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.

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 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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