Nerd Watching: Twittering Dungeon Mastering’s SecretsWritten by Nicholas - Published on June 2, 2009
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!
Dungeon Mastering Folks: Yax, Me (Nicholas)
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.
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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!