By - April 21, 2012 - 14 Comments

We need your help.

Hi there.  I’m Steve G., aka MythicParty.  You might remember me from such posts as The 1 Thing You Should NEVER Ask Your Players, d10 Things You Must Do Between Campaigns, Console Cleric #1, &  Console Cleric #2.  (Yes, we did another one)  I seemed to get a lot of discussion on Thoughts from a New Year, New Campaign: Have a Homogeneous Party, which would spawn a spin-off about gaming Bucket Lists.

If you like the Question Keith column, that was something I helped setup.  Ditto for getting Logan Bonner over here for his Top Ten lists.  The images of Expy?  Also from me through my character portrait service.  I came on board here at DMing right after we had an infamous piece, Keeping Players Alive With a Magic Fox, which- and I wish I was making this up- various bodily activities of this house-made forest creature would cause healing or other effects.  I’ll leave what the ‘Golden Deuce’ did up to your imagination (where it doesn’t even belong there).  Suffice to say that this the point where DungeonMastering jumped the proverbial bulette.  Comments ranged from “I can see this gimmick getting old really quick” to “I’m posting here to tell you that I’m unsubscribing.” So I joined to help the site Level Up.  And I think we’ve done that overall, but we know we still have to do better.

We truly need your help with 2 very important things to make stuff run more smoothly around here.

The 1st is that in 2008 DungeonMastering.com won the Gold ENnie (the Oscars of gaming) for Best Fan Product, thanks to the voting of its fanbase.  Our red dragon mascot Expy even got to take a bow.  While we remain a long ways from those glory days, we’re going to start on the quest to regain that spot.  I need to hear from our readersship which of our posts between May 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012 should be sent in for ENnie consideration by their judges.  Please, PLEASE help us pick.  Just post in the comments which article you liked the most & why.  The one with the most impromptu votes will be sent on for judgement, & then, our master Orcus willing, a chance to be voted on.

The 2nd  is an ongoing thing that is pretty straightforward. We simply need more comments.  Comments are the feedback that is crucial to letting us know how we’re doing.  It was comments that encouraged Darkwarren to share his Bucket List & a lone comment on the 1st Console Cleric that encouraged its sequel, keeping the column alive.  So please- if you take the time to read what we’re doing, take an extra minute to tell us how we’re doing.  That’s the only way we’re going to know what to keep on writing & more importantly, what to not write.  Well, other than magically-shitting foxes.  Think we learned our lesson on that one.

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  1. Impmaster says:

    I quite like your blog. Could you maybe add in a section about how to start off a campaign with a set of very different characters? Sorry in advance if you have already done that.

  2. Fenixius says:

    Hey folks,

    You’re doing pretty alright! As a reader, I’ll do my best to leave you comments and ask questions wherever I think I can add something valuable, rather than just spending my turn running the other way when I see an article.

    The only pressing thing I’d like to see more of right now is… more articles! I’d love to see some more dungeon design/pacing concerns, and town/immediate setting design. One thing that my games tend to encounter is slow and frustrating combat, so any tips there would be great!

    Thanks for all your hard work~

    –Fen

  3. I’m sort of a fledgling DM (I’ve got a couple of short campaigns under my belt, but I’m still settling into the more intricate rule), and I’ve only been a reader for a few months, but I confess I find all the articles very interesting.

    I particularly enjoy anything that touches on characterization or world building. It’s really nice to hear what kind of ideas some really experienced DMs have. It helps me think outside of my box.

    As far as I’m concerned, keep doing what you’re doing!

  4. FullovStars says:

    As an old timer who has been playing and DM’ing RPG for a couple+ decades, some of your articles are not really going to be for me or my players (been there, done that – sort of thing) Also as an absolute hater of 4th Ed I am not really going to get into discussing related topics – BUT – I do read all of them and enjoy reading them (even the ones that have me shouting at the monitor) and ‘listening’ to what is happening in the community.

    I am with CaptainOfMine in that World building interests me and would also love to see some examples of which dungeons people have throwm together to make a campaign.

