Sunday, November 10, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Even More Unpopular D&D Opinions

So last week on Five Minute Friday, I shared an unpopular D&D opinion and encouraged others to do the same. I got a few calls from some of the other folks podcasting here on Anchor, so today I am sharing them on the podcast. I also throw in one more unpopular opinion of my own.




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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 11.9.19

Every week, talented creators upload Dungeons and Dragons products to the DMs Guild, pricing them as free or pay-what-you-want in order to reach customers. Dozens of new free and pwyw products are added each week alone. It is a lot to sort through. My hope is that highlighting a few of each week's best supplements will help the designers get the attention they deserve.

You can find previous posts in this series HERE.


Politics of Zilargo from Joseph Meehan



Certain creators are really the heroes of the DMs Guild, and Meehan is one of them. Check out the fifth installment in their "Politics of Eberron" series, as well as their excellent Thrane, Aundair, Karrnath, and Breland supplements.




Speaking of heroes of the Guild, George Collie's "Alphabet" magic item collections are all can't-miss. Be sure and check out the Rare, Common, and Uncommon companions to this new installment if you haven't already. 


5e Spell Compendium from Cruxiuz



This is an ambitious attempt to collect all of the 5e spells into one document. There is some question as to the legality of this one mentioned in the comments, although technically Wizards owns anything you upload to the Guild anyway. To be honest, I don't see the problem, as the whole point of publishing on the Guild is to use WotC IP, and this is mostly useless without the core books. That said, it might not be up forever.


D&D5e Il cacciatore di goblin Roll20 (Mappe e Token) from Paolo Pinna



While I don't speak Italian, and therefore can't use this with the actual adventure as intended, this is still a killer set of maps and tokens. 


The Witch Doctor from Johnathan Platt



Oooh, this is really, really good. My fave of the three archetypes for this excellent new caster class has a sort of Voodoo doll mechanic that would be tons of fun to roleplay. Beg your DM to let you try one.


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Friday, November 8, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Five Minute Friday: My Unpopular D&D Opinion

Howdy all! Over at the Ruins of Murkhill blog and around social media this week, I spotted folks sharing their "unpopular D&D opinions". Well, today for Five Minute Friday, I'm giving you mine! If you want to call in on the show and share yours, I will play it on a future episode!




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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Humpday Blog-O-Rama 11.6.19

Blogs are an integral, vital part of the RPG hobby. They serve as incubators for new games, sounding boards for fresh ideas, and platforms for up-and-coming talent. They keep "forgotten" games alive, foster discussions, and build communities.

Every Wednesday on the Thought Eater podcast and blog, I take a look at what is going on in the vibrant RPG blog scene. Check out previous Humpday Blog-O-Rama posts HERE.




ARNESON MONTH WRAP-UP







https://osrgrimoire.blogspot.com/

https://plundergrounds.blogspot.com/2019/10/110-aaa-games.html




https://www.dropbox.com/s/zz5ms0v3p0s7qh6/Us%20vs.%20Earth.pdf?dl=0

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/malodorous-miasma-meltdown/id1470078185

https://sharps54.itch.io/jasons-basi6-rpg

https://anchor.fm/jason376


BEST OF HALLOWEEN 2019



https://mapoftheweek.blogspot.com/2019/10/witches-and-ghosts.html




https://abraxarba.blogspot.com/2019/10/chill-art.html

https://randroll.com/archive/5e_spooky_encounters/



https://dumpstatadventures.com/blog/deep-dive-the-vampire


MAPS




https://www.sageadvice.eu/2019/10/31/the-forgotten-realms-original-map-draw-by-ed-greenwood-with-detailed-images-of-the-most-famous-rpg-setting-thanks-to-gameholecon-and-alex-kammer/



http://sorcerersskull.blogspot.com/2019/11/well-blow-me-down-popeye-maps.html



https://blogofexalteddeeds.blogspot.com/2019/11/session-79-30-october-2019.html





https://www.cartographersguild.com/forumdisplay.php?f=103


REVIEWS AND RETROSPECTIVES

https://tenfootpole.org/ironspike/?p=6297

https://vintagerpg.tumblr.com/post/188804566241/im-taking-a-look-at-mayfair-games-satirical

