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Nerd Watching: Twittering Dungeon Mastering’s Secrets

Written by Nicholas - Published on June 2, 2009

Nicholas is the columnist in charge of Nerd Watching and part-time Expy wrangler. He also works as the community manager, so keep an eye out for him on RPG blogs and forums.

Twittering the Social Network

As a young man I have had the dubious honor to grow up alongside the internet. As such, I have had the closeup view of the birth of social networking. Livejournal boomed as I was entering high school. Facebook did the same as I entered college. Now as I emerge from the vile cocoon of academia, we have Twitter. Social networking, as most of you know, is an ingenious invention to enable folks to share high volumes of information to large groups of people who don’t give a toss about it.

There is, however, a lesser known function of these services. Did you know that they can actually transmit information for genuine communication? It’s true! In an effort to bolster this underrated feature I would like to share some twitter IDs with you. These are all folks involved in some way with the gaming industry. Some of them contain teases of upcoming products or articles, some are tips to improve your play and others are just personal stories. I suggest you check them out and find which ones speak to you. But don’t follow more than you can read!

WotC Folks: James Wyatt, Mike Mearls, Bruce Cordell, Greg Bilsland, Trevor Kidd

Dungeon Mastering Folks: Yax, Me (Nicholas)

Other Gaming Site Folks: Johnn Four, ChattyDM, RPGMP3, E (Geek’s Dream Girl)Critical Hits, Sly Flourish

Obviously that’s just a partial list. There are many other fine gamer types to follow on twitter (feel free to post them in the comments!).

Change in Temporal Venue

Those of you who are really locked into fourth edition might know that book releases are done on the third Tuesday of the month. The compendium and character builder are updated with all the new content on the fourth Tuesday of every month. For those like me who snatch up books on launch day and intellectually devour them, that means a frustrating week of waiting until I can get what I read about in my new book to my fancy electronic character sheet. I was sitting patiently on the fourth Tuesday of the month, waiting for the new monk playtest to materialize on the character builder so I could replace my avenger after his freak being eating by a dragon accident. As the day wore on I learned an annoying piece of information, D&DI updates will now be done on the first Tuesday of the month. I assume the point of that is to inconvience those who don’t buy the books, just get the content off D&DI. Even so, it feels more punishing to those who buy books on release day and have to wait longer to actually play with the new content we bought. There was no big annoucement, so I figured I’d give you all a heads up.

Behind the Scenes of Dungeon Mastering

It is not uncommon for me finish a movie on dvd and then immediately run it again, this time with commentary on. I love the inside scoop and getting little glimpses at the people who make the content that I enjoy. I hope you guys do too because I’m going to let you in on some tidbits you might not know about Dungeon Mastering and the people behind it. Enjoy:

1) The Dungeon Mastering crew has never actually met face to face before, only talked on the phone and through email. Janna, Yax and I are all going to be at this year’s Gen Con though! I look forward to meeting them and of course we need to get a D&D game going. It would be our corporate team building exercise.  (Editor’s Note: A GenCon coffee/jolt meetup is in the works too so we can meet the readers face to face too.  More on this soon.)

2) Did you know that Yax is a former full time footbag player? There’s even some videos of him showing off his moves floating around the internet.

3) In addition to my duties here, I am working on a few side projects including my own RPG system based in Greek Myth.


5) The site won an ENnie last year! We’re sitting this year out but Yax has already voiced his support for the fine people over at Gnome Stew and ChattyDM.

Hope you enjoyed that little peek at some of our deep dark secrets!

Know any good gaming twitters or have first hand accounts of Yax’s hackeysack prowess? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Written by Nicholas

Nick DiPetrillo is the original author behind the games Arete and Zombie Murder Mystery available at http://games.dungeonmastering.com

Nick is no longer active with DungeonMastering.com, however he is an accomplished writer and published his first game in 2009.

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Nicholas is the columnist in charge of Nerd Watching and part-time Expy wrangler. He also works as the community manager, so keep an eye out for him on RPG blogs and forums.



11 Responses to “Nerd Watching: Twittering Dungeon Mastering’s Secrets”
  1. Graham says:

    Apparently, the reasoning for making it the first Tuesday instead of the fourth Tuesday is actually to make things more convenient.

    While it pushes the book additions back a week, it means that the Dungeon and Dragon articles are added a full two weeks early, as they aren’t usually added until the issue (month) is over.

    So unfortunately, with the old schedule, you might have been waiting until June 16th for the Monk to have been added.

  2. Bartoneus says:

    Yax played footbag with my heart at GenCon ’08!

  3. @Bartoneus – You just have an extremely low Will defense. You should really work on that.

  4. Nicholas says:

    I’m getting many new twitter followers since thing went up. That’s great, but it also means that no one has paid attention to my twitter link being at the bottom of all my articles for months.

  5. Bartoneus says:

    @Nicholas: Doesn’t mean that no one has been looking at the signiature, but in a post is a lot more prominent (especially in feed / e-mail form) so naturally it’s going to be more effective.

  6. Yax says:

    @Bartoneus: Let’s not tell our significant others!

  7. Icosahedrophilia says:

    Even so, it feels more punishing to those who buy books on release day and have to wait longer to actually play with the new content we bought.

    Huh? You can’t play with the content in a physical book you bought until the CB is updated? I totally don’t get that.

    You can answer me on twitter @drcheard if you want to. :-)

  8. Nicholas says:

    @Icosahedrophilia: Obviously you can use it, but I like the Character Builder. If I’m playing with a new class or something I need to make it on paper first and then make it again digitally in a few weeks. If I’m using a new feat or power, I need to write it on to my printed CB sheet and modify everything it changes. They made a good program, I want to use it! It is just an annoyance.

  9. Eric Martindale says:

    One of my largest sites, RolePlayGateway, has its own Twitter account too: http://twitter.com/RolePlayGateway – and it is keeping a close eye on DungeonMastering! One little slip up and your secrets will be exposed to the world…

  10. Yax says:

    I’m not scared, Martindale. Bring it on.

  11. Noemie says:

    Not random, in here… huh? :)

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