The Thrill of Victory

This week, I was bestowed the wonderful honor of being named RPG Site of The Year through a contest hosted by Stuffer Shack. It is truly a wonderful surprise, and I want to thank everyone that voted for me last week to make it into the Finals. I also wanted to thank Tourq Stevens from Stuffer Shack for organizing and hosting the contest. His efforts led to the acknowledgement of many great blogs and podcasts. Even though the contest is a competition, the event fosters a great sense of community and brought me into contact with other websites that I did not know about previously. The fact that the judges voted for me as the RPG Site of The Year is truly an honor, and I thank them for that recognition.

Writing a blog is an extremely personal endeavor, but I have benefited immensely from the many talented individuals in the online RPG community. I also need to acknowledge the role of the players (and my DM) in my home campaigns over the last year; they have been exceedingly accommodating with allowing me to discuss our gaming sessions in such a public forum. Some of my favorite moments in the short life of the blog is interactions with my players in Comments or real-life as a result of something I wrote posted in an article. I have also enjoyed the privilege of interviewing numerous members in the gaming community, and the interviews will certainly remain a feature on the site.

Before going any further, I want to express congratulations to the other finalists in Stuffer Shack’s Site of The Year Contest: Gnome Stew, Dungeon’s Master, G*M*S Magizine and Nearly Enough Dice. Everyone should click through those sites for wonderful RPG content. And take some time to explore the over 30 blogs nominated for the Site of The Year Contest.

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Can The Id DM Be Your RPG Site of The Year?

EDIT: I want to thank everyone who visited Stuffer Shack and voted for The Id DM. With your help, I was able to move on to the final round. My fate – along with four other fantastic sites – is now up to the judges. Good luck to everyone remaing in the contest, and thank you again for your support!

As a winner of Stuffer Shack’s Site of the Month in June 2011, I was entered in their RPG Site of the Year contest. The contest is running each day this week and features a healthy dose of blogs you should be visiting. The Id DM appears in today’s list of finalists. If this is your first time to the site, then you check visit a recent one-year anniversary summary of my work.

If you feel so inclined, then I would appreciate it if you could click on the SOTY image (pictured right) and vote for The Id DM. However, the main reason you should visit Stuffer Shack to check out the contest is the variety of blogs nominated. I was not aware of all of them before and I’m glad they are featured in the contest. There are many talented people blogging out there, so check out their work! Congratulations to all of the blogs nominated.

While you are visiting Stuffer Shack, you can read two articles I wrote for their site. The first is a detailed background of Brother Laurence of the Chizoba Sect for their Steal This NPC series. In retrospect, my work on Brother Laurence for the column was a precursor to the No Assembly Required monster series. The second article discusses cheating in roleplaying games and suggests how DMs can understand and prevent it from occurring at the table.

Finally, Stuffer Shack has some wonderful products that can be used for roleplaying games. Our homegames use some of the products, including the various markers and mount miniatures.

Many Thanks

My homebrew campaign in the World of Cydonia reached an epic finale this month and as the players crossed into the Paragon Tier, I told them, “Now I start to get a bit more mean.”

But before that meanness takes over, I wanted to post a quick note to thank every reader of my articles since I started the blog back in March. It has been quite enjoyable to share my thoughts about playing D&D 4th Edition and receiving feedback. The early positive responses spurred me on to keep writing, and I look forward to generating further content.

I wish to thank Stuffer Shack for honoring me with their RPG Site of the Month Award for June 2011. I had the pleasure of contributing articles on the subject of cheating and a detailed background on a major NPC in my campaign to their site. Their site features many great products that we have already incorporated into our games.

In addition, I’m thankful for becoming listed on 4eBlogs. It has certainly brought more eyes to the site, and that is much appreciated. If you are not following the articles that are routinely posted on 4eBlogs, then you’re missing out on the latest and greatest the online D&D community has to offer. Last, thank you to Roving Band of Misfits for including me in their Game Night Blog Carnival. If you missed my first entry, which describes Dutch Blitz, then check that out. The game is a riot!

I have several articles in the works for the coming weeks, including a couple of longer-form Ego Checks that should be a good read for people. I am always open to feedback, and if you have subjects or ideas you’d like me to discuss, then please leave a comment below. Once again, thank you for cruising around to the site and I hope you can stop by every so often to check out new content. I will keep throwing stuff up here!

Post For StufferShack.com – Steal This NPC: Brother Laurence

I was recently asked to contribute an article for Stuffer Shack, and decided to use their Steal This NPC model to further illustrate my previous post on using NPCs as questing hubs to build your campaign world.

Please visit Stuffer Shack for the complete presentation of Brother Laurence of the Chizoba Sect and other great roleplaying gear and information. I know players from my campaign read this blog, and I warn them there are spoilers regarding Brother Laurence that have not yet been divulged in the campaign. To my players, if you can resist the urge, then hold off on reading the article . . . but still check out the rest of Stuffer Shack.  

Let Brother Laurence bring his wisdom to your campaign.

For my homebrew Dungeons & Dragons, 4th Edition campaign, I started my world with the idea that a religious/military organization acted as the King’s right hand to protect the kingdom, enforce laws and provide spiritual guidance to the citizenry. All the other details about my world flowed from that single idea. If you are intrigued by the story of Brother Laurence and the Chizoba Sect, or if you would like to incorporate Religion more thoroughly in your campaign, then I highly recommend reading Johnn Four’s article on using Religion as a focal point in your campaign.

Final note, the artwork for Brother Laurence was a commission completed by freelance illustrator, Grant Gould. He also designed my website and mascot, Iddy the Lich. Check out his site and buy his great art!