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Weekly Roundup: Errata Messed Me Up Edition

After our last podcast, I was exploring feats and options for different animal companion builds. I found a fun combo, and was in the midst of writing up an article about it. Then the WotC March errata came out. Turns out that this build must have been on their radar because some of the errata specifically changed wording in the feat and paragon path to make the combo impossible. Oh well, it was still a fun exercise. (For those of you curious, Beastmaster Ranger, Beast Protector feat, and Sharpshooter Paragon Path). On to the articles!

On Twitter this week, SlyFlourish pointed to a Story Games article that has some phenomenal tips on running a great 4e game. Even if you don’t take all the advice, there’s sure to be something that you find helpful.

Rule of the Dice wrote a short anecdote about how he tried to teach his son about D&D through the Facebook game Heroes of Neverwinter. Find out if it worked for him or not.

There were a couple of notable articles out of WotC this week. First, John Schindehette, WotC’s art director, talked about art across the editions. This is an important discussion, given recent discussions about appropriate armor and depictions of women in RPGs. Second, Chris Perkins posted a DDi only index of every Dungeon Magazine adventure published in the last 200 issues.

A few weeks ago, in the Weekly Roundup, we linked to an article that examined monster damage at first level, and extrapolated that through all 30 levels. Going Last posted an article this week that looks at the other side of the equation: character damage.

 Robert Schwalb wrote a quick article about his thoughts on a way that sneak attack/backstab might work in the next edition of D&D.

Finally, in case you hadn’t heard, you might want to check out the stories about the Norwegian Minister of International Development. Apparently, he’s into D&D, and quite vocal about it. You can start with this article at The Escapist.

 Blast from the Past (Weekly Roundup: RegulatorCon Edition)

If you’re looking to give your players a moral dilemma to wrestle with instead of a cave full of monsters to destory, check out Do the Ends Justify the Means over at RPG Musings.  A ton of good adventure seeds to steal there.
(3/26/11)

 

Weekly Roundup: Dice Tower Winner Edition

A couple of weeks ago, we announced a contest to give away a dice tower. Aaaaaand the winner is…… Benesky! Congrats! I’ll be contacting you shortly. On to the articles!

Extended Rest recounted a Thanksgiving Gamma World adventure he put together on the fly. We love flying by the seat of our pants, we love Gamma World, we love random tables, and heck, we love Thanksgiving too. So I guess this was bound to be roundup material.

Over at Rule of the Dice, they posted a rundown of the goods and bads of playing by blog (and how it’s different from playing by fourm). If you’re looking for an online play by post game, this is worth a read to understand the ins and outs.

There was an excellent discussion at Strange Magic about how elves aren’t just people with pointy ears, and how we can possibly roleplay in ways to set them apart from humans. This reminded us of discussion at the Gencon monster design seminar where the panelists were talking about “science fiction morality” and how “orcs AREN’T people too!”

If you’re looking for reviews of Heroes of the Feywild, we’ve got you covered. You can either check out the review over at NewbieDM, or read the review posted on Enworld by Neuroglyph Games.

Campaign Mastery posted a discussion of different types of plot structuring. This is worth a read, especially if you’re in the planning stages of a campaign. Also, check out the list of past articles on the topic at the end.

Finally, in cast you missed it, The ID DM posted a frakking THESIS, complete with research, graphs, and tables on the power creep he sees in 4e. Set aside some time for this one. Very well thought out.

Blast from the past (Weekly Roundup – Thanksgiving Edition)

Jared Von Hindman over at Wizards of the Coast wrote a highly entertaining and thought-provoking article about a town’s economy and motivations when adventurers show up.  There are some great ideas there for a “looks like a regular adventure, but looks can be deceiving” type adventure.  Just read it, you’ll see what I mean.