I've recently came back to the community after a relatively short hiatus, and I quickly put some more material up in the Zendikar-D&D project's group, more specifically its forums.
I started the project myself, but only because after doing some teasing on the forums and setting up a poll, I noticed that (as I suspected) I wasn't the only one out there thinking Zendikar could be one hell of a D&D setting, other than a beautiful Magic The Gathering "plane" in which the big block of cards is "set".
Besides putting up two new races (Kor and Surrakar) bringing the total of new playable races to four (with Merfolk and Guul Draaz Vampires), I've been doing some "recruitment", as I like to call it: I visit the People section of the community website and perform an advanced research, looking for people who plays both D&D and Magic and who read Magic novels. The idea is that if they both play and read about Magic The Gathering, they surely know about Zendikar, and if they also play D&D, they could appreciate the spirit of the Zendikar-D&D project, and maybe participate in the realization of the needed material.
Most of the times, recruited members become silent watchers of the forums, but some times I score big and find someone who is really enthusiast. It was the case with Veritatis, who even did an adaption of Zendikar in D&D putting it nothing less than inside Eberron! And cleverly "disguising it" as the continet of Xen'Drik, which is clearly perfect for the job - I wonder why I didn't think about it before.
While waiting for Veritatis to explain us the details of his adaption after his teasing first post about it, I also made contact with PaladinOfSunhome, who is instead a beginner on the D&D side, but an RP lover nonetheless. Having understandingly confused the project with some kind of play-by-post group, he gave me another "why didn't I think about it before?"-moment: after all it would be nearly impossible to play a D&D game set in Zendikar locally, since probably no one knows enough people who love the two things at once. But the Zendikar-D&D group is just tailor-made for those people and it already reunites 38 of them and counting, so which better way to really play inside Zendikar for the first time than organizing a PbP game inside the group!?
I did a bit of research on the matter, since I never really understood how PbP worked, and it turned out to be much simpler than I expected. I first thought I would have needed a "PbP expert" to join us and help us setting it up, but I quickly discovered there's no need of such a thing. All we need is someone creative enough to be the Game Master, and players!
I'm actually thinking of splitting the Game Master role in two: the GM that invents the story and everything and interacts with the players and the "technician" who creates missing mechanics such as monsters and traps on the fly when they're required (and I would be that one, thank you! ). One could even volunteer to be the GM without even having to invent the adventure and story: a third person could create that and let it be run by the "Face"-GM.
The game will of course require some discussion first, and I set up a brainstorming thread in our group for anyone to discuss about the possible adventures and locales, and another one for aspiring players to post their characters or character-ideas. I even already put them in a dedicated sub-forum of the main Zendikar - D&D forum.
Note that these forums are open to anybody even if they reside inside a group so feel free to post, everyone.
For more info on Zendikar and its D&D adaption you can go directly to the intro post I made for the project, which is filled to the brim with links to official lore and material (not to mention awe-inspiring artwork), and you could also take a look at my blog post detailing how Zendikar as a world is a perfect Points Of Light type of setting.
Thanks to everybody who supports the project/group and thanks in advance to anyone who will like to contribute even with a few posts in the forums!
And of course, happy play-by-posting in Zendikar to anyone who will embark on the mission!