Hey, gang! Sorry for getting this out a day late this week. Unexpected holidays have a way of turning well-maintained schedules into discrete piles of goo. We’ve decided to maintain the D&DNext links on a wiki page instead of clogging the Weekly Assembly with heaps of speculation, though the MetaRoundup is overwhelmingly D&D Next-heavy. Enjoy this week’s links!
Articles posted here on The Gamer Assembly.
- January’s theme at The Gamer Assembly is The Beginning of the End, in honor of the end of the Mayan calendar cycle.
- Check out 3 Generations After the End, aka 3GATE, our system-independent post-apocalyptic setting which we’re developing this month.
- D&D 5e Goes Indie? by Brent Newhall shares some thoughts about public playtesting for the next edition of D&D.
- 3GATE: Tomas’s Kingdom, Stronghold by Brent Newhall gives us a tour of one warlord’s ambitious country carved from the chaos.
- D&D 4e Comment Thread Bingo by Brent Newhall lets you play along as “I like 4e” threads merrily burn down forums across the ‘Net.
- 3GATE: The Wolves of Thanatos by DeusInnomen introduces us to a group of bloodthirsty wizard-hunters who can dampen magic.
- 3GATE: The Races by Brian Liberge shows us some options for playable races in this post-apocalyptic world.
- 3GATE: Monsters by Brent Newhall brings some of the more common monsters in The Valley to life with game stats for 5 systems.
Content from people involved with The Gamer Assembly posted elsewhere across the Internet.
- The State of the Brian by Brian Liberge. Brian offers his take on the new edition of D&D, from the prospective of someone just beginning to Freelance.
- And then there was 5e? by Brian Liberge Where Brian gets arguementative with his co-hosts on RPG Circus on the new edition of D&D.
- A Better Adventure: Scenarios by Brent Newhall describes an alternative to the traditional adventure.
- A Response to an Open Letter to D&D Next’s Art Department by digitaldraco argues for more inclusion in D&D’s art tempered with a side of romance and flirty sexuality.
- Fudged Mouse Guard by Brent Newhall describes his experience running a game of Mouse Guard using a free system based on Fudge.
Other interesting articles and cool links.
Wizards of the Coast went public with their announcement about the next edition of D&D last week. We’re collecting D&D Next links in our wiki. If we’ve missed any good ones that you’ve read, feel free to let us know in the comments or join us in the chat.
- How to play D&D by a 7 year old by MetaDM at Meta Gamemastery shows us how one member of the next generation of gamers is learning D&D.
- Playing the Pathfinder Boxed Set with a 3-year-old on YouTube shows how playing with young kids can be awesome.
- Tools Review: Dungeons & Dragons Virtual Table Beta by Game Knight Reviews lets us follow as they get elbow-deep in the VT.
- A Game Divided Against Itself by Jeff Grubb provides some perspective on the D&D edition wars with a history of the controversies surrounding each new edition of D&D.
- Hex Ranger at Exploding Dice expands Brent‘s recent 3 Dice Dungeon solo game into a game of frontier space exploration, where you play a Space Ranger battling aliens and exploring lost ruins.
- Dice Mechanics: Fate by Jeff at House Rule is an excellent analysis of the mechanics of FATE, and why they provide more intuitive randomization effects than, say, d20.
- Top 5 Ways to Speed Up Tabletop RPG Combat from Troll in the Corner features five solid, simple ways to keep combat moving, particularly in a D&D3.x/4E/Pathfinder game.
- gameshelped.org is a new initiative to collect stories of how games helped improve your life. It’s good to focus on the positive aspects of games. Please take a look and contribute if you can.
- New Year New Game (NYNG) comes from the folks over at Gnome Stew. It’s an annual challenge for GMs to run a new game in the new year. Join the blog carnival and enter their contest for a chance to win a pile of prizes.
- Seth Godin doesn’t identify as a gamer, but his blog post outlining the TED Imperatives gives anyone in the RPG community some guidelines for defusing edition war-like-arguments before they escalate to Holy War status. Many of us skip the first 2 steps: Be Interested and Be Generous.
A roundup of roundups featuring links of interest to the tabletop RPG community.
Please let us know about other weekly roundups in the comments!
- Game Knight Reviews comes out with News From Around the Net articles on Fridays. Check out this week’s roundup and see if we missed any D&D Next links.
- Roving Band of Misfits publishes their Weekly Roundup column every Sunday. This week’s D&D 5th Ed. Edition explains itself neatly.