Random Ramblings #5: Dungeon Master Jam Edition

Only a couple of news this time, but still worth checking them out.

Hey there. I hope this week has been kind to you so far. I haven’t been very active and sorry about that. I’ve been working on various things and at some point I’ll be able to talk about them. But let’s put those aside and let’s go to the ones I can talk about.

Dungeon Master Jam

There’s a new adventure design contest. Backflip Dungeon on Twitter has announced he’s starting a new contest called Dungeon Master Jam. I was thinking about joining until I was invited to become one of the judges. The other judge will be Clay from Terminally Nerdy. Anything you need to know is in the tweet below.

https://twitter.com/Dr_Backflip/status/969176336983056388

There is a prize of 10 Euros for first place. All of the adventures will be sold as a bundle on the DMs Guild in order to fund future jams. This means the next jams will probably have more and better prizes. Also, every participant will receive all the adventures.

I’m excited about this because it’s the first time I’ll be judging a contest. I have reviewed quite a few adventures so far here but this feels different. However, I’m going to be impartial and try my best to make the process run as smoothly as possible.

I really hope people new to adventure design join. This is a great opportunity for them to get something published and get some experience. That was the reason I wanted to join. Help spread the word if you can because the more the merrier, even if it will mean more work for me. Which leads to the next matter.

Reviews 

During the judging period, which will be the second half of March, I may have to put the reviews column on hiatus. This greatly depends on the number of entries but I’m letting you know just in case.

However, I have some more news concerning reviews. I paid a visit to my ophthalmologist today. He wasn’t particularly happy with how much stress I put on my eyes each day. Most of my university studying has to be done on the computer, and that is unavoidable. Then there’s the blog. Writing is fun so I’m not going to stop that. However, I may have to reevaluate some things when it comes to the reviews column. I’ve been working on some sort of “guidelines” when it comes to reviews and soon you’ll see a page dedicated to that. But let’s move along to something more interesting.

Canis Minor

This is a bit older but apparently I had forgotten to mention it before. Onyx Path Publishing has released a community content program for Pugmire. The announcement can be found here and the actual more information can be found right here.

Even if I have very little experience with the system, this is good news because it opens another way for fans to create content for their favorite RPG while also making some money. The DMs Guild has proven to be a huge success for Dungeons and Dragons and I wouldn’t be surprised if more companies started making similar moves.

International GM’s Day

Mark your calendars, if you haven’t already. March 4th is the International GM’s Day. That’s your chance to show your GM that you really appreciate the time they spend preparing each session. I’m not saying it’s your only chance and you should be doing it only then, but since it’s the “official” day it would be nice to do so.

During last year’s RPGaDay event, there was a question about the best way to thank your GM. I had given a few suggestions which may be of use now. If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

2017 Golden Geek Awards

The nominees for the Golden Geek Awards have been announced. Xanathar’s Guide to Everything has been nominated for Best Artwork & Presentation and Best Supplement, while Tales from the Yawning Portal has been nominated for Best Supplement.

I really need to study this list quite a bit. I’ve seen many titles I know but there are also stuff I didn’t know about. What intrigued me a lot was the Print & Play category.

Suggestions

Finally, I’d like to ask you for suggestions. What would you like to see on the blog? I have a things I write about regularly, but would you like to see anything else? Would you maybe like to see more or less of something?

I’m really grateful that you spend your time to read what comes out of the maelstrom that’s most commonly known as my head. So I want to write things you like reading about. I have a ton of ideas I want to work on(or already working on) but your opinion really matters to me. I’d greatly appreciate it if you spend a few moments to leave a comment with what you’d like to see more on this blog.

And that’s all for now. I said I didn’t have a lot of news this time but it seems that I lied because this post has almost reached 900 words now. So I am going to stop writing now and wish you a good day.

And until next time, have fun!

P.S: This was here only to make the word count hit exactly 900 words because it seemed fun. However, the WordPress word processor apparently uses a different way to count words than the word counter on a WordPress post. Who would have guessed?

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