The Carnival List Archive
Below are all the RPG Blog Carnivals to date. Future Carnivals are listed first, followed by the current carnival announcement, and then links to all the previous carnival round ups in reverse chronological order. The links point to the blogs that hosted the carnival and, wherever possible, the specific post where the carnival was wrapped up. You should find that, after the jump, you land on a page with a huge number of links pointing to articles about that month’s topic.
Details on how to participate as a contributor or to host the RPG Blog Carnival are below the Archive.
- Fantastic Places (KJ Davies Blog)
- Things to Love, Things to Hate (Nevermet Press, February)
- Crowdsourcing & Crowdfunding RPGs (Skyland Games, March)
- CURRENT: Combat Avoidance (Exchange of Realities, April)
- FUTURE: Fantastic Creations (KJ Davies Blog)
- Heroes – Living and Dead (Casting Shadows Blog)
- The Krampus Christmas Carnival (Nevermet Press)
- Tricks & Traps (Elthos RPG Blog)
- Making The Loot Part Of The Plot (Campaign Mastery)
- Halloween Special: On a Night In the Lonesome October (A Man’s Brain-Attic)
- ASSASSINS (Roleplaying Tips)
- Animals in RPGs (The Tower of the Archmage)
- Bad Ass Gaming (Nevermet Press)
- Memorable Characters Inspired From Real Life (Dungeon’s Master)
- Mixing Genres (The Dump Stat)
- Game Cartography (A Character For Every Game)
- Life & Death in RPGs (Campaign Mastery)
- Worldbuilding (Evil Machinations)
- New Year, New Game! (The Action Point)
- Preparation – Everything or Nothing? (Fame & Fortune)
- Teaching Roleplaying (Evil Machinations)
- Challenge: Growing the Hobby (Mad Brew Labs)
- What non-game media have most inspired your games and how? (Campaign Mastery)
- Surviving the Gaming Drought (All Geek Out)
- Let Me Show You My (N)PC (Exchange of Realities)
- Being a Better GM (Questing GM)
- Travel in Games & Gamers Traveling (The Game Traveler)
- How many of your resolutions did you achieve? (The Bone Scroll)
- Community – in real life and in the game (Uncle Bear)
- Morality: In-Game and Real Life (Games of State)
- Mistakes – ones you’ve made in the past and how you got past them, one’s you’re making now and don’t know how to solve (Campaign Mastery)
- Conventions, Ren Fairs, Carnivals, Oh My! (Chgowiz’s Old Guy RPG Blog)
- Dungeons & Dragons (6d6 Fireball)
- Steampunk & Klokwerks (Mad Brew Labs)
- The Future Of Roleplaying (Roleplaying Pro)
- Humor and Gaming (A Butterfly Dreaming)
- WAR! (The Dice Bag)
- Monsters & Map Madness (The Core Mechanic)
- New Year’s Gaming Resolutions (Uncle Bear)
- Transitions & Transformations (Critical Hits)
- Religion in the Work Plac…eh I mean RPG Land (The Dice Bag)
- Super Heroes in RPGs (Musings of the Chatty DM)
- Homebrew (Donny the DM)
- Character Death, Resurrection, and The Undead (The Core Mechanic)
Welcome to the RPG Blog Carnival Archive. Below you will find an archived list all the past carnivals ever run by the RPG blogging community at large! Scroll down and check out the archive! The carnival has been going strong in 2008, traveling from blog to blog and making hundreds of thousands of gamers happy in the process.
Have a blog of your own? Interested in contributing to the magic of the carnival? Read on!
Blogger carnivals are a way for a group of bloggers to all simultaneously write about the same topic. They are a great way to build community and dialogue across many different blogs at once. This benefits fans/readers of those blogs because they have the opportunity to explore lots of different viewpoints in a short period of time. It also benefits the bloggers because they get new readers to stop by and (from a technical point of view) it helps with SEO. Everyone wins.
How to Participate
Have a blog? Want to write for the RPG Bloggers Carnival? Easy – just write a post on the current month’s topic and in your post link to the Host’s blog post that announced the topic (see below). You can also drop by their blog and leave a comment on the announcement post to be sure – pingbacks don’t always work. That’s it. At the end of the month, the Host will write a round-up and include a link back to your article.
How to Sign Up To Host
If you want to sign up to be a host of the carnival, either post something on the RPG Bloggers Network Google Group, or leave a comment here. Let us know what the topic is, what month you want to host, and the URL for your blog and we’ll add it to the schedule. Snap! Easy.
How To Host A Carnival
If you are the host of the carnival, then plan on writing two posts at a minimum.
- The first post announces the topic of the carnival – which is up to you! After all, you’re the host! Sometime people also optionally blog about the topic in the same post they made the announcement. Personally, I prefer to break it up so that the announcements come on the first of the month, leaving you time to develop your post later in the month. Your mileage may vary. Take a look at some of the previous carnivals to get some ideas. In general, it may also be a good idea to include a link to this Archive page for your readers to check out – this should trigger a pingback notifying me that you’ve made a post for the carnival. You can leave a comment here to be sure if the pingback doesn’t (for some reason) work.
- Your second post should be a “round-up” of the Carnival. This usually comes during the following month. You can at a minimum simply have a barebones post that links back to all the articles written by other blogs on the topic; or you can write a meaty discussion piece that links out to all the posts AND discusses the topics from your point of view. It’s pretty open / flexible – whatever works for you is OK, but the key thing is the “round up” should include links to all the blogs who participated in the Carnival you hosted.
Participating blogs (hosts and contributors) for each RPG Blog Carnival are encouraged to use the ‘official’ logo (shown above) when posting content related to the carnival. The logo was decided by popular vote and was designed by Reis O’Brien of the blog, Geek Orthodox.