Nigh-Weekly Assembly: Classics and Freebies

It’s Monday, and I just don’t feel right without publishing a Weekly Assembly. Odd, that. I think the cancellation of the regular series gave me permission to miss a week or two at a time and not feel badly about it. I’ve changed the name to the Nigh-Weekly Assembly to reflect the new not-every-week status.

This week is filled with GenCon prep, or CONCurrent prep if you can’t make it to Indianapolis. And to help you prepare, have some free downloads and other inspirational links. 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.

  • Composite Skill Bonuses in the d20 System at Loremaster: If your PCs are using several skills at once, why not collapse them into a single roll? This method also handles cases of “missing” skills, like having the Paladin sneak past a group of Ogres using a distraction. An excellent idea from FASA’s Star Trek ported to D&D’s skill system.
  • DragonQuest: Remember the old RPG from SPI/TSR called DragonQuest? Someone managed to get several versions of the rules online.
  • In Praise of Modules at Untimately: Why use a pre-fab adventure? “…to charge my own creative batteries by basking in someone else’s creative light.”
  • Make-A-Geas at Critical Hits: Make Vanir dance like a monkey on a string as he completes your quest at GenCon this year.

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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. I don’t see a post for this week as of the time of publication.
  • 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 the Backup Ribbon Project, and Not In The Kitchen Anymore’s latest sample of online harassment.

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Weekly Assembly: The End Is Nigh

Here we are, 8 months into what was originally conceived as a 90-day experiment to gather RPG-related links into a weekly digest. This is the 35th Weekly Assembly post, and the last one we’re scheduling for the foreseeable future. We’ll publish a retrospective on what we learned from the Weekly Assembly at some point fairly soon, so stay tuned.

If you’ve gotten anything out of the Weekly Assembly or will miss it when it’s gone, please let us know about it. Sure, there are many ways to get your RPG news – what works best for you?

We tried to go out the same way we came in – with a bang. So without further ado, have some gaming 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.

Notes From Abroad

Other interesting articles and cool links.

  • Save vs. Player vs. Player at TheSheDM: Never allowing character vs. character conflict in your campaign prevents incredibly cool sessions and plotlines, as this anecdote illustrates. It’s not for everyone, but it can motivate your group to roleplay with abandon.
  • Bulk Quantities at Kickstarter: Kickstarter clarifies the “No bulk rewards” rules in this blog entry. Turns out it’s not as bad as the initial reaction to the news.
  • The Bloodstone Pillars at Iron Canyons: Take a look at this rough map of a campaign set in and around the pillars rising out of a huge canyon. The overview text really sparks some adventure ideas. Nicely done!
  • Bonded to the World at Swords of Minaria: Experience rewards are one incentive to get your players to act in a certain way when they play in your game. Pay attention to what actions you reward and what you use as rewards, and try out one of these alternate ideas to change the feel of your game.
  • Calling All Minds at FATE SF: The folks over at FATE SF are compiling their list of General SF Links, and they need your help. If you have a link to an online SF resource that inspires you, pass it on.
  • Fun Magic at Project Perko: On using magic to change the world in a meaningful and colorful way. Focused on electronic RPGs, these ideas are applicable in tabletop RPGs as well.
  • Graffiti from Pompeii: It’s nice to know that scribbling on bathroom walls hasn’t changed significantly in 2,000 years.
  • Why I Love Saving Throws at Untimately: Saving throws can do many things, including fix the drawbacks of hit points, especially with high-level characters who can’t die from a fall at terminal velocity.

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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 researching spells using grimoires and other books of magic, barely-understood tech as the basis for Vancian casting, and a culture centered entirely around various oozes.
  • 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 fundraising for the Micro Games Mega Project, harassment in video games on the cover of the New York Times, and a definition of accessibility in games.

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Weekly Assembly: Beginning the End.

Yes, we’re winding down. It’s been a very distracting week which means I’ve been unable to keep up with social media as much as I’d like, and it shows in the sparseness of this week’s links. Remember, next week is our final regular release of the Weekly Assembly, so if you want something plugged please let me know. 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.

  • Marvel Mondays at Thoughtcrime Games: Want to see the Marvel RPG in action? Join the Bullpen on Monday nights, or catch up on the action with all the videos of past games.

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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 is delayed this week, but I appreciate the comparison of PHP and Mythos Lore.
  • 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 a scathing commentary on the art featured at this year’s ComicCon, and a shout out to women gamers in an update to the The Gamers: Hands of Fate Kickstarter.

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Weekly Assembly: Epic Simplicity and Kickstarter

This weekend, Nevermet Press closed up shop. While it’s probably temporary, it’s still sad to hear about.

In somewhat related news, we’re planning on 2 more Weekly Assembly posts before discontinuing the current format. We’ll still be finding cool links and adding them to our searchable RPG Links database, but the deadline of producing the newsletter is starting to suck the fun out of the process.

