Wow. I guess the list of links is back, and now generated from a searchable database of RPG links we’re developing. You bloggers and journalists out there need to stop posting such cool stuff because it’s terribly distracting. But for now, enjoy the links!
Articles posted here on The Gamer Assembly.
- How do you test a setting? by Brent Newhall at Gamer Assembly: Brent Newhall paints a quick thumbnail of the ongoing setting we’re creating at the Gamer Assembly.
Content from people involved with The Gamer Assembly posted elsewhere across the Internet.
- Silver Samurai – Marvel Editable Datafile by Brian Liberge at Stuffer Shack: Free from the raft and converted into a full player hero.
- Homemade Material from the UK D&D Drowathon Promotional Blog by Adam Page at UK D&D Drowathon: Here’s a collection of drow-specific themes, encounters, and other goodies to inflict on your heroes on their way into the Underdark.
- The Tweetup Teams’ Response to the Sexism in D&D Debate by Adam Page at UK D&D Drowathon: The UK D&D Tweetup events have adopted a few policies to foster inclusion. These seem like great ideas which are easy to implement.
- Madame Hydra and the Hand by Brian Liberge at Stuffer Shack: A double datafile for the MarvelRPG! Follow the New Avengers plot after Breakout
Notes From Abroad
Other interesting articles and cool links.
- The Five Prerequisites for Player Skill at Jeffro’s Car Wars Blog: These five key points will get your OSR players engaged with the game, planning intelligently, and thinking outside the box in no time flat.
- On Sorrow at Hack & Slash: 14 sad little vignettes for use as RPG adventure seeds or inspiration for depression in a fantasy world.
- Don’t Call Me A Geek – This one may get heated. at Google+: One gamer’s take on divorcing himself from the geek community and its less than stellar reputation for disrespect and entitlement. People volunteer ideas and perspectives in the comments as well.
- The Long Shadow of D&D at Wizards of the Coast: In honor of the reprinting of the AD&D rulebooks, James Maliszewski looks back at AD&D and OD&D.
- Daniel Solis: Feedback Loops in Game Design [Infographic] at Daniel Solis: This great infographic details positive and negative feedback loops in game design with concrete examples pulled from Settlers of Catan, deckbuilding games, racing games, and Knizia’s set-building mechanic.
- Schley Stack at Wizards of the Coast: Chris Perkins uploads 39 maps from his personal stash. All of them were created by Mike Schley, an excellent RPG cartographer.
- Validation or How I Stopped Worrying About the Cool Kids at d20 Monkey: Great advice from a great web cartoonist. Do your work for its own sake, not to get noticed by your heroes. Validation is at best a pleasant side effect of what you create, and it’s not the entire point of creating something.
- Trackless Wastes at Telecanter’s Receding Rules: Telecanter gets abstract with maps by putting landmarks into map hexes 72 miles across.
- Going the Full Doctorow: What Not to Expect From Your Creative Commons Licensed Work at Self-Publishing Supervillain: Creative Commons licenses can help you reach audiences members you never knew existed, but it pays to go in with realistic expectations. Read some thoughts on the CC from a fiction self-publisher.
- Summer Convention Season 2012 – This Year’s Rant at This is My Game: Deadorcs rants about being more aware of the world around you at cons, especially when stopping in the middle of the hall and blocking traffic.
- History of Dice at Awesome Dice Blog: Check out this timeline of dice from the archaeological record, including a Roman icosahedron (that’s a d20) from 100AD.
- The Game Is A Player at Playing D&D with Porn Stars: Treating the game system and dice as another player explains a whole pile of things. Then again, I love metaphors.
- Fantastic Creations: Devising Fantastic Creations at Keith Davies – In My Campaign: Here’s a way to make detailed magic items that will add flavor to your game. Remember to always ask, “Why?” and “What happened?”
- Howling Tower: Cosmic Horror/Cosmic Hero « Kobold Quarterly at Kobold Quarterly: “Hey! You got your Elder Gods in my High Fantasy!” “You got your Paladin knee deep in my Things Man Was Not Meant To Know!”
- Games Are Not Sexist. People Are. at Frivology: An interesting take on the sexism in gaming debate. “Why can’t sexual power be just as strong as physical power?”
- We are Evil Hat Productions – Ask Us Anything (AMA) : rpg at Reddit: Evil Hat recently held an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. Set aside some time to wade through the 400+ comments.
- Charting the Unknown at DMG 42: An example of interactive world building, where the entire gaming group uncovers new islands and new adventures together. I really like the zodiac compass.
- Clive Thompson on the Importance of Fan Fiction at Wired: A great take on fan fiction and creating paracosms. I think he missed an opportunity to cover RPGs. Imaginary world building is what we do!
- Colossal in Scale, Appalling in Complexity: The Believer looks at the works of Norman Bel Geddes, a New York designer who created a tabletop golf course, an insanely popular mechanical horseracing game that the mafioso kept offering to buy, and possibly the most detailed and realistic wargame of all time. He went on to make Futurama, the birds eye vision of America’s future circa 1960 and the hit of the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
- Wanton Role-Playing (WaRP) System at Atlas Games: Atlas Games released the system behind Over The Edge RPG under the OGL. It’s called the WaRP System, and it’s available for download.
- Secrets, Rumors, and Hearsay: Player-Facing RPG Materials at Age of Ravens: Lowell Francis talks about several stand-out player’s guides for various settings, celebrating a handout’s ability to excite players about a setting.
- You Are Under Arrest! at Game Knight Reviews: Part of Ancient Scroll’s Secret Room. “There are no ‘innocent’ characters. There are only those who were not interrogated properly.”
- Design Diary: Dice-y Issues at Sand & Steam: “A cautionary tale for anyone who’s in the business of Kickstarting something,” about a dice stretch goal that was not so easy to fulfill.
- What the 2e PR can tell us about 5e at Blog of Holding: Uncovering eerie similarities between a Dragon article from 1987 talking about 2e and the current Legends & Lore talk about D&D Next.
A roundup of roundups featuring links of interest to the tabletop RPG community.
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- Game Knight Reviews comes out with Friday Knight News articles on Fridays. Check out this week’s Gaming Edition to see descriptions of fifty strange timepieces for your game, a look at various combat styles with an eye toward a single system handling them all, and pursuing physical fitness as an adventure hook.
- Roving Band of Misfits publishes their Weekly Roundup column every Sunday. This week’s Tweet RPG Edition gives us how to run a great convention game, a discussion on what the playtest process is all about, and a woman gamer’s perspective on not feeling “geek enough”.
- 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 a collection of gorgeous maps and associated map making tutorials, the latest downloadable rules for Heroes Against Darkness, and the kickstarter for The Doom that Came to Atlantic City which looks like it should be subtitled “Elder Gods Playing Monopoly”.
- 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 gender issues in video games, including a kickstarter for a video about tropes vs. women in video games, and John Scalzi’s article about how “Straight White Male” is modern western culture’s version of Easy Mode.