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  1. Alphastream

    Nominate your favourite RPG podcasts of 2019!

    Here are some Talk podcasts I enjoy that may not have been nominated yet: Down with D&D from the Misdirected Mark Network Bone, Stone, and Obsidian, a Dark Sun podcast by the MMN Tabletop Voices, by the Don't Split the Podcast Network Table Top Babble, by the Don't Split the Podcast Network Ego...
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    TSR TSR Cutting Writers Rates (In 1994!)

    No... they are saying that if you want to do extra work, you can't do it as a regular freelancer. Before, you could do your normal job, and then at night write a freelancer Dragon article for 10 cents an hour. With the change, they made it so you can take that, but you get 6 cents an hour and...
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    TSR TSR Cutting Writers Rates (In 1994!)

    Current and recent rates for most authors have been shared at times, and are below 10 cents a word. There have been articles here on ENWorld and elsewhere that shared various rates for smaller companies, and those rates can be horribly low... I've been offered below 1 cent per word (and I turned...
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    How Expensive is Too Expensive?

    There are all kinds of industries with premium pricing. Individuals might never consider a premium price. So long as enough do, it's a viable product. Strong industries can support a variety of prices and offerings. We can see that in almost anything. I'm sure all of us at some point saw a movie...
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    How Expensive is Too Expensive?

    I wrote about the cost of the D&D Tomb of Annihilation hardback here. When I polled people, the $49.95 price was deemed too high by 36% of respondents. That $50 book ended up costing each of us a total of 3 cents an hour! RPGs are stupidly cheap. Sure, many of us have or have had problems...
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    Greyhawk Collector's Guide

    The glass (and a beer coaster) was for Tomb of Annihilation (which features Acererak, but is not based in or using Greyhawk), given out at Origins 2017. There are other items as part of this: a green dice bag with the devil face, a devil face cloth patch, a cloth shopping bag with the devil face...
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    3E/3.5 5E's Initial Raw Sales Numbers Stronger Than 3E's!

    We have some historical references: - OD&D released Jan 1974, 1,000 copies. Sold 400 by summer, all 1,000 in 11 months. The second print run of 2,000 sold in 4 months. (Source of this and a couple of other figures is the highly recommended book Of Dice and Men. Interesting to note that these...
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    3E/3.5 5E's Initial Raw Sales Numbers Stronger Than 3E's!

    The figures come from Dancey, who worked for Wizards and now works for Paizo/Goblinworks. Wizards of the Coast doesn't share its numbers, which completely keeps them from doing what you are accusing them of doing. Moreover, we should be able to look at a company's sales without injecting...
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    3E/3.5 5E's Initial Raw Sales Numbers Stronger Than 3E's!

    The RPGA name was retired because it had negative connotations for many. While for some (myself included) it had sentimental value, it really turned off (wrongfully) many potential players and meant nothing to the greater populace. It's meaning (a network of gaming clubs) was no longer accurate...
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    3E/3.5 5E's Initial Raw Sales Numbers Stronger Than 3E's!

    I don't see this as anti-FLGS or pro-Amazon. I think its simply impressive that Amazon sales are high. And, Amazon is established enough to be important/meaningful. It is perhaps even more impressive, because now the LGS that are WPN members (and who run a high volume of Magic and D&D organized...
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    3E/3.5 5E's Initial Raw Sales Numbers Stronger Than 3E's!

    He isn't the only one saying each edition has outsold the previous one. Dancey says that up to and including 4E, where 4E outsold 3E's initial sales based on pre-orders alone. It isn't that initial sales don't matter. Of course they do, because sales matter and you always want strong sales...
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    Learn about D&D organized play options

    Merric posted a very cool post taking a look at the various AL program on-ramps and play levels and seeing how they weave together. Absolutely worth a read, and this chart is a nice summary.
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    5E Starter Set Player Character Table Tents

    Hi all, Working with the Going Last podcast we have made available Table Tents for use in D&D. Table Tents are folded in half and placed on the table during play in front of each player, displaying the character name, class, and other information. An image helps bring the concept to life...
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    General Monster ENCyclopedia: Aarakocra

    Amazing work! I appreciate the mention of the Ashes of Athas adventure. We had a lot of fun writing it, especially seeing the different ways tables interacted with the aarakocra. We heard a few stories (and personally ran some tables) where PCs had died in that adventure and were now...
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    Kickstarter Top Ten Tabletop Game Kickstarters: Why So Successful?

    I think what this reveals is that the traditional RPG model of selling through stores left money on the table. The stereotype of gamers lacking money seems true at the store level - $20-$40 RPG books can be seen covered in cobwebs at many stores and any gaming table routinely only has 1-2 people...
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    4E Taking the 4e Plunge; Helpful hints?

    Doc, it sounds like you rocked it! My general advice to DMs new to 4E is to see the tools that 4E gives as story-telling tools. The PC powers and the monster powers, for example, are a nice foundation of balance and yield exciting play (damage plus forced movement, etc.). BUT, they are...
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    4E Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun - 4E style

    Really good points regarding classic adventures. There was a Living Greyhawk re-issue of this adventure for 3E, which is probably what I would use if I were to run it for 4E. It did away with some of the boring aspects and distilled the action. There was a similar situation in the 3E version...
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    UA Unearthed Arcana on the horizon... recollections and suggestions?

    Winter Fantasy judges were able to pick up this book, and it is (like all the premium reprints) really beautiful. The cover embossing is really nice, and the content is faithful (and does not seem to include errata... I think the reprints do that on purpose to be a faithful reproduction). It...
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    Winter Fantasy Convention History

    Hi all, I decided to add a timeline to the Wiki page for the Winter Fantasy convention (formerly D&D Experience). The convention has gone back as far as 1977, and I'm looking for more sources on what took place. Dates, special events, locations, start and end of major organized play programs...
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    4E Is PF combat any faster than 4e?

    Opinions will always differ. For many players, combat speed is an issue in 3E and 4E as compared to previous editions and lighter RPGs. 4E is fairly uniform in time spent across levels, while 3E tends to be faster (slightly) at lower levels and both editions are slightly longer at higher levels...
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