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Weekly Roundup: Helping Sandy Victims Edition

Most of us have probably heard about the storm (named Sandy) that hit the east coast of the USA this past week. While we were not affected in any significant way (being far enough inland), we know of many people who were, and have seen the devastation on TV. We would like to help, even if it’s in a very small way. With that in mind, we have set up three charity auctions on Ebay to auction off the Hirst Arts dice towers that we make. All proceeds of these auctions will go directly to the Red Cross. (Ebay has it set up so that we don’t even touch the money. It goes directly to the charity.) If you’re interested in one of our really cool dice towers, and would like to help out the victims of Sandy, please bid in our auctions. They’re only up for seven days. Here is what the dice towers look like:

Since each item is handmade, each will look slightly different, but this gives you a good idea of the final product. (Differences will be minor, mostly the exact appearance of the moss around the tower.) The three auctions are there: One, Two, Three.

This week Newbie DM mused upon what the next set of reprints from WotC will be. They’re on a kick of bringing back the old stuff… what might be in the pipeline?

Greywulf’s Lair opined about the flexibility of the D&D Next Character Generation, and how many options players have… if they’d just open up a bit.

Critical Hits covered how to deal with potential bottlenecks in your game, especially tied to skill checks. Your players need to succeed, and they don’t? This article is for you.

RPG Circus asks us, “What color is that potion?” and gets on their soapbox about things that are (and aren’t) described in our games.

Dungeon Mastering is taking the spirit of November (thankfulness) and writing about why they’re thankful for D&D. The first author weighed in this week.

Finally, we’ll be posting one NaGa DeMon project a week on the roundup here, and this week, it’s the Online DM‘s project, Gods & Champions.

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: One Year Old Edition)

Rules as Unwritten had some thoughts about item rarity, as well as another way to motivate your players past the 5 minute workday – ideas to make more item powers ramp up with consecutive milestones.

Weekly Roundup: Free RPG Day 2012 Edition

Well, another Free RPG Day has come and gone. What sorts of swag did you get? Unfortunately, we were not able to make it out because we were out of town and there wasn’t a single participating store in the entire state. Sad. But next year, we’ll be sure that we’re home for Free RPG Day 2013!

We’re always interested in new ways to conduct large scale conflict in our D&D game. We’ve even linked a few in past Weekly Roundups. Check out the system created by That Robed Guy and see if it would work in your campaign. (Incidentally, this is very similar to the system that The Learning DM came up with.)

We had a (too short) discussion on Twitter this week about whether the D&D sourcebooks help a DM create a good story. It reminded us of the article @Alphastream tweeted this week of Pixar rules of thumb for creating great stories.

And speaking of Alphastream, there was a great two part article on his WotC blog this week. It discusses whether D&D Next should stick with the 4e style of monster stat blocks or whether it should stick with what they’re presenting in the playtest materials. He makes a compelling argument (and one we agree with).

Greywulf’s Lair discussed how the next edition of D&D should be published. Should WotC stick with the 3 book template (PHB, DMG, MM) or should they try something else?

Finally, if you need a dice calculator that you can use offline, look no further than the one posted by A Walk In The Dark this week.

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Etsy Edition)

Some Space to Think discussed why the Underpants Gnome school of thought is a good way to plot out your campaigns.  Also, don’t miss the follow up article with specific ideas.

Weekly Roundup: Wayne Foundation Charity RPG Bundle Edition

In case you didn’t know, there is currently a sale of an RPG bundle going on to benefit The Wayne Foundation. By purchasing this bundle of RPGs, you’re not only getting a ton of awesome content, but you’re also benefitting a charity that is dedicated to eradicating undearage prostitution. To further entice everyone to buy the bundle and contribute to this charity, we will donate $1 for every bundle purchased, up to $1,000. Just send us the receipt from Drive Thru RPG. You can purchase this huge bundle of RPGs and RPG content (including 4e content!) from Drive Thru RPG by using this link. You can track the status of our match over on the sidebar there. 
(UPDATE: You don’t need to send us a receipt, just buy a bundle. We now have access to the total number of bundles sold.)

First up this week is not a blog article, but a fun little choose your own adventure game that we thought we’d link to in honor of the May of the Dead carnival going on over at Going Last. It places you in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

We were pleasantly surprised to see Legend4ry DnD begin a conversion of the old school Dyson’s Delve. We’re excited to see the final product. The original Dyson’s Delve (here) was written by Dyson Logos.

With the public playtest of D&D Next coming up on May 24th, Greywulf’s Lair tackled the issue of playtesting, and what it is (and isn’t).

Every once in a while, we see an article that really sparks our imagination. DMG 42 hit the ball out of the park this week. He described a system in which worldbuilding between the DM and players was collaborative in a really hands on way. We really really want to try this.

Dungeon’s Master did a little thinking this week about the fate of the Character Builder.  Has it become as necessary as the PHB? Do you hope it sticks around?

Finally, at Cinerati this week, a mystery of gaming history was brought to our attention. Who was Gigi D’arn? Even if you’ve never heard of her, by the end of the article, you’ll probably want to figure it out…

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: D&D Perfume Edition)

At-Will had a discussion of what sorts of challenges you should throw at your epic tier players.  No, not what sorts of monsters.  What sorts of challenges.  Check it out if you’re struggling with your epic tier storyline.

Weekly Roundup: First Special Ops Gameday Edition

Just yesterday, we started our new home campaign. We’re loosely using the rules from the 4e supplement Wraith Recon that drops a “special ops/splinter cell” theme into a fantasy setting. Our first play session went very well, and we hope to meet on a regular basis with rotating DMs.

If you haven’t been following the “What X Edition of D&D Got Right” over at Greywulf’s Lair you should check it out. His most recent addition was What AD&D Got Right.

