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Weekly Roundup: Ennie Nominated Edition

We were both excited and very humbled on Friday to find out that the blog (yes, this one) was nominated for an Ennie award! There are a lot of great nominations in the blog category as well as the podcast category (the two races we had a horse in) and we encourage you to check them all out. The entire list of Ennie nominations is here. On the list of nominations, we think you’ll find a lot of familiar names and products, as well as some new stuff you should probably get interested in. And now, on to the articles…

On Angille.net this week we learned that parenting tips can also be DM tips. How? Read on.

Someone on Twitter this week pointed us to an article in The Smithsonian Magazine that describes the lives of London’s sewer prospectors in the mid 1800s. We point you to this article for two reasons – one, to give an idea as to what poverty might look like for a campaign, and two, because some of the “sewer rumors” in the article could serve as adventure hooks. You’re welcome.

Amanda Valentine had some great thoughts on why you need to get kids involved in gaming. Your kids, your nieces and nephews, your grandkids. Bring them to cons, play games with them, get them involved in the community. Here’s why.

There’s a fairly new webseries on Youtube called “Tabletop.” Featuring Wil Wheaton, it highlights some of the board games you know and love. The latest episode features the RPG Fiasco. If you haven’t checked it out, do so; learn a new RPG, and enjoy a new webseries. Two birds.

Do you need some insults for your NPCs to throw at the characters? Look no further than the mix and match list on Big Ball of No Fun this week. Roll some dice and insult the players characters.

If you’re wondering why your players have lost interest in your plot, maybe you should try giving them one of these general questions to answerExchange of Realities finds questions like these are what keeps her interested in a plot.

We really like the Troll in the Corner series on “reality makes the best fantasy.” This week, we find ourselves asking what the adverse effects of heat are. Someone needs to turn heat stroke into a disease track. We are, after all, fans of describing the scene fully, and incorporating the seasons into your game.

Finally, The Dungeon’s Master this week talked about some things that we normally consider taboo in our RPGs. If you game with a mature group, it might be time to incorporate some of this in your game.

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: 2011 Ennie Nominations Edition)

At Daily Encounter this week, Obsidian Crane pondered the criteria for labeling a D&D adventure as a “classic.”  Lots of good points here, and definitely worth a read.

Weekly Roundup: Departing Player Edition

Today is the last day of play for one of my players. He’s moving on to bigger and better things, but he will be missed. He wrote up a nice epilogue for his player, and in it, he left me some huge hooks to make him a new villan in the campaign. Compelling, isn’t it, when one of the heroes turns to the dark side? How have you dealt with players leaving the campaign?

 Daily Encounter presented Goons as a new type of monster this week. They’re low HP monsters whose stat block can be written in one line.

This week on the Jennisodes podcast, the host interviewed Rob Donoghue of Evil Hat Productions and Some Space to Think. This is a great interview that runs the gamut of what projects he’s working on to his hopes for D&D Next.

DMG P. 42 presented a new way of calculating monster damage by extrapolating the damage that monsters do at first level as a percentage of average character hit points. Check out the article, and use the table for whenever you want to do brutal damage (or just all the time).

Monsters and Manuals presented some ideas for using the RPG Microscope to create a dungeon. While campaign worldbuilding applications for Microscope are obvious, applying it to a dungeon is certainly innovative.

When magic is widespread in a campaign world, what does the government do to regulate it? Troll in the Corner asked the question this week. Here’s a short piece of fiction and, at the bottom, some good questions to ask of your campaign.

Finally, if you’re looking to inject some conspiracy into your game, check out Exohuman. The stories are all modern, but with a little work, there are some great seeds there for a fantasy campaign!

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Still No Legion of Gold Edition)

Some Space to Think had two good articles this week, one on why you should be unfair to your players (sometimes), and a second clarifying what the author meant by “unfair.”  Thought provoking, and worthy of a read.
(2/27/11)

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)

Weekly Roundup: Impending Scheduling Change Edition

In the next few weeks, I’ll be changing the article schedule on the site. For those of you who pay attention, you’ve noticed that I post articles on Tues/Thurs and the weekly roundup on Sunday. I’ll be moving the posting schedule to Wed/Fri; the weekly roundup will remain on Sunday. This is most likely a temporary change – Wed/Fri is more convenient for my life right now, but when things get back to normal, I’ll probably go back to Tues/Thurs. So if you show up one Tuesday, and there’s no article, well, that’s what happened.

Over at This Is My Game, DeadOrcs posted some great thoughts on using a wizard’s implement as a weapon. Depending upon what implement you use, you get to add a special rider to your attacks. Worth a look. (We also love the new site art for the articles!)

At ENWorld, site owner Morrus started a discussion on why he hopes the Forgotten Realms isn’t updated for D&D 5e. We certainly see his points (especially the comment about kitchen sinks), though coming at the argument from a perspective of “I don’t care about the Forgotten Realms, so you shouldn’t either” might not necessarily win people over. We would, however, like to see what Wizards could come up with for a brand new setting. Maybe another Eberron style contest?

