We’re excited for Gencon this week. Not the 9 hour drive before and after, but hey, gotta take the good with the bad, right? We’re hoping to get in some good gaming, have fun at the Ennies, and run some memorable Ashes of Athas adventures for unsuspecting con-goers. Should be fun. On to the articles…
First up this week is a well researched article on the second roleplaying game ever invented. There’s some interesting history here. Have you heard of it? (Check out the rest of the Playing at the World blog for other articles on the early history of the hobby…)
We know you’ve been missing Flumphs lately, and that’s why we give you this hilarious meme, presented by The Looney DM.
The Land of Nod had a fun tutorial on drawing old school maps in Excel. Hey, use what you’ve got, right?
And of course, we couldn’t ignore the 5 reasons to play D&D over at Grimm Wisdom this week. Via Boing Boing, natch.
And while we’re doing lists, The Rhetorical Gamer had a list of 10 reasons D&D is better than an MMORPG.
Swords and Dorkery had a shivers inducing idea for DIY bug miniatures. Shivers in a good way. And yes, you’re probably assuming correctly. Sort of.
If your party is due to encounter a basilisk anytime soon, you may want to invest in some mirrored armor and rakes. i09 has all the details on hunting them.
The Rhetorical Gamer had some great thoughts on why games should be hard. He starts with video games, but then asks, should that apply to RPGs?
Finally, we haven’t linked to one of The Labyrinth‘s awesome blank maps in a while, so here’s one for you to fill in, at your leisure.
Now get back to packing for Gencon!