Last year I started the Best Reads of the Week series to help publicize some of my favorite blogs and to help the community as a whole connect with the best content coming out of the blog-o-sphere. As I was working my way through these blogs, and trying to discover new ones, I found it increasingly frustrating. At the time there weren’t any easy options available for finding great blogs about tabletop gaming. Instead you had to either stumble upon a gaming blog when you played roulette with the random blog search or you had to find someone who had linked a bunch of blogs and read through their list.
Aggregate Cognizance: One of the best things about this blog is the author's attitude and his ability to expand upon his ideas through the comments after a post's initial publication. It's there that the blog flourishes as the author engages with his audience in a way that few of us can match - and that I personally envy. Great blog! Updates: Eleven times a month.
Alex Schroeder: RPG: An interesting blog that is presented for the reader through a wiki format - unique among the many blogs I read. This blog is something special with an author who is constantly expanding his understanding of his game and where he's going to take it in the future. Well worth reading. Updates: Five times a month.
Black Campbell, the: I really enjoy blogs that focus on games I've never explored, and when the author can write it makes the experience all the more enjoyable. This blog has lots to give to any reader who comes along (I really dug the GM Advice posts) Updates: I'm not sure. When I clicked on the archives the browser kept crashing so I'm not sure how many it has available.
Bluff Check: One of the few blog that features several different authors working on it at the same time. It is an interesting read that allows you to view the game through several different points of view without going through your own blog roll. While it has not been around very long (started January 26, 2014), I'm excited to see where this experiment goes. Updates: Too early to say for sure, but it's updated 26 times this year.
Cauldrons & Clerics: A fantastic blog that always finds new ways of putting for the best sorts of ideas. Great art, and even better charts. Do yourself a favor and add this blog to your list. Updates: Twice a month.
Cross Planes: This blog tends to provide the reader with lots of ideas and resources that are, generally, easy to port over into your home campaign. Lots of 13th Age stuff in here that has me contemplating purchasing the game. Updates: Twenty-four times a month.
Dead Cyclops: A new blog on the scene that has all the makings of a classic. Great content, a solid sense of self, and a craftsman-like dedication to putting out the best posts you read on a daily basis. I hope these early posts are just the portents of more to come. Updates: Too early to say for sure but since it's creation on February 5, 2014 it's managed to put out 17 posts.
Department V: I love blogs that approach the hobby in a way that I would never have expected; and this fantastic blog not only does that, but it is so well written that even when I deeply disagree with the author's point of view I find myself reading the entire article and mulling it over. Always worth reading and I will not miss an update! Updates: Six times a month.
Dungeons Deep and Caverns Old: This blog is quickly becoming one of my favorite reads. The author consistently strives to make it better with each new post. Really excited to see where it goes during the new year. Updates: Nineteen times a month.
Fate of Tekumel: A very new blog that is endevering to combine one of my favorite settings, Tekumel, with the beautiful FATE system. It's an exciting project that has me following this blog's every update! Updates: Fifteen times since the blog launched in April.
Henchmen Abuse: This blog will make you long to play in the author's games. It is funny, smartly written, and a real joy to read. Great archives. Updates: Three times a month.
Hydra DM, the: This blog tends to focus on giving advice to the Dungeon Master these days with updates only coming when the author has something to say. I wish it updated more often because I've really enjoyed the blog's archives and would love to see more come out. Updates: Twice this year.
Infinite Dragons: While this blog doesn't get updated any where near often enough for my tastes, I cannot stop reading it. I've just spent four hours reading every post the author has ever written and just loving this blog. Really, really worth reading and adding to your blog roll so you don't miss an update. Updates: Sadly dark since March 10, 2014
Kill It With Fire!: A fun blog that brings a lot of inspiration along with each post as you'll find yourself reading the authors ideas and thinking, "I could use the hell out of this; but what if I tweak it just a little bit . . ." This is the sort of blog that gets you thinking about how to improve your game each time it updates. Really worth reading. Updates: Twice a month.
Known World, Old World: A fun OSR blog that tends to focus, in a refreshing change, on British Gaming rather than on the American standards. Intelligently written and recently focusing on some seriously cool do-it-yourself content. Updates: Five times a month.
Lamentations of the Flame Princess: RPG Once a great blog it has become nothing more then a promotional avenue for the author's company. While I enjoy the archives, there is little worth reading there today. Updates: Twp times a month. Adult Content Warning
Lawful. Not Necessarily Good: This blog focuses on the challenges associated with judging the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG. You can expect an author that is fully capable of making even the most mundane topic well worth reading. Really nice blog; I wish it updated more. Updates: Two times a month.
Necromantic Halfbreed: I cannot tell you how much I'm enjoying this blog. The author has built a reputation in the indie scene as one of the most creative designers out there and this blog is just further proof of that statement. Look for this blog to bring you some amazing content. Updates: Too early to tell but since the blog's creation on February 5, 2014 he's managed to 24 posts.
Reality Refracted: I've only recently discovered this gem of a blog. the author tends to focus on game master advice and has some really great ideas for how to improve your game. Lots to enjoy here and well worth reading. Updates: Sixteen times a month.
RetroRoleplaying: The Blog: Consistently one of the best blogs I've ever found. Amazing archives. Add this one to your blog roll and you will not be disappointed. Updates: Dark since April 22, 2014.
Return to the Keep, a: This very new blog has a lot of potential and I really have high hopes for its future. The author has come back to role-playing games after a long hiatus and so far it's been a real pleasure to read their thoughts on the hobby. Updates: Too early to have a real average, but eight posts since it started on April 18, 2014.
Rumors of War: Part web comic, part exploratory role-playing game blog, and all good. This blog makes me regret not putting more time into my own. The web comic is fantastic and the blog gets you thinking about how to improve your own game. A win-win situation all the way around. Updates: About 30 times a month.
Running the Sandbox: If you're like me and get excited at the idea of a Shadowrun campaign then you need to bookmark this excellent blog! The author has an easy writing style that makes for a quick read and focuses on a game that doesn't get anywhere near enough love! Update: Dark since April 5, 2014.
Savage Afterworld, the: I'm so happy to report that this blog is not dead as I had initially stated - just the custom address. This blog is one of my all-time favorites. The author has an easy writing style that makes it easy to dive into and disappear for weeks at a time. Great, deep archives that cover more subjects than most blogs have even thought of! Updates: Twelve posts a month.
Secrets of the Shadowend: While this blog tends to focus on Swords and Wizardry content you shouldn't shy away from it if that isn't your game. The author is inventive and his archives are filled with lots of items, monsters, and adventure hooks to help inspire your own games. Well worth reading. Updates: Fourteen times a month.
Stacey's Geek Blog: This very new blog (started on May 23, 2014) has already begun to find a nice niche in a crowded field. The author has made a concerted effort to talk about, and review, the things that interest him as the come. So far we've seen video game reviews, book reviews, and a commentary on what brought the author back to role-playing games. A good start and one I sincerly hope the author can keep up! Updates: Hard to say at this time but since it's creation the author has posted five entries.
Update schedules: For all updates schedules I totaled all post published this year and divided them by 5 (as I was working on the majority of the project during May). I then rounded up. So if your actual average was 2.6 then I set your number at 3. This was done both for convenience and to reflect the ever changing nature of blog posting.
Active blogs: By comparison to the last roll call list this year's grouping is far more active. Most "Dark" blogs are only out a month from having posted while last year's group would have blogs a year or more out of date. The most obvious reason for this higher level of activity is the upcoming release of Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition.
Most all of us are talking about it.