Thursday, May 29, 2014

Best Reads of the Week! May 24 - May 29

Welcome back to the BEST READS OF THE WEEK! I read three hundred blogs and search through the Google+ Pen and Paper Bloggers community for the best articles being put out by this hobby each and every week. Below are the fruits of my effort, but they can always get better! If you've got a blog you think is being overlooked let me know so I can add you to the reading pool!

After the news broke this week that the new Basic game for Dungeons and Dragons would be a free PDF for one and all you might have expected it to dominate the blogging world - but you'd be wrong. This week we've got free games, fictive interviews, mega-dungeons, random adventures, product reviews and so much more!

As always, these guys and gals spend a lot of time working on their blogs and if you liek one of these posts be sure and let the author know by giving them a +1 on Google+, a like on facebook, a comment, or re-sharing their work with the wider community! Feel free to reshare this list, or any of the past Best Reads of the Week as well.

Best Reads of the Week!

Free D&D and Other Choices by JDJarvis, from the blog Aeons & Augauries: This week JDJarvis has been busy compiling some fantastic free resources that you can download and use today. In this post he has a list of seven role-playing games you could get right now and start having fun with today; and after you're done downloading a game, how about some free monsters?

It Was All Weird by +Wayne Rossi, from the blog Semper Initiativus Unum: There is a strain of thought out there that the Greyhawk setting is a vanilla setting that never has anything interesting happening in it. But was that the case? Wayne R. talks to one of the early players in the setting and finds that the truth is far more interesting.

The Dero interview me Via TELAUG by +Patrick Stuart, from the blog False Machine: Talking about the creative process and works that we involve ourselves in is incredibly difficult, but if ever there was someone who could do it in an engaging way it's Patrick Stuart. In this interview by the Dero, Patrick manages to not only sell you on his underdark book but makes you wish it was available for purchase right now. I can't wait till someone publishes it. 

Greyhawk PDFs: D&D Classics by mortellan, from the blog Greyhawkery: When you think of setting specific books that might make the top 100 sales list from D&D Classics how many do you think would be from the Forgotten Realms? How many do you think would be from Greyhawk? I bet you didn't see these results coming.

Is Free Good Enough by +Gerardo Tasistro, from the blog Saurondor: The big news item coming out of Wizards of the Coast this week was that a basic version of the new edition would be released as a PDF for free. For many this was wonderful news, but Gerardo Tasistro recognizes that just publishing a product isn't enough. What will Wizards do after it releases?

Megadungeon Practices by +John Arendt, from the blog Dreams in the Lich House: Designing a megadungeon isn't the easiest thing to do as there's a lot of places where you can go wrong and completely screw the effort. This handy guide by John Arendt might not give you everything you need, but it's certainly one of the best places to start I've found in years.

Devil Hill Dungeons Part Two: Haan's Tomb by +Chris Tamm, from the blog Elmaids & Octopi: Have you ever just wanted to run a dungeon off the seat of your pants? This remarkable post by Chris Tamm allows you to do just that. Randomized encounters coupled with a random dungeon of your own and you've got a game ready in less than ten minutes.

The Madness of Avool by +Arnold K., from the blog Goblin Punch: Like the King in Yellow before it the Madness of Avool (which I pronounce the Madness of A Fool) presents a pamphlet that upon reading will drive the player mad. It's a rich read that provides more fodder for the Dungeon Master and I desperately want to use it in my games.

40k 7th - The Stuff by Blacksteel, from the blog Tower of Zenopus: If you're at all interested in the new edition of Warhammer 40K then this is a great post to read. Blacksteel takes the time to show lots of beautiful pictures of the new books and some of the accessories. Really has me wanting to drop some serious money down the 40K rabbit hole.

Best of Dyvers This Week!

Nobody Makes it Out Alive An actual play series for a game I instigated with a Dungeon Master all of us hated. Money was on the line, but pride mattered far more. All of the posts are linked for easy navigation.

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