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 ====== The Weekly Assembly ====== ====== The Weekly Assembly ======
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 +**Note: As of June 2012, links are now stored in the [[http://gamerassembly.net/links|Links Database]].**
  
 On this page, we link to our blog posts of the week under At Home and other interesting links under Abroad. Every Monday morning around 7AM Eastern (Noon GMT), [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:twwombat|twwombat]] posts this page to [[http://blogs.gamerassembly.net|blogs.gamerassembly.net]], then clears it out for the next week. On this page, we link to our blog posts of the week under At Home and other interesting links under Abroad. Every Monday morning around 7AM Eastern (Noon GMT), [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:twwombat|twwombat]] posts this page to [[http://blogs.gamerassembly.net|blogs.gamerassembly.net]], then clears it out for the next week.
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 //Articles posted here on [[http://blogs.gamerassembly.net|The Gamer Assembly]].// //Articles posted here on [[http://blogs.gamerassembly.net|The Gamer Assembly]].//
  
-  * **April's Blog Theme at The Gamer Assembly is "Gaming Fools"covering the outlandishcrazy, and over-the-top games and situations that grace every table at least once.** Have a gonzo RPG article idea? Contact us for guest blogger opportunities!+  * **__The Call To Assembly, Volume 2__our 2nd collection of Gamer Assembly posts** is now available as a free PDF at [[http://www.rpgnow.com/product/101605/Call-to-Assembly%2C-issue-2|RPG Now]] and as a not-free printed magazine at [[http://www.lulu.com/shop/brent-newhall/call-to-assembly-issue-2/paperback/product-20079752.html|Lulu]]!
  
-  * **__The Call To Assembly, Volume 1__, our collection of the first 2 months of Gamer Assembly posts** is now available as a free PDF at [[http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=99713|RPG Now]] and as a not-free printed magazine at [[http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-call-to-assembly-issue-1/18900870|Lulu]]!+  * [[http://blogs.gamerassembly.net/2012/05/doctor-who-in-marvel-heroic-roleplaying/|Doctor Who in Marvel Heroic Roleplaying]] by [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:brentnewhall|Brent Newhall]] gives us a take on Dr. Who statted up for Marvel.
  
-  * [[http://blogs.gamerassembly.net/2012/04/the-ga-panel-at-pax-east/|The GA Panel at PAX East]] by [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:twwombat|T.W.Wombat]] gives panelist-eye view of the Gamer Assembly panel at PAX East on FridayThank you to everyone who came, and a double thank you to everyone who asked us questions!+  * [[http://blogs.gamerassembly.net/2012/05/another-doctor-for-marvel-heroic-roleplaying/|Another Doctor for Marvel Heroic Roleplaying]] by [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:brianliberge|Brian Liberge]] provides different take on The Doctor, also statted up for Marvel. 
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 +Both of these writeups for The Doctor completely nail it. Who says there's only one way to do something?
  
 ===== Away ===== ===== Away =====
 //Content from people involved with The Gamer Assembly posted elsewhere across the Internet.// //Content from people involved with The Gamer Assembly posted elsewhere across the Internet.//
  
