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Gnome Rodeo: Evil Robots Made Me Write This in Binary
Posted By Martin Ralya On September 5, 2008 @ 1:38 am In Gnome Rodeo | 8 Comments
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Gnome Rodeos are our regular link roundups. Provided everyone doesn’t simultaneously stop talking about GMing for a week, you should see one here most Fridays.
→ Roleplaying Tips: You can now generate one-sentence NPCs (mostly fantasy) at the click of a button — or download the entire PDF of 700+ one-sentence characters. These all came from the joint RPT/Musings contest awhile back, and it’s nice to see them compiled in one place.
→ Worldbuilding 101: Organizations gives you a simple framework (suitable for any RPG) for defining your campaign’s organizations, power groups and the like in game mechanical terms. I love stuff like this. (Via RPG Bloggers Network.)
→ Over on Pen and Paper Portal, Coop summarizes PAX 08’s twelve things any DM can do to improve their campaign. Good points all around, and I want to try this: “Don’t spend months or days creating a campaign, instead write a 3-10 page document detailing the world and give it to the players before the first session.” (Via RPG Bloggers Network.)
→ I’m one of those people who actually reads the introductions to books, and it’s for the same reason that I love RPGs that include the designers’ notes: I like knowing the philosophy behind something I’m about to devote hours/months/years of my life to playing. This WotC Design & Development article on the Forgotten Realms sheds a lot of light on why the 4e FRCS (reviewed here on the Stew) is the way it is. (Via EN World.)
→ Robin Laws pimps Axe Initiative’s Raiders Guild, a fantasy campaign meta-structure that does this: “In a nutshell, Raiders Guild provides an ongoing campaign framework DMs can import into any setting, published or homebrew. It describes a heroic organization of dungeon delvers for the PCs to belong to, and a set of enemies—the corrupt, tyrannical, information-stealing Archivists—for them to fight against.” The adventures themselves don’t look interesting to me, but the Raiders Guild concept sounds very useful. I hope they publish a guide for that independent of the actual adventures.
→ At Will, a blog I discovered via the RPG Bloggers Network, offers up a nifty article about getting any session started smoothly — and with a bang by asking your players questions. Not, “So…you guys remember what happened last session?” — much cooler than that.
→ Jeff Rients does some grognard detective work and identifies the source of the heraldry on the shield that appears on the cover of the 1e AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide: a ring worn by Gary Gygax. It’s a super-charming story.
→ In my last Gnome Rodeo, I mentioned that the absence of print editions of Dragon and Dungeon has left a gap that other publishers are rushing to fill — well, The Geek Gazette has compiled a great list of gaming magazines. Very handy! (Via RPG Bloggers Network.)
PS: This was a big week for the Stew — we crossed the 1,000 RSS/email subscriber line last weekend, and hit 500 registered members during the week. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed, signed up, commented and just plain kept reading!
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