News from Around the Net: 27-JAN-12

Hope everyone has had a good week! Mine has been interesting… We’ve been dealing with getting some water damage assessed and fixed in our house after a small overflow in an upstairs bathroom resulted in a family room waterfall through a spinning ceiling fan. Who needs Vegas and the Bellagio fountains? I had one in the family room!

Anyway… I’m hopeful that next week will be a bit calmer!

If you missed it this week, Johnn Four from Roleplaying Tips and Gamer Lifestyle interviewed me recently about my “Kickstarter habit” at the Gamer Lifestyle blog. It was fun to be on the response side of the equation for once and consider some tips for people thinking of starting their own KS projects.

Enough about me… There’s tons of great links this week, so why don’t we just dive right in!

Food for Thought

Games and Gaming

D&D Next

  • Chris Hackler at Gaming Tonic hit on a key point recently that I hope is echoed by other gamers and bloggers. The “Edition War” as it has been called is largely a waste of time. If you don’t like a game system, don’t play it. It may seem “peacenik,” but can’t we all just get along, respect our differences, and agree to disagree once in a while without throwing around heavy words like “I hate 4E” or “I hate Pathfinder”? There are so many more systems out there now it’s more a matter of personal preference than anything. But as Chris states in his post – 5E Killed the Edition Wars (in his group) – and I think that’s awesome. Let’s focus on creating great content and having fun and not waste energy on a “war” that ultimately is meaningless.
  • MTV Geek has actually impressed me the more I read, so I wasn’t shocked to see an target="_blank">interview of Mike Mearls by Matt Morgan about “D&D Next” pop up recently. Mearls is definitely in the thick of it, so I’m happy to see him (and other WotC staff) getting the word out and talking to people. This has to be the most press I’ve ever seen about D&D!
  • In case any of you are thinking of breaking WotC’s NDA about D&D Next… I’d recommend you check out Brian Patterson’s d20 Monkey on the topic. If I run into two guys named “Cease” and “Desist” I think I’ll have to run the other way…
  • What do you consider the key aspects of a character? Monte Cook suggests: Class (and level), Race, Ability Scores, and Customizable Elements (skills, feats, etc.). Though I have to admit those represent the character aspects required by D&D as a system, I think there are more things to consider like: concept, history, relationships – the esoteric qualities that make a character more than a collection of statistics on a sheet… What do you think?
  • Sarah Darkmagic (aka Tracy Hurley) had some interesting thoughts at her blog about how she thinks skills should be approached in D&D Next this week, plus some ways of looking at skills that I hadn’t considered. I really like her idea of having a “continuum of complexity” with a simpler approach for new players, a mid-range approach for mid-range players, and the Full Monty for advanced players.

Publisher News

Reviews

Tools

That’s it for this week on the news front. If it wasn’t enough, be sure to check out the Bundlr links below as well as the Gamer Assembly’s “Weekly Assembly” and target="_blank">Chris Hackler’s (from Gaming Tonic) “What’s up with D&D” article at ENWorld round-ups from this week. Both are great sources of gamer info!

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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