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Gnome Rodeo: Saddle Up for GMing Links

Seven days until our article on the PHB 2 drops — can you tell I’m excited about it? Want to read about something specific? I’ll be writing about the book from a GMing perspective, and topic suggestions are most welcome.

Gnome Rodeos are our regular link roundups. Provided everyone doesn’t simultaneously stop talking about GMing for a week, you should see one most Fridays.

GMing Regulars

Dungeon Mastering: Yax is hosting Epic Vacations — two weeks of D&D 4e, with a campaign that will take you from 1st to 30th level…in Kauai, Hawai’i. Fuck. Yeah. This has been getting all sorts of buzz, and rightly so — how amazing would this be? In regular content, recent highlights include a review of Dungeon Delve for 4e and ways to kick off a fantasy campaign, some ordinary, others decidedly out of the ordinary.

Musings of the Chatty DM: Phil’s too wrapped up in his copy of the PHB 2 (which he will also be blogging about on 3/13) to post much at the moment, but a little while back he did a nice writeup of Grognardia.

Roleplaying Tips: There’s good stuff in issue 431’s article on fantasy “help wanted” ads, and an excellent piece on how to handle game cancellations in issue 434.

GMing-tronic links

Houseplans.com: Courtesy of Johnn Four on Twitter, this is a fantastic resource for any modern game: thousands upon thousands of floor plans. I used to love the 1e Shadowrun sourcebooks with floorplans in them (Sprawl Sites comes to mind), and I got tons of use out of them.

Win a set of solid metal dice from Gnome Stew: I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our current contest — the prize is a set of Dwarven Gnomish Stones metal dice from Crystal Caste. These are killer, killer dice. Contest ends next Tuesday morning.

Campaign Mastery, the blog companion to Roleplaying Tips, offers a nifty Ask the GMs feature: you ask Johnn and Mike a GMing question, and they answer it on the blog. We do this here on the Stew, with our Suggestion Pot, and we love fielding reader questions — some great articles have grown out of Suggestion Pot comments.

Runes of Gallidon — a collaborative worldbuilding site that’s way more than a wiki — has opened their RPG module up for business. New content has been coming in: The Light at Bodkin Bay is a free adventure, and there’s some sharp artwork, too — I particularly like “Serenity” and “Castle Approach.”

Got a suggestion for a Gnome Rodeo link, whether it’s yours or someone else’s? Drop me a line, send me a tweet, or ping me on Facebook (Martin Ralya).

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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#1 Comment By frostryder On March 6, 2009 @ 9:02 am

Thank you for all the awesome links, I learn so much by reading your blog, as well as others. Opens my eyes to new ideas to DMing problems :)

#2 Comment By fkewl On March 7, 2009 @ 8:42 am

Hey Martyn,

Thank you for accepting my friend request on facebook (francois b), i forgot about adding a message when sending it.

#3 Comment By JohnnFour On March 7, 2009 @ 11:03 am

Thanks for the links, Gnome Crew!

The House Plans link wasn’t sourced by me, and now I can’t find the original tweet to provide proper credit back, sorry. It is indeed an awesome GM resource.

#4 Comment By Martin Ralya On March 7, 2009 @ 11:26 am

@frostryder – You’re welcome! That’s why we do this. :-)

@fkewl – Of course. I assume any new FB friends at the moment are coming from here, no message needed.

@JohnnFour – I’ve really been enjoying Twitter as a source of RPG links and info, your tweets in particular. And I always appreciate the re-tweets of Gnome Stew links — thank you!