Monday, May 22, 2006I haven't been inspired with a topic for the blog lately, so here are some good things from around the neighborhood:
The Durham 3 Podcasts
Clinton, Jason, and Remi are making these amazing podcasts. They talk about the game they're playing, usually before and after the session. They're short, punchy, and full of wisdom. Check 'em out.
Ron Speaks Wisdom
Ron has some really good D&D threads at the Forge now (one and two). They're well worth a read. Here's one really cool thing from the second thread. Ron's talking about how the DM might handle an Intimidation roll against an NPC called Ugly Pig the Bandit:
Ugly Pig's mind is as stubborn or as pliable as the DM fancies him ... and that fanciful quality may not be subject to revision. If the DM deems him "stubborn as an ugly pig," then dude, you're shit out of luck - because the DM may be working from intended results rather than parameters for conflict.
It's the last bit that is particularly awesome. I bet some of you are nodding your heads ruefully right now. How many GMs have we had that did that? How many times did we do it ourselves? Working from intended results... yep that was what happened, and how painful it was.
UPDATE: I totally forgot one of the links! Doh.
Breaking the Ice: Bruce and Clark
I've always loved Batman/Superman crossover stories, but generally dislike "slash" fiction. However, this game of BtI that Alexander posts about is just downright amazing, on several levels -- mainly that a fun and functional RPG can really produce awesome relationship/dating stories, with limitless variations.