I Think I Am Moving to RPGgeek.com

I Think I Am Moving to RPGgeek.com

I Think I Am Moving to RPGgeek.com

I am increasingly sad that Google+ is closing down and I haven’t quite found my footing with MeWe or any of the other proposed social media options.

However, I think I have finally found a home and I would invite all of you to join.

I am heading to RPGgeek.com and I think I have a pretty good case for it, having been a heavy user of it’s parent site, BoardGameGeek.com, for years.

1) RPGgeek.com is run by a small company that is okay with being in a niche market. They make money off of ads that are specifically targeted at the populations that use their sites (as much as they can get), their own store that sells items that their population would be interested in, by running their own conventions, their Youtube channel (which could really use some RPG content, and probably would with a larger user base) and through partnership deals and convention appearances.

2) They are not closing shop any day soon. In fact, they have been expanding their full time staff.

3) Community spaces exist tied to the games themselves. Just go to the Dungeon World entry on RPGgeek and you will find forums (that support polls), an area of linked videos, pictures, an uploaded files section (they will host the files, linked items that are part of the games ecosystem (and a process in place to add more to the database), a place to link to relevant websites, a place to link to relevant companies, the ability to find other users that own the same game, and much more.

4) You can subscribe to threads and be notified of updates to them.

5) You can private message people and search their past posts if you like what they have to say.

6) You can create your own communities, which take GeekGold (which you can purchase, but can also be gifted or earn), that have most or all of these tools for your specific community and you have some level of moderation over those communities. Those communities also have their own Calendars.

7) It has it’s own internal blogging platform that you can share publicly. You can even maintain more than one blog (Kind of Like Google Plus’ Collections, which I personally loved). They even have RSS feeds from them and you can link the content to places outside of RPGGeek (you can’t do that on MeWe).

8) You can keep a list of all the games that you own (if you like) and that can springboard into further community connections.

9) You can upload photos, lots of photos, or files AND you can designate “All Rights Reserved”, “Creative Commons”, or “Public Domain” for the licensing of those files.

10) As the RPGgeek population of active users grows, so will RPGgeek.com and with that growth will come more investment in the platform and the network effect of being one of the go to places for RPGs on the Internet. That same thing happened for Board Game Geek. It is the defacto juggernaut in the hobby board gaming space and, for the most part (though I am sure there are counter examples), they have been good stewards of that placement.

11) The platform promotes podcasts. If you have a RPG related podcast, you should add it to their catalog which will then consume the RSS feed and regularly update the site when new shows appear (and you can listen through the site itself).

12) Geeklists are are very flexible tool for all sorts of things.

13) You can sell things through their marketplace and they take only a small cut.

14) You can set up trade lists and wish lists and you can search the site for people looking to buy, sell, or trade the things that you are interested in.

15) They care about gaming.

So, in the coming months, I am going to try switching my stuff to RPGGeek.com. I am morlockhq on it and boardgamegeek.com. I am hoping to add a separate blog for each of my collections, The Dungeon World Gazetteer being the most relevant to this community. Check it out for yourselves and I hope to see you there.

http://RPGgeek.com

Sad to see it end

Sad to see it end

Sad to see it end

With over 11,000 members this is one of the most engaged and active communities that I have been a part of on the web. For the most part it has been positive and has created a lot of really cool stuff.

Thanks for reading my random thoughts over the past few years as I muddled my way through learning about Dungeon World (and PbtA games in general) and thanks for the awesome treasure trove of stuff that you have all freely shared and contributed to. It’s been amazing.

With Google+ officially set to shut down, I hope this group can find some place “nice” to migrate to that maintains a similar nature camaraderie and sharing.

I am @greatbigtable on Twitter in the interim. If I don’t see you there, hopefully I’ll bump into some or all of you out in the ether.

I’m watching this interesting discussion series about D&D 5e with Adam Koebel, Mike Mearls, Matt Mercer, Matt…

I’m watching this interesting discussion series about D&D 5e with Adam Koebel, Mike Mearls, Matt Mercer, Matt…

I’m watching this interesting discussion series about D&D 5e with Adam Koebel, Mike Mearls, Matt Mercer, Matt Coleville, and JP McDaniel. They are focusing a lot on playing DnD while streaming. It’s the second part of a two part discussion and it is interesting.

Anyway, at about the twenty minute mark, or so, they go off on this long tangent about handling character death in a meaningful and interesting way. At one point, they even look to Mike Mearls to come up with some sort of mechanical way to help with making death meaningful.

Immediately, I jumped to the Last Breath move in Dungeon World.

I listened to the whole thing, yet, but Adam hadn’t brought it up by forty minutes in and I think he is being a good participant and staying on topic about this being a 5E discussion. I also am not bringing this up as a means to bash 5E. My son plays in a regular game and LOVES it.

More the point, I think you could port some version of Last Breath to virtually any RPG.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFbCxuvknWM

I especially like the spins that people like Jason Cordova and the Gauntleteers have put on it. Hell, check out the Beyond the Black Gates issue of Ray Otus’ Plundergrounds to get ideas on making death the beginning of even more adventures.

