Sorry for the really late post. This week's highlights we have a series on making battlemats, making interesting villains and finding more uses for your minions.
In other news, the RPGBN Advisory Panel Election polls has just ended and Micheal Wolf from Stargazer's World will be representing the community from now on as the voice of RPG bloggers in the network. Congrats and may his role make a better RPGBN.
Increase game attendance with great session reminders
What to put in a session reminder? Let Johnn answer your questions. I think session reminders are really a great tool to pump your players up before the game, especially if the session only happens once or twice in a month or longer.
There's Fun in Table Chatter too
Although most DMs like to reduce game chatter as much as possible on the table, this post shows how it could actually be conducive for your game.
More Creative Uses for Minions
A more out-of-the-box approach to enhancing the use of minions, adding on to what Sly Flourish has done (see below).
NewbieDM Tutorial: The Battlemap, a guest post by Jonathan Roberts
NewbieDM Tutorial: The Battlemap Part II
A great guest post series on how to make sweet looking battlemaps using GIMP and some design thoughts of what makes a good map.
Creative Uses for Minions
Some ideas on how minions could do more other than just acting as fodder for the PCs.
The Spirits of Eden
Thinking Up An Interesting Villain
Wyatt giving advice on how to create villains with depth. I mostly agree with his philosophy of thinking them as characters instead of just some evil guy that the PCs need to defeat.
Worlds in a Handful of Dices
The RPG Course - Lecture Seven
A very interesting read on RPGs in social life and how RPGs are being used in the real world and some issues related with RPGs in the context of social life (e.g, sexuality).