Put a cork in it! October 2016 Blog Carnival Wrap-up

2016-oct-blog-carnival-wrap-upThe RPG Blog Carnival has long since moved on and I would like to give a belated thanks to all those that stopped by and shared a “bit of the brew,” with everyone.

The theme was potions and some shared a bit of what they’ve been simmering over the fire.

6d6 RPG kicked things off with a potion for many an occasion which gave us a six pack plus one of potions to try – some with interesting ingredients and side effects.

Leicester’s Ramble gives us Temperamental Potions. You really need to read this to understand what these potions can do, and the temperamental he’s referring to here is not the potions disposition.

A Plethora Of Perilous Potions were presented by Lizard’s Gaming Blog. The three potions are written for the Pathfinder system but could easily be used elsewhere. The potions are interesting and to be honest I haven’t seen their like elsewhere.

Some gave us plot ideas or a bit of education.

The Watch House gave us a twist and combined the classic Dr. Jekyll formula with a bit of modern spin read up on the ideas that can happen when a lab accident occurs.

RPG Geek gave us a six pack, but not potions. Instead we get six educational tidbits about potions that can be used just about anywhere (I’m liking the idea of expiration dates).

Leicester’s Ramble gave us a second posting with a bit of education on what could cause Corrupted Potions and includes a table of possible corruption effects.

For those that play FATE, check out Doom Rides’ post, Potions and Patent Medicine. There’s a lot of interesting material there and should be of use to anyone who plays that system.

Over at Campaign Mastery, the topic of “How Long Should Potions Last?” is the topic discussed. The post is also the anchor post for the November RPG Blog Carnival topic, “An Ordinary Life.” There are lot of good ideas in the post and it is well worth the read. I especially like the postscript, maybe the characters have just been lucky until now . . . .

Of Dice and Lan give us another taste of those potions that may not have been mixed quite right in their post, Common Side-Effects of Imperfect Potions. After a bit of background a number of tables are included for you use – be sure to check them out.

Roleplaying Tips chimed in with, The Potion Factory For Fun Faction Finagling. The idea is interesting and definitely has its place in a GM’s tool bag, could also prove interesting if the players get their hands on that forge.

And sometimes it’s not really a potion.

Check out the Sea of Stars’ entry, Alchemical ReAgent, which gives us a new monster related to what could happen with all that potion work going on.

So there you have it, the wrap up for the October RPG Blog carnival, my apologies for taking so long to get it posted.

May your dice roll well.

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October 2016 Blog Carnival – Potions!

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It’s October and as the goblins and ghouls begin to spend more time out and about of Dice and Dragons welcomes back the RPGBA Blog Carnival.

This year the topic of choice is POTIONS!

So break open your cauldrons or your chemistry set and share your favorite concoctions, recipes and let’s try not to singe our eyebrows.

Do you have a favorite potion? A memorable quest for that last needed component? A story of a potion gone wrong? This is the month to share those stories, tips, and tricks (it is the month of All Hallow’s Eve after all).

When you get your post done, be sure to drop by here and post a comment so that everyone else can enjoy. As always there will be a wrap-up post shortly after the end of the month in case you miss anything.

rpgblogcarnivallogoDon’t forget to check out the RPGBA Carnival home site over at Roleplayingtips.com with links to all the past carnivals for you to enjoy. There’s a lot of great stuff there.

So grab your ‘scale of dragon, and tooth of wolf,’ and share your favorite tale.

May your dice roll well.

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Congrats to Tower of the Archmage!

Congratulations!Congratulations to Tower of the Archmage on celebrating seven years online!!

It’s no small feat to accomplish and with over 1700 posts in that time a hearty pat on the back to David and a glass raised to wish him many more posts to come!

 

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Guess who’s 10? Happy (belated) Birthday of Dice and Dragons!

Happy 10th Birthday of Dice and Dragons!Wow, 10 years, has it been that long?

Yes, it really has. To be honest we’re nearly two months into our tenth year here at of Dice and Dragons and while we missed the “big one” with an end of the year post it seems only fitting that the day passed quietly with reflection.

Ten years ago on December 23, 2005, the very first post went live with just a ‘The beginning‘ as the title. It was a quiet affair and to be honest, as stats weren’t that important at the time, I don’t think there were more than ten hits that day. There was no way of knowing that despite the various ups and downs that the blog would still be here and being viewed by an ever growing audience. Over the years there have been posts about all manner of things from using multicolored dice, to index cards, and of course the now annual tradition of hosting the RPGBA Blog Carnival in October.

Yes, it has been an interesting ten years and over the last few months I’ve given some thought to where we are now and the direction things are going to go in the future.

First and foremost, the blog isn’t going anywhere. With that said, it’s not going to be the same either. One of the things that I’ve come to realize is that while I enjoy gaming and writing the occasional piece, the online community that we are all a part of needs a hole filled and I’m hoping to help with that.

As many are aware I’ve been a proponent of the RPGBA and what I always felt the mission was, to help promote gaming blogs and discover resources, or “hidden gems,” online. Over the last year I, with the help of others, have kept a spark of that mission alive. There’s a Google+ Community devoted to it, those that follow the twitter feed here get a taste of what was as I try to fill it with posts from around the web, and the Blog Carnival carries on thanks to the work of Johnn Four over at RoleplayingTips.com.

Yes, we’ve kept the spark alive but I think it’s now time for this site to step up and move things to the next level.

What does this mean exactly?

First, there will be at least one dedicated page to the RPGBA. While the Google+ Community is definitely a great sounding board for those involved it is, unfortunately, like singing to the choir. In order for us to grow as a group and extend our reach we need something that can be readily found and used as a springboard for other Alliance resources.

Second, there will be posts here highlighting what others are writing. Yes, I will still be writing the occasional piece but let’s face it, not everyone has the same reach for their material and if I can help, even just a little bit, I feel I should. Fair warning on this one, what I may post may not be the latest and greatest from a site but it will be something that I feel is worthy of sharing. Now, I’m not sure if this will mean a single post a week, multiple posts a day, or something in between, it’s something that natural rhythm (and time) will find.

Third, and this is by far one of the largest shifts for the site, I’ve dropped the advertisements (you may have noticed this already). I’ve been running them for a long time and to be honest they never really lived up to the hype and even I’m beginning to find them annoying. Unfortunately I still have to pay for everything (and I keep being asked if the site is paying for itself) so I will be looking at what many others have done, a Patreon campaign. I haven’t decided on the particulars yet but will be passing them on as soon as I figure it all out. I’m only hoping with the changes that are being made here you’ll find it worthy.

Fourth, the site needs some cleaning up. A lot of what you see now has been around since the dawn of time or added on in the hopes that it would address a perceived need. So, in addition to the cleaning up of posts, the whole site will be given a once over, including some new graphics (I hope).

Finally, I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you, my readers, the ones that keep coming back, the ones that drop the occasional comment, retweet something, and even, on occasion, drop an email. YOU are the reason I’m still here trying to make sense of it all and I’m hopeful that we’ll be enjoying the next ten years together.

May your dice roll well.

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