fun.
Field Guides! These are amazing books to have, and give you in-depth information and visuals on many plants and animals.
Visual Reference Books! Again, visual references with historial information are the best.