-  * [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:twwombat|T.W.Wombat]] finally finishes last September's OSR Challenge [[http://asshatpaladins.blogspot.com/2011/07/osr-challenge-september-of-short.html|A September of Short Adventures]] by completing his [[http://gamerblog.twwombat.com/2011/09/osr-challenge-month-of-traveller.html|Traveller Adventure Arc]]. This week's mini-adventures are:  [[http://gamerblog.twwombat.com/2012/04/traveller-adventure-whistleblowing.html|Whistleblowing]] and [[http://gamerblog.twwombat.com/2012/04/traveller-adventure-loose-ends.html|Denouement: Loose Ends]]. +  * [[http://rpg.brentnewhall.com/2012/05/200-of-rpgs-for-25/|$200 of RPGs for $25]] by [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:brianliberge|Brian Liberge]] plugs the [[http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/101782/The-2nd-Annual-Wayne-Foundation-Charity-Pack&affiliate_id=296418|2nd Annual Wayne Foundation Charity Pack]]. It'only available until Fridayso hop to it!
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-  * [[http://rpg.brentnewhall.com/2012/04/create-a-little-world-with-your-friends|Create a Little World with Your Friends]] by [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:BrentNewhall|Brent Newhall]] takes a closer look at Microscope and examines the game we've been playing online recently here at the Gamer Assembly. +
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-  * [[http://blog.brentnewhall.com/2012/04/50-games-in-50-weeks-munchkin/|50 Games in 50 Weeks: Munchkin]] continues [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:BrentNewhall|Brent Newhall]]'exploration of new games with this beer & pretzelsscrew your neighbor card game from Steve Jackson Games.+
  
 ===== Notes From Abroad ===== ===== Notes From Abroad =====
 //Other interesting articles and cool links.//\\ //Other interesting articles and cool links.//\\
-//Wizards of the Coast went public with their [[http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4ll/20120109|announcement about the next edition of D&D]] on Monday 09 January 2012. We're collecting [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=d_d_next|D&D Next links in our wiki]]. If we've missed any good ones that you've read, feel free to let us know in the comments or [[http://webchat.gamerassembly.net/|join us in the chat]].// 
  
