Today is the first day of Balticon, and if you’re in the area, I hope to see you there. If not, I’ve got an assortment of links for you to check out while I’m at the con.
Mark Craddock of Cross Planes write up a magical Chain Sword For OSRIC though it would work equally well in any version of D&D from OD&D to 4e. As far as I’m concerned that’s the best way to write a magic item.
faoladh of The Ongoing Campaign takes an alternate look at how Ravenloft could have been, and it’s a view I like. What if, instead of being drawn to a demi-plane, what if the effect is the result of a supernatural mood that claims a place, The Dread Mood being one of the more common ones, and manifests in a variety of interesting ways.
The Grand Bazaar of Targenmoor Approaches! If you have a flailsnails character that likes buy, sell or trade with the most diverse group of traders this side of Sigil, to enter jousts, brawls, melees, or mecha combat, or to bet on them, check out this event between May 24-31.
How (and Why) to Talk to Villains from Brandes Stoddard over at Harbinger of Doom. This is an important PSA for a variety of reasons, and not just because the DM wants a chance to monologue.
What if what you wore had a greater impact on the game? Sure, your trusty travel clothing might be great for delivering news that you’ve killed the scourge of the countryside, but when it comes time for the feast, (and asking for a bigger reward) you might have better luck if you’re properly dressed. Patrick Stuart takes a look at this in his Silly Fashion Post over at his blog False Machine.
Not every magic sword is Excalibur (or even Sting), and not every scroll contains world ending spells. Sometimes you find the work of some deranged magic user (or juvenile apprentice). In such cases you can always roll on 1d30 Slightly Useless Spell Scrolls from Rended Press
Paul over at the Blog of Holding has an idea for how to standardize how we talk about AC, a unified notation for ascending and descending AC, if you will.