I'm having one of those brain-fart days, where there are a million things I want to write about, but none of them want to sort themselves in my head. So rather than write out a whole huge thing for each of them, I'm just going to throw my ideas out into cyberspace and see if maybe clearing the air does me some good (the hope: I'll be able to focus on the content I want to get out on a weekly basis).
~ As of a study done in 2000* by Wizards of the Coast, roughly 19% of people who play role-playing games once a month are female. That number is abysmal, and I constantly hear men complain that they wish more women were involved in the hobby. Dismissing a woman's valid criticisms of the way women are portrayed in the hobby (by implying that, because she is a feminist, she is probably hideous) is not a great way to go about convincing ladies to game. I used to follow @DreadGazeebo. Now I do not. I do, however, have Go Make Me a Sandwich on my Flipboard now.
~ I want to write up the Bones of a Dead God setting as an actual game world at some point. I have no idea who would want to publish such a thing, and it would need a real name, but I think it's probably the most over-the-top game setting I've ever come up with, and it deserves some love.
~ Does anyone remember when I was writing up an encounter-by-encounter rehash of the old Undermountain campaign? Me neither...
~ Trying to come up with internally consistent obstacles to throw at a group of D&D players has actually been a lot less difficult than I had originally anticipated. The only problem I have at this point is that they level so fucking fast! Good gods, we're half-way through Paragon and have only just now started the major arc of the tier.
~ Magic items were a lot cooler in 3.5 than they are in 4th. What I think I'm going to try and do with the Peculiar Curios column of the blog is bring back some of that awesome; less reliance on the resource, more focus on the weird. I think there's more room in the world for a magical bard-scroll with a song on it that demons find insanely annoying, or arrows that burst into brilliant light and blind whoever they hit or face paint that turns your body into a briar of horrifying poison barbs. Or a fucking crab-tank. There's no wonder in Fourth Edition's magic items.
So that's what I've been thinking about for the past couple of days. Now I'll go see about making you a monster for Monday.
*This is the latest market information I have. If you have a newer report, I'd love to read it.