-  * [[http://www.latorra.org/2012/04/04/the-rpg-user-agreement/|The RPG User Agreement]] at [[http://www.latorra.org/|Syntax Error]] leads with "Due to a printing error this text did not appear in every RPG ever published. We apologize for the inconvenience." +  * The [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1675907842/pathfinder-online-technology-demo|Pathfinder Online Technology Demo]] is Kickstarter project to build demo for a Pathfinder MMO. Here'hoping it does well.
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-  * [[http://wampuscountry.blogspot.com/2012/04/no-resurrection-is-perfect.html|No Resurrection Is Perfect]] at [[http://wampuscountry.blogspot.com/|Wampus Country]] raises some doubts as to the infallibility of resurrection with random table of 100 quirks you can impose on characters rising from the dead. +
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-  * [[http://hackslashmaster.blogspot.com/2012/04/on-village-resource.html|On Village Resource]] at [[http://hackslashmaster.blogspot.com/|Hack & Slash]] contains a great collection of links to online generators of all stripes. From names to descriptions to mottos to demographics to adventure seeds, take look here for online shortcuts when creating towns. +
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-  * Here'a quick and unpolished system to connect a player character to the game's setting with personal relationships from Rob Donoghue's [[http://rdonoghue.blogspot.com/|Some Space To Think]] simply called [[http://rdonoghue.blogspot.com/2012/04/idea.html|An Idea]]. Looks like a great base for a more social RPG, and it can be used with almost any rules system. +
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-  * [[http://bankuei.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/roleplaying-games-about-evil/|Roleplaying Games About Evil]] at [[http://bankuei.wordpress.com/|Deeper in the Game]] muses about how games that handle evil well always include some mechanism for compromising with evil with a quick decision in the moment that leads to regret. Also provides a great overview of some darkly-themed RPGs. +
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-  * Also at [[http://bankuei.wordpress.com/|Deeper in the Game]] but requiring a totally different entry, [[http://bankuei.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/the-many-xps-of-dd/|The Many XPs of D&D]] looks at rewards in past versions of D&D and imagines "XP Sockets" to personalize how the system gives rewards based on the campaign the group wants to have. Want to reward greed? Give XP for treasure. Story? Give XP for achieving plot milestones. I love this idea. +
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-  * [[http://www.rpgmusings.com/2012/04/roles-classes-and-themes-oh-my-a-dndnext-conversation/|Roles, Classes, and Themes! Oh My!]] at [[http://www.rpgmusings.com/|RPG Musings]] imagines a stripped-down four-class structure for D&D, allowing players to personalize their characters with an endless variation of themes. Classes reflect the current 4e Roles, and things like weapon and armor choice would be tied to Themes. +
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-  * Why did old-school D&D steer clear of rules for social conflict involving the PCs? [[http://untimately.blogspot.com/2012/04/social-combat-is-asymmetric.html|Social Combat is Asymetric]] at [[http://untimately.blogspot.com/|Untimately]] looks at both OD&D and the Moldvay Basic/Expert D&D rules to examine the extent of social conflict rules, then extends the line of thought to explain why they stopped where they did. Great analysis and spot on conclusions. +
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-  * [[http://strangemagic.robertsongames.com/|Strange Magic]] offers some artistic examples of [[http://strangemagic.robertsongames.com/2012/04/africans-in-europe-during-middle-ages.html|Africans in Europe During the Middle Ages]]. +
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-  * If you're looking for awesome terrain for the Shattered Isles, look no further than [[http://theiddm.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/discount-fares-to-shattered-isles/|Discount Fares to Shattered Isles]] at [[http://theiddm.wordpress.com/|The Id DM]]. Great-looking necrotic sludge! +
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-  * [[http://bigballofnofun.blogspot.com/2012/03/5e-friday-what-if-you-owned-rights-to-d.html|What If You Owned the Rights to D&D?]] By asking this hypothetical question, [[http://bigballofnofun.blogspot.com/|Big Ball of No Fun]] highlights some of the monumental challenges facing the designers of D&D Next. +
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-  * [[http://morrisonmp.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/i-am-dungeonmaster/|I Am Dungeonmaster!]] at [[http://morrisonmp.wordpress.com/|The Rhetorical Gamer]] recently watched the Dungeon Master in the D&D cartoon with horror. "That’s who I’m supposed to model myself after when I sit behind the screen? Seriously, no wonder we got a generation of D&Ders which spawned so many bad DMS." And on a much more useful note, [[http://morrisonmp.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/the-sages-of-yore/|The Sages of Yore]] advocates using sage NPCs as information-based story pacing devices, which makes a great amount of sense to me. +
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-  * [[http://charactergen.net/|Character Generation]] lets us know that playing an RPG does not require constantly spouting Jeopardy-like trivia in [[http://charactergen.net/well-actually-is-the-death-of-yes-and/|"Well Actually" is the Death of "Yes, And"]]. Fact checking destroys narrative flow, so please just play the game instead of correcting other people. +
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-  * I read a couple of great posts over at [[http://gothridgemanor.blogspot.com/|Gothridge Manor]] this week. [[http://gothridgemanor.blogspot.com/2012/04/playing-it-fast-and-loose.html|Playing It Fast and Loose]] explores the good and bad sides of low-prep games, and includes a clip from The Hustler. Also, the classy local Assassins' Guild provides many opportunities for story using only a bulletin board by posting a [[http://gothridgemanor.blogspot.com/2012/04/notice-of-impending-assassination.html|Notice of Impending Assassination]]. I love that plot device and will totally steal it for my game. +
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-  * [[http://www.forbes.com/|Forbes]] goes geek with some great freelancing tips illustrated by Star Wars in [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2012/03/29/5-lessons-in-freelancing-from-han-solo/|5 Lessons in Freelancing from Han Solo]]. Also applicable for gaming freelancers.+
  
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 //Please let us know about other weekly roundups in the comments!// //Please let us know about other weekly roundups in the comments!//
  
