Top 5 RPG projects of the new millenium
#5 – Open Design
Wolfgang Baur runs this patron-commissioned project. Patrons pay a small fee to have a professional writer and game designer develop a project. The cool thing is that the patrons get a say in what’s being developped. I foresee a bright future for this kind of work – it’s collaborative, it’s customized, it’s useful, and it’s affordable.
Learn more about and participate in Open Design:
Kobold Quarterly Forums (for the discussions on the next project)
The Free City (Wolfgang’s site)
#4 – Treasure Tables
TT is the pioneer of Game Mastering websites. Martin Ralya – now of Gnome Stew fame – launched the site and wrote over 800 articles in a few years. Colossal, and very useful work.
Go to Treasure Tables and spend the rest of the day reading now!
My Treasure Tables Favorites:
- Social Contracts for RPG Groups
- Free Game Mastering PDFs
- RPG Glossary (now renamed Gnomenclature and moved to Gnome Stew)
#3 – Obsidian Portal
I write about Obsidian Portal so often you’d think they pay me! They don’t, I swear. Actually I’m the one sending money their way – their campaign wiki service is free, but I chose to subscribe to their premium service.
In my opinion a wiki – especially one built for RPG campaigns – is the best way to keep DM game notes organized and share an adventure log.
#2 – AvatarArt
You will not find a better character sketch and drawing service. Even better, you will not find a cheaper price either.
AvatarArt has delivered again and again for me. Here is some art they worked on for me:
Commission your own artwork – starting at $25 or less I believe
#1 – D&D Insider
D&D Insider is the home of Dungeon Magazine, Dragon Magazine, and all the online tools built by WOTC for Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition. D&D Insider was free while Wizards put the finishing touches on their online projects, but it has recently become available only through a monthly subsription.
Why does D&D Insider make the top 5? Because I was given a private tour of the character builder, character vizualiser, and the virtual game table – I think they are going to be great tools that will appeal to a lot of RPG entusiasts.
What do you think?
Which RPG project is the most fun or ground-breaking to you?