We loved the article by Vanir over at Critical Hits this week. We too would love to see digital tools opened up to third parties to see what the community comes up with (even if a lot of the technical jargon went over our heads…).

With all the talk of the next edition of D&D, Bat in the Attic posted a list of all the versions of D&D. It’s basically just the list, but an interesting read nonetheless.

John Du Bois followed up on the article he wrote for us this week with an article on his own blog where he discusses the difference between a “judge” and a “DM.” For those not in the know, “judge” is the commonly used term for DMs who run adventures for living campaigns.

Howling Tower discussed the problem of illusory math on his site this week – that is, the escalation of monster AC that keeps pace with the party’s to-hit bonuses.

Way back in 2010, we wrote an article on ship combat. As a result, we’re always on the lookout for good ship combat mechanics, so we were happy to see Troll in the Corner post an article on just that topic this week.

Finally, in case you missed it this week, Wizards of the Coast announced that it will be re-releasing the first edition D&D core rulebooks. Keep an eye out for them starting in April!

Blast From The Past (Weekly Roundup: Finished Sea Maiden Edition)

Board Enterprises had some interesting thoughts about whether or not you should map out locations in your campaign.  While a definitive solution to the problem was not presented, it certainly gave us something to think about.
(1/16/11)

Weekly Roundup: Finished Mini Edition

This week, I finished painting the mini for the winner of our “name the podcast mascot” contest.  Here is the finished product.  The mini is Reaper’s “Gilam, Dwarf Rune Spelunker.”

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In case you’re wondering, yes, I did use what I’ve been learning from Gregwa’s “How to Photograph Miniatures” series when I took the pictures of the mini.  Check it out if you want to learn more.

And now, some articles:

Unless you were living under a rock this week, you already know that Paizo has announced a prepainted plastic minis line.  If this is news to you, get more info at Troll in the Corner where they make the announcement.

Also out this week was the new D&D 4e video game “Daggerdale.”  Now, we’re not ones to buy video games because of the cool cover; we usually check out the reviews first.  Lucky for us, Critical Hits did just that.  Find out what they thought of the game before you decide to buy.  Or you could click here for other reviews.

Rob at Some Space to Think proposed a “unified GM rating system” and solicited ideas from the RPG community for categories that should go into the system.  Check it out to see what goes into the “Donoghue Score.”

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

Finally, TheSheDM (via NewbieDM) wrote about bribing her players to participate in worldbuilding and campaign maintenance this week.  While “bribing” players for all sorts of reasons is nothing new, her method is unique.  Check it out.

If you’re an RPG Blogger, don’t forget to check out our new Game Night blog carnival, kicking off this Tuesday!!

Weekly Roundup – Halfhearted Edition

Well, I’ve been dealing with the seasonal sicknesses and the annual busy season at work, so I apologize if I’ve fallen back on the usual suspects for this roundup.  That is all I have to say. 

The Dungeon’s Master had a great article about a new LFR adventure. The author writes about his interview with the author, and how maybe, just maybe, his negative attitude towards the living campaigns is shifting.

Over at RPG Musings, Alio the Fool clarified some thoughts he had in a Twitter discussion about DM tactics and strategy.

Critical Hit‘s Logan Bonner took on the differences between magic items in 3e and 4e, and discussed whether he thought the changes were good, bad, or indifferent.  Considering the fact that he’s a designer over at WotC, and worked on the Adventuer’s Vault, this is a must read.

Troll in the Corner had some uplifting words about comparing your favorite RPG to someone else’s.  In a positive way.  Really.

That, by the way, was a follow up article to this one over at Greywulf’s Lair, which was a discussion of whether Pathfinder is better than 4e.  Just saying.

Finally, for a little non-D&D reading, head over to Robert J. Schwalb‘s blog. He’s a writer for Wizards of the Coast, but he had some fun thoughts about re-working the Rolemaster role playing game that he’s been kicking around in his head for a while now.

What did you write about this week? We want to hear about it in the comments!

Weekly Roundup – Big Excel Project

Well, this week we’ve been working on a big Excel project.  We don’t want to tip our hand too much here, but if you watch our Twitter feed, you’ve got a pretty good clue.  Keep an eye out in the next week or so for what it is…and now, on to the articles!!

NewbieDM gave his take on what a 1 player campaign might look like.  While it’s mostly conjecture at this point, we hope he actually tries some of his ideas, and shares that, too.

Bartoneus over at Critical Hits wrote another installment of “The Architect DM.”  It’s about worldbuilding, though earlier articles in the series were on a smaller scale – room building and dungeon building.  We recommend this article, as well at the preceding articles in the series.

PsychoPez at RPG Musings gave us a great review on the differences between the new Virtual Table for DDI subscribers, and the long-standing (free) MapTools.  Worth a read, and if you have time, check out the videos, too.

Unnatural 20 posted an article with some great ideas for keeping your players engaged between sessions.  Great advice for those of us who don’t get to play every week. 

Finally, Tracy over at Troll in the Corner mused upon why we game.  We can relate to her frustration with trying to cram all sorts of too much into the holiday season.

Did we overlook what YOU wrote this week?  Leave a link in the comments!!