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This article was written on 30 Oct 2012, and is filled under Blog Carnival.

Winter is Coming II: An RPG Blog Carnival

It’s back! Last year’s Winter is Coming Blog Carnival was a big success (thanks to Wombat’s Den of Iniquity for running it!) I had designed the logo for it, and unfortunately, didn’t get a chance to participate last year, so I’ve redesigned the logo, and we’re giving it another go this year!

This years’ Winter is Coming promises to be even bigger! Here’s how the blog carnival will work. I’m going to steal whole sections from Wombat’s page here, with some modifications:

What The Heck Is It?
Winter Is Coming II will be a two-week-long RPG blog festival, to commence on Wednesday, 1 November 2012. Across many different blogs, we’ll be able to read different winter-themed posts.

What Are You Looking For?
I’m looking winter-themed elements for D&D and other RPG rulesets. An element can be a class, a theme, a new power, a class, a race, a monster, an item, a location, an adventure, an arc, a background element, a campaign setting, a festival, an NPC, or whatever your fertile and fervent imagination can dream up. If it has something to do with winter and you can use it in an RPG, I want to see it. If you’ve got something new in mind you’ve got two weeks to pull it together. I’m OK with linking to existing posts, but I’d like to see plenty of new content as well. Here on Dice Monkey I’d like to publish guest posts, and I’ll maintain a list of links to winter-themed articles in other blogs.

What Do I Need To Do?
If you’re interested, post a comment here or let me know on Twitter (@MarkMeredith) or via email (dicemonkeynet @ gmail dotcom). I’m looking to publish guest posts here on Dice Monkey for the weeks of 1-14 November, so let me know if you’re between blogs or interested in publishing outside of your normal venue. I’ll be happy to host your work and not take a lick of credit for it, and you can say you’re published on multiple blogs.

If you want to publish something on your blog, I’ll maintain a list of links in the Winter Is Coming cover post to be published on 15 November. If you email me I’ll send you the link when it’s available.

If you’re involved, all I ask is that you link back to at least this post and send the link in a shout out on Twitter. You’re welcome to cross-post, comment, retweet and whatever else you want to do to promote yourself and your fellow blogosphere denizens.

Why Are You Doing This?
Nobody’s planning on making a dime out of this. Winter Is Coming is about people who want to make stuff for a game that they love, and getting that stuff into the hands of the gaming community. The biggest problem we all face is finding eyeballs, so let’s trade. I’ll pimp you to my list if you pimp me to yours, and we’ll see what happens from there.

Do I Get A Cool Badge For My Blog?
Yes you do! You can put any of the following logos on your blog to help promote it. Click on either image to enlarge it. They’re designed for both light and dark blogs.

So That’s It?
That’s what Winter Is Coming II is all about. All told, 90 minutes from idea to blog post with a brief side trip into Twitter promotion. If you’re interested, let me know!

And That’s NOT All!

I’d like to, if you all don’t mind, put these posts into a PDF, and put it up for free on RPGNow once the carnival is complete! This will provide even more exposure to everyone’s blogs. If you’re not interested in your post being in the final free PDF, please let me know. You can still participate, but we’ll keep you out of the final book.

If you’re interested enough, please shout out to your friends, followers, friends list, email list and podcast listeners. Let’s get more people on the bandwagon for the next two weeks.


  1. Nearly Enough Dice
    November 1, 2012

    We will certainly be working on writing an article for this! Looking forward to it!

  2. [...] You may have noticed I’ve got a new image link over there on the right.  That’s because i’m taking part in the Winter is Coming II Blog Carnival that is being hosted over at Dice Monkey. [...]

  3. Adam from Kickassistan
    November 1, 2012

    I’m kicking around an idea or two and would be glad to participate. I’m excited to see where this carnival goes!
    Adam from Kickassistan´s last blog post ..DCC Donnerstag: The Metal Gods, Part 3c

  4. [...] This year, Mark Meredith has taken up the mantle and organising a fortnight long blog carnival (http://dicemonkey.net/2012/10/30/winter-is-coming-ii-an-rpg-blog-carnival/). As with last year, I hope to be able to contribute a few [...]

  5. [...] Check out the November RPG Blog Carnival: Writing the Game, hosted by Kat @ Triple Crit, as well as Winter is Coming II over at Dice [...]

