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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: Happy 2012 Edition

Well, it’s happened again. You’ve wasted another perfectly good year reading D&D blogs. As we head into 2012, and our second full year of blogging, we hope to keep bringing you great weekly roundups, lots of arts and crafts, and plot hooks and DM advice you can use. Oh, and the podcast, of course.

If you missed the Got Loot blogfest hosted by Daily Encounter you should definitely check it out. Our contribution was on Thursday, but other blogs were contributing all week, including some guest posts at the host blog.

The Escapist had a great 3 part series on the past, present, and future of D&D. There are lots of great points and thoughts in the articles, some made by staff at WotC. Also, here are some followup thoughts at ENWorld by one of the articles’ contributors.

Robert Schwalb wrote an article this week after a blogging hiatus. It involves his thoughts on skill challenges in 4e – their origins, and his thoughts on them as one of 4e’s designers.

Need something to read over the holiday? Download the 107 page 2011 compilation of Chris Perkins’ WotC colum, The Dungeon Master Experience.

Need a little Gamma World inspiration? Check out this animated short at Ain’t It Cool News. This is definitely something we’d like to see as a feature length film!

Arts and Crafts! Oh how we love them! Check out The Armchair General who is doing some pretty cool stuff with foam insulation board and textured paint. Genius!

Finally, there was the story of the Lakers coach who plays D&D with his son. You can find that article here.

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: 2010 In Review Edition)

We’ll just link the entire Weekly Roundup because it’s a review of some of our favorite articles from 2010. Great list, it’s nice to browse blog archives sometimes; it’s not like the advice gets stale!