Anyway. It was interesting to me and had me wondering if you use a Last Breath style mechanic in any other non-Dungeon World games that you may play.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFbCxuvknWM

I am really enjoying the new Dungeon World actual play podcast, We Hunt the Keepers…

I am really enjoying the new Dungeon World actual play podcast, We Hunt the Keepers…

I am really enjoying the new Dungeon World actual play podcast, We Hunt the Keepers (http://www.gauntlet-rpg.com/we-hunt-the-keepers), from Jason Cordova and the Gauntlet podcast crew. I like that it takes the story seriously without being joyless. Everyone is obviously having fun, but it isn’t devolving into a nonsensical jokefest.

Are there any other good Dungeon World podcasts out there that take a similar tone? I am interested in podcasts where you can get caught up in the shared story that is taking place.

Looking forward to someone creating a Dungeon World starter for this.

Looking forward to someone creating a Dungeon World starter for this.

Looking forward to someone creating a Dungeon World starter for this. https://twitter.com/fartpowder/status/957003810509082624?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Edefault%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3

https://twitter.com/fartpowder/status/957003810509082624?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eandroid%7Ctwgr%5Edefault%7Ctwcon%5E7090%7Ctwterm%5E3

A goblin orkaster…

A goblin orkaster…

A goblin orkaster…

Originally shared by Jim Jones

Goblin Orkaster

The 24 hour Extra Life board game marathon that I co-host to benefit Indiana’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital starts tomorrow. I can’t believe it is already here. My team is in its final push to raise money for Riley Hospital. If you have a couple of bucks to spare, I would deeply appreciate your support. Thank you.

Http://extra-life.org/participant/jimjones

I have been sick with a persistent cough for two weeks. Coughing all day long takes its toll out of me. My throat hurts, my ribs are sore, and after each full day of it, I am so damn tired. That makes getting my #Inktober drawings done a challenge. However, yesterday I didn’t cough as much and I was finally able to ink the drawing of a goblin orkaster that I have been working on since the werewolf.

My first #Inktober drawing ever was of a goblin carrying a torch. This is a different take. I think I like it better.

If you like my #Inktober2017 #DungeonWorld drawings or you just want to do a good deed for a great cause, please consider making a donation to my #ExtraLife campaign at http://extra-life.org/participant/jimjones.

This will be my sixth year playing table top games for 24 hours in order to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children. Riley saved my daughter’s life with a cranial reconstruction operation when she was just over a year old.

If you’d like to know why I have participated in Extra Life for the last six years, I wrote up something here. It would be a huge help if you shared that public post on your social media platforms. Thanks:

https://plus.google.com/+JimJonesGreatBigTable/posts/ZDcAhgtmAr3

Also, as a thank you to my sponsors this year, I am running Jim’s Extra Life Inktober Drawing Drawing this year. All individual donations to my fundraiser will be counted as entries to drawings that will be held for any unclaimed #Inktober2017 drawings that are complete before each $100 milestone that I meet towards (and hopefully beyond) my $1000 goal this year. If you don’t win at one milestone, your donation (s) will carry over to the next.

Details for Jim’s Extra Life Inktober Drawing Drawing can be found on my http://extra-life.org/participant/jimjones

You can also donate there. All donations are tax deductible and the full amount will go to Riley Hospital for Children.

Riley is close to my family’s heart and your support means a great deal to me. Thank you.

Finished version of my werewolf.

Finished version of my werewolf.

Finished version of my werewolf.

Originally shared by Jim Jones

Werewolf

(Finished)

I finished up my #Inktober drawing of a werewolf while my family played trivia at our favorite local pizza joint. Just twenty five more to go.

Like I said previously, I’ve thought werewolves were cool since getting to see some friends’ VHS copy of An American Werewolf in London at a much too early age. I really got a kick out of drawing this one today. I hope you like it too.

If you like my #Inktober2017 #DungeonWorld drawings or you just want to do a good deed for a great cause, please consider making a donation to my #ExtraLife campaign at http://extra-life.org/participant/jimjones.

This will be my sixth year playing table top games for 24 hours in order to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children. Riley saved my daughter’s life with a cranial reconstruction operation when she was just over a year old.

If you’d like to know why I have participated in Extra Life for the last six years, I wrote up something here. It would be a huge help if you shared that public post on your social media platforms. Thanks:

https://plus.google.com/+JimJonesGreatBigTable/posts/ZDcAhgtmAr3

Also, as a thank you to my sponsors this year, I am running Jim’s Extra Life Inktober Drawing Drawing this year. All individual donations to my fundraiser will be counted as entries to drawings that will be held for any unclaimed #Inktober2017 drawings that are complete before each $100 milestone that I meet towards (and hopefully beyond) my $1000 goal this year. If you don’t win at one milestone, your donation (s) will carry over to the next.

Details for Jim’s Extra Life Inktober Drawing Drawing can be found on my http://extra-life.org/participant/jimjones

You can also donate there. All donations are tax deductible and the full amount will go to Riley Hospital for Children.

Riley is close to my family’s heart and your support means a great deal to me. Thank you.

In progress werewolf.

In progress werewolf.

In progress werewolf.

