Weekly Assembly: Playtesting Next and Editors

Plenty of hubbub about D&D Next hit the blogosphere this week. We took a small cross-section of feedback this week, and tried to balance it with all the other great articles that came out. Please let us know how we did. Enjoy this week’s links!

At Home

Articles posted here on The Gamer Assembly.

Nothing this week, but stay tuned for more posts about the fantasy setting we’re developing.

Away

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

Notes From Abroad

Other interesting articles and cool links.

  • UK D&D Drowathon Promotional Blog at UK D&D Drowathon: Check out the UK D&D Drowathon Promotional Blog. If you’re anywhere near Nottingham on Saturday 12 May, get yourself over to Mondo Comico by 11AM to play The Sun Never Rises, which starts the whole Rise of the Underdark storyline, and the first session of the Web of the Spider Queen encounters season.
  • Editing Gaming Products: Part 1 at Gothridge Manor: This series of articles deals with the editing process in RPG products. This first article gives reasons and motivation to set aside some resources (time and/or money) exclusively devoted to editing.
  • A Few Tips to Editors at Ryan Macklin: For aspiring editors out there, here’s a short list of what an editor does and doesn’t do from the mind of Evil Hat editor Ryan Macklin.
  • Dungeon Crawl Classics 0-Level Party Generator at Penny Arcade: As the title suggests, this online generator from Purple Sorcerer Games makes a PDF containing four zero-level characters for Dungeon Crawl Classics. Less awesome folks can feel free to roll 4d6 for stats instead of the far more awesome 3d6.
  • On Optimzation at Hack & Slash: An article on game balance and optimization. What if character design choices spring from the story rather than from pure game mechanics?
  • On the Front Burner: Terrorform at Sand & Steam: Tracy at Sand & Steam Productions provides an introduction to a multi-generational post-apocalyptic game idea, in which the players are people left behind during a terraforming of Earth.

MetaRoundup

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

  • Roving Band of Misfits publishes their Weekly Roundup column every Sunday. This week’s D&D Next Playtest Is Here Edition gives us lessons learned from D&D 4e, interviews with Mike Mearls, and using Lords of Waterdeep as a plot generator for your tabletop RPG. Also, kudos on the RPG Charity Pack Match effort to help out the Wayne Foundation!
  • 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 Fantastic Maps from Jonathan Roberts, an analysis of 2d20 Advantage and Disadvantage effects in D&D Next, and the Star Wars Radio Play which will have you laughing for the entire 80 minute video.
  • 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 guidelines to make gaming events more welcoming to female gamers, intentionally de-identifying yourself as a geek, and ways to get more women speakers at your event.

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