News from Around the Net: 22-APR-2011

It’s Friday – and that means it must be time to share a few links from the Interwebz!

In case you missed my earlier articles from the last couple of weeks, I’d encourage you to check out the following and let me know what you think:

But of course I wasn’t the only one waxing philosophically about gaming topics this week!

  • If you’re in need of a quick dungeon, you can’t go wrong with the Dungeoneering Dad’s article – A Handful of Sweet Arse Dungeon Generators
  • Mike over at Campaign Mastery points out what I already know, but can’t ever seem to remember… that writing things down is a necessity when gaming! Check out The failure of …ummmmm… Memory
  • At Critical Hits, Tourq Stevens shares some of the wisdom he’s learned in “26 Years of Gaming Lessons. It’s amazing what many of us have seen and done in our alternate lives in RPGs over the years!
  • Then we go into some deep philosophical thoughts with Runeslinger at Casting Shadows… In Buddha Was Not a Roleplayer he talks about the concept of attachment in gaming terms and raises some excellent points. What makes one character or story or campaign work while others don’t?
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    Robin D. Laws, one of the minds in gaming I always turn to to have my mind blown or assumptions nuked explains Where Bad Writing Advice Comes From and I have to say I’ve probably stumbled into a few of these things over the years myself. My inner critic always gets in the way and I have to beat it down with a baseball bat…

  • Another brilliant mind in gaming circles is Monte Cook, who points out that [gasp] you have to work to make millions with your writing. If you get through Part 1 and Part 2 without at least a better understanding of what it takes to succeed as a game writer, you’re not reading closely enough.
  • Greg Bilsland admits an unhealthy addiction to random encounter tables at Eye of the Beholder. And I have to say that random encounters, if tied somehow back to the plot, can make an otherwise boring trek through the wilderness quite exciting in a very short time. Check out how Greg uses them in his own games in Random Encounters: Into the Wilderness.
  • Are you always on the lookout for new writing resources? Especially free ones? Well, check out 40+ free tools for authors by Piotr Kowalczyk over at TeleRead for a great place to find a few!
  • Stargazer over at Stargazer’s World has started some great series lately about RPG Blogging… Check out RPG Blogging 101: Writing posts if you haven’t yet taken the plunge and need some advice first… Once you get started, it’s hard to stop. Take it from me!
  • Enzeitgeist reviews The Haunting of Soldragon Academy from Headless Hydra Games and #30 Intelligent Magic Items from Rite Publishing in his latest post.
  • Big things on the horizon for Palladium Books has me very excited. I’ve been a fan since I played Palladium Fantasy and Ninjas and Superspies twenty years ago. Check out this detailed list of upcoming titles and actions for more!

What did I miss? Do you have a link I should include? News to announce? A new product to review? Drop me a line at the GKR Contact page and let me know!

tuned for the new GKR Newsletter to launch in May, so be sure to sign up so you don’t miss an issue!

Have a great weekend!!

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7 comments to News from Around the Net: 22-APR-2011

  • Sully

    Cool! Thanks for showing me some goodies that flew under my radar!

    • Fitz

      @Sully – My pleasure. And if you find anything that I miss, please feel free to drop me a line or include it in a comment. I want to keep that conversation going! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hey, thanks for the link! Glad that the article was noteworthy (groans at own pun)… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitz

      @Mike Bourke – The best puns are the worst puns. ๐Ÿ™‚ And you’re welcome! As I get older, I find myself writing more and more things down and then wondering later what the heck I wrote!

  • I totally rule at the “wall of text” – so I found your link to RPG Blogging very useful.

    Of course, there’s a significant reason for my wall of text – which also carries over to my comments – I tend to have a lot of information that I just “dump” in a short space of time, and for the main part, my blogging schedule doesn’t give me enough time to do any significant editing or organizing after writing. This is why my style varies between my blog-post style writing and my professional writing style – I actually approach them in very different ways. You can see this in the early DVOID Systems blog posts when I was blogging about the D-Jumpers issues – because I was engaging in the RPG Content Waterfall and these posts were already done using my professional style.

    Sometimes, I really wish I could stop time or make time to do all the things I need to do, but we have to try our best with the tools we have at our disposal, and if that means I have to use the “wall of text” because of my writing issues, you can be sure I’m going to OWN it!

    • Fitz

      @Da’ Vane – Great! I always try to put some kind of graphic in my posts even if it’s just some stock piece from somewhere. I really like Zemanta for links and images you can just plop into a post. I’m not very good at using headers and such to break up my text though. There’s a balance somewhere I’m sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

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