By - July 27, 2009 - 3 Comments

D&D Monday morning speedlinking

It’s Monday morning and you sleepwalked through your morning routine with a lack of facial expression that would make a zombie proud? And now you’re reading this at work, still with no facial muscle in action, instead of working? I’ve got good news – your boss is avoiding work too. Here’s more good news – you will not be working for another few hours as you browse through these links. Enjoy!

The links

  • At-Will. I have been to that blog a few times and I love what they have to offer. This week, I noticed the Skill Forge link. Skill Forge is a site dedicated to skill challenges and it’s a great resource to hone your DM skills at this D&D4e storytelling technique.
  • Jonathan Drain has a summarized a few webosphere conversations into an article titled Are Tabletop RPGs doomed?
  • I might be biased, but I don’t believe tabletop RPGs are doomed at all. Dungeon Mastering and Dungeon Mastering Tools are doing pretty well. I have great expectations and higher hopes for both websites. I shared Dungeon Mastering earnings for June 09 on the Gamer Lifestyle Blog, by the way.
  • Before I change the topic, I’d like to share a thought from Ed Healy, of Kobold Quarterly. He suggested that RPG companies aren’t only competing with other RPGs and video games and strategy games for gaming market share, they’re also competing against every entertainment industry for hobby time and relaxation time. I thought it was good insight. Now, what do RPG companies need to do to thrive? That’s another ball game.
  • Quick links to 5 of my favorite websites: Gnome Stew, Chatty DM, Critical Hits, Roleplaying Tips, and Campaign Mastery. What impresses me about these websites isn’t just the great content they offer, but also the passion of the men behind the projects. Martin, Phil, Dave, Danny, and Johnn (and their allies/minions) do an amazing job of making their passion for the game shine through their work and writing. I must admit I admire them even more because I have a hard time doing that myself – it’s so easy to be very overenthusiastic one week and feel like, bleh, the following week.
  • A few more links and then you have to go back to work, so milk them for all they’re worth!
  • Geek’s Dream Girl is always entertaining and she doubles as a dating advisor for geeks.  All of you single D&D afficionados should subscribe to her Geek MMM newsletter (monthly matchmaking mailer). It’s free for the ladies and last time I heard, there were more geek girls than geek guys subscribing and hoping to be matched.
  • Mythic Design is a new publisher – I raved about them in the latest RPG Maestro newsletter. Now I offer 2 free Mythic Design Adventure Art e-books to every new DM Tools premium member. The DM tools allow you to create, save, share, and search for monster stat blocks, traps, and more.
  • I got a call from William of Game Find, a service that helps you find a game in your area.  It’s a new and promising service.
  • And last but not least, a non-rpg link for all the DMs who feel like they could use 30 hours in a day to juggle work, family, friends, and hobby.  I’m a big fan of Leo Babauta, the author of Zen To Done, and Zen Habits. I go back to his books every time I feel my life is getting too hectic. Apparently I’m not alone – the guy has 125,000 rss subscribers!

That’s it for today. Have fun at work!

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Meet Expy The Red Dragon

Expy is the mascot for DungeonMastering.com and the real mastermind behind Expy Games. He likes to hoard treasure, terrorize neighbors, burn down villages, and tell white dragon jokes..

No matter how fearful the legends claim dragons are, they always end up being defeated in 5 rounds by adventuring parties they encounter. That’s what dragons are – experience points for the heroes in your Dungeons & Dragon party. And this mascot is no different, hence the name Expy.

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  1. DandDGuy says:

    True I agree with you that the web sites are taking off however, their are a lot of shops across the country that are closing and their are even more that are switching inventory form Gaming supplies to anamie and comics and miniatures.

  2. DandDGuy says:

    Oh, By the way I don’ t think that table top game are dead. I believe the industry is changing and the shops will have to diversify their inventories to appeal to a wider demographic that may include non gamers. Sorry, My collage Education is coming out and I am using big words again.

  3. ScottM says:

    I have to admit, I make an excellent (if short) minion. ;)

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