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Weekly Roundup: Coming Up On 200 Edition

It’s crazy for us to think, but it seems as though we’re coming up on 200 posts. This one is 198 – it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating 100 - unfortunately, we won’t be doing a giveaway for 200 since we just did a giveaway for our 1 year anniversary. Hopefully, by pointing you to some articles we can distract you from that, and deflect some of the nerd rage.

Arcane Springboard had a great analysis of the “Peak/End” rule and how it applies to a gaming session and even a campaign. Check it out at This Is My Game.

If you’re looking for a design challenge this week, check out A Walk In The Dark. A treasure vault has been presented, and there’s a contest to populate it!

Daily Encounter has announced a new blog carnival. If you recall, we participated in “Winter is Coming” and “A Night In The Lonesome October,” and will be participating in this one as well. They also posted a great article this week by guest author @DigitalDraco entitled “Back to Basics.”

Initiative or What? had some ideas to “automate” monsters. Make some general action “bundles” and roll a die to see what they do. Check out the specifics, and weigh in on how you would use it.

Gamer Assembly had some general thoughts about 4e. Head on over there and weigh in with your own opinions. They’re a new blog, so show them some love!

Rules as UNwritten had some great ideas for challenging players at upper paragon and epic.

We’re not sure how we missed this one, but friends of the podcast Dice of Doom have been developing their own RPG entitled Goblins! Considering the fact that they’ve been sampling an RPG a month for over a year now, we expect the game to be very well thought out. And if there’s a Kickstarter for it, we’ll be sure to post it in the sidebar there.

If you’re looking for a free holiday-themed adventure that doesn’t include a “jolly old elf,” look no further than Skyland Games’ take on “A Christmas Carol.” Instead of taking a break over the holidays, break out the eggnog and dice!

Finally, The RPG Doctor had a great post this week on how to teach D&D in a one-on-one setting. We’ve been thinking a lot recently about one-on-one D&D with experienced players, so this was a great new angle.

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Big Excel Project)

NewbieDM gave his take on what a 1 player campaign might look like.  While it’s mostly conjecture at this point, we hope he actually tries some of his ideas, and shares that too.

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!