Finally, on the non-RPG front, Boardgamequest posted a great list of games under $20. We own at least a few of them, and agree with all the recommendations. Pick up one or two of them yourself, and save a little cash!
With the new Dungeon Command set coming out this week, I thought I’d write a short article on how I fit three Dungeon Command sets into one Dungeon Command box. Fair warning, however: some of my suggestions will have the purists among you gnashing your teeth and setting your computers on fire, but for the pragmatists, these techniques will work quite well. Continue reading →
I like this map because you can use the staircase at the bottom of the map either way. It could be used as an exit from the cave into a dungeon or another level, but it also could be the way the PCs get into the cave. And then, imagine their surprise, when they exit the cave, and blinking in the sunlight, they find themselves….
Growing Up Gamers posted a good article for parents this week. It discusses tips on gaming (with other adults) when you have kids around.
Sly Flourish gave us some good ideas for your party’s home base. Our favorite bit of advice? “Let the players decide upon and build out their home base. Give them options but don’t force a solution.” Some players LIVE for this kind of stuff.
Finally, Semper Initiativus Unum put forth the controversial idea that maybe a man named David Wesely is actually the father (grandfather?) of D&D. Go learn some history. (And if you want some more, check this out)
A few months ago, Michael Robles, the WotC Magic: The Gathering Community Brand Manager, posted a project on his blog. This project had nothing to do with M:tG however. No, it was a Gamma World Deck of Many Things. I was quite excited to see this, and even more excited to see that friend of the blog Wes Hall had done the awesome artwork for them. I wanted me a deck of that goodness.
But I didn’t want the “print and cut out yourself” version of these cards that was being offered in Microsoft Word format. No, I wanted cards - professionally printed, glossy, poker sized cards. So I contacted Wes to see if this was a possibility. He put some files together for me, and I sent them off to Superior POD to be printed.
Well, here we are, back at it. It’s been a while because of, well, life, but things should start getting back to normal. Let’s start this week off with a bang. Also, stay tuned for a contest later this week! (Thursday) I really think you’re going to like this one, so be sure to check back.
There was a post this week at 2D6 Cents that outlines the way to make a hero for the RPG Becoming. As I read through the post, however, I realized that these steps could be used (loosely) to make any hero for any RPG. Check it out!
At Some Space to Think we saw some thoughts on stunts. Call them whatever you want, but every character needs something cool and unique to call their own. What should they look like?
Finally, Dice Monkey had some thoughts about playing RPGs with kids, and reported on RPGKids. We’ll be looking at another kid friendly RPG in a few weeks, so stay tuned for that.
Just a short one today, to get myself back into the blogging mindset. Long before papercraft became a popular way to generate cool terrain for your game table, Wizards of the Coast put out a whole bunch of papercraft models, for free, on their website.
In fact, the archives of the D&D website is a really cool place to dig around. The maps archive, for example, has tons (literally tons. I weighed them) of great maps that you can use for inspiration, and that are of high enough quality to print out.
Back in 2003, they posted a bunch of papercraft buildings that you could print out and put together. I tried a few of them myself back then, and it’s probably one of the things that initially gave me the terrain bug. They’re not perfect – there’s no printing on the insides – but if you’re looking for something to set the stage or create atmosphere, you could do worse. And they’re fairly quick to put together.
You can find the Wizards of the Coast “foldup paper models” archive here.