Welcome back to the Best Reads of the Week! I've been going though the ever expanding Great Blog Roll Call, now with over 260 different blogs, collecting the best reads of the week in one place. Recently I've been seeing a lot of people opining the death of the blog-o-sphere. As proof of this assertion they argue that many of the greatest blogs have gone dark and their authors have moved on leaving some mighty big shoes to be filled. Well there's still great content out there and some amazing new bloggers are stepping up to the plate, filling those empty shoes. Just looking at the selection of articles I've compiled this week: we've got a really great discussion on the way our work should be shared with the world, to how we design our game sessions, to new game settings, to space traveling vacation hot spots, to new game mechanics for all those sticky situations that blindside you during a game, and more! Yes, some of the old standards have gone, but the blog-o-sphere is far from dead.
Border Wardens: Adventures on the Edge of Civilization by Alexander Osias, from the blog Armchair Gamer: The foundation for a new campaign that has me wishing that I could join it. Hell, just reading it sends me rushing off to write my own materials around the concept. A great place to jump in on a fantastic blog.
Peter Adkison Talks about the Return of Primal Order by Christopher Helton, from the blog Dorkland!: A great interview with Peter Adkison. Well worth the read.
Pholtus of the Ur-Flan by Joseph Bloch, from the blog Greyhawk Grognard: I really dug this fascinating look into the god Pholtus. If you're a fan of the gods of Oerth this is one article you should add into your library.
The Fogwalk by Rose and Logan, from the blog Last Gasp: Are you looking for a seaside town with more atmosphere than you can shake a stick at; well, you're in luck! This fantastic article has everything you could ask for and more!