The Weekly Assembly: Industrial Death Edition

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…

At Home

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.

Away

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.
  • Brent also posted Adventures Are Stories, where he points out that published adventures are fundamentally narratives, which requires a certain amount of linear plotting.

Notes From Abroad

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:

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.

  • 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.

Other, non-state-of-the-rpg-industry articles follow…

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