Tag Archives: Geek Ken

Weekly Roundup: Trying MapTool Edition

We’ve been playing around with MapTool this past week, and we’re very impressed by it. We do have a DDi subscription, so we will also be checking out the VT Beta. However, since a lot of our gaming friends do not have a subscription, we will be using MapTool as a backup. We will say that the learning curve is a little steep, and help can sometimes be hard to find, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a very powerful and easy to use program.

Dice Monkey reminded us that there’s lots of 3d terrain accessories to be found at the dollar store. We especially like the recommendation for miniature pine trees from miniature Christmas village kits.

Neuroglyph Games lamented the loss of talent in the 4e community, as well as the difficulty of 3rd party publishing for 4th edition. This article was triggered by the farewell of the At-Will guys.

Greywulf’s Lair opined that the D&D universe should be more like Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40k universe. (Go get a snack for this one, it’s long.)

The ID DM talked D&D design, freelancing, and how to write with WotC game designer Scott Fitzgerald. Lots of good advice and insight there, especially for aspiring freelancers.

Vanir over at Critical Hits talked about the danger of railroading an inside joke into your campaign. Our favorite quote in the article: my mantra for years both as a player and DM has been “there are other people at the table.”

Geek Ken talked about how much he misses scrolls in 4e, as well as some house rules he’s been using for them.

Finally, check out the Holiday Gift Guide for gamers series over at GameHead. Whether you’re a gamer, or are looking for gifts for a gamer in your life, this series is a fun read.

Blast from the Past (Weekly Roundup:  Gamma World Edition)

The Dungeon’s Master got us thinking about whether alignment is an important part of the 4e core rules, or if it’s simply become a byword.   We think that setting hard fast rules about what alignment is and isn’t had become too restrictive, and welcome the opportunities that a more open alignment system gives.

 

Weekly Roundup: Shameless Plea For Votes Edition

This week, the folks over at The Illuminerdy posted the finalists to their RPG Hook contest, and we’re on the list! Head over there and vote for your favorites, and if one of your favorites happens to be the one by @bandofmisfits, well, we won’t complain… but really, we just want to see LOTS of votes!

This week, The Learning DM listed a few ways to use poker chips in your game. Leave something in the article’s comments about how you use (or would use) poker chips in your games.

Newbie DM had some great ideas for getting poster maps printed on the cheap.  Also, there is an online printer listed in the comments that you don’t want to miss.

Some Space to Think had an excellent article analyzing why you don’t see enough role playing in your game. You may be surprised at the answer.

Reality Refracted raised some interesting points about social combat in RPGs this week.  While we wish there had been more of a resolution to the problems presented, there were a lot of issues that we were nodding our heads to. Especially check out the “There Are No Social Hit Points” paragraph.

Finally, if you’re one of the 3 RPG players that have never heard of Obsidian Portal, check out the advantages of using it from Geek Ken this week.

 

Weekly Roundup: 100th Post Giveaway Edition

And the winners to Tuesday’s giveaway are…. James Whistler, Generic Fighter, and Edwin.  In case anyone is wondering how I pick winners, I count the number of entries, and then use random.org to generate random numbers.  Pretty simple, and (as far as I can tell) fair.  Now, some articles from this week:

Over at his own blog, Geek Ken asked an important question that deserves an answer: Where is the WotC support for Gamma World? 

There was lots of talk this week about the errata to Clerics.  Plenty of posts, but we thought we’d point out two: one by The ID DM, and a response by A Walk in the Dark. (p.s. You can find the class updates here)

For those of you who remember WotC hinting at the challenging adventure path they’re releasing, some teaser info was released on their site this week.  We look forward to testing our mettle!

Themes are a fairly new part of 4e D&D, and we were happy to find a good primer over at Temporary Hit Points.  There are a lot of good links to information about themes; if you want to know more, check it out.

Oh, and the Fourthcore Armory droped today over at Save vs. Death. Pick it up, it’s free!!

That’s all for this week kids.  If we missed any really cool articles, leave them in the comments!