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RPG Blog Carnival: April Showers!

This month, I’m hosting the RPG Blog Carnival, with the topic of weather.

I was inspired by the old slogan “April Showers Bring May Flowers,” but also by the wonderful weather I get living in the American Southwest. Last night it rained, and the smell of rain on pavement (petrichlor) was downright magical as I drove through the neon-lit streets of my city. I imagine that smell is as magical in a cyber-futuristic world, where the world is filled with concrete. It’s a different smell than in the country, where it’s more green and organic– it’s not petrichlor anymore, but simply “rain.”

What does it do to the mood of an adventure if there’s rain gently falling on the characters? How tense do the players get when they’re facing down a dust storm?

Want to join the carnival?

Post your thoughts on using weather in RPGs in your own blog, tumblr, twitter, or favorite social media site and link back to my blog. Your post must be publicly visible to be included in the carnival! If you’re worried I haven’t seen it, come back here and leave a comment with your link!

Note: due to spam, I have comments moderated on my blog, so yours won’t show up right away, but don’t worry– I will see and approve it.

Then What?

At the end of the month, I’ll post a roundup of all the blogs that joined the carnival and we’ll have a great little crowdsourced resource for implementing weather in your games! I’ll also edit this post with a link to the roundup, so if you bookmark this post, you’ll be able to get the other one, too.

Tickled Elbows Blog Carnival #1

Welcome to the July 25, 2008 edition of tickled elbows. The criteria for this blog carnival are simple; your blog post must make me chuckle. If it doesn’t tickle my funny bone, it doesn’t get into the carnival. But if your post didn’t make it in, please do keep trying!

Leanne Magraith presents Blogging Experiment Aftermath posted at Forever Change, saying, “A follow up to a serious post I wrote two days earlier about distractions and multitasking. I was trying to convey how stressed out I felt the day after the experiment.”

Barbara Diamond presents OH SHIT, RUN posted at AMERICAN SCOFFLAW.

GrrlScientist presents Speaking of Peeps, Have You Heard About AstroPeep? posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “This essay tells the amazing true story about a special marshmallow peeponaut who was the first of her kind to travel into space.”

G. Savant presents Penguin Feet, Nature Walks, and Accepting Animal Parts. posted at The Gentleman Savant, saying, “A humorous article about a trip to the zoo.”

That concludes this edition of “tickled elbows,” the blog carnival of posts that made me chuckle. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tickled elbows using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page. If you’d like to host this carnival on your blog, drop me a comment with your blog address!

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