Mark Craddock, author of the Cross Planes blog, is a veritable machine when it comes to turning out roleplaying game material, either free on his blog or through Dungeon Masters Guild. Among the many games system he supports are the latest iteration of Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Labyrinth Lord, Cypher System (as used in Numenera and The Strange), Savage Worlds, Fate, 13th Age, and Icons.
(1) How long have you been blogging, and how’d you get into it in the first place?
I've been blogging for five years. I was big into the OSR [old school renaissance] and decided to add my voice to the chorus. At the same time I had just returned to role playing after a three year sabbatical and D&D Next had just been releases for playtest and I was part of Wizard Of The Coast's internal group.
(2) What do you blog about, and how frequently do you post?
My posts are RPG related and at this point are generally game mechanics, monsters, or magic items. I post at least once a day.
(3) How does your blog stand out from all the rest?
One, I think the post frequency and, two, that I offer content for my favourite games.
|Mark's Character Crucible: The Celestial (a Warlock's Otherworldly patron for use with 5e D&D)|
(4) What’s the best (and worst) thing about blogging?
The best is coming up with an idea and sharing it, of seeing yourself evolve and to realize that you write something every day. It's also cool to get to know people from all over the world, and in my case, to become friends with them, especially people whose blogs inspired me to start mine. The worst is knowing that you need content and having to ignore "writer's block".
(5) Do you have any self-imposed rules (or guidelines) for your blog?
I avoid personal opinions and getting involved in any drama going through the gaming blogosphere. My blog is here to entertain people (hopefully) and to try to give them new content to use in their games.
(6) Name one blog everyone should be reading (other than your own).
Limiting it to one is really tough, but I'll go with From the Sorcerer's Skull by Trey Causey.
|Mark's Deities And Domains: Speciality Priests Of The Forgotten Realms |
(containing 39 feats for the 37 Forgotten Realms deities
listed in the D&D Fifth Edition Player’s Handbook)