Blogs, Other Online Resources I Recommend for D&D
Under this tab, I have begun to compile a list of my favorite blogs and online resources for 4e and 5Next editions of D&D, as well as a brief review of them. It is by no means a complete list at this point, and it will continue to grow as time goes on.
Entry #1: Dungeon's Master.com (Great Content, Numerous Posts)
This is one of my favorite sites (Dungeon's Master.com). Prolific with advice and actual skill challenges you can use, it is useful for any Dungeons & Dragons campaign. It also contains an entire section devoted to optional background ideas and adventure hooks for the Eberron campaign setting, so if you are into that setting it is a gold mine. Rarely will one find that more than a couple of days has passed between posts, and everything is nicely organized and laid out by category. Its main contributors are Ameron (Derek Myers), Wimwick (Neil Ellis), and Bauxtehude (Liam Gallagher). I highly recommend it!
Entry #2: At-Will (One of the Best Blogs, but no New Posts)
Although the authors of At-Will are no longer actively writing new posts, this site remains one of the best places to find D&D content and inspiration. It's also a great place to find advice on how to design skill challenges and provides many ready made ones. In addition, DMs and players will find the Off the Grid series very informative on how powers in 4th edition can be used in a more creative manner. Perhaps my favorite posts, though, are the ones under the heading Serious Skills, in which you can find a useful break down of skills, what they are supposed to represent, how they can be utilized in a game, and a discussion of how to expand each skill's role to cover actions not directly covered by an existing skill.
Entry #3: Sarah Darkmagic (Downloadable Delves, Maps)
Sarah Darkmagic’s blog serves up numerous interesting posts and items about Dungeons and Dragons. In addition, it sponsors a free art library (The Prismatic Art Collection) where artists submit images to promote heroic figures of all ethnicities, gender, and backgrounds in fantasy role-playing games. My favorite place to visit, though, is the tab for downloadable delves. Here the site offers a large number of mini-adventures, free PDFs that can be inserted into an existing campaign. The site also has a tab for RPG maps, some for free and some not for free. You can also find a filter for locating previously published adventure modules.
Entry #4: Critical Hits Scores a Hit with Interesting Posts
If you are looking for frequent, interesting posts about Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition, look no further than Critical-Hits.com. It has no less than seven regular writers and more than a dozen guest columnists, all of whom provide high-quality comments for Dungeons and Dragons 4th edition. Blog posts are made twice weekly or more, and the site provides a plethora of great posts on skill challenges, such as how to run them, how to make them, and example challenges. The only complaint I have is this: it would be nice to see the site’s old posts categorized somewhere on the front page under a series of headings so that you can easily find them again. In the past, I have been unable to locate several interesting posts I have previously read when months later they drop off the front page. The site does have a search engine, though, and a series of topics tabs (though it would be nice to have those topics broken down even further into subcategories).
Entry #5: Greywulf's Lair Offers Witticism, Interesting Topics
Cropped banner image of Greywulf's Lair
This blog comes at you from across the pond. That’s right, jolly old England, or is it Great Britain, or the United Kingdom? (It’s all so confusing to us Americans, you know). Anyway, Greywulf is an extremely insightful and entertaining blogger.
Whether it’s an article exploring ideas on what format Wizards of the Coast should explore for publishing D&DNext, or giving vivid recounts and results of a D&DNext play test, or venting opinions on whether or not the game should be sexist, readers of Greywulf's Lair will usually find something interesting to read. Oh, and Greywulf's Lair also posts computerized renderings of fantasy folk. I don’t really go there for that, though, and he doesn’t really diverge into much else. But that’s all right, because I find his topics of great interest and his writing quite witty. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to play D&D.