    I would also welcome articles on how best to convert products from one edition or game to another – examples = how do Encounter levels or threat levels convert into AD&D party levels OR Whats the best way to convert the ridic hp count from 4th Ed back to reasonable stuff for the other editions (just in case someone wants to convert one of the recent released D&D battle tops to a RPG adventure)

    Otherwise just keep on writing and i’ll keep on reading :-)

  5. Rambage says:

    Maybe you should focus more on charaterization of npc, and less on comparisons between viedeo-games and D&D. Also, being an hater of 4th edition I often found myself un-prepared on rules and spell from there.

    P.S. update the blog more often!

  6. Darkwarren says:

    I respectfully disagree with Rambage in regards to his comment regarding the Console Cleric columns. Honesty, I don’t play video games (don’t have the time or money) but I can see the value in a.) reaching out to those who think gaming can only be experienced through pixels and not paper and b.) there are some great similes that make sense as these two mediums all hinge on a basic human enterprise: storytelling.

    That being said, I do agree with him in regards to the need for NPC (and PC) characterization. I’ve had an idea floating around for another article in that vein and we’ll see what I come up with.

    Good luck with the return to excellence!

  7. Gotta say, the blog is awesome, and I can completely sympathize with a lack of comments. Console Cleric was awesome, but it didn’t really feel relevant to the stuff I was wanting to do with my campaign at the time, so I decided not to comment, thinking “That was cool. What’s next?”

  8. Jake says:

    I check this forum every day. I don’t own cable, so each morning I use my GoogleReader tab and scroll through News sites, comedy sites, professionally related ones, and… this one. To be honest, I agree 100% that there aren’t nearly enough articles coming up. But before we start going over the ‘quality vs. quantity’ paradigm, I think it’s not a bad idea to throw in opinionated articles. eg 1) a discussion on preference of 4e & others. 2) Gender bias, what to do when an all male group consistently role only men, how to spice up and feminize a bit of gameplay. 3) Alcohol and gameplay, how sober is your crew while playing… My point is, I love articles like the bucket list of D&D must-do’s, guides, character development, etc. But, when you’re out of ideas, sometimes you could just update us with a thought or series of questions. Something that keeps us interacting. I’m shocked that this forum typically only has a few on average comments. That’s LUDICROUS!

    As far as my favorite of the posts for nomination goes, I’d have to support “Making an RPG ‘Bucket List’” by Darkwarren April 9, 2012 and second “Thoughts from a New Year, New Campaign: Have a Homogenous Party” by Mythic Party March 14, 2012.

    Also, if you’re ever running low on ideas for forum discussion, email me anytime. I recently started commenting in these forums and I’ll definitely continue to do so. I’m a huge fan of D&D and I really appreciate some of the truly creative and insightful topics that are discussed here. Keep up the good work.

    Keep in mind, this is a blog on D&D. We are quite literally the most imaginative people on EARTH… we can do better.

  9. Alex says:

    I started reading articles on this blog only a few months ago, the reason being that this summer I am going to be DM for the first campaign this summer, and I only just started playing 4th edition. So far I have found the articles helpful and entertaining. As far as which article, my personal favorite was the Homogeneous Party.

    As for why it gave me the idea to make the antagonist’s (for said campaign) a Homogeneous group.

  10. TalonSylpheed says:

    I also really really enjoy the blog, but I’d like to see a more structured update schedule. Maybe reading webcomics has spoiled me, but if a periodical-based website doesn’t update on a schedule, I find myself dissatisfied with it. Just my feedback. Also, I think a series on creating your own campaign world would be awesome.

    -Tyler

  11. TalonSylpheed says:

    And sorry for the double-comment, but I forgot to nominate an article. I loved the homogeneous campaign article. Our group actually started a campaign like that because of the article, all Elves, and it’s been loads of fun so far.

    -Tyler

  12. Soda Bob says:

    I did not read the article about the magic fox. But I had a DM once provide healing for the party from some magic mushrooms that were growing on the body of a very dirty hill giant. I thought it was a very clever – if nasty – way of providing party healing. Sure, if over done it could be goofy, but as a one time way of handling a very hurt party (and preventing the campaign from stagnating or ending altogether) I thought it was very clever.

  13. Hey not to much to say other than You guys are doing aight. I follow you via RSS mostly.

  14. Danno says:

    Just a note too — if WotC decides to kill the 4E DDI tools when Next comes out… You’ll want to take out a new credit card and market your tools online like crazy. There will be thousands of 4E-and-not-upgrading-to-Next DDI subscribers who will be looking for a replacement online character/monster tools.

    :)

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