Monthly Archives: June 2012

Weekly Assembly: On Marvel and Duergar Blackguards with Muskets

Many great things this week for Marvel, including interviews with Cam Banks and piles of datafiles. Also some new things for D&D 4e like Blackguard Vices and what comes in a pack of thieves’ tools. Enjoy!

At Home

Articles posted here on The Gamer Assembly.

Between working on the setting and prepping for Indie+, who has time to post?

Away

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

Product Announcements

New products and special events announced this week.

  • Ace of Aces rotary series limited edition reprint by Richard Loomis at Kickstarter: Remember the World War I aerial dogfighting game played with books that gave you what you saw from the pilot’s seat? You know, the precursor to the Lost Worlds fantasy combat books? Flying Buffalo is Kickstarting a reprint, complete with heavy-duty sewn books instead of flimsier glued books. Very cool.

Notes From Abroad

Other interesting articles and cool links.

  • 55 Small Ads at Jeffs Gameblog: A selection of the best classified ads from older issues of White Dwarf, suitable for use as bulletin board fodder in your campaign.
  • d100 Demonichaos! at Wampus Country: Need names of demons or other servants of chaos? Now you have a table of name elements to string together however you choose.
  • Power Levels at Untimately: Looking at bounded accuracy and speculating about how increased power levels will work in D&D Next.
  • The Circle Of Laugh at Critical Hits: Some gamers want a serious tone in their games. And some people are serious GMs but goofball players. Where’s your balance?
  • End Game at Gothridge Manor: Many campaigns don’t conclude – they simply end for various reasons. Take a look at a few and thing about how to avoid these problems when planning your campaign’s endgame.
  • new 5e info from mike mearls’ q&a at Blog of Holding: Mike Mearls held an Ask Me Anything (AMA) event on Reddit. Here’s the new info about D&D Next that came out of that monumental Q&A session, painstakingly distilled into a readable format by Paul at Blog of Holding. Thanks, Paul!

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  • 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 the Campaign Relationship Generator, a Torg hack for Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, and elven demographics gone crazy.
  • 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 an interview with Jennell Jaquays on the early days at TSR, and how story is the first casualty when writing for video games.

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Weekly Assembly: On Lists, Interviews, and Conspiracies

It looks like the Product Announcements section is a keeper. So many RPG products out there are either being released or preparing for Kickstarters. If we’ve missed your project, feel free to let us know in a comment below or in the webchat. And now, on with the most-ever links in a Weekly Assembly post!

At Home

Articles posted here on The Gamer Assembly.

Away

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

Product Announcements

New products and special events announced this week.

  • Welcome to GM Games!: Gothridge Manor has spawned a new site to handle the commerce side of the house. Hop on over and subscribe to The Manor at the new site. Welcome to the blogosphere, Gothridge Manor Games!
  • Durance by Bully Pulpit Games at Kickstarter: Bully Pulpit is at it again, Kickstarting a low-prep Fiasco-like RPG set in a penal colony on a planet that the group creates far from civilized space. Revolves around power, control, servility, and savagery.

Notes From Abroad

Other interesting articles and cool links.

  • Long-Form Generational RPGs: Someone on RPG Geek is looking for systems that explicitly support growing old, having children, managing businesses, or playing with stables of related characters over many sessions.
  • New Series for Beginner Game Masters. at Critical Hits: Chatty DM proposes a series of articles for beginning GMs covering topics like game selection, using published modules, introverted and extroverted GMs, and seeing the game from a player’s perspective.
  • Gaming Periodicals at Rogue Warden: An overview of various gaming periodicals past and present, including Dragon, White Dwarf, Autoduel Quarterly, Adventurer’s Club, Kobold Quarterly, and many others.
  • Evasion & Armor at Untimately: Variant rules to handle evading blows and using armor to reduce damage taken for D&D Basic/Expert.
  • Wilderness Rumors at Untimately: Here’s a quick system to introduce random rumors when your party goes exploring in a sandbox game.
  • Every RPG: A handy flowchart to walk you through your next game session. Packed with complications and humor.
  • Talking To Yourselves at Critical Hits: Sometimes you need to talk to the PC you’re playing to figure out what’s not working. While it may seem like you’ve snapped, talking to yourself and allowing the character to change may get you back to playing something fun for both you and your PC.
  • Flash Creativity: A boy, watching a tabletop RPG game, wants to play. When told he can’t because he doesn’t have a character, he takes about a second to find a creative workaround.
  • Fantastic Tales Part 1 at Gamuzing: Fantastic Tales started as a Warrior, Rogue & Mage hack, but has started heading off on its own. Take a look at game design in process.

MetaRoundup

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  • 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 monsters and powers for the Savage World of Athas, the Tabletop Forge Kickstarter, and having Legendary Sword Masters provide adventure hooks in your game.
  • 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 reactions to the Lara Croft trailer and how to be a feminist ally in gaming.

