Friday Knight News – Gaming Edition: 18-MAY-2012

Wow. I love it when short weeks take more energy to get through than long ones do. That’s what I get for taking off a couple of days for my birthday I guess. However, I got a copy of DCC RPG in the mail (quite a b-day present!), got to see The Avengers one more time, and saw Dark Shadows as well. I enjoyed the first two at least. 🙂

City Wide Gaming Event - Colorado Springs, CO - May 19-20, 2012

So just because I tried to relax and take a bit of a break, the world didn’t stop and the gaming world kept right on chugging – which means we have a whole new set of news links to explore today. It’s almost as though Christmas and my birthday are all year round and the blogosphere offers presents! (Ok, that was a bit of a stretch. Sue me – I’m tired and broke. 🙂 )

Here at GKR, we were treated to a story seed from Ancient Scroll newcomer Miroslav Gavrilov, some tips on gracefully ending campaigns once they’ve started from Creighton Broadhurst, the first of many parts of a review of the huge and gorgeous DCC RPG, a review of the NPCs inhabiting The Shattered Blade Thieves: A Torn World Character Pack, and The Gassy Gnoll tried to be funny about Necromancy (and failed miserably) for May of the Dead (the list of articles in the carnival just keeps growing!). Please limit your responses to rotten fruit and vegetables thrown at the big hairy guy on stage…

This weekend I have to give a big shout-out to the folks behind the City Wide Gaming Event in Colorado Springs, CO. It’s the third year for the event, bringing local game stores and gamers out
to play everything from tabletop RPGs and wargames, to board games, card games, and much more. So if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by one or more of the five stores involved in the festivities! (For a schedule of events, check this out.) Lots to see and do in the Springs this weekend!

So with that in the bag, it’s time for… the news!!

Food for Thought

  • What time is it? Do you ever get asked that in your D&D games? Well, Richard Pett in this week’s “Your Whispering Homunculus” at the KQ blog has some possibilities on how those PCs can find some time. In “Fifty Strange Timepieces” he goes from clocks made of pumice carved into dodos, dragon fat, fey bones, and elf teeth to those manned by imps, animated zombie rats, and more. Jim Croce probably wouldn’t want to save time in any of these bottles if he could help it…
  • Are you looking for some good resources to plunder for ideas for your next campaign? Vanhavoc @ Troll in the Corner has come up with a list of 5 must have links for GMs to help with the creative process… From subreddits and wikis to sites for photos, maps, and more. Definitely a good link to have in the toolbox!
  • Do you need some inspiration? Do you like art? Then check out Art is the Weapon – a resource worth mining for art and artists. Some may be NSFW, so beware – but it’s all amazing! (A big thanks to Theodoric @ Mythopoeic Rambling (NSFW picture in the article) for finding this site!)
  • Or if you’re looking for some other styles of art, check out Plenty of styles and artists to peruse until you find your muse!
  • Or if that one doesn’t do it for you, then perhaps you like pictures of airships? Michael Ann Dobbs @ io9 pulled together some great pictures to inspire a bit of Steampunk adventure…
  • Complete this sentence for me… Homophobia is _____________. I’d use “dumb,” “inexcusable,” and “unneeded.” But there will always be people who fear that which they don’t understand and don’t want to attempt to understand. It’s tough enough to find love in the world, so why would you object to anybody trying to find love and happiness? Andy/GGG @ Geek’s Dream Girl is a gamer. I don’t care that he’s gay. But apparently some folks in his gaming group did and they left because of it. They were uncomfortable. And though I’m a fan of removing yourself from a situation you don’t want to be a part of, I’m also a fan of straight talk. A simple discussion would have likely removed the discomfort and the game could have gone on… instead they chose to stop and walk away without explaining why. I don’t understand intolerance. I don’t support it whether blatant or understated. And I hope Andy finds some new gamers willing to look beyond labels to see people as people regardless of any preconceived notion.
  • Daniel Stack @ 19th Level also had a serious post this week. But his was about bullying after the revelation that Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney had bullied a fellow student in school. And I agree with Daniel that childhood incidents should be left in the past as usually we outgrow them, learn, and move on. But Romney’s denial and half apology is troubling. I too dealt with bullying in elementary and junior high school and have seen that it’s still alive today in the schools my kids go to. Dealing with bullying is not fun but it’s necessary and we need to continue to educate kids and parents and teachers to watch for it, speak up, and do their best to deal with it. There isn’t a silver bullet. We can’t end it. But we can help others deal with the pain it causes.
  • How does Military History fit into your understanding of RPGs? Well, LS @ Papers & Pencils took a look at Military Heritage magazine and pondered how to use some of its features and articles in a gaming setting…
  • Have you ever tried to draw an ooze? No, me either. But Blanca Martinez de Rituerto @ Dungeons and Drawings has. And I think the wizard in her picture is about to get slimed…

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And here are a few random links I didn’t have time to place last night:

That’s it for this week on the news front. If you want a bit more, check out the Weekly Roundup at Roving Band of Misfits, the Weekly Assembly from Gamer Assembly, and Chris Hackler’s “What’s Up With D&D?” at ENWorld. There’s definitely plenty of news go go around!

I do have to wish all the folks at Gnome Stew a very happy birthday – over the weekend they celebrated their fourth birthday!! Congrats!!

I hope everybody has a great weekend!

As always, if you feel I missed something (and it would be impossible NOT to), drop me a quick note via the contact page or drop me an e-mail at news(at)gameknightreviews(dot)com and I’ll add it to the list for next week!

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