-  * [[http://www.gameknightreviews.com/|Game Knight Reviews]] comes out with [[http://www.gameknightreviews.com/category/links/|Friday Knight News]] articles on Fridays. Check out [[http://www.gameknightreviews.com/2012/04/friday-knight-news-gaming-edition-6-apr-2012/|this week'news]] to see a call for people interested in posting game reviews at GKRtheories about why dungeons exist, and a Steampunk 101 article to introduce the genre.+  * [[http://www.gameknightreviews.com/|Game Knight Reviews]] comes out with [[http://www.gameknightreviews.com/category/links/|Friday Knight News]] articles on Fridays. Check out [[http://www.gameknightreviews.com/2012/05/friday-knight-news-gaming-edition-11-may-2012/|this week'Gaming Edition]] to see why we GM and who we GM for, 4 ways to use an iPad to help with your tabletop RPG, and 25 tips to create mystery. 
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 +  * [[http://www.rovingbandofmisfits.com/|Roving Band of Misfits]] publishes their [[http://www.rovingbandofmisfits.com/category/weekly-roundup/|Weekly Roundup]] column every Sunday. This week's [[http://www.rovingbandofmisfits.com/2012/05/weekly-roundup-unhallowed-grove-map-edition/|Unhallowed Grove Map Edition]] gives us the phrase that makes cons more fun, several links to maps, and invented worlds known more clinically as paracosms.
  
-  * [[http://www.rovingbandofmisfits.com/|Roving Band of Misfits]] publishes their [[http://www.rovingbandofmisfits.com/category/weekly-roundup/|Weekly Roundup]] column every SundayThis week'[[http://www.rovingbandofmisfits.com/2012/04/weekly-roundup-papercraft-dragon-edition/|Papercraft Dragon Edition]] gives us a reaction to Dungeon Crawl Classic, a week'worth of articles on random encounters, and the Fourthcore One Page Dungeon submission entitled "The Tears of Mother Pestilence".+  * Keith Davies maintains [[http://www.kjd-imc.org/|In My Campaign]] and on Mondays he publishes a collection of [[http://www.kjd-imc.org/category/series/links-of-the-week/|Links of the Week]] including recommended Kickstarter projects and interesting YouTube videosTake a look at  [[http://www.kjd-imc.org/2012/05/09/links-of-the-week-may-9-2012/|this week's collection]] which includes the arcane and awesome-looking Serpent'Tongue Kickstarter, Gaiman on Copyright, and the release of Heroes Against Darkness.
  
-  * Keith Davies maintains [[http://www.kjd-imc.org/|In My Campaign]] and he publishes a collection of [[http://www.kjd-imc.org/category/series/links-of-the-week/|Links of the Week]] including recommended Kickstarter projects and interesting YouTube videosTake a look at [[http://www.kjd-imc.org/2012/04/09/links-of-the-week-april-9-2012/|this week's collection]] which includes map porn at The Cartographers' Guild, very cool colored tokens called Penny Gems, and blog articles on reskinning monsters and monster variants.+  * [[http://gamingaswomen.com/|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 [[http://gamingaswomen.com/topics/news/|the News category]]. [[http://gamingaswomen.com/posts/2012/05/this-week-in-gaming-4/|This Week in Gaming]] features Lizzie Stark’s book __Leaving Mundania: Inside the Transformative World of Live Action Role Playing Games__ and sightings of Monsterhearts in the wild.
  
-  * [[http://critical-hits.com|Critical Hits]] aggregates [[http://twitter.com/criticalhits|their Twitter feed]] and publishes it on Sundays under [[http://critical-hits.com/category/critical-hits/news/critical-bits/|Critical Bits]]. [[http://critical-hits.com/2012/04/01/critical-bits-for-the-week-ending-2012-04-01-2/|This week's Critical Bits]] mentions the Shadowrun Returns kickstarter project, this month's Dungeon and Dragon table of contents, and the Rock Band Board Game (April Fools!).+  * [[http://critical-hits.com|Critical Hits]] aggregates [[http://twitter.com/criticalhits|their Twitter feed]] and publishes it on Sundays under [[http://critical-hits.com/category/critical-hits/news/critical-bits/|Critical Bits]]. [[http://critical-hits.com/2012/05/13/critical-bits-for-the-week-ending-2012-05-13-3/|This week's Critical Bits]] mentions descriptive phrases to swipe for your next combat scene, and Fantasy Flight updating the Netrunner CCG.

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