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Weekly Roundup: How We Find Our Articles Edition

We’ve been doing a weekly roundup for over six months now.  Some of you may be wondering, how do they find the blog articles for the Roving Band of Misfit’s Weekly Roundup?  Or maybe not.  Either way, we’re going to tell you.  There are several sources we have for articles:

  1. Twitter.  If someone we follow Tweets an interesting article, we give it a look.
  2. 4eblogs.com.  There’s no archive on this site, so if we don’t notice something in the first few days, we generally don’t notice it.  Also, the list of contributors to that site is short, and we like to keep the articles diverse.  So we don’t lean too heavily there.
  3. RPGbloggers.com.  As to the number of contributors, completely the opposite of 4eblogs.  Sometimes a single day’s worth of blog posts goes on for a few pages.  As to the amount of posts we have to sift through to find an interesting, relevant article… also the opposite.  We generally scan the headlines, and if something grabs our interest, we’ll read the article.  Since this site does have an archive, we can go back over the week’s blog postings at our leisure.

Next time, we’ll discuss how we pick articles, and what causes something to catch our eye.  But for now, some articles!

Paul from Blog of Holding posted an amazing graphic depicting all the monsters in MM1 by level and environment.  We can’t imagine how much time this took…

Dread Gazebo posted a homebrew skill specialization system for 4e that we really like.  Be sure to give him feedback (positive or negative) so he can refine the rules.

Every month, Wastex Games has been hosting a contest on their blog.  For May, the contest was “Tribes of the Land” where entrants were challenged to come up with a unique tribe of monsters.  We especially liked Wes Hall’s entry, which was presented this week: The Stone Raiders, a tribe of Cockatrice riding Goblins.  No, you read that right.

Trollish Delver had some interesting thoughts on why we may gravitate towards lower level characters.  You should weigh in on how you feel, as his musings are largely open-ended.  We’re especially interested in what The ID DM has to say, from a psychology standpoint… (As an aside, there’s a mention in the article of the Dungeon Crawl Classics; for more on that check out this article from Beyond the Black Gate)

Big Ball of No Fun posted a great way to get quick and easy building floorplans on the fly.  Just another reason to have a computer handy when you play.  (Don’t tell me that my players are the only ones who go off script and wander into random buildings….)

Finally, remember that episode of Community everyone was talking about a few months back?  The one where the cast plays D&D for the entire episode?  The A.V. Club posted an interview with Dan Harmon (Community’s creator) this week where he comments on the making of the episode.  You have to scroll down a bit; look for the picture of Chevy Chase holding the D&D adventure.

What cool articles did we miss this week?