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David Millians, Editor
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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Our guest in November was Dr. Allen White. Dr. White received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University under the direction of Igor Adamovich and J. William Rich of the Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics Laboratories. His research has involved infrared spectroscopy, mass-spectrometry, and plasmas. He is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Dr. White is working to make RPGs for engineering education using a proven teaching framework, called Fink’s Taxonomy that can work for any education content. He recently presented an expansion of the Year Zero Engine from Gary Con at GameHole Con in October. You can watch the virtual panel discussion on our YouTube channel.
I recently learned that my son and godson both announced they were starting Dungeons & Dragons campaigns in November, so I have a lot to be grateful for (and they’re going to have a lot of fun gifts in their Christmas stockings!).
I hope you had time to relax, recharge, and most importantly game with friends and family.
FROM DAVID MILLIANS
Campbell, Steph (2022 Nov 7) Review of Questlings, a tabletop RPG for kids to bridge worlds!. https://www.ttrpgkids.com/2022/11/07/review-of-questlings-a-tabletop-rpg-for-kids-to-bridge-worlds. Real world quests and challenges mix into fantasy story experience.
Campbell, Steph (2022 Nov 9) Review of 16 Mice Make Soup (MouSoup), a tabletop RPG for 2-16 MouChefs!. https://www.ttrpgkids.com/2022/11/09/review-of-16-mice-make-soup-mousoup-a-tabletop-rpg-for-2-16-mouchefs. A fun, whimsical story game that combines imagination and cooking with children.
Campbell, Steph (2022 Nov 11) Tips and tricks for pacing tabletop RPGs for kids. https://www.ttrpgkids.com/2022/11/11/tips-and-tricks-for-pacing-tabletop-rpgs-for-kids. Helpful for any game planning.
Campbell, Steph (2022 Nov 16) Review of Roll for Initiative, a middle grade book about friendship, self-confidence, and D&D!. https://www.ttrpgkids.com/2022/11/16/review-of-roll-for-initiative-a-middle-grade-book-about-friendship-self-confidence-and-dd. Jaime Formato’s new book of friendship and growth.
Campbell, Steph (2022 Nov 21) Review of Familiar Finders books, a story and journal game combo for kids!. https://www.ttrpgkids.com/2022/11/21/review-of-the-familiar-finders-books-a-story-and-journal-combo-for-kids. Outdoor exploration and introduction to rpgs.
Campbell, Steph (2022 Dec 1) Winter and holiday themed tabletop RPGs (and game supplements) for kids!. https://www.ttrpgkids.com/2022/12/01/winter-and-holiday-themed-tabletop-rpgs-and-game-supplements-for-kids. Seasonal games for younger audiences.
Carter, Chase (2022 Nov 18) These one-page tabletop RPGs lampshade Twitter’s demise and frustrations with Mastodon. https://www.dicebreaker.com/categories/roleplaying-game/news/one-page-tabletop-rpg-lampoons-twitter-mastodon-elon-musk. Satire of the social media crisis de jour.
Edwards, Benj (2022 Nov 22) Meta researchers create AI that masters Diplomacy, tricking human players. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/11/meta-researchers-create-ai-that-masters-diplomacy-tricking-human-players. The research article is here.
Embry, Egg (2022 Nov 29) Holiday Gift Guide: RPG Action Figures Part 1: Scale, POA, Cyberpunk, and Warhammer. https://www.enworld.org/threads/holiday-gift-guide-rpg-action-figures-part-1-scale-poa-cyberpunk-and-warhammer.693219. Ideas for gamer friends.
Griepp, Milton (2022 Nov 25) Game Designer Gets Judgment Against Source Point Parent Ox Eye Media. https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/52735/game-designer-gets-judgment-against-source-point-parent-ox-eye-media. This concerns a board game contract, but unpaid royalities and other contract breaches are an issue in RPG publishing as well.
Hoffer, Christian (2022 Oct 31) ESPN Runs Dungeons & Dragons Segment on SportsCenter. https://comicbook.com/gaming/news/dungeons-dragons-sportscenter-cleveland-browns-johnny-stanton. Cleveland Browns players discuss and play.
ICv2 (2022 Nov 1) Union Formed at Game Retailer. https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/52534/union-formed-game-retailer. Noble Knight Games United, associated with Communications Workers of America.
ICv2 (2022 Nov 2) Noble Knight Games Refuses Voluntary Recognition. https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/52545/noble-knight-games-refuses-voluntary-recognition. Election to be called. Voluntary recognition update here.
Jarvis, Matt (2022 Nov 23) Announcing the finalists for the Tabletop Awards 2022!. https://www.dicebreaker.com/events/tabletop-awards-2022/news/tabletop-awards-2022-finalists. Includes categories honoring designers. Judges introduced here.
Li Xin (2022 Nov 14) Kids’ Role-Playing Games: New Learning Tool or Tutoring in Disguise?. https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1011642/Kids%E2%80%99%20Role-Playing%20Games:%20New%20Learning%20Tool%20or%20Tutoring%20in%20Disguise. Education regulators eye Chinese game groups with suspicion.
Meeham, Alex (2022 Nov 28) This candle smells like the inside of a freshly opened board game. https://www.dicebreaker.com/companies/cmyk/news/new-board-game-candle. The gift we didn’t know we needed.
Morrissey, Russ (2022 Dec 1) One D&D Permanently Removes The Term ‘Race’. https://www.enworld.org/threads/one-d-d-permanently-removes-the-term-race.693581. Using “species” instead from now on. More discussion at Dicebreaker.
Perkins, Christopher (2022 Nov 10) Leveling Up Our Creative Process: Learnings from Spelljammer. https://www.dndbeyond.com/posts/1375-leveling-up-our-creative-process-learnings-from. The senior story designer for D&D discusses new processes to create inclusive content. Some analysis by Chase Carter at Dicebreaker.
Speidel, Alex (2022 Nov 10) Event Highlight: Toys of Boundless Wonder. https://paizo.com/community/blog/v5748dyo6si6k?Event-Highlight-Toys-of-Boundless-Wonder. Combining organized play and Toys for Tots donations.
United Paizo Workers (2022 Dec 1) tentative agreement. https://twitter.com/PaizoWorkers/status/1598485954922041344. Hard work of negotiation.
Walters, Clint (2022 Nov 3) MS DnD Club – Roadside Encounter. https://dnd4thekids.blogspot.com/2022/11/ms-dnd-club-roadside-encounter.html. Learning to play step-by-step with 30 players at once.
FROM HAWKE ROBINSON
Robinson, Hawke (2022 Nov 15) Hit D&D Podcast ‘Dragon Talk’ To Publish Essay Collection Celebrating Their Best and Most Inspiring Interviews. https://www.thefandomentals.com/welcome-to-dragon-talk-book-announcement. Including Hawke!
FROM MIKE TRESCA
Tresca, Mike (2022 Nov 28) Gift Ideas for Crafty Gamers. https://www.enworld.org/threads/gift-ideas-for-crafty-gamers.692860. Miniature and modeling tools and more.
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