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Free RPGs for Free RPG Day

'Dice Isn't Just A Game; It's A Way of Life' by theladylove on Flickr

'Dice Isn't Just A Game; It's A Way of Life' by theladylove on Flickr

In celebration of Free RPG day, here are some cool RPGs that are already free or have free basic editions:

If that’s not enough, the following sites link to hundreds of other free RPGs:

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Weekly Assembly: Now With Product Announcements

This week we’ve added Product Announcements to the lineup here in the Weekly Assembly. If you have a product coming out or a Kickstarter going live, we’d love to hear about it. Please enjoy this week’s collection of links!

At Home

Articles posted here on The Gamer Assembly.

We’re still developing the fantasy setting. Stay tuned.

Away

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

Product Announcements

New products and special events announced this week.

Notes From Abroad

Other interesting articles and cool links.

  • How To Be A DM at Lawful Indifferent: Solid advice for new GMs on the core thing to remember about GMing: give the players what they want, and make them work for it.
  • Meaning First at Untimately: Studying the differences between powers designed effects first vs. meaning first, and how it changes the style of play.
  • Logic in RPGs by Monte Cook at The Chapel Perilous: Monte advocates for more “rules-loose” tabletop RPGs to avoid the limited action syndrome of computer games. Trust your GM to apply consistent logic in your games.
  • Fail Often. Be Awesome Sooner: Stephen Blackmoore advises us to go down in flames as quickly as we can so we can get past the crap of failure and into the realm of awesome that much sooner.
  • Burning Wheel Headquarters plays Moldvay Basic by Luke Crane at Google+: After more than 16 sessions of play, I think [Moldvay Basic D&D] is a magnificent game. The previous editions have seeds of the hobby, seeds of greatness in them, but this edition is not only a game with digestible procedures, but it is a fully realized vision. A new vision. A vision of a monster-filled world, riddled with dungeons, ready to be plumbed by desperate heroes. It created a perilous world with death lurking around every corner in the form of this dangerous, unforgiving game.
  • Roll For News – Episode 3: Need a 15 minute RPG news fix? Try this one with 3 interviews, including one with Joshuha Owen from Tabletop Forge.
  • Changing Your Micro-culture at Gaming as Women: What happens when you no longer want to play the same way as your peers, when you move from “let’s kill orcs and giggle about boobs” to something more substantive? Meguey takes a step back and talks about the steps of changing a micro-culture.

MetaRoundup

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  • 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 layout experiment intended to describe a scene in the same order a PC would identify threats, the CLANG swordfighting video game Kickstarter from Neal Stephenson, and clinical trials for bionic eyes starting next year.
  • 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 an interview with Andy Kitkowski from Story-Games, the brutal and violent Lara Croft trailer from this year’s E3, and some of the harassment received by Anita Sarkeesian as feedback to her Kickstarter on Tropes Versus Women in Video Games.

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Weekly Assembly: Craft Check

This week we found a few examples of homemade crafts, most notably the sarcophagus build for the mummy and Cthulhu Barbie. And, as always, we have a pile of links running the gamut from making good art to undead plants to mythical adventure inspiration to hardcore game analysis to being happy about playtesting. Enjoy!

At Home

Articles posted here on The Gamer Assembly.

Nothing new this week, but we’re getting some great things organized for our setting.

Away

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

  • Deadweed by T.W.Wombat at Wombat’s Gaming Den of Iniquity: A research report on a newly discovered undead seaweed. Includes stats to use it in your D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder game. Also uses elements from Gamer Assembly’s forthcoming fantasy setting. An entry in the May of the Dead Carnival.

Notes From Abroad

Other interesting articles and cool links.

  • Magic Disciplines at Untimately: How would you retool magic in D&D to easily handle a progression of spells? Here’s an interesting take on it – choose a magic discipline and then you never need to prepare spells in that discipline.
  • Dude, where’s my first level? at Jeffs Gameblog: Jeff hopes for a little less power in future playtest versions to model the fragile characters in OD&D. Be sure to read the discussion in the comments about playing smarter instead of using more powerful characters.
  • Save or Die, and other “Bad” Game Design at Dread Gazebo: One Gazebo’s reaction to all the debate on what’s in or not in the current D&D Next playtest. It’s all about options in a modular system. “If something is defined as core in a modular system, you can just unplug that core and fill it with whatever you want.”
  • This is an adventure: A story of an adventuring group told in four images of fantasy pack contents. Add your own details, but don’t forget the owlbear jerky and dwarven cigars.
  • Think Beyond Your Character Sheet at Wizards of the Coast: “If you play a Fighter and you never do anything but make attack rolls, that is your fault.” Try something different! The system of statistic checks can support whatever you and think of, as this Wizards Forum post reminds us.
  • Caves of Chaos Player Map at Untimately: For those of you playing through the Caves of Chaos for the D&D Next Playtest, how about a map that doesn’t give away secrets? Also includes links to a few other maps of the Caves of Chaos.

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!

  • 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 no-budget no-frills pencil and paper d12 dungeon generator, a Google doc of in-print 1st edition AD&D modules, and a fantastic collection of maps for RPGs.
  • 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 feedback to the Hitman: Absolution trailer, gender swapping in Kickstarter rewards, and how brand loyalty works with D&D Next’s business strategy.

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