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Weekly Roundup: Rare D&D Art Found Edition

Just this week, Steve Winter posted a picture on Twitter of something he found in a WotC warehouse. It’s the original painting from the cover of the 1977 Basic Set. Pretty cool find! And if you visit WotC HQ someday, it seems as though you could view it yourself, if you happened by the R&D area….

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.

Gnome Stew mulled over the idea of PCs who are children. (Not to be confused with children gamers)

Thoughtcrime Games began exploring Africa as a setting for fantasy games. They started with a discussion of Ethiopian history.

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)

Weekly Roundup: Guest Post Solicitation Edition

We always like seeing guest posts on blogs, and you may know that we’ve written a few guest posts for other blogs ourselves. Most bloggers are open to guest postings, unfortunately few overtly solicit guest postings. So, here’s our solicitation: if you’d like to do a guest post for us, we’re open to the idea. Just use the little email icon up at the top right there.

Arcane Springboard used his new column at Critical Hits to address the current state of D&D, in response to the Escapist articles we linked last week.

Speaking of last week’s roundup, Robert Schwalb also posted a followup to his skill challenges article that we linked last week. He talks about dealing with skill challenges that “unravel in spectacular fashion.”

If you liked the tentacle minis we wrote about this week, check out the Silt Horror base modification Alphastream did at his blog this week.

And while you’re at the WotC Community site, be sure to check out Wrecan‘s monthly roundup of WotC Community blogs for December! We don’t usually do roundups of roundups, but we thought this one was worth a look.

Do you want to start DMing, but find it intimidating? Why not try DM bootcamp, as proposed by Gnome Stew. We agree that this program is great for honing (or learning) DM skills, especially since the stakes are low, as is the time committment.

In a couple of bits of non-D&D news, Purple Pawn listed their top 10 game news stories of 2011, and the New Year New Game initiative started by Gnome Stew, which is very similar to Dice of Doom‘s Play a New RPG Month featured last October.

Finally, we were thrilled to hear that the Ennies this year will be hosted by the Dungeon Bastard himself! Huzzah!

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: New Year Edition)

Greywulf’s Lair gave us a new way of looking at level advancement, after a humorous retrospective on the differences in time between character levels that old editions of D&D offered.

Weekly Roundup – Last Call for Dungeon Geomorph Dice Edition

Just a reminder, pledges for the Dungeon Geomorph Dice Kickstarter project we mentioned are closing this week.  It’s already fully funded, so if you pledge to the project, you will definitely get the dice.  We thought we would also mention that there is a new $12 level pledge that gets you a deck of cards with all the maps instead of dice.  These will be just as useable with the supplements we’re talking about developing for them.  So if you’re not into the price, but like the idea, the card deck may be for you.  And just to reiterate, we don’t have any financial connection to this project – only an enthusiasm for what we think is a really cool product.  So go check it out!

Initiative Or What? had a cool article this week on different found objects that were useful as props for their D&D game.  We especially like the idea to use novelty ice cube trays for casting 3D terrain decorations.

Many blogs were talking about the new season of Encounters that kicked off this week, but we especially liked the coverage that Gnome Stew gave to The Dark Legacy of Evard.  We’ll be participating in at least some of this Encounters season, for the first time.

Eye of the Beholder, written by Greg Bilsland, had a great article on acting in character at the table.  Whether it’s just using the word “I” versus “my character,” or using a funny accent, there are some great tips in this article for players and DMs alike.

In honor of the recent Free Comic Book Day, we thought we would also mention why you should be reading the D&D comic.  Ok, not us.  You can find the article over at RPG Musings.  We look forward to the graphic novel collection next month.

Finally, in case you missed it, Benoit had a guest post over at Dungeon’s Master this week highlighting the Drow Cloud of Darkness for their Exploiting Racial Features series.

Until next week…. keep reading!