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Weekly Roundup: Why I’m Taking A Hiatus Edition

So, D&D is in a unique place right now. As is my life. Lately, I’ve felt as though 4e content is in less demand because of D&D Next. However, D&D Next is still in a playtest phase, so designing something for that would just be silly. I don’t have any interest in discussing my thoughts on the playtest beyond what we intend to do on the podcast (more episodes to come), so what’s a D&D blogger to do? At the same time, I’ve been feeling really crunched lately in my personal life, and also as though this blog is sometimes taking up more than its fair share of my free time. So, I’ve decided to back off on the amount of posting I’ll be doing during this summer. Don’t worry though, I’ll still post periodically; when I do, it will be on Thursdays. I will also still be doing the weekly roundup every week. The sorts of things you can expect in this timeframe will be system neutral for the most part. Perhaps some hand drawn dungeon maps, dungeon accessories articles, and general thoughts on DMing. In the meantime, I’ll be catching up on my D&D reading, focusing on my weekly D&D summer campaign, and spending time with my family.

Speaking of the playtest, there was a new article in the Protection From Chaos series at Loremaster this week. It’s written by an attorney, and it discusses the playtest agreement (that you most likely didn’t read).

IntWisCha had a great article on different types of treasure. Not the normal gold, gems, and statuettes, but rather all sorts of paper items that the party would consider non-traditional treasure worth pursuing. Lots of good hooks there too, if you’ve hit writer’s block this week.

On Twitter this week, SlyFlourish linked to this controversial article at UAD&D which is an open letter to WotC about the new edition. (It’s kind of long, but well written. Set some time aside for this one)

At Alphastream‘s WotC blog, he talks about the influence of other genres on D&D. Also, don’t skip over the link in the article to Last Stand At Camp Starfall, which will take you to a full adventure that he wrote as part of May of the Dead.

And speaking of May of the Dead, it wrapped up this week. You can head over to Going Last to see the whole list of articles from the carnival; lots and lots (and lots) of really good stuff there. We were impressed.

Finally, if you were following the One Page Dungeon Contest, the winners were announced this week! Check them out, and download some free one page goodness!

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: New Kickstarter Widget Edition)

If you’re currently feeling in a more cerebral mood, you should definitely check out the article at Geek Related on what RPGs teach you.  That, and there’s apparently an International Journal of Roleplaying.  Who knew? (link to the Journal in Geek Related’s article…)
(6/5/11)

Weekly Roundup: Winter is Coming Edition

By way of making up for not posting for the past week, we’ve decided to go “all in” this coming week.  We’ll be recording a podcast on Sunday (to post Monday), posting our Game Night article on Tuesday, and every other day this week will have articles for the Winter is Coming blog carnival.  Enjoy!

First up, if you’re looking for story ideas, check out the link posted by Risus TOTM this week. It’s a story idea generator over at the TV Tropes site. (If nothing else, this is a great way to waste even MORE time at the TV Tropes site…)

In the Eye of the Beholder spoke at length of the pros and cons of boxed text.  He also proposed a new way of presenting boxed text that is more streamlined and leaves room for a DM to leave his unique stamp on the situation.

Loremaster dealt with his thoughts on the (now extinct) “save or die” mechanic so prevalent in earlier editions.  It’s part of the “Dungeon Crawl System” series which deals with bringing an old school feel to 4th edition.

Speaking of old school, The ID DM got to play some Basic D&D again for the first time in years, and compared his first edition experience to fourth edition.

 There’s a great new series on This is My Game dealing with fun new uses for mundane items.  First up is the grappling hook.  (Also, check out the other new guest columns being written over there)

If you’re a DDI subscriber, be sure to check out Chatty DM‘s rules for 0 level characters in this month’s Dragon Magazine, as well as the adventure for 0 level characters in Dungeon.

Finally, someone on Twitter posted this article from Cooking and Hooking, who talked about a cool Hirst Arts gift she got for her husband. (No, not that kind of hooking)

Weekly Roundup: Gencon Giveaway Edition

Last week we posted Benoit’s Gencon schedule, and stated that it would be great to meet some of our readers and listeners.  However, we also wanted to give something back to you, as a way of saying “Thanks for reading and listening.”  To that end, Benoit will have something to give away to one lucky person stopping by to say “Hi.”  He took some of the leftover blocks from making the Fourthcore Deathmatch models, and built this:

To enter, you just have to find him.  Benoit will be in the Sagamore Ballroom all weekend, and will be tweeting his exact table location periodically during the weekend (and that’s the only thing he’ll be tweeting) from @bandofmisfits.  Just track him down to enter!

As a side note, Benoit will be judging for the duration of the convention.  He takes this very seriously, and a string of visitors would be a major disruption to the LFR adventures he will be running.  So if you want to talk to him, you’ll have to catch him between slots.  Otherwise, just briefly say hi, and ask how to enter the contest!

That’s enough of that; on to the articles…

Loremaster posted a very thorough article on how to build a 4e dungeon crawl.  If you want a quick summary of the article, there is a section titled “Summary: The Rules in Review” towards the bottom of the article.

With GenCon coming up, we thought you’d like to know what Glimm’s Workshop is predicting the WotC product announcements will be this year. Agree? Disagree? Comment!

Dungeon Mastering posted an article by Logan Bonner this week that goes through some basic advice on creating skill challenges for beginner DMs.  If you’re just starting out designing skill challenges, check out this article, and the related “previous installment.”

If you’re attending the GenCon speed dating event (yes, we were surprised to find out about this one too…) there’s some good advice over at Geek’s Dream Girl from a guy who got 9 matches last year.  Also note that last year there were more girls at the event than guys, and due to some last minute dropouts, some people got in with generic tickets.  That is to say, if you didn’t get a ticket, you might still be able to get in.

If you’ve been following The Dungeon’s Master poll to pick the best 4e feats, don’t miss the second round of voting!

Finally, Standard Action had a quick and easy method to create rocks as terrain pieces.  Real rocks are heavy and sometimes hard to find in the size you want.  This method is lightweight and makes a convincing looking final product.  We approve of this arts & crafts project!

We hope to see you at GenCon! Spread the word about our giveaway!