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
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 answer; Exchange 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.