A Grand Monday to you all! We’ve decided to move the publish date for the Weekly Assembly to Monday to catch the weekend updates in a more timely manner and to give us the weekend to collect links and format the post. So without any further ado, here we go…
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.
- 3 Generations After The End: An Introduction by Brent Newhall paints us a picture of the world and the major players using the broadest possible strokes.
- One Stat Block, Five Systems by Brent Newhall gives us a map of the stat blocks we’ll be using for 3GATE and exposes some of the challenges in dealing with stats across different games.
- The Inevitable Apocalypse by Brent Newhall suggests a plot hook: an upcoming apocalypse that the PCs can’t prevent, but can affect.
Content from people involved with The Gamer Assembly posted elsewhere across the Internet.
- Check out the entries in Got Loot – The Festive Blogfest! Everything from detailing gems, to the nature of loot, to the Antiquity Seeker character theme, to magic items made from the bones of Orcus are available for your perusal.
- 50 Games in 50 Weeks: Fiasco, where Brent Newhall the RPG Doctor describes his experiences running the gritty Fiasco, and his impressions of the system.
- Brent also posted Adventures Are Stories, where he points out that published adventures are fundamentally narratives, which requires a certain amount of linear plotting.
- Chris Jackson at A Susurrus in Carcosa writes about the Gambler’s Dice, a fate-altering magic item for 4e or Pathfinder.
- Death Is Only The Beginning by WolfSamurai at RPG Musings thinks about moving past the threat of character death to open up more awesome stories.
Other interesting articles and cool links.
Wizards of the Coast went public with their announcement about the next edition of D&D this morning. They’re inviting people interested in running early 5e rules sets to join the DnD Next group on the Wizards Community. Other coverage includes:
- An article in the New York Times.
- An article at Forbes.
- An article on CNN’s Geek Out! blog.
- Three Different Articles at ENWorld. Kudos to @Morrus for sticking with the news embargo until 10AM EST as agreed even though everyone else posted early.
- An article at Critical Hits.
We’ll collect the blogosphere’s reactions in next week’s Assembly. I find the timing of this announcement exceptionally well played since…
This past week the community had a bit of an “Are RPGs Dying?” kerfuffle. We’ve decided to include varied viewpoints to allow you to form your own opinion about the state of the RPG industry. 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.
- The article that kicked everything off was The State of Dungeons & Dragons: Present, followed by The State of Dungeons & Dragons: Future, both of which appeared over at The Escapist.
- The Model Railroading Analogy has been tossed around quite a bit, as reported over at Greyhawk Grognard.
- Since he was quoted in the original article, Ryan Dancey clarified his position with a post on ENworld.
- Ryan Dancey also gave us the insider story about what was happening with Wizards and Hasbro on the business side in this ENWorld post. This one has some interesting behind-the-scenes insights.
- ArcaneSpringbrd writes a positive rebuttal called The Real State of Dungeons & Dragons over at Critical Hits.
Other, non-state-of-the-rpg-industry articles follow…
- Here’s an HTML version of the Technoir rules designed for your mobile phone. Cool cybernoir game rules in my pocket? Yes, please.
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Improv provides some great insight into improvisational GMing from The Id DM.
- Don’t Fight to the Death at Dungeon’s Master asks what it takes to make PCs run away and save themselves from a fight against an obviously overwhelming enemy.
- Orc and Pie came up this week in the chat. If you’re looking for a very short and funny 3.5/Pathfinder adventure, have at it and don’t forget to use the web enhancement. Also available as a skill challenge in 4e.
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. This week’s roundup features links about creativity, inspiration, and new beginnings.
- Roving Band of Misfits publishes their Weekly Roundup column every Sunday. This week’s Guest Post Solicitation Edition invites you (yes you) to write a guest post for them.