It took awhile, but I am finally ready to put up the next group of technologies in the sequence. The last few I did out of sequence, on account of losing my place, but they're all caught up now and I'm ready to move forward. Accordingly, the next post in the series would be on Divine Right.
I didn't imagine I'd be writing these 19 months after I started (the first was July 3, 2009, during my nine-month unemployment period following the recession) ... but then, I suppose it didn't really occur to me how long it would take to write nearly forty posts. I have enjoyed most of them. Some have needed more research than others. Some, I think, have been particularly spot on, while others have wallowed. But that's how it goes.
It does prove, I think, that D&D has its finger in virtually any subject one cares to name ... if the game is given its due. It will be harder to write posts about D&D when the technology surpasses the level that fantasy roleplay nominally requires. I've been wondering about that for ages. Three of the last four subjects in this group include 'rifling,' 'corporation' and 'chemistry.' So at the present rate of writing, I'll have to provide an answer to that curiousity in oh, about nine months.