Weekly Assembly: Free Games Improve Morale

Welcome to the 20th Weekly Assembly post! That means 20 weeks of gamer linky goodness lurks in this category if you’re brave enough to explore it. Fair warning: Given my workload in the next few weeks, forthcoming lists may not be quite so extensive as this one, but we’ll see how it plays out. So many wonderful links fly through my browser on a weekly basis, and I want to capture and share them all, so I may not be able to stop myself from collecting another 20+ links this week.

I’ll stop gabbing so you can enjoy this week’s data smorgasbord.

At Home

Articles posted here on The Gamer Assembly.

  • April’s Blog Theme at The Gamer Assembly is “Gaming Fools”, covering the outlandish, crazy, and over-the-top games and situations that grace every table at least once. Have a gonzo RPG article idea? 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!
  • Designing a Ghibli RPG by Brent Newhall starts brainstorming by listing useful pieces of existing RPG systems with the ultimate goal of making a game in the style of a Hayao Miyazaki animated film.


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.

  • Spotted by Martin Ralya and shared in this Google Plus post, Jason Zavoda transcribed Gary Gygax’s Letter from Alarums & Excursions #2. I hear some of the design ideas for D&D Next in this passage:
    I desire variance in interpretation and, as long as I am editor of the TSR line and its magazine, I will do my utmost to see that there is as little trend towards standardization as possible. Each campaign should be a “variant”, and there is no “official interpretation” from me or anyone else. If a game of “Dungeons and Beavers” suits a group, all I say is more power to them, for every fine referee runs his own variant of DandD anyway.
  • And while we’re looking at the early history of gaming, Your Blog Is Your Eighties Fanzine at Fighting Fantasist asks you to take the last five posts to your blog and format it like a cheesy home-copied game fanzine. Bonus points awarded for using typewriter fonts and filters to mimic early photocopy or even mimeograph reproduction.
  • It’s been a year since it’s been updated regularly, but Hell Yeah, Gamemasters! is once again soliciting stories that describe awesome GMing.
  • Frothsof 4e offers a system for creating and handling OD&D-style Henchmen and Hirelings in 4e. I love the idea of generic themes to breathe some life into hirelings, and the Morale Score rides again!
  • On Decisions & Delvers at Hack & Slash examines a list of the virtues of D&D and encourages implementing all of them in whatever version or variant you’re playing right now.
  • 10 Free RPGs You Must Play at Trollish Delver lists several great and free RPGs. It’s hardly an exhaustive list (*cough*Warrior, Rogue & Mage*cough*Stars Without Number*cough*Voidjumpers of Space*cough*too many others to cover with coughing*cough*), but it’s well worth a look.
  • On Wednesday, the folks in charge of Paizo decided to solicit and answer questions on the /r/rpg Reddit in a thread called We Make Pathfinder — Ask Us Anything! Great questions and conversations are contained in those 862 comments.
  • Troll in the Corner tackles life’s inevitables in the series Reality Makes the Best Fantasy. Last week’s article looked at death, and this week’s article covers Taxes and Fees.
  • Jonathan Roberts runs Fantastic Maps, and he’s released some of his work for personal use in a section of his site called Free Maps, including a set of Creative Commons dungeon tiles that can be assembled in a nearly-infinite number of ways.
  • Poor Abby Farnsworth from Hyperbole Games takes deckbuilding to the Salem witch trials an adds a dash of Monty Python. The design process continues, but the current rules, notes, and cards are available through the site for enterprising people interested in playtesting.
  • Tracy Hurley’s Joining the Party: PAX East 2012 went up this week on the Wizards site. Great overview of PAX East, great pics and videos, and great community links in the Tavern Tales section.


A roundup of roundups featuring links of interest to the tabletop RPG community.
Please let us know about other weekly roundups in the comments!

  • Keith Davies maintains In My Campaign and on Mondays he publishes a collection of Links of the Week including recommended Kickstarter projects and interesting YouTube videos. Take a look at this week’s collection which includes impelementing danger rooms in Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, how basic needs cause massive pleasure, and faithfully translating tabletop cameraderie into the online world with the Roll20 Kickstarter.
  • Gaming As Women gathers links in their This Week in Gaming and This Week in Feminism series of articles on Sundays. Both series are collected under the News category. This Week in Gaming features the Farewell to Fear Kickstarter, a well-done apology to women gamers from the Oatmeal, and a question: Does the success of Tabletop mean that analog games are getting more popular?


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