Monthly Archives: September 2012

Nigh-Weekly Assembly: On Metagaming, Freelancing, and Playing Fantasy Countries

Yes, it’s a Wednesday and not a Monday, but we tripped across Intwischa’s links of the week recently and decided we had to share. That and we hit critical mass in the article database. So take a gander, click through, share some traffic, and feel free to let us know if we missed something significant to your RPG interests. Enjoy!

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.

  • Boston Festival of Indie Games: On Saturday September 22, 2012, indie game designers will descend upon MIT for a free festival of tabletop, digital, and LARP games. If you’re in the area, head on down and play some games!

Notes From Abroad

Other interesting articles and cool links.

  • First Play: Conquest of Nerath at KoffeeKlub: Here’s a review of one of the D&D boardgames. Random dungeon treasure and conflict from the very first turn makes this Risk-like game surprisingly replayable.
  • Difficulty Mode at Untimately: Exploring a system for different lethality levels within a single set of rules. Having a lethality dial you can adjust is an interesting idea, allowing for more flexible rules.
  • 15 Minute Work Day at The Iron Tavern: Using the Conan story People of the Black Circle as a model for making dwindling resources part of the fun and challenge of an adventure.
  • Momentum at Critical Hits: One GM’s struggle with self-confidence, anxiety, and getting the creativity flowing.

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  • 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 ways to meet other geek parents, how American soldiers love tabletop games, and safe gaming environments.
  • Intwischa publishes a collection of links for the week every Tuesday. Take a look at Links for the Week of September 18 to find ways to mine game ideas from other media or even real life, the use and overuse of archetypes, and stories about your first GM.

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Nigh-Weekly Assembly: Game Table Psychology and Return of the ’80s Game Companies

Howdy, campers! Apparently the stars are aligned for the return of game companies. Both FASA and West End Games are making rumblings that they’re thinking of re-entering the marketplace.

To which I say, “Cool.” We’ll keep an eye on how those stories unfold. Until then, enjoy the links!

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.

  • FASA Games, Inc. at facebook: FASA is coming back! Here’s a link to their Facbook page, asking you what you liked and didn’t like about old FASA products. Thanks to Sean Patrick Fannon for the signal boost, or I’d’ve missed it.

Notes From Abroad

Other interesting articles and cool links.

  • Cassini at xkcd: What would happen if the earth’s poles were shifted 90 degrees? Finding the answer and explaining the resulting biosphere changes involves some great food for thought for worldbuilding.
  • The Year of the Game at Kickstarter: Kickstarter has released some stats on the massive increases in funding for game projects. Great graphs declare that it’s the year of the game.
  • Ghosts at Loca Imaginaria: What if the bad guy is far too powerful for the PCs? What if they die and end up inside an artifact with other ghosts and spirits? Cool campaign idea.
  • 90 Minute D&D at Deeper in the Game: Want to strip down D&D to its simplest-running form to run incredibly fast for introducing RPGs to non-gamers? Try this.

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!

  • 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 article on transmedia collabrative storytelling, Oregon Trail Live in Oregon (beware of dysentery), and instructional design in RPGs.

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