"Okay, the old man in the tavern tells you, 'Many years ago the powerful sage known as Mefi's own Lore
collected much wisdom about the sundry monsters of which the elders taught of us in the Monster Manual. Lore's annotations to the work came in the form of the comic series Speak With Monsters
. They were once thought lost forever
with the fall of Bad Gods and following the trail the mighty JHarris blazed previously
four winters past will lead only to woe. But Lore has shared them again in the distant library of Google Plus for seekers after wisdom and gold.' He then falls over with a knife in his back. What do you do?" [more inside]
How did Pathfinder become the only table-top role-playing game ever
to outsell Dungeons & Dragons, outpacing it 2:1? What were the economics of the Open Gaming License, whereby Wizards of the Coast effectively gave away
the rules to its flagship D&D product? Why did the table-top market collapse?
This and more on Episode 73 of the Game Design Roundtable
podcast, with guest Ryan Dancey, architect of the Open Gaming License strategy at Wizards of the Coast, and former marketing exec at CCP Games (makers of EVE Online). Dancey is now the business lead on Pathfinder Online, an upcoming sandbox fantasy RPG broadly in the mold of EVE and Ultima Online.
is usually about game design, but this episode is a fascinating look into the business side of the RPG world, both online and off -- from someone who has been at the heart of the most interesting business cases in the space. The first 30 minutes are all about business history and economics. [more inside]
"This [129 question] survey
will determine your ability scores, fantasy race, class, alignment, and character level describing what you would be if you were transformed into a Dungeons and Dragons character."
Courtesy of that saint of old school gaming and dark god of the underworld Jason Sholtis, who runs the awesome, previously-posted
blog The Dungeon Dozen
, it's a new adventure to run using the game system of your choice:
THE SECRET PARTY-HOUSE OF THE HILL GIANT PLAYBOY (PDF viewer w/ available download)
. Looting, slaying, and party crashing beckon to the bold!
Also from Sholtis: the one-page dungeon FLESH FOR THE WITCH QUEEN
. (PDF viewer with download) [more inside]
If you enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons or similar fantasy RPGs, or if you just like reading in-depth analysis of fictional worlds, then the Tome of Awesome
[pdf] is for you. [more inside]
It's that time of year again... The 2011 One-Page Dungeon Contest
has announced winners[15mb pdf]
in 15 categories ranging from the more traditional "Best Investigation"[pdf]
to "Best Use of Teleporters."[pdf]
.) [more inside]
Yes I like playing Dungeons and Dragons with you...
"This Fantasy World" by the Doubleclicks, with animation by Brad Jonas. [SLYT]
Speak With Monsters
-- A comic about the most interesting parts of D&D. [more inside]
Wanna Play D&D? Nobody to play with?
Got a computer? Wanna experience The Temple of Elemental Evil
, Castle Amber
, The Palace of the Silver Princess
, and Danger at Dunwater
in your pajamas? Start with Circle of Eight Modpack
forThe Temple of Elemental Evil
and play the most complete Dungeons and Dragon game ever made. Think 3rd edition is for chumps? Show your true Moxie and revisit the modules of yore
with the Classic Adventures Mod
for Baldur's Gate II
. [more inside]
One of the better online random dungeon generators out there.
Scroll down a bit to see it. You can change the size and learn more about it from the home page
. [more inside]
In 1974, a pair of wargame enthusiasts from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin transformed the nascent hobby gaming world by publishing three little brown booklets
. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson's Dungeons & Dragons
has become an important part of the lives of generations of young gamers. Along the way, D&D went through numerous editions
, each with increasingly complex
rules. [more inside]