There are tons of good (and even more bad) websites dedicated to all facets of the roleplaying experience. I’ve been a regular reader (though rarely a participant) in the RPG.net forums, ENWorld, The Forge, and other rpg forums for a long time. But, it’s only recently that I’ve been reading and actively seeking out good rpg blogs. That’s weird, of course, because I’ve been reading blogs since before they were called “blogs.” I’ve had this blog since 2000 (though my archives only go back to 2001).
I’m finding a lot of great GMing advice in some blogs, and I read 4-5 on a regular basis (those that have RSS feeds, anyway), and I discover more good ones every day. So, without further rambling on my part, the list that follows consists the ones I find the most interesting, entertaining, and/or helpful. They’re not all strictly roleplaying blogs, but they all inform my roleplaying.
- Treasure Tables. Martin Ralya’s Treasure Tables is my favorite rpg blog, hands down. He’s been hitting home runs there since earlier this summer, though I just discovered it in the last month or so. He did a great Blogging for GMs Project that I’m still mining for great advice, and that’s just one example of the good stuff. Beyond the good advice and analysis (for lack of a much better word), Martin has a distinctive voice that comes through in all his posts, and that’s really important to me as a blog reader — I want to hear the author’s voice, not ad copy.
- The Book of Judd. Paka (I refer to him by his usual forum handle, but his name is Judd) is one of the most creative and generous gamers out on the internets. I first came across him on the Burning Wheel forum, where his wildly inventive ideas really inspired me as I learned BW. He’s also a fixture on the Forge and on the RPGnet forums as well. His blog is a nice mix of personal journal and geekery and roleplaying. I wish he’d post more often, but there’s almost always something new from Paka between the blog and his forum posts and his podcast, Sons of Kryos (which I’ll be mentioning in an upcoming post on roleplaying-related podcasts).
- Mike Mearls LiveJournal. Mearls is a machine, cranking out cool d20 stuff (Iron Heroes, adventures, etc.) like clockwork. He works for the D&D Mothership (i.e., Wizards of the Coast) these days, and I expect we’ll see some interesting stuff in the PHBII that’s scheduled for next year. His livejournal is also a mixed blog (personal and rpg), but it has spawned a number of cool discussions (at least one of which I’ve already mentioned in this series). He also had Charlie Stross comment on his post about “Stross’s Law of RPG Design”, which was funny and cool. [NOTE: Stross is a great fantasy and SF writer who wrote for TSR UK way Back in the Day(tm) and created the Githyanki, Githzerai, and Slaad that appeared in the 1st edtion Fiend Folio (of which I own a prisitine copy).]
- Jeff’s Gameblog. Jeff Rients’s blog is a fairly casual blog that has a lot of gamer lore sorts of posts like today’s post “An Incomplete Pictorial History of the Bulette”, which is a lot of fun. As with Paka, Jeff’s voice really comes out in his blog, which makes it more interesting. Lots of informative posts, too, like today’s about the D&D 3.5e NPC classes thread on RPG.net. Good stuff.
There are more, of course, but those are the ones I currently have in my RSS reader. Martin has linked to a number of others on Treasure Tables, so I’ll probably be doing a Part II to this post once I check some more out.