  6. [...] I have a guest post up at Dice Monkey as part of the Winter is Coming Blog Carnival. [...]

  7. [...] nights drawing in here it seems fitting to join in with this one, hosted by the lovely people at Dice Monkey. The premise is a simple one, just something that can be used in RPG with a winter theme. With that [...]

  8. shortymonster
    November 2, 2012

    For me winter is not so much about a magical wonderland, but more the chance for things to come out of the shadows. So I went and did another horror themed post tied into this blog carnival. I swear, it’s like a sickness…

    shortymonster´s last blog post ..Winter is Coming II. An RPG Blog Carnival.

  9. symatt (@symatt)
    November 3, 2012

    im ready . i think. feeling a little cold though

  10. [...] in the air, just something I threw together. There’s still room for your name on that cover! Join us! (BlindUKGeek, I need your name to put on here!) Click to Enbiggen! Click to Enbiggen this one [...]

  11. Winter is indeed coming with a mini adventure that sends the party into the Frost Ridges to investigate a missing Red Priest. Rumors of a great and power ice dragon that protect the region from outsiders have spread throughout the lands, but can they be believed? Enter, the Mystery of the Ice Dragon.

    Sorcerer Blob (@sorcerer_blob)´s last blog post ..Winter is Coming II: The Mystery of the Ice Dragon

  12. David Flor
    November 6, 2012

    I’m interested in doing this again, but don’t know if I’ll have the time do something like I did the last time. I’ll see what I can come up with. :)

  13. [...] year @MarkMeridith has continued the festival with Winter is Coming II over at dicemonkey.net. The Iron Tavern is once again participating with today’s [...]

  14. Jeffrey Tadlock
    November 7, 2012

    I posted The Iron Tavern’s post for Winter is Coming II. I might post another one before the festival ends depending on time.

    Ice Golem for Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
    Jeffrey Tadlock´s last blog post ..DCC RPG – Ice Golem

  15. John
    November 7, 2012

    Well, I just wrote a post today on why winter in my setting is a miserable time to adventure, campaign, or travel in general, so I guess my timing is fortuitous – http://wanderinggamist.blogspot.com/2012/11/winter-in-shieldlands.html
    John´s last blog post ..Winter in the Shieldlands

  16. [...] The Gassy Gnoll: The Orb of Light and Dark Is Missing! (Winter is Coming II Blog Carnival) By Fitz, on November 7th, 2012 [If you're new to GKR, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed or if you're on a post, pop over to the home page when you're done. Thanks for visiting!]Pin ItThis is just an idea… A bit of setting, a bit of plot, and a situation brewing for the PCs to find themselves in the middle of somehow, written for the “Winter is Coming II” blog carnival set up by Dice Monkey. [...]

  17. Adam from Kickassistan
    November 10, 2012

    My entry is now up on my site! I hope you enjoy!

  18. Boric Glanduum
    November 12, 2012

    This is the first I’m hearing of this. I want to get in on this, so I’m thinking I’ll try and throw something together here this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. James MacGeorge
    November 13, 2012

    The Cave of Eternal Winter is a setting for any post-apocalyptic game, where a mad AI is trying to process and package all the meat in the world – including living beings!


  20. Boric Glanduum
    November 13, 2012

    True to my word, my entry is posted on my blog: The Dwarven Stronghold.

  21. Richard Green
    November 13, 2012

    Grandfather Frost aka Ded Moroz is now up on my blog here: http://richgreen01.livejournal.com/230040.html

  22. [...] Winter is Coming II is a RPG Blog carnival hosted by Mark Meredith of Dice Monkey. I choose to participate this year. In my D&D home campaign, the setting changed season to winter. I had notes for events during a festival celebrating the change of season but the players decided to take a vacation into the Feywild. In the spirit of Winter is Coming II, I present to you the Winter Festival of Whiteoak. [...]

  23. Eric M. Paquette
    November 13, 2012

    I wrote a winter festival in my campaign setting here: http://ericmpaq.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/whiteoaks-winter-festival/

    I’m interested in opinions on my contribution. I’m open for my entry to be republished elsewhere too.
    Eric M. Paquette´s last blog post ..Whiteoak’s Winter Festival

  24. [...] Winter is Coming II: An RPG Blog Carnival [...]

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