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Weekly Roundup: New Oldest D20 Edition

A while back, we announced right here on the Weekly Roundup that the oldest d20 had been found. It was up for auction, made of glass, and belonged to some role playing ancient Roman. Well, an older one has been found. This one’s Egyptian. Guess the pharaohs were casting magic missile at the darkness before the cesars…

First up this week, we have a big announcement from Kobold Quarterly… that they’re closing. That may sound a bit extreme – the print magazine is closing. We wish them well, and hope this means even more quality Midgard stuff from them in the years to come. Speaking of which, they’re currently running a contest to find a writer for a new adventure.

Big Ball of No Fun talked a bit about the new Monk release for D&D Next that we saw this week. He also talked about a radical new way to deal with alignments – one that seems like it would work beautifully.

Dungeon’s Master had a fun idea to add a new dimension to your player’s roleplaying. Use bingo cards at the table. Not the kind with numbers and letters, but rather a list of things the player or character tries to do.

The Id DM had a really interesting article this week on the future of the RPG industry as it relates to the rise of digital media. Even if you’re not interested in the impact of PDFs on RPGs, there are some really interesting thoughts (and links!) in this article.

Alex Schroeder posted his own take on how to make a dungeon. For your home game, not for publication. He makes that distinction, and we think it’s important.

Hack and Slash encouraged us to contribute to the Abulafia wiki. It’s a wiki that aggregates random RPG generators. Sounds really really useful? Yeah. So we should all be contributing to it.

Finally, we posted a very rough prototype for our NaGa DeMon game (Backyard Wars) just this week, and we thought we’d point to three more prototypes that are up: John DuBoisBread and CircusesShorty Monster‘s Excitement and Adventure, and Wombat’s Gaming Den of Iniquity‘s The Domain Game. By the way, there’s a “Roll Call” on the NaGa DeMon site, if you want an idea of who else is participating.

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Reading A Night In The Lonesome October Edition)

Stuffer Shack had some great thoughts as to whether PVP in an RPG is kosher, or whether it’s bad form. Weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments their article.

Weekly Roundup: Impending Scheduling Change Edition

In the next few weeks, I’ll be changing the article schedule on the site. For those of you who pay attention, you’ve noticed that I post articles on Tues/Thurs and the weekly roundup on Sunday. I’ll be moving the posting schedule to Wed/Fri; the weekly roundup will remain on Sunday. This is most likely a temporary change – Wed/Fri is more convenient for my life right now, but when things get back to normal, I’ll probably go back to Tues/Thurs. So if you show up one Tuesday, and there’s no article, well, that’s what happened.

Over at This Is My Game, DeadOrcs posted some great thoughts on using a wizard’s implement as a weapon. Depending upon what implement you use, you get to add a special rider to your attacks. Worth a look. (We also love the new site art for the articles!)

At ENWorld, site owner Morrus started a discussion on why he hopes the Forgotten Realms isn’t updated for D&D 5e. We certainly see his points (especially the comment about kitchen sinks), though coming at the argument from a perspective of “I don’t care about the Forgotten Realms, so you shouldn’t either” might not necessarily win people over. We would, however, like to see what Wizards could come up with for a brand new setting. Maybe another Eberron style contest?

We loved the article by Vanir over at Critical Hits this week. We too would love to see digital tools opened up to third parties to see what the community comes up with (even if a lot of the technical jargon went over our heads…).

With all the talk of the next edition of D&D, Bat in the Attic posted a list of all the versions of D&D. It’s basically just the list, but an interesting read nonetheless.

John Du Bois followed up on the article he wrote for us this week with an article on his own blog where he discusses the difference between a “judge” and a “DM.” For those not in the know, “judge” is the commonly used term for DMs who run adventures for living campaigns.

Howling Tower discussed the problem of illusory math on his site this week – that is, the escalation of monster AC that keeps pace with the party’s to-hit bonuses.

Way back in 2010, we wrote an article on ship combat. As a result, we’re always on the lookout for good ship combat mechanics, so we were happy to see Troll in the Corner post an article on just that topic this week.

Finally, in case you missed it this week, Wizards of the Coast announced that it will be re-releasing the first edition D&D core rulebooks. Keep an eye out for them starting in April!

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Finished Sea Maiden Edition)

Board Enterprises had some interesting thoughts about whether or not you should map out locations in your campaign.  While a definitive solution to the problem was not presented, it certainly gave us something to think about.
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