Welcome back to the Best Reads of the Week! This week was a busy week for many of the blogs I'm following - you can get the ever expanding list (I have 171 blogs already done with 40 to add from blogger and nearly as many to add from Google+) by reading The Great Blog Roll Call - and as a result there is some outstanding stuff out there. We've got a Savage World variant that let's you fight as giant robots and monsters; strange frog-like races that inhabit the heavens above; beautiful bits of prose coming in from every direction; some great how-to guides; and more!
Hill Cantons Beastiary: Fobbits by Chris Kutalik, from the blog Hill Cantons: Have you ever wondered who's resetting those traps behind you and ruining your day? Fobbits of course!
I Kill a Man on Every Page by Patrick Stewart, from the blog False Machine: What a fantastic short bit of fiction! This sort of entry is the whole reason why I make it a point to read everything that comes out of the False Machine blog. Really, really great.
It's a Magical Place by Jim White, from the blog Wombat's Gaming Den of Iniquity: It's so easy to forget the sense of wonder that the world can hold for us as we disappear into our fantasy worlds and debate how the mechanics of a Grapple work; this article reminds us that we need to remember the actual magic and wonder in the world. Fantastic read.
Make-it Monday: Sporkchop Attempts to Sew a Dicebag by Sprokchop, from the blog ROFL Initiative: While the post is not filled with step-by-step instructions on creating the bag it does have a video and follows his efforts to make his first dice bag. I love it when anyone goes out on their own and starts making things that they need, and this article is right in my wheelhouse.
Mecha Kaiju Sensō Tai!!!: Battling Robots and Monsters for Savage Worlds by Sean Bircher, from the blog Wine and Savages: Let's admit it, you love giant robots beating the crap out of foam monsters and so do I. Now that we've got that out in the open let's play this kick-ass variant for the Savage Worlds system that the folks at Wine and Savages have made for us.
Pruztian Five-Pence Piece (Wermspittle) by the Heretickwerks Team, from the blog Heretickwerks: A really smart piece of flavor-text for an alternative coinage. There are some things about the article that I would change before implementing it into my home campaign, but by and large it's really well done as it stands.
D100 Rival Dungeon Parties, by The prophet Konsumterra, from the blog Elfmaids and Octopi: The Dungeon of Signs article will start you down the road, but this article by The prophet Konsumterra will give you the means to end that journey. A hundred possible encounters and most every one could change the course of your campaign for years to come. God I love it when great bloggers work with each other!