Weekly Assembly: Maps, Guns, Gold, and Fun

Howdy, campers! Welcome to this 14th edition of Weekly Assembly. It seems hard to believe we’ve been gathering links for over 3 months now, but here we are. Enjoy this week’s offerings!

At Home

Articles posted here on The Gamer Assembly.

  • Only 25 Gaming Days Until PAX East! If you’ll be in Boston on Easter weekend April 6-8, you owe it to yourself to attend the best gaming con. Three-day passes have sold out, but you can still pick up day passes. We’ll be there running the “Fix Your RPG Problems with the RPG Doctor and Gamer Assembly” panel on Friday, April 6 at 7 pm in the Merman Theatre. Will we see you there?
  • March’s Blog Theme at The Gamer Assembly is “Gaming in the Modern Age”. Have an RPG article idea set in Information Age earth? Contact us for guest blogger opportunities!
  • The Call To Assembly, Volume 1, our collection of the first 2 months of Gamer Assembly posts is now available as a free PDF at RPG Now and as a not-free printed magazine at Lulu!
  • Modern Complications Table by Brian Liberge gives 50 ideas for random happenings in your modern game. Use it in good health, even while fending off your food coma as your cell phone blares “It’s Raining Men” and you’re caught in the middle of a flashmob.


Content from people involved with The Gamer Assembly posted elsewhere across the Internet.

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 on Monday 09 January 2012. 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.

  • D&D, 5e, and eBook Formats at Writer@Large pitches digitizing D&D to not only have every rulebook and supplement available electronically, but to enhance the gameplay experience at the table.
  • For those of you interested in skill system design, Skills: A Conclusion With 10 Rules summarizes the findings of the Skills Series at Hack & Slash with links to the rest of the articles. I’m not sure I agree with all the rules, but there’s some great food for thought in there.
  • More Spellcasting Malarkey takes a look at the spells known/spells per day in Monte Cook’s Arcana Unearthed with an eye toward adapting it into a BECMI-like game.
  • Run a lethal game? Character Binder at Gutter Cult details a way to keep players playing in Labyrinth Lord by rolling up a stable of potential PCs and keeping them in a binder waiting to be called up and played.
  • Obsidian Portal is having a contest as announced on their Haste Podcast, Episode 36. Post your most over-the-top, Baron Munchaussen-esque story about how you got into gaming in 200 words or less, and you’re in the running for a month of Ascendant membership and a T-shirt.
  • Art Inspiration in Wizards of the Coast’s Joining The Party column provides links to all sorts of art resources that you can use for inspiration. Double-check your rights agreements before using them for anything more than inspiration, since nobody wants to run into legal problems.
  • Drow at Dungeons and Drawings gives us an interpretation of a drow priestess. I’d love to see that as a poster. Keep an eye on this site, as there’s new monster art posted every Sunday.


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  • Game Knight Reviews comes out with Friday Knight News articles on Fridays. Check out this week’s news to see zombie hand bookmarks, a collection of random tables so your d12 doesn’t feel neglected, the Angry DM weighing in about lethality in D&D Next, and links to GM helper smartphone apps at Campaign Mastery. Check out the Tools section for all sorts of fun things to use.


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