With our new home campaign in mind, we really liked the Inception style skill challenge that Sly Flourish presented this week. We may have to work that in somewhere.

A Hamsterish Hoard of Dungeons and Dragons posted a random table of dragon “add ons” this week that you should check out. It doesn’t seem to be made for 4e (semi-system agnostic), but should be pretty easy to adapt. Make your dragons more unpredictable and deadly TODAY!

Neuroglyph Games posted 10 new psionic rituals for Dark Sun. I wonder if we’ll see access to any of these in an upcoming Ashes of Athas mod??

Stuffer Shack discussed the new Legends and Lore article about Epic play. He mostly disagrees with the WotC article, and has some great thoughts.

Finally, don’t miss Daily Encounter‘s second article on art for D&D Next. We especially liked the links to D&D artist’s Deviant Art galleries. Lots of good inspiration there.

 Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Podcast Edition)

Tarrasqueous had some interesting homebrew Gamma World “monsters” called “Gamma Portals.”  This was especially interesting to us, as we just finished the first Gamma World novel “Sooner Dead” where “ripples,” similar to Gamma Portals, featured prominently.  Kind of neat to see some crunch put to the fluff in the novels.
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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 – D&D Perfume Edition

So, here’s something interesting we stumbled across this week: you can make your own D&D perfume at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s website simply by choosing a race, class, and alignment combo.  Interesting, at the very least, and the prices don’t seem too out of line with how much fragrances cost elsewhere.  We wonder what a chaotic neutral halfling rogue smells like…. and now, while you ponder that, read some of this week’s articles!

At-Will had a discussion of what sorts of challenges you should throw at your epic tier players.  No, not what sorts of monsters.  What sorts of challenges.  Check it out if you’re struggling with your epic tier storyline.

Speaking of campaign hooks The Undungeon was the topic of a massive post over at Greywulf’s Lair this week.  If you’re looking to start a new campaign soon, this article could be a great resource for you, and is chock full of ideas to steal.

Just yesterday, Dave the Game posted a discussion of the economics of pricing plastic miniatures over at Critical Hits.  If you’re interested in why WotC discontinued their minis line, this article pulls back the curtain a bit.

Over at the Wizards of the Coast community blogs, we noticed a new article by The Jester who had a great discussion of balance in games.  Is it good?  Can it be ignored?  Read and decide.

Blog of Holding had a discussion of why he thinks that 4e does not, in fact, discourage roleplaying.  An old discussion, I know, but worth checking out, as he makes some points that you may not have heard before.

In case you missed it,  Newbie DM made a call to all you DMs out there for pictures of your DM’s binder.  We use a clipboard, but if you use a binder, feel free to submit it to the gallery.

Finally, as you may or may not know, Star Wars day was this past week – May the fourth.  As in, “May the fourth be with you.”  In celebration of this “holiday,” we point you to Death Star PR‘s 10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day.  Yes, we know it’s not D&D related, but considering our audience, we thought it was relevant.  Plus, we chuckled.

How did you celebrate Star Wars day?

Weekly Roundup – Halfhearted Edition

Well, I’ve been dealing with the seasonal sicknesses and the annual busy season at work, so I apologize if I’ve fallen back on the usual suspects for this roundup.  That is all I have to say. 

The Dungeon’s Master had a great article about a new LFR adventure. The author writes about his interview with the author, and how maybe, just maybe, his negative attitude towards the living campaigns is shifting.

Over at RPG Musings, Alio the Fool clarified some thoughts he had in a Twitter discussion about DM tactics and strategy.

Critical Hit‘s Logan Bonner took on the differences between magic items in 3e and 4e, and discussed whether he thought the changes were good, bad, or indifferent.  Considering the fact that he’s a designer over at WotC, and worked on the Adventuer’s Vault, this is a must read.

Troll in the Corner had some uplifting words about comparing your favorite RPG to someone else’s.  In a positive way.  Really.

That, by the way, was a follow up article to this one over at Greywulf’s Lair, which was a discussion of whether Pathfinder is better than 4e.  Just saying.

Finally, for a little non-D&D reading, head over to Robert J. Schwalb‘s blog. He’s a writer for Wizards of the Coast, but he had some fun thoughts about re-working the Rolemaster role playing game that he’s been kicking around in his head for a while now.

What did you write about this week? We want to hear about it in the comments!

Weekly Roundup – New Year Edition

Well, it’s happened again. You’ve wasted another perfectly good year playing D&D. (That’s a “Car Talk” reference, for those of you who don’t listen to NPR on the weekends…)  We look forward to another year of great D&D blogs to read, and we’re constantly amazed at the wealth of subject matter out there. You’d think the subject of D&D would be exhausted by now, but blogs keep coming up with new articles.  As long as they keep coming out, we’ll keep reading them.  Here are some of our favorite articles from this week…

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.

Level 30 Yinzer had an interesting connundrum – how to reunite a party whose characters have voluntarily parted ways, but whose players would very much like to continue playing together.  We encourage you to head over there and weigh in with a solution.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: We love arts & crafts! That’s why we were excited by the free papercraft “dicie” awards over at WeXogo this week.  These are basically big d20’s you can give out as player rewards.  Very cool.  Did we mention free?

Speaking of arts & crafts, Ben’s RPG Pile had a great article on some Mage Knight minis that make great D&D minis as well. You do have to re-base them; they’re set on 1.5″ bases instead of the D&D standard 1″.  But if you ask us, that’s part of the fun!

Finally, over at Critical Hits, Shawn Merwin posted his Top 7 RPG Wish List for the year.  Some good thoughts in there; check out the comments and add your own wish list items!

It’s a new year, and we want to find YOUR D&D blog! Leave a link in the comments!