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It seems like contest fever has swept the RPG blogging community. Chatty DM is offering a ton of prizes for his contest to design a one page, edition-free dungeon. On a more exotic front, the lovely e over at Geek’s Dream Girl is giving away a $25 Outback Steakhouse gift card. The game is simple, described how your favorite geek icon cooks or eats his steak. E wins some bonus points from us for including our own Expy as an example steak eating protagonist. I checked with him about it, he takes his steak well done and still attached to the cow. Even we here at Dungeon Mastering are not immune, as I write this we are wrapping up an Arcane Power giveway. (Editor’s note: Congratulations to Jacob from Vancouver, WA!)
Expy the dragon’s hot link of the week:
Creative Juices has a whole line of comedy videos staring some of your favorite D&D characters. Even Bahamut makes an appearence!
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Speaking of which, Arcane Power drops this week (Just in time for me to start playing a game limited to Martial/Divine characters). The book offers new feats, powers and paragon paths for wizards, warlocks, bards, sorcerers and swordmages. Hopeful it will add some new polish to the wizard class. They have always been accused of having very few options this edition and are looking particularly dull when compared to the new invokers. I’m a bit afraid of them getting summoning magic though. Summoning in almost every RPG system is overpowered, over complicated, grinds combat to a halt or a combination of all of those. Still, WotC managed well enough with animal companions and figurines of wondrous power, so I am holding out hope.
There’s a relatively new blogger on the scene that I want to give a special shout out to. I’ve been keeping a close eye on Sly Flourish for a couple weeks now. The site offers a few quality reviews and maintains a tight focus, but even more interesting is the site’s twitter. The twitter offers practical tips on how to improve your game in 140 characters or less. The site and its twitter have become fast favorites of mine and I hope they do for you too.
By the time you read this event registration will be open for Gen Con 2009 and the event charts are already available. For myself and the other bloggers I follow on twitter, in the last week Gen Con seems to have gone from an etheral concept you look forward to attending some day to a real trip that actually needs to be planned and paid for. As a Gen Con virgin I am very worried about getting all my ducks in a row before it is too late. Unless I mess something up and end up without a badge and sleeping in my car, you should see me and the whole Dungeon Mastering crew at Gen Con. Feel free to come talk to me, I’ll be the geeky guy with glasses.
Are you fretting over Gen Con? Any veterans want to share their wisdom? Leave a comment! Do you have something you think should be covered in Nerd Watching? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org