Buy D&D PDFs, Help Haiti Disaster Relief

For the rest of January, Monte Cook is donating 100% of the proceeds from sales of Book of Experimental Might I and II to the Haiti relief fund. These books are packed with interesting house rules for D&D third edition, from one of the original authors. If you’ve got these on your wish list, or you’re interested in third edition D&D rules, now’s the time to buy.

If charity doesn’t appeal to you, Book of Experimental Might I made #1 on RPG Countdown’s Best of 2008, ahead of the 4th Edition Player’s Handbook at #2, followed by Book of Experimental Might II at #3. What’s more, both are available in PDF from RPG Now at $9 each, reduced from $20 and $16 respectively.

In addition, RPG Now is offering a coupon for $20 which entitles the bearer to 100% off a massive selection of PDF titles, worth over $1,000. The proceeds of the coupon go to Doctors with Borders. The pack includes Kobold Quarterly #11 and 173 other PDFs. RPG Now is requesting that users wait a few days before downloading the products after their purchase, as the server is struggling to cope with all the donations.

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Three Neat D&D 3rd Edition Resources

If you’re one of many people who still enjoys Dungeons & Dragons third edition, you maybe running short of game material now that many publishers have switched to producing fourth edition books. Thankfully, there are there online sources for third edition game material.

The first is The Grand OGL Wiki, a site collecting third edition open game content from contributing publishers. The wiki currently contains material from Paizo’s Rise of the Runelords adventure path and Mongoose’s massive Quintessential series, amongst others. All material is available for free, so if you missed out on these the first time around you can enjoy a supply of fresh 3E content.

The second is Dungeon a Day, a new project by Dungeons & Dragons third edition co-creator Monte Cook. Dungeon a Day is a service offering daily game content that builds to a complete D&D campaign. There’s a subscription fee, but if you’re looking for official-quality material it’s hard to go wrong with the guy who made the game.

Finally, it’s nothing new but the The Hypertext D20 SRD includes an invaluable set official open content. In addition to the core rules, d20srd.org has added the Epic level rules, Psionics rules from the Expanded Psionics Handbook, the Divine rank rules from Deities & Demigods, and the variant rules from Unearthed Arcana including bloodlines, racial paragon classes, flaws, traits, armour as damage reduction, comabt facing, action points and spell points. The site also includes tools for rolling dice, calculating encounters and searching for monsters and spells.


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February’s First Weekly Link Round-Up

Each week I link a selection of articles from the Dungeons & Dragons “blogosphere”.

News and Previews

Humour and Anecdotes

Dungeon Mastering Tools & Advice

Playing the Game

Game Design

Product Reviews

And the Rest


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Weekly D&D Link-Around: Jan 25th

The week in links.

News

Dungeon Mastering Advice

Game Design & Publishing

Playing the Game

Humour

Other Game Systems

And the Rest

Weekly RPG Link-Around: January

The past week in RPG links.

News & Announcements

Products & Reviews

Humour

Fourth Edition

Dungeon Mastering

Game Design

And the Rest


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Christmas Weekly Link Adventure

Special note: On Monday I’m posting details of a contest where you can win free dice. I’ll leave it up over Christmas, and choose the winner when I return at the end of the holidays.

Meanwhile, here’s the week in links:

News

Products & Reviews

Fourth Edition Material

Dungeon Mastering Advice

Game Design & Publishing

Playing the Game

Humour

And the Rest


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Weekly D&D Link-Around

The week in links.

Products & Reviews

Fourth Edition Material

Dungeon Mastering Advice

Game Design & Publishing

Playing the Game

And the Rest


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Sunday Link-Around Quest - Dec 7

Alright, you got me. I meant to post this yesterday, but I recently read that my family name could mean “a lazy man”, and decided to give it a go. Unfortunately, living up to my family name turned out to be quite unproductive, so here we are with the week’s round-up.

News

The big news this week is that Wizards of the Coast has laid off several staff, including such big names as Dave Noonan, Jonathan Tweet, and Randy Buehler. Reasons for the layoffs include frustration over Gleemax and D&D Insider failing to meet targets, clearing out monetary liabilities before the end of Hasbro’s financial year, and dilbertesque budget cuts. Several bloggers including industry insiders have voiced their disapproval:

In other news:

Products & Reviews

Fourth Edition Material

Dungeon Mastering

Game Design

Playing the Game

Other Games

And the Rest


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Friday Link Adventure - Nov 28

Here’s what’s hot this week in the the D&D “blogosphere”.

News

Reviews

Fourth Edition Coolness

Dungeon Mastering

A hot topic this week is non-traditional roleplaying - letting your players take narrative control, or abandoning combat rules entirely.

Three DMs this week are trialling an online D&D Java app called Gametable:

Morality is also a topic this week:

And as ever, discussion of age-old Dungeon Master problems:

Game Design

Playing the Game

And the Rest


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300 RPG Text-Files

Textfiles.com now has exactly 300 role-playing games articles, dating from the 1980s and 1990s. Textfiles.com, which recently celebrated its tenth birthday, is a repository of various material from bulletin-board systems or BBSs, the modem-based dial-in systems that existed before the World Wide Web.

Most or all of these articles predate Dungeons & Dragons third edition. Still, a lot of it is useful for inspiration, or just interesting for historical purposes. Leave a comment and let me know if you find anything particularly good.


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