Saturday Seven: 2013-10-05 1

Heya folks. I was dutifully working on my novel last night and the words were flowing so well that I couldn’t peel myself away from Scrivener long enough to do the usual Friday Five. I managed to crank out 3,656 words in the span of about two hours. That includes the usual email/Facebook/eating interruptions I suffer while writing. I just need to turn off the WiFi on my laptop when I write, and I might be able to maintain the pace of 2,000 words an hour. Anyway… I have some great links for you this week. I couldn’t figure out which two to cut from the list because they all rock! I decided to keep them all in, and share them with you today.


[Dresden Files] Matt’s Ready-Made Spell Generator for the Busy & Harried Mage

This sweet spreadsheet put together for the Dresden Files RPG is rockin’ awesome! I’ve played the game a few times, and would love to play it some more if I could find the right group to play with. I wish a few of my fellow players back when I played the game had this at their fingertips. I think it would have sped up the game quite a bit.

Advanced Dyson Dungeons

More nice (and simple!) tips from Dyson on how to draw some maps. Even a pathetic map-drawing slob like me can follow these instructions.

Do or Do Not. There Is No Try (When You DM).

This is a great list of Dos and Don’ts for GMs at all levels. If you’re looking for a good starting point for GM advice, this is it. There’s tons of it out there, but this is a basic list that will get you rolling down the right path to being a quality GM.

Five More Wonders: Another assortment of Locations for a fantasy RPG

More fantasy locations abound from the brain of Mike! The Emerald Falls is the location that really leapt out at me and captured my interest. I’m going to have to save that one in my mental files for some future game. I can’t use it in the one I’m running right now because it’s set in Paizo’s world of Golarion in the nation of Brevoy which is in the frozen north.

Draw Dungeons like Dyson

Some more artist tips from Dyson, but this one focuses on how to draw the “side view” of a dungeon. Good stuff here!

Still More Wonders: Fifteen Amazing Locations for a Sci-Fi RPG

Mike has branched out to some sci-fi locations with a massive list of fifteen of them! Wow! The Arena of Canopia is the one that really caught my eye. So many possibilities abound from that one location, but all of them deserve a good read. You never know what might catch your eye!

[Friday Map] Javelin Hill

Dyson scores the hat trick with three links this week! The reason I’m linking to this one is that this is how I would love for my city maps to turn out. They just fall short of the mark. I linked to this one as a case study on how to draw cities. I’ve tried and tried and tried to no avail. They look so easy to draw, but it does take some levels of amazing skill to pull it off. While I can appreciate the artistry of a good map, I think the part of my brain that controls my map-making skills is somehow atrophied or never grew in the first place.

That’s it! Links for the week are done. I hope you enjoy what you see.

One comment on “Saturday Seven: 2013-10-05

  1. Mike Bourke Oct 6,2013 3:49 AM

    Glad you enjoyed the “Wonders Trilogy”, Hungry. I probably would have split the sci-fi wonders article in two if I didn’t want to bundle it into the September Blog Carnival.

    A funny thing about the Emerald Falls, which you liked from the Fantasy Wonders list – until very shortly before that article was posted, it was going to be cut from it as too similar to an idea I was working on for the sci-fi Wonders (a supercooled waterfall) – it was only when time started getting short for writing up a replacement and the sci-fi idea ran into trouble that the 11th hour decision was made to keep it in. So you definitely got lucky there 🙂

    I guess it just goes to prove that no-one’s editorial tastes are universal!

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