Monthly Archives: October 2012

Nigh-Weekly Assembly: Links During Sandy

Greetings! It’s been a while, and with Sandy romping across the eastern half of the US last night, that got me to thinking that we probably have enough links to share. I hope the linked Kickstarters haven’t expired yet – there are some good ones in there. Here’s hoping you and yours are safe. 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.

  • d20Monkey: First Edition by Brian Patterson at Kickstarter: The first year of the webcomic d20 Monkey is being cleaned up, reformatted, and published in book form. Throw in 40 pages of bonus content and a one-of-a-kind Boner Fairy plush doll and it becomes hard to pass up.

Notes From Abroad

Other interesting articles and cool links.

  • Bildwirkerey von Bayeux: A historic tale construction kit. Create your own medieval storytelling art using drag-and-drop images from the Bayeux Tapestry. Very cool little generator.
  • Muddy Colors: 10 Things… About Talent: Originally written to describe the author’s experience with oil painting, this article exposes talent as a myth. If you want to do something like, say, write RPGs, then act like you can do it and learn from every experience you have. Fabricate your own talent.
  • Discussion About Discomfort Mechanics at Google+: Here’s an interesting discussion about how instituting systems to prevent discomfort at the table can backfire by people assuming that the group doesn’t trust anyone to act like an adult.
  • Raising the Bar at Room 209 Gaming: A look at the assumptions around having the party meet in a tavern and how those assumptions limit player choice before the game even begins. Collaborative character creation, such as the system in Infinite Earths, does wonders to avoid this cliche.
  • Armor by Class at Untimately: Here’s a simple system that makes class skill just as important as equipment when wearing armor in OSR games. Thieves can wear Plate, but Fighters will get much more of a benefit from it.
  • Be A Better Player at Truly Rural: A series of articles designed to teach ways to be a better player and increase your usefulness at the game table.
  • An Inspiring Ms. Marvel: A great memory about posing for pictures with a little girl while cosplaying as her favorite hero Ms. Marvel.

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  • Gaming As Women gathers links in their This Week in the News series of articles on Sundays, collected under the News category. This Week in the News features using real-life monsters in your game, an article on Zombie LARP for The Guardian, and a few misconceptions about diversity in gaming.
  • Intwischa publishes a collection of links for the week every Monday. Take a look at Links for the Week of October 22 to find maps of both geography and information, using plot ideas like ingredients for your campaign recipe, and managing the tension between PC freedom and party plot progression.

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The Nigh-Weekly Assembly: On Networking and Playing Well

Longest September ever, so it’s been a little sparse around here lately. Take a look at the links we’ve found, and please let us know if we missed anything. 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.

Notes From Abroad

Other interesting articles and cool links.

  • The Fish Tank as a Mystery at Gnome Stew: Think of a situation as a stable aquarium filled with piranhas, then toss the PCs in and watch the water churn. Then use this five-step process to generate adventures around mysteries.
  • Playing with good intent at Deeper in the Game: Everyone at the table needs to want to play the same game. Problem players intend to play a different game when they sit at a table, whether it’s finding fault with the rules to prove how clever they are or fighting for social dominance with the rest of the players.
  • Trade Goods at Telecanter’s Receding Rules: Need to figure out what the caravan is hauling when the party hires on as guards and starts asking questions? Roll on this fantasy-themed table of trade goods and prepare to figure out how heavy a barrel of honey is.
  • The Case For Maps And Minis at RPG Musings: Use maps and minis to augment your imagination and keep track of what’s happening in your game, especially for players who need something visual to connect with the imaginary action.

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 interview with one of RinCon’s coordinators, a plug for Roll20, and changing how plyaers use technology in tabletop games.
  • Intwischa publishes a collection of links for the week every Tuesday. Take a look at Links for the Week of October 2 to find a series of articles on megadungeons, struggles with power and balance, and ending your campaign before it drags on and goes stale.

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