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6
Jun

Haste – Episode 2: Daggerdale, RPGBA, Gamer Parents and more!

Intro: “Mombasa” ~ Hans Zimmer
Outro: “Ready to Roll” ~ Flashlight Brown

OP Newsbite: There’s a good chance that Dave Chalker (critical-hits.com) will be joining our Wiki panel at GenCon this year as long as his schedule allows, so be sure to pester him about it and tell him his schedule is open!

UPDATE: Dave has confirmed that he will be attending our panel! He will be speaking alongside us and taking questions from the audience as well. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

23
May

Haste – Episode 0: Getting Started

 

Welcome to Haste!

Obsidian Portal is experimenting with running a podcast, and this is our first episode. We call it Haste because we know you are all busy people and don’t have time to listen to a group of podcasters drone on and on. The goal of the show is to get you some of the latest news in the RPG industry and get you on your way.

Listen now!

Intro: Mombasa – Hans Zimmer
Outro: Black Electric- AFI

4
May

Review: Kobold Quarterly Spring 11′

Leaving Assumptions at the Door

I’ll admit right off the bat, I was never one much for tabletop gaming magazines. Not really sure why, maybe it was my assumption that they were all horridly laid out or that a mixed bag of systems/games I’ve never played in wouldn’t appeal to me. I also kind of thought of the content to be amateur-ish and always convinced myself I’d much rather have something straight from a game publisher – official books, modules and supplements rather than something ‘joe schmoe’ came up with.

Boy was I wrong about all of those things.

1
Apr

Are we too D&D?

We try to stay neutral

We try to stay neutral, like the Swiss

I had a chance to talk to the guys from The Bearswarm Podcast the other day. Besides haranguing me for various things, Rob said that Obsidian Portal is “too D&D specific.” This came as quite a surprise to me. I’ve always thought that Obsidian Portal did a fine job of straddling the difficult line of system neutrality. Am I wrong? Let me tell my story…

The beginning

When I first started, I knew there would have to be sacrifices made. Either it would be completely neutral, and therefore useless to everyone, or it would be biased toward one system or another. There’s a wide spectrum in there, and I decided that whenever a question came up, I would bias the system toward D&D, which I was playing at the time.

The best example I can think of is that we added race and level to the character sheets. They were freeform fields, so you could type “Elf” or “Dwarf” if you wanted. Or, if you were in a totally different system you could type “Eldar” or “Metahuman” or just leave it blank. It was up to you. Still, the concept of race and level is admittedly a D&D centric concept.

The shift to neutrality

As I migrated away from D&D to other systems, so too did my views on how Obsidian Portal should work. I realized that the central elements to all RPGs were the characters, adventures, and campaign world. As such, I focused on making those entities the core of the site. We politely declined requests to add more detail and fields to the character sheets and instead added things like the quick select popup to help you more easily interweave your story and characters. When the time was right, we released the Dynamic Character Sheets, thereby saying “Make the characters what you want!” Subsequently, we removed race and level from the character sheets, instead deferring that to the DSTs where it belonged. We want characters to embody the story, not the stats.

The commitment to neutrality

I started out thinking we would bias ourselves toward D&D, but I’ve become much more committed to overall neutrality. I’m convinced that the future of RPGs does not belong to any one company, brand, or game. Likewise, the future of Obsidian Portal, in supporting the RPG community, does not belong with any one game. So, when I’m told that we’re being too D&D specific, this is a cause for concern. What do you think? Are we too biased toward one game or another? Or, on the opposite end, are we trying too hard to please everyone all the time, and therefore offering a mediocre experience? We feel like we’ve charted the correct course so far, but I’m curious to hear what others think.

17
Jan

Liveblogging at DDXP: you pick the seminar

The Dungeons and Dragons Experience is right around the corner, and although I’ll be there to get in on all the exciting new announcements, products and seminars to provide you all with a post show wrap up, I’d like to do something a little more than that. If there is interest enough, I’d like to take it a step further and add some moment-by-moment excitement for those of you unable to attend, by live blogging one of the panels.

28
May

Dynamic Sheets for D&D and Pathfinder

Sweet DST for Maid RPG With the advent of the new Dynamic Sheet Template (DST) system coming very soon (probably this Sunday), we obviously need some people to step up and make DSTs for our myriad of systems. The outcome I’m expecting is that we will have a lot of people clamoring for the more popular systems, and less so for the less popular systems. What I’d like to avoid is having several similar submissions for the same system. Instead, it would be preferable to have one or two really great DSTs for a system, rather than 10 mediocre ones.

To prevent a lot of duplicate work on your part and headache on my part, I’m going to pull D&D 4E, D&D 3.5, and Pathfinder out of the mix. In other words, don’t just go out and make a sheet for any of these systems. Instead, you’ll need to apply. I will select the most promising one or two candidates and give them free reign for a week or so. Once we have a couple in the system, I’ll open it up for anyone to make one. The hope is that the first ones will be so awesome that everyone is happy and there’s no need for anyone else to try.

To apply, simply post in the forum thread saying which system you’d like to tackle. All I need to see is demonstrable skill with HTML/CSS, so link to something you’ve made. Fancy Javascript is not necessary, and may be undesirable. I’d rather have a simple sheet that just lays things out nicely, than a very complicated one that has to be updated often or only works in certain browsers. I’ll pick one or two people for each system, assuming we get enough submissions, and we’ll go from there.

Even if you want to make a DST for a smaller system, I’d recommend posting your thoughts in the forum thread. There are surely going to be a lot of ideas bouncing around.

It’s an exciting time. My gut tells me the site is about to get much cooler with the addition of these dynamic sheets. Help me make that a reality!

Update: ChainsawXIV, who made the awesome Exalted DST, is going to take the first stab at 4E. So, I’m going to pull 4E off the table until he’s finished.

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