Originally shared by Jim Jones

Wererwolf

Im on the tail end of being sick and I’m getting back in the saddle with my sixth #Inktober drawing of a #DungeonWorld monster, or gear, or magical item. Just twenty five to go.

I went with something more simple again as I am still not at one hundred percent and even then it is still a work in progress. Not bad for forty five minutes at lunch. I should be able to finish it up this evening.

Ever since two of my best friends (brothers Russell and Jamie Overton – if you are out there, I miss you guys) showed me their dad’s copy of American Werewolf in London (at much too early of an age), I have loved werewolves. To this day, I will watch almost any movie that has them in it. Thanks, guys. Russell and Jamie also played a crucial role in getting me to explore role playing games in the first place.

If you like my #Inktober2017 #DungeonWorld drawings or you just want to do a good deed for a great cause, please consider making a donation to my #ExtraLife campaign at http://extra-life.org/participant/jimjones.

This will be my sixth year playing table top games for 24 hours in order to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children. Riley saved my daughter’s life with a cranial reconstruction operation when she was just over a year old.

If you’d like to know why I have participated in Extra Life for the last six years, I wrote up something here. It would be a huge help if you shared that public post on your social media platforms. Thanks:

https://plus.google.com/+JimJonesGreatBigTable/posts/ZDcAhgtmAr3

Also, as a thank you to my sponsors this year, I am running Jim’s Extra Life Inktober Drawing Drawing this year. All individual donations to my fundraiser will be counted as entries to drawings that will be held for any unclaimed Inktober 2017 drawings that are complete before each $100 milestone that I meet towards (and hopefully beyond) my $1000 goal this year. If you don’t win at one milestone, your donation (s) will carry over to the next.

Details for Jim’s Extra Life Inktober Drawing Drawing can be found on my http://extra-life.org/participant/jimjones

You can also donate there. All donations are tax deductible and the full amount will go to Riley Hospital for Children.

Riley is close to my family’s heart and your support means a great deal to me. Thank you.

Gelatinous Cube

Gelatinous Cube

Originally shared by Jim Jones

Gelatinous Cube

I’ve been sick, so this is my fifth #Inktober drawing of a #DungeonWorld monster, or gear, or magical item. Just twenty six to go.

This is a quick take on the gelatinous cube. I have always loved this monster. It’s like a slime mold that only comes into being as, a byproduct cold wet dark places that have magic energies emminating from the magical artifacts and the spells being cast within. I included one in the encounter table that I made to run for my son’s birthday with Ray Otus​ ‘ Kazarak issue of #Plundergrounds. Having never heard of anything like it, it blew their minds.

Awesome!

If you like my #Inktober2017 #DungeonWorld drawings or you just want to do a good deed for a great cause, please consider making a donation to my #ExtraLife campaign at http://extra-life.org/participant/jimjones.

This will be my sixth year playing table top games for 24 hours in order to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children. Riley saved my daughter’s life with a cranial reconstruction operation when she was just over a year old.

As a thank you to my sponsors, I am running Jim’s Extra Life Inktober Drawing Drawing this year. All individual donations to my fundraiser will be counted as entries to drawings that will be held for any unclaimed Inktober 2017 drawings that are complete before each $100 milestone that I meet towards (and hopefully beyond) my $1000 goal this year. If you don’t win at one milestone, your donation (s) will carry over to the next.

Details for Jim’s Extra Life Inktober Drawing Drawing can be found on my http://extra-life.org/participant/jimjones

You can also donate there. All donations are tax deductible and the full amount will go to Riley Hospital for Children.

Riley is close to my family’s heart and your support means a great deal to me. Thank you.

Jim’s Extra Life Inktober Drawing Drawing

Jim’s Extra Life Inktober Drawing Drawing

Originally shared by Jim Jones

Jim’s Extra Life Inktober Drawing Drawing

I am raising money for Riley Hospital for Children as part of Children Miracle Network Hospitals’ #ExtraLife campaign. This is my sixth year participating. My infant daughter was a Riley patient and her life was saved by a cranial reconstruction surgery six years ago.

This year donations to sponsor me to play board games for 24 hours (kind of like a walk-a-thon, charity marathon, or dance-a-thon) will be entries to possibly win one of the #Inktober drawings of Dungeon World monsters, magic items, artifacts, and gear. Every time I hit $100 milestones in donations, I will have a drawing of all the donations that helped hit that milestone that hasn’t already been drawn in a previous drawing. So, if you donate $5 now, you will be eligible for every $100 drawing until Jim’s Extra Life Inktober Drawing Drawing concludes on November 5, 2017. Every time we reach a milestone and there is a drawing, the winner will get to choose which drawing they want from those that have not yet been claimed.

I make no claims of being a great artist. Inktober is an opportunity for me to practice drawing in an attempt to get better. However, I hope these will serve as a small token of my appreciation for those that choose to sponsor me and, through me, support a great hospital that has had a huge impact on families like mine.

You can donate at http://extra-life.org/participant/jimjones

All donations are tax deductible and all proceeds will go directly to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis Indiana.

Thank you for considering this request and please share this offer far and wide.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at [email protected] or message me through Google Plus.