Waving farewell and moving onto 2017

Waving farewell to 2016

It is with mixed emotions that I wave good-bye to 2016. In some respects the year was a complete disaster and on other fronts I would say it was a complete success.

This year saw a great deal of personal struggle including losing a family member, seeing my wife continue her health struggles with yet more surgery, challenges in both the work and personal life areas, and my. own life altering health issues (nothing life threatening thankfully). The challenges were all met head on and while many are slowing being turned in the right direction it will take some time but hopefully they won’t impact things here as much as they have been.

I have to admit seeing how few posts I managed in the last year really bothers me and I’ll be working on correcting that in the months to come. Unlike past years I’m not going to set a specific number but I will promise that I will be making every attempt to most more that last year.

What is interesting is despite the few posts the page view and visitor counts have continued to increase and 2016 saw the highest mark yet including three consecutive months with over 2000 page views. I know that for many that’s a day’s worth of traffic but for me that’s huge and I thank all those that continue to stop by and continue to share the material here.

It’s also been a good year for the RPG Blog Alliance as our Google+ Community continues to grow and many of the members share multiple posts a day from their blogs. There’s a lot of great stuff being shared and if you’re not a part of the community take a few minutes and sign up – it’s well worth it.

For those that would like to follow all of the blogs in the RPGBA I continue to send out a tweet on the of Dice and Dragons twitter account for every post that shows up in my master RSS feed. We average over 350 posts a week and you can find them in the thread as they are marked with the hashtag #rpgba.

Finally, the daily newsletter I publish, Table Top Gaming, continues to draw interest. If you follow my personal twitter account I send out a notice when a new edition is available. Of course you can also subscribe to get it via email as well.

So yes, there were many positive things that happened in 2016 and my hopes is that with a few changes, and hopefully a little luck, in my offline life things will be much improved here on the blog and with the projects that are associated with it.

Thank you once again for all that stop by, share the material, and continue to support the RPGBA, it makes everything well worth it.

May your dice roll well.

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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!


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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