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Weekly Roundup: May Of The Dead Is Coming Edition

We haven’t seen a blogfest in a while. If you recall, we participated in Winter is Coming, A Night in the Lonesome October, and Got Loot. Starting this week, there will be another blogfest happening for the entire month of May. This one, entitled May of the Dead will be hosted by the guys at Going Last. As a participating blog, we got an early look at the calendar. It looks like there’s a lot of fun stuff lined up. We’ve also got three articles in the queue; keep an eye out for the first one this Friday.

The biggest news this week was the departure of Monte Cook from the D&D Next team. The announcement at his blog was short and vague, and others had thoughts as well. (The previous is, of course, only one opinion. We’re sure with a search, you’ll turn up more speculation than we care to read.)

Rules as UNWritten this week posted some thoughts about the Alchemy rules, both for the current edition and the next. Should all consumables simply be alchemical items, or is there something to be gained by categorizing some as magic?

Over at Geek’s Dream Girl we got a little advice on bringing non-gamers to the table. Great advice for that inevitable game night when you’re one short and your mom is the only one around.

Then there was the announcement this week at Larval Subjects of a new book coming out entitled Dungeons & Dragons & Philosophy. Might be worth checking out.

RPG Athenaeum is doing a lot of great work bringing true medieval  history to your D&D game. For example, this week’s article on real professions that you’ve probably never given to an NPC.

Finally, don’t forget about the two contests going on – Stuffer Shack‘s Site of the Year contest has its winner announced tomorrow, and tomorrow is also the deadline to get your One Page Dungeon in! (There’s still time. Really. It’s just a page. Get on it!)

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Gamma World Thoughts Edition)

Intwischa (like this: Int Wis Cha… get it?) posted some tips on how to run a better 4e game.  Caution: if you’re a “play by the rules” type, this article may make you angry.  Or shake your head.  That’s ok, there’s plenty to think about there, and everyone could take to heart one or two of the tips.
(4/30/11)

Weekly Roundup: Did The Roman Empire Play D&D Edition

How old is D&D? Almost 40 years, right? Hmmm… think again. It seems the Roman Empire may have invented the d20. So, ok, maybe it wasn’t used for D&D, but it’s pretty cool to think that the d20 has been around since at least the Roman Empire. Which gets our imaginations going… what WAS it used for? (via Going Last)

There’s some news out about the upcoming Pathfinder MMO over at Geek Related that doesn’t sound too promising. In an MMO world dominated by WoW, how do you make your product different enough to stand out, while still making it something people want to play?

Troll in the Corner had a great suggestion to track what’s going on in your campaign, while at the same time gauging what plot hooks your players are interested in. Called “Big Open Questions,” it’s worth a read if you’re not sure what direction your game should go in next.

Next time you’re in need of a really quick random room, check out the two part table from Gamer Assembly. First, you get a room type, then one defining feature in that room. It’s that simple. Give it a try!

Of course, one thing that also might be in such a room is a Pink Dragon. That’s right. A Pink Dragon, complete with sparkles and rainbows. You know you want to click through…. (via That Robed Guy)

For all the old school Gamma World fans out there, the news out of D&D Nexus is good. Metamorphosis Alpha (Gamma World’s predecessor) is back in print at LuLu.

RPG Athanaeum gave us some ideas on how to “reverse engineer” 4e modules to be more like first edition adventures.

Over at the WotC community blogs, Wrecan introduced three additional pillars of D&D (the original three are Combat, Exploration, and Roleplaying), and Jester waxed philosophical on rules for roleplaying.

Finally, Twitter was abuzz this week with everyone’s “Fourthcore Villan Name.” Find out yours at Save Vs. Death‘s name generator.

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Postponed Game Edition)

Icosahedrophilia (say THAT five times fast…) had a very interesting article on the history of miniatures in D&D.  Specifically, how the rules, as written, supported (or didn’t support) the use of miniatures on a battle map.  Good read, even if you’re only interested in the general history of D&D.
(2/6/11)