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Weekly Roundup: D&D Next Playtest Is Here Edition

So, the D&D Next playtest is here, and that’s what everyone is excited about. We’ve tried it out as well, and will save our thoughts for a podcast or article or something. Also, we thought we’d evidence our receipt to the Wayne Foundation for the RPG Charity Pack Match we did:

Speaking of the playtest, a lot of people have blogged about it (predictably), but one of the coolest articles we saw this week was from The Online DM. He analyzed the math behind “advantage” in D&D Next (if it stays as published in the playtest…)

At Fearless DM we have some thoughts about lessons learned from 4e, and a followup article in response to one of the comments. It’s always great to see bloggers interacting with their audience.

Of course, Geek Dad over at Wired.com interviewed Mike Mearls, so that’s one you’ll want to check out. They talk about the playtest, as well as the direction D&D Next is probably headed.

Not to be outdone, Kobold Quarterly also interviewed Mike Mearls

And finally, Big Ball of No Fun had a great article on using Lords of Waterdeep as a plot generator. This is a great idea, and worth a look, especially if you’ve hit a little writer’s block.

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Finished Mini Edition)

Age of Ravens had a thought-provoking article on when a player should reveal their character’s back story, and more importantly, secrets.
(5/28/11) 

 

Weekly Roundup: One Last Winter is Coming Link Edition

We really had fun writing for the Winter is Coming blog carnival this week.  It was nice to have a focused theme to write on.  But we feel bad that everything we wrote was for the DMs.  So, for all the players out there, here’s one last bit for the Winter is Coming blog carnival.  It’s a link for players who want to add a cold theme to your character. We like to call it “Frost Cheese” around here, because it’s just that good.  You can hear Hamblin discuss it on Episode 4 of Level Up, our player focused podcast. (Also, if you missed yesterday’s post, here is a PDF of all the Winter is Coming stat blocks we did this week)

If you’d like to read all the Winter is Coming articles over at Wombat’s Gaming Den of Iniquity, this is your starting point.

The Fearless DM had a bone to pick this week with LFR writers, and how skill challenges are written for LFR modules.  While we would have liked to see a solution to the problem, we do agree that sometimes LFR skill challenges can be needlessly complicated.

There was a lot of talk on Twitter this week about the recent Legends & Lore articles addressing skills in the D&D system(s).  Sarah Darkmagic posted several articles exploring her thoughts on the 4e skill system, starting with this one. (Of course, we recommend all three).  Daily Encounter also weighed in with their thoughts.

At Critical Hits Dixon explored his struggle to design and perfect the one page character sheet.  We too have tried the one page sheet, though ours is double sided.  Not sure if that’s cheating or not…

Stuffer Shack promised to multiply your game’s fun by ten by adding a simple house rule.

Neuroglyph Games gave us three reasons to give Fortune Cards a shot. We’ve gone back and forth a few times on whether they should be used, but we’re definitely leaning towards, “go for it, they’re lots of fun.”

Finally, we thought we’d remind you about the Dungeons A-Z series going on at Ben’s RPG Pile.

That’s it for this week! Let us know what you thought of the Winter is Coming blog carnival!

Weekly Roundup – Gamma World Edition

Well, it’s finally happened.  We ordered Gamma World.  We really couldn’t resist, after reading all the positive reviews across the D&D blogosphere.  We’re still undecided as to whether we’ll write a review or not, however.  We feel like the subject has been done to death at this point, and we’re not sure if there’s anything to add.  That being said, let’s see what else was going on in the D&D blogosphere this week.

The Dungeon’s Master got us thinking about whether alignment is an important part of the 4e core rules, or if it’s simply become a byword.   We think that setting hard fast rules about what alignment is and isn’t had become too restrictive, and welcome the opportunities that a more open alignment system gives.

Dice Monkey had a thought provoking post on whether you should patronize your FLGS, or whether online shopping is the wave of the future.  FLGS, by the way, stands for Friendly Local Gaming Store.  It took us a while to figure that out too.

If you play LFR (Living Forgotten Realms) as we do, you will be interested to know that Epic level adventures are primed to be released, as announced by The Fearless DM.  Well, I’m sure Wizards announced it first, but that’s not where we heard it first…

We always love to see blog posts aimed at players, like the one we saw on Stuffer Shack this week about developing your character background

Finally, Level 30 Yinzer wrote an entertaining post on why he’s a DM and not a player.  We won’t spoil the punchline for you here, you’ll have to go read it for yourself.

That’s all for this week kids.  Your blog didn’t make the cut?  Fear not, post a shamless plug for yourself in the comments below!  We don’t mind!