But for now, on with this week’s 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.

Notes From Abroad

Other interesting articles and cool links.

  • The Books of Magic at Untimately: A system for discrete books of magic containing specific spells to use in your OD&D or OSR game. Now with 20% more forbidden knowledge!
  • Crippled by Knowledge at Take On Rules: Derailing game prep by improving the process like a good code developer. It’s an interesting angle on creativity and open mode vs. closed mode.

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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 random adventure generator hosted at Between are the Doors, a Kickstarter for a Japanese horror dark fantasy campaign setting for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and making a watermelon explode with 500 rubber bands.
  • 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 the role of debriefing in freeform games, interviews with Paula Dempsey and Anna Kreider, and the top 6 myths surrounding gamer women.

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Weekly Assembly: Cons, Vids, and Selling Out

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.

  • Retainers at Untimately: Need a retainer? Here’s a quick add-on for OD&D covering combat and non-combat retainers, plus trained animals.
  • Indie+ Panel Playlist at YouTube: Did you miss any of the Indie+ panels? Here’s the playlist of those panels that were recorded last week.
  • Getting Cultured at Occult Moon: Different cultures in your game should have different flavors and advantages for PCs from that culture. Here’s a system to help you organize your game’s cultures.
  • Storytelling! at The Writer Next Door: Following one GM’s thought process from idea to integrated game, in this case a tournament game recently run at DexCon. It’s long and well-written.
  • So What? at Oaths and Fates: As Rick Marshall gets back to his series on the history of Wizards of the Coast, he stops briefly to explore why he’s recording this story.
  • Seal Evil at Untimately: A rite for OD&D and OSR games allowing characters to imprison evil creatures that they can’t quite handle yet.
  • MUTANTOR!!! wtf? at Giblet Blizzard: What the heck is Stonepunk? Leaving your neolithic tribe to make your own path in a mutant-infested cancerous world. If you’re intrigued, go devour this brief overview of MUTANTOR!
  • Kids – the Future of Gaming at Amanda Valentine: Kids aren’t a different species of human. In many cases, they’re gamers just like the rest of us. Here are some great stories about kids at their second Origins interacting with designers, booth folk, and cosplayers.
  • The Hat Squad at Grubb Street: Jeff Grubb wasn’t even planning on attending PaizonCon at all this year, and he ended up on 2 panels.
  • Secrets of TSR at YouTube: Here’s the video of the panel that ran at PaizoCon 2012. Panelists: Jeff Grubb, Pierce Watters, Rob Lazzaretti, Dave Gross, Wolfgang Baur, Stan!
  • Paladins with expense accounts at Blog of Holding: Tempt your paladins by letting them control some of the church’s wealth. Hilarity ensues as embezzlement forces questionable moral choices in the face of the church’s inquisitors.
  • 2 Cents for Raggi at Telecanter’s Receding Rules: Marketing copy is fine, but if you want our money please tell us what your adventure is about in your Kickstarter description. And please mention celebrities on your creative team involved so we can get excited about who you managed to hire for the project.

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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 Britain’s Atlantis, the working Tesla Gun, and a collection of Creative Commons cartography.
  • 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 the Indiegogo fundraiser for A Thousand and One Nights, and part one of Fiasco for Geek and Sundry’s Tabletop webseries.
  • Critical Hits aggregates their Twitter feed and publishes it on Sundays under Critical Bits. This week’s Critical Bits mentions WotC’s cancellation of their Virtual Tabletop project, Geek and Sundry’s agreement for all games featured in Tabletop to be sold at Target stores, and auctioning off the recently-unearthed TSR archives to support the Gygax Memorial.

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Weekly Assembly: Potpourri

This week’s links are all over the map, from plot without conflict to Marvel datafiles, to bartering with gods, to editorial cartoons. Enjoy!

At Home

Articles posted here on The Gamer Assembly.

Check out Brent Newhall’s audio series about the monsters of the Shattered World below.

Away

Content from people involved with The Gamer Assembly posted elsewhere across the Internet.

Product Announcements

New products and special events announced this week.

  • The Bestiary of the Curiously Odd by RKDN Studios at Kickstarter: Here’s an interesting idea: donating allows you to submit a monster to the project. This collection of monsters was designed as a lexicon of fluff with companion Stat Books allowing you to use the creatures across different systems.
  • We Who Are Lost at Indiegogo: An adventure for Lamentations of the Flame Princess in which you tell stories of madness, terror, and terrible decisions.

Notes From Abroad

Other interesting articles and cool links.

  • The Arizona Initiative: A playset for Marvel Heroic Roleplaying including datafiles and setting information.
  • Between at d20 Monkey: For not wanting to do editorial cartoons, Brian totally nails this one.

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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 has once again been pushed off in favor of working on the aggregator site.
  • 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 the petition to get a female PC in Aliens: Colonial Marines, modules for Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and very cool Kickstarter projects.

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