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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