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Weekly Roundup: PBS Idea Channel Edition

This week, the Youtube PBS Idea channel emailed us. They recently posted a video entitled “Can Dungeons & Dragons Make You A Confident And Successful Person?” It’s an interesting discussion, and makes some good points. It’s a fun video to watch in its entirety, but if you want to skip the whole “What is D&D? How do you play?” bit, go to the 2:50 mark. Thought provoking, and you can leave comments that they’ll respond to in a future episode. Incidentally, they cover other nerdy topics like “Is Dr. Who a Religion?” and “What do MP3s and Magic Spells Have In Common?”

If you’re looking for a good Halloween adventure to run for your group, look no further than A Walk In The Dark who announced intentions to publish just such a module. Keep an eye on this one folks.

If you’re looking for some interesting loot to add to your next adventure, why not a treasure map? It’s an adventure hook within the loot! Check out The Dungeon’s Master for details.

At The Howling Tower this week, Steve Winter looks at magic items in D&D Next. Specifically, should characters having magic items be assumed in the setting, or is there a better way to handle them?

It’s been a couple of months since Gencon, so it’s fun to look back at a newbie’s experience. Check out how 20 Foot Radius fared in his first Gencon ever. (Also, I met Alton at Gencon; seemed like he was having a pretty good time!) If you’re looking for more Gencon retrospectives, This Is My Game had a short series recently as well.

If you’re into real medieval history, then check out The Wargaming Site this week, where they cover everything you need to know about the English longbow.

If you’re interested in the reprint of the Dungeon! game, you can check out an unboxing over at Wired Geek Dad. Nostalgia, here we come!

Finally, we were very interested in the recent release of the Midgard Campaign Setting. While there isn’t a 4e specific version, we may still pick it up for the fluff. This looks like a very unique and complete setting. We also have some fun ideas for a campaign there, stay tuned. There were reviews this week at The Iron Tavern and also at Stargazer’s World.

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: One Last Winter Is Coming Link Edition)

Stuffer Shack promised to multiply your game’s fun by ten by adding a simple house rule.

Weekly Roundup: Tyranny Of Goblins Is Coming Edition

This week the new Tyranny of Goblins Dungeon Command set comes out! Guys, this is a really fun game. I hope you’ve overcome all the lame excuses you have for not trying it. There are plenty of reviews online and the overwhelming majority are positive. Go get it! (By the way, Amazon won’t have it for two more weeks. But by then, you’ll be behind the constructed deck curve…) And if you can’t even wait until Tuesday for a shot of DC, check out the most recent Design and Development article.

With D&D Next on everyone’s radar, it seems as though everyone is also looking to start a new campaign. Yes, you could port something you’ve already created, but you can also begin with a new world as well. Jester has started a new series on worldbuilding on his WotC blog. The first two parts are up, and you can check out the first one here.

 Ars Technica posted a much-discussed (on Twitter, anyway) article with thoughts on D&D Next. Agree or disagree, this one’s worth a read.

And speaking of Next, Dave over at Critical Hits posted some thoughts on Themes, Specialties, and Backgrounds (oh my). Are they too much? Is there redundancy that could be streamlined?

With the next Dungeon and Dragon submission window set to open soon, you may want to check out some thoughts on submissions over at A Man’s Brain Attic. Namely feedback received for a submission that was eventually rejected.

In other news, the new Lair Assault is out, called Kill The Wizard. (Don’t know if the title is a spoiler or not). If you’re at a loss for what type of character to bring, check out the character creation thoughts over at Dungeon’s Master.

Last week, we posted some articles by Some Space To Think regarding skills. If you enjoyed them, you may want to read another followup article by another blogger – Steven Long.

We know con season is over, but for all you single guy geeks out there, Geeky Hostess posted some great advice on how to approach fem-geeks. (Just made that word up)

Finally, have you ever wondered if there was a playtest of the original D&D? Of course there was, but until now, the playtest version was undiscovered. Playing At The World posted an uncovered document that may just be that undiscovered playtest version. Also, check out the author’s book by the same name. (Geek Dad interview with the author here.)

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Site Of The Month Edition)

Tomorrow, we’ll be recording a new episode of Level Up where we’ll be discussing the new Neverwinter themes. With that in mind, we thought we’d link the article at Dungeon’s Master “Giving Character Backgrounds and Themes Teeth.”

Weekly Roundup: D&D Next Playtest Is Here Edition

So, the D&D Next playtest is here, and that’s what everyone is excited about. We’ve tried it out as well, and will save our thoughts for a podcast or article or something. Also, we thought we’d evidence our receipt to the Wayne Foundation for the RPG Charity Pack Match we did:

Speaking of the playtest, a lot of people have blogged about it (predictably), but one of the coolest articles we saw this week was from The Online DM. He analyzed the math behind “advantage” in D&D Next (if it stays as published in the playtest…)

At Fearless DM we have some thoughts about lessons learned from 4e, and a followup article in response to one of the comments. It’s always great to see bloggers interacting with their audience.

Of course, Geek Dad over at Wired.com interviewed Mike Mearls, so that’s one you’ll want to check out. They talk about the playtest, as well as the direction D&D Next is probably headed.

Not to be outdone, Kobold Quarterly also interviewed Mike Mearls

And finally, Big Ball of No Fun had a great article on using Lords of Waterdeep as a plot generator. This is a great idea, and worth a look, especially if you’ve hit a little writer’s block.

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Finished Mini Edition)

Age of Ravens had a thought-provoking article on when a player should reveal their character’s back story, and more importantly, secrets.
(5/28/11) 

 

Weekly Roundup: Totally Unrelated Link Edition

My wife is a food blogger.  She blogs about all the delicious food she makes for me and our family.  I have benefitted greatly from this new hobby of hers, as she is an incredible cook and the blogging only encourages her creativity in the kitchen.  Just like RPG bloggers follow other RPG blogs, my wife follows a lot of food blogs.  Just this last week, she found My Drunk Kitchen, a “food” video blog (you’ll have to watch the videos to see why I put food in quotation marks).  While the videos posted there may not be everyone’s speed, my wife and I find them to be quite hilarious.  Check them out. (As a disclaimer, the host does, in fact, get drunk in every episode, and also uses some “colorful” language from time to time).  And that is your totally unrelated link, as the title suggests.  On to some more appropriate articles….

This week Wizards of the Coast posted a press release, announcing that they had resolved  some rights issues with Atari.  It also announces a delay in the new Neverwinter video game until “late 2012.”

Over at Wired, Geek Dad posted an article on simplifing D&D for kids – don’t miss the PDF at the end of the article for the rules to “DnD-ish.”

The Angry DM posted another article, this time attempting to define “role playing.”  He makes a thought-provoking distinction between “acting” and “roleplaying,” making this one a must read.

Roleplaying Tips blogged about how to get your players to hand you Checkov’s Gun.  If you don’t know what Checkov’s Gun is, you can check out TV Tropes.  Do so at your own peril (and only if you have several hours at your disposal).

Dread Gazebo reviewed the next-to-newest D&D boardgame this week, Conquest of Nerath.  He also included this video on how to play the game, released by Wizards of the Coast this week.

Short list of articles this week, mostly because I don’t expect anyone to remember to come back after they wander over to My Drunk Kitchen and TVTropes.org.