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.

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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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