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Weekend Link Round-Up

posted Sunday, June 22nd 2008 by Jonathan Drain
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In D&D this week:

Has Open Gaming Been a Sucess?, by Mike Mearls
One of the developers of D&D 4th edition comments on whether or not the OGL was a succeess. Mearls also talks this week about MMO’s effect on RPG sales and becoming a Wall Stret Journal bestselling author.

Killjoy Cooking With the Dungeons & Dragons Crowd, by Lore Sjöberg
Wired spoofs D&D with the question: What geeks talked about cookbooks the way they talk about RPG books?

Skill Challenges, by Keith Baker
The creator of Eberron discusses 4E’s skill challenges and ways to improve them. He also discusses the skills system in 4E, Races in 4E Eberron and Lycanthropes and the Purge.

4E and New Players, by Chris Pramas (publisher Green Ronin)
Pramas gives his views on fourth edition as a way of introducing new players.

Chatty’s Review: The 4e Dungeon Master’s Guide, by Chatty DM
A fellow D&D blogger gives his review on the Dungeon Master’s Guide. Also from Chatty DM is a list of online 4e tools.


  1. The Chatty DM

    June 24th, 2008

    Thanks for the links JD, much appreciated.

    I should post my PHB/MM one this week.

  2. Alfred Bonnabel

    July 8th, 2008

    Great links JD. I especially enjoyed Mearls’ thoughts on the impact of the OGL. Would you mind commenting and sharing yours?

  3. Jonathan Drain

    July 9th, 2008

    @Alfred: It’s hard to say anything Mearls hasn’t phrased better. I think the OGL has been a great boon to writers and publishers, but it did lead to a great deal of mediocre third-party material and discouraged fans from releasing their material for free.

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