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!
Articles posted here on The Gamer Assembly.
Content from people involved with The Gamer Assembly posted elsewhere across the Internet.
- It’s a GenCon Circus by Brian Liberge at Thoughts from Brian Liberge: Catch up with what Brian has been doing lately. Interviews, podcasts, and the Boston Festival of Indie Games.
- On Path-Changing and Little Intentional Deaths by T.W.Wombat at Wombat’s Gaming Den of Iniquity: The mid-life crisis will be blogged. Taking inspiration from character generation to change gears in life.
- Domain Game: What To Do? by T.W.Wombat at Wombat’s Gaming Den of Iniquity: Explore domain actions for the Domain Game, including creating and destroying holdings, agitating for change, and producing or refining trade goods.
New products and special events announced this week.
- The Round 10 Tabletop RPG System by Nicholas Kory at Kickstarter: A tabletop RPG engine that plays well for all levels from rookie to expert and that isn’t stuck in a single play style or setting seems to be a holy grail of sorts. Round 10 thinks it unlocked the secret.
- 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!
- Dungeon Crawler Minis :: Tidal Wave (DCM) by Gifted Vision at Kickstarter: After the Reaper Kickstarter, do you really need more minis? Signs point to “Yes”.
- Dungeonlands: Tomb of the Lich Queen by Aaron Acevedo at Kickstarter: The first product in the Dungeonlands line, Tomb of the Lich Queen takes Pathfinder or Savage Worlds PCs on a quest to free an angel trapped for thousands of years.
- September Blog Carnival: Running Games In Established Settings at Dice Monkey: The RPG Blog Carnival is on for September. Write a little something about your favorite published setting and join in.
- The Coriolis Defect RPG by Jay Little at Kickstarter: “The Coriolis Defect is a roleplaying game where characters have the ability to rewind time, allowing them to re-load the story from a ‘save point’ earlier in the narrative.”
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.
- Of Cults and Moons and Sandboxes and Toys at The Crazy GM: A quick primer on the history of Occult Moon and its generic line of RPG supplements called Toys for the Sandbox.
- Mini-Review: Midgard iPad Atlas at The Iron Tavern: The maps in this campaign atlas app look very cool. Congratulations to Kobold Press for raising the bar on RPG supplement iPad apps.
- freelancer aspirations: superior implements at A Man’s Brain-Attic: Another tale of a freelance RPG article submission. Spoiler: This one doesn’t end with a check.
- Player advice for horror role playing. at Shortymonster: Playing an effective horror game means going beyond the Social Contract and agreeing to an Emotional Contract.
- Getting your Magic Chocolate into your Techie Peanut Butter at The Wisdom Frog Croaks: Take a look at the Magitek Engineer class for your OSR games.
- A Verbis Ad Verbera (A Word and a Blow) [New Game] at Sand & Steam: Here’s the kernel of a narrative-heavy RPG where you play countries instead of people. Great stuff.
- Freelancer aspirations: the Cryomancer at A Man’s Brain-Attic: Insight into Wizards of the Coast’s process of article pitching, acceptance, and editing from a first-time freelancer.
- A Playtesting Edition of Dungeons & Dragons (1973) at Playing at the World: Take a look at a few features of the Dalluhn Manuscript and decide for yourself if it’s a playtest version of D&D from 1974.
- What’s in Development? at Schweig’s Game Design Journal: A preview of upcoming game projects from Peter Schweighofer on the creation of his new blog.
- Buy Jared’s dungeon paintings! And help out Jared! at Blog of Holding: Want to help Jared von Hindman out? Buy a print or two of his artwork.
- Thanks and Complaints instead of Success or Failure in RPGs by Daniel Solis at Daniel Solis: What if you assume all actions succeed, but you roll dice to determine if your character receives thanks or complaints?
- 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.
- Fear – Why It Is Difficult to Replicate in an RPG (and a method on how to do so)? at Tenkar’s Tavern: Fostering fear at your table is a much longer-term process than a single session in a spooky mansion.
- “Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary” Kickstarter surges toward the finish line – National RPG | Examiner.com: Read some of the industry and blogger support of the Kickstarter for “D&D: A Documentary”.
- The Gassy Gnoll: Social Maps for Adventures? at Game Knight Reviews: Using Mind Map software to track social contacts and interactions in your RPG. Interesting idea, that.
- An Indie Publisher sales update – Something Went Wrong, 2 weeks later at Troll in the Corner: Some “behind the curtain” numbers on an inexpensive indie RPG being sold and given away on Drive Thru RPG.
- The PA Report – Dungeons & Dragons played with cards, controlled by Gary: the magic of Card Hunter at Penny Arcade: Card Hunter is an online deckbuilding game that evokes the feeling of early D&D. Look for the beta in a few months.
- Making the Game Out of the Game at Everything Will Be All Right: Thinking of rulebooks as literature instead of rulebooks as technical manuals opens up worlds of interpretation.
- 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.
A roundup of roundups featuring links of interest to the tabletop RPG community.
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- Game Knight Reviews comes out with Friday Knight News articles on Fridays. Check out this week's Gaming Edition to see one blogger’s look at goals and motivations for his creation, articles about horses from both pro and con camps, and giving players a kick in the proactive pants.
- Roving Band of Misfits publishes their Weekly Roundup column every Sunday. This week's Tyranny Of Goblins Is Coming Edition gives us some thoughts on D&D Next, a look at skills, and character creation for the latest Lair Assault entitled “Kill The Wizard”.
- 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.