While great (and not so great) events happen every day in the RPG community, yesterday, April 25th, seemed to be bigger one than most. Part of that is for personal reasons, but there were other big events going on as well, and I thought it was important enough to run those down for you.
I Got Published By WotC
I’m starting off with a personal note, because while getting published by the biggest RPG gaming company isn’t important to ALL of the RPG community, it’s pretty important to me. Getting something published in Dragon or Dungeon magazine has been a dream of mine since I thumbed through the hard copies of those mags delivered straight to my door. Needless to say, I was thrilled when my Unearthed Arcana article on the Far Realm was released yesterday for Dungeon magazine. My only regret is that because the article is behind the pay wall, I was unable to share it with many of my close friends that I talk to on a regular basis (since they don’t have DDI subscriptions). Still, I received an enormous amount of support and praise for the article for which I am incredibly grateful. This article is my first paid writing gig, and it has encouraged me to continue writing at a professional level, submitting to places other than WotC, and branch out with different kinds of writing.
Monte Cook Leaves DnDNext Design Team
My own personal writing triumph was eclipsed in the afternoon (at least on Twitter) with the announcement that Monte Cook, popular game designer, had resigned his position on the design team for DnDNext. Speculation abounds as to the real reasons he left the team (his brief statement on the matter was both specific and vague), and This Is My Game won’t add to that speculation. Monte’s influence on DnD has been polarizing, and his absence will certainly have an impact. What that impact will be, only time will tell. This Is My Game would like to wish Monte Cook all the best in his future endeavors.
DnDNext Open Play Test Announced For May 24th
Hot on the heels of Monte’s announcement yesterday, came the announcement from WotC that the open play test for DnDNext will begin on May 24th. As someone that has been writing speculative articles on DnDNext, I am really looking forward to seeing the documentation that we’re going to get to work with. Even if you’re just a casual DnD player, I would encourage you to involve yourself in the play test. This is YOUR opportunity to lend your voice to a game that we all love. I liken it to voting. While you might not think your vote counts for anything, if you DON’T vote, you have no voice (or real reason to complain). Don’t sit on the sidelines on this one. Find a group, and make the next version of DnD the best one we can.
The Tome Show Gets CNN Coverage
I want to end this news post by congratulating Jeff Grenier and the rest of the Tome Show crew on their recent interview by CNN that was all the talk yesterday. While some punters tried to muck up the comments, the interview highlighted the great offerings the Tome Show puts out for the gaming community. Tracy and I are both co-hosts of Tome Show series, Tracy on “Gamer to Gamer” and myself on “Behind The DM Screen”. While those two series are too recent to have been mentioned in the interview, I’m excited to be a part of a group that’s getting such attention. Jeff is quickly becoming the Merv Griffin of RPG Podcasts (trust me Jeff, this is a compliment), and I look forward to more exciting stuff in the future.
Well, that’s about all I have. I’m sure I’ve missed other exciting events that occurred yesterday. If you recall an RPG event that happened yesterday, tell us about it in the comments! IT WAS A BIG DAY!
My name is Randall Walker and This Is My Game
Part idiot. Part old man. All geek. R.M. Walker, who can be found in numerous places on the internet as “DeadOrcs”, is a long time gamer with some 30 years experience playing RPGs. Despite occasional forays into the bizarre, Randall has always come back to Dungeons & Dragons.