https://waynesbooks.games/2019/11/03/days-of-the-dragon-1982-dungeons-dragons-fantasy-art-calendar/
https://rollingboxcars.com/2019/10/30/all-that-glitters-is-chrome-cyberpunk-red-jumpstart-kit/

http://endzeitgeist.com/crypt-of-the-science-wizard-5e/

http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/2019/11/monstrous-monday-review-d-creature.html



http://natetreme.com/blog/review-blood-in-the-water


RANDOM TABLES AND GENERATORS

http://themansegaming.blogspot.com/2019/11/gossip-from-orc-slave-pits.html

http://insidethegiantseye.blogspot.com/2019/11/2d6-potions-in-vending-machine.html

https://wasitlikely.blogspot.com/2019/10/oracular-dungeon-generation-and.html


FREE STUFF



http://frontierexplorer.org/article/issue-26-now-available


http://bearded-devil.com/2019/10/31/hex-character-sheets/
https://coinsandscrolls.blogspot.com/2019/10/osr-ultraviolet-gloglands.html


http://blog.trilemma.com/2019/10/the-sequence-of-deel.html

https://mfov.magehandpress.com/2019/11/school-of-arithmetick.html





https://chgowiz-games.blogspot.com/2019/11/three-hexes-zine-1.html

https://dnd.wizards.com/articles/unearthed-arcana/class-feature-variants


MISCELLANY



http://thecampaign20xx.blogspot.com/2019/10/dungeons-dragons-guide-to-mordenkainen.html


https://savageafterworld.blogspot.com/2019/10/hittin-holiday-road-to-gamehole-con.html

https://savageafterworld.blogspot.com/2019/10/gamehole-con-day-0-housefly-transport.html

https://savageafterworld.blogspot.com/2019/10/gamehole-con-day-1-grinding-snow-plows.html

https://savageafterworld.blogspot.com/2019/11/gamehole-con-day-2-housefly-riding.html

https://savageafterworld.blogspot.com/2019/11/gamehole-con-day-3-threat-of-baron-von.html


AS THE MEGADUNGEON TURNS


https://originaldungeons-and-dragons.blogspot.com/2019/11/public-notice-filed-by-robert-j-kuntz.html

https://www.facebook.com/threelinestudio/posts/2892735714091874?__tn__=-R

https://originaldungeons-and-dragons.blogspot.com/2019/11/re-public-notice-filed-by-robert-j.html

https://kotaku.com/transformers-producer-drops-lawsuit-against-gary-gygaxs-1839466600



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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Thought Eater Podcast: Froth University Session One: Freshman Orientation

We finally got started last night with my 1980's horror/comedy campaign! We are using the Savage Worlds game system and the East Texas University setting. We all had a great time, and I hope you will join me today on the podcast as I recap the action!



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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Free and Pay-What-You-Want 5e DMs Guild Highlights: Week Ending 11.2.19

Every week, talented creators upload Dungeons and Dragons products to the DMs Guild, pricing them as free or pay-what-you-want in order to reach customers. Dozens of new free and pwyw products are added each week alone. It is a lot to sort through. My hope is that highlighting a few of each week's best supplements will help the designers get the attention they deserve.

You can find previous posts in this series HERE.


5e Puzzle: The Rotating Rings 



5e Puzzle: The Cubic Conundrum



5e Puzzle: The Looping Labyrinth



Anybody else terrible at coming up with puzzles and riddles? I don't even really try anymore. These three highly creative offerings from the talented Stephen Bull are just what the doctor ordered. 


MZA1 Creature Features in the Jungle from Jon Hild



This was a really cool idea. Three mini-adventures based on movies (The Ruins, The Relic, and Alien vs Predator) re-flavored and ported into the jungles of Maztica. 


Eberron Battlemaps: Sharn Pack 1 from Thomas Pedersen


Gearing up for the new Eberron release? This is a pretty solid collection of battlemaps to use in your adventures. Includes gridded and gridless versions.


Lithin's Medicine Cabinet from Christian Olesen


Handy little supplement that includes random tables for ingredients and dozens of new concoctions both helpful and harmful. I liked the vibe of the cartoonish artwork as well. 


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