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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.

GMing Regulars

Musings of the Chatty DM: The Seven Habits of Great GMs is short, to the point and right up my alley.

Dungeon Mastering: Waffling about buying the 4e GM’s screen? Let Yax’s review convince you. Here’s number one with a bullet for me: It’s hardcover, the way all screens should be.

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.

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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!

About  Martin Ralya

A father, husband, writer, small-press publisher, former RPG industry freelancer, and lifelong geek, Martin has been gaming since 1987 and GMing since 1989. He lives in Utah with his amazing wife Alysia and their awesome daughter Lark in a house full of books and games.




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8 Comments To "Gnome Rodeo: Evil Robots Made Me Write This in Binary"

#1 Comment By samjudson On September 5, 2008 @ 2:02 am

Answer: Yes I can, thanks.

#2 Comment By Bastian.Flinspach On September 5, 2008 @ 2:30 am

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#3 Comment By baron On September 5, 2008 @ 3:02 am

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#4 Comment By gamefiend On September 5, 2008 @ 8:12 am

Thanks for the link! Glad you liked the article!

#5 Comment By Swordgleam On September 5, 2008 @ 10:00 am

Real men write in octal.

#6 Comment By davethegame On September 5, 2008 @ 10:14 am

Congrats on passing 1000! (something I hope to do before too long)

Also glad to see that the Network is helping you put these together :)

#7 Comment By Martin Ralya On September 5, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

@Sam: I can only do it with help, myself. ;)

@Bastian: 01011001 01101111 01110101 00100111 01110010 01100101 00100000 01110111 01100101 01101100 01100011 01101111 01101101 01100101 00101110 00100000 00111010 00101001

@Baron: SSBrbHVkZ2UgdG9nZXRoZXIgTGF0aW4gZ
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@Gamefiend: You’re most welcome — keep on writing good stuff!

@Swordgleam: I’m not a real man — I’m a real gnome. ;)

@Dave: Thanks! I’ve been enjoying exploring new blogs through the network’s main page (I don’t read feeds) — there’s a lot of cool content that crosses that page in a given week.

#8 Comment By justchuck On September 14, 2008 @ 7:47 pm

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