Tag Archives: Geek Native

Weekly Roundup: Geeky Tea Blends Edition

We found the site Adagio, which offers a whole slew of geeky themed tea blends. I don’t care what your geeky love is, they have a blend for that. (for example, or also for example)

Of course, this past week had GM’s day. In case you didn’t know, the date is marked by the passing of Gary Gygax. The Charlie Tonic Hour had a remembrance of him this week.

Geek Smash talked about how to start your first RPG group.

Alphastream is converting the Saltmarsh modules to D&D Next. (Saltmarsh being a location in the Greyhawk setting.) Keep an eye on his WotC blog for a Living Dark Sun retrospective as well!

Fantastic Maps had a 4 step tutorial on designing a town or city.

If you’re looking for a chuckle, Monkey In The Cage lamented the lameness that is Half Elves this week.

For a less humorous rant, check out Critical Ankle Bites, who discusses what healing is and isn’t in D&D (sparked by the WotC discussion of Warlord healing in D&D Next).

On the board game front this week, we saw two articles extolling the virtues of playing board games with your kids. Yourneighborhoodtoystore.org talks about it here, and Growing Up Gamers discusses it here. As if you needed an excuse to play games with your kids! There was also 10 reasons to support the upcoming Tabletop Day (March 30) at Geek Native.

Finally, if you’ve been thinking about making a new RPG system, at Stuffer Shack this week Brian Liberge encourages you to stop doubting yourself and do it!

Weekly Roundup: Tweet RPG Edition

If you’re one of those people who sometimes wonder what Twitter is “for,” then perhaps this is right up your alley – it’s an RPG game that is being run on Twitter for whomever wishes to take part. It’s called Tweet RPG, and players collectively control a single character by following the story and voting on next actions. Catch up on the story, get a Twitter account, and dive in! And while you’re at it, follow us on Twitter too…

Over at Blog of Holding, there was an article about some designers’ comments trying to allay fears about 2nd edition D&D. Some sounds familiar; be sure to read the comments as well for a good dialogue. It’s also interesting to note that we saw a lot of the same fan comments in the magazines when D&D moved to 3rd edition.

At his WotC blog, Jester talks about what the playtest process is. This is a good companion article to the one we linked to at Greywulf’s Lair a few weeks ago.

Geek Native had a cool infographic this week about the history of dice. It includes a d20 from Roman times, a d12 from Egyptian times, as well as lots of other dice related archaeological finds.

There was a great post at ENWorld this week about how to run a great convention game. With “Con Season” coming up, this post couldn’t be more timely.

Frivology tackled the thorny subject of sexism in gaming. While this subject has tons of diverse viewpoints, it’s always interesting to hear a female’s point of view (especially in a hobby dominated by males).

Finally, speaking of ladies in the hobby, over at Character Generation Liz waxes philosophical about not feeling “geek enough.”

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: 100th Post Giveaway Edition)

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

Weekly Roundup: One Page Dungeon Contest Edition

In case you were unaware, there is an annual contest for One Page Dungeon Delves. It is a huge challenge to fit a complete delve on two pages, so fitting a delve onto one page will be twice as difficult (we predict. You like our math skills?) That’s right, we’re planning on entering. Since the deadline is April 30, there’s also plenty of time for you to enter as well. And, if you’re designing a 4th edition One Page Delve, send it to us – if we like it, we’ll post it right here (after entries close, of course).

Beholder Pie introduced a new magic item that they’re using in a campaign – the haunted lantern. Not only is there cool crunch for the lantern, but also seeing the fluff that they’re using for it gave us some ideas as well.

Geek Native decided to plumb the depths of Twitter archives to find out who’s tweeting the most about #DNDNext. Turns out there are some familiar names there.

On his WotC blog, Trevor Kidd introduced the idea of Monster Weaknesses for the next edition of D&D. This is just an idea, mind you, but a very good one.

Omnivoracious wrote this week about how to make a magic system believeable in a book. Guess what? It’s also applicable to making magic believeable in your RPG games.

We’ve been very excited about the Tarnished Daggers introduced by Extended Rest. So much so that we’ll be including one of them in an upcoming campaign. Check out the two newest ones.

Finally, Reality Refracted talked this week about how “victory” has a lot of gray area to play in. Just because the PCs “won” or “survived” doesn’t mean they met all their goals.

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: The Weekly Roundup Is Moving! Edition)

RPG Musings gave us food for thought when they proposed the idea of short campaigns.  The advantage being, of course, closure for all involved.  A good idea for those who have never really had any because the group just sort of broke up for some reason.