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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/background-questions-for-players/|Background Questions for Players]] by [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:brentnewhall|Brent Newhall]] lists some starter questions to get your players thinking about what makes their characters tick.+  * [[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 a 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]] writes about his PAX East experience in several chunks, including [[http://gamerblog.twwombat.com/2012/04/field-guide-to-new-england-paxbound.html|Field Guide to the New England PAXbound Wombat]], [[http://gamerblog.twwombat.com/2012/04/first-day-of-pax-east.html|The First Day of PAX East]][[http://gamerblog.twwombat.com/2012/04/pax-east-saturday-retrospective.html|PAX EastSaturday Retrospective]], [[http://gamerblog.twwombat.com/2012/04/pax-east-goals-checklist.html|PAX East: Goals Checklist]][[http://gamerblog.twwombat.com/2012/04/pax-east-secret-to-great-gaming.html|PAX EAst: The Secret to Great Gaming]] +  * [[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's only available until Friday, so hop to it!
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-  * [[http://rpg.brentnewhall.com/2012/04/helping-players-play-better/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=helping-players-play-better|Helping Player Play Better]] by [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:brentnewhall|Brent Newhall]] introduces a tool for more effective player immersion. Try declaring "Drama Time" at your next game and encourage your players to get into their characters.+
  
 ===== 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]].// 
  
-  * Monte Cook thinks [[http://montecook.livejournal.com/251181.html|Crunch vs. Fluff]] is a false dichotomy that ignores the essence of role playing games. Robin Laws takes a different angle on that idea in [[http://robin-d-laws.blogspot.ca/2012/04/false-dichotomy-or-real-though-annoying.html|False Dichotomy, or Real, Though Annoying Dichotomy?]] This discussion took off this week, spawning other articles like [[http://9and30kingdoms.blogspot.ca/2012/04/fluff-vs-useless-fluff.html|Fluff vs. Useless Fluff]] at [[http://9and30kingdoms.blogspot.ca/|9 and 30 Kingdoms]], and Robin Laws revisited it with [[http://robin-d-laws.blogspot.ca/2012/04/crunch-v-fluff-unstackening.html|Crunch vs. Fluff: The Unstackening]]. +  * The [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1675907842/pathfinder-online-technology-demo|Pathfinder Online Technology Demo]] is Kickstarter project to build demo for a Pathfinder MMOHere'hoping it does well.
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-  * [[http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4ll/20120409|D&D Next Design Considerations]] at [[http://www.wizards.com/|Wizards of the Coast]] gives a peek into how the designers approach the rules revision with a list of directives. [[http://www.latorra.org/|Syntax Error]] gives us a reaction to this article in [[http://www.latorra.org/2012/04/09/dd-next-design-considerations/|D&D Next Design Considerations]]+
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-  * [[http://leapingwizards.blogspot.com/2012/04/role-playing-tips-for-beginners.html|Role Playing Tips for Beginners]] at the new blog [[http://leapingwizards.blogspot.com/|Leaping Wizards]] gives some guidance for players and GMs just starting with RPGs. You can also find some great food for thought in [[http://leapingwizards.blogspot.com/2012/04/gm-tips-story-vs-mechanics.html|GM Tips: Story vs. Mechanics]]. +
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-  * [[http://www.gameknightreviews.com/2012/04/the-gassy-gnoll-how-i-came-to-lovehate-combat-rpg-blog-carnival-april-2012/|The Gassy Gnoll: How I Came to Love/Hate Combat]] at [[http://www.gameknightreviews.com/|Game Knight Reviews]] takes look at combat avoidance and how to keep combat interesting as an entry in the April RPG Blog Carnival being hosted at [[http://www.exchangeofrealities.com/2012/04/02/rpg-blog-carnival-combat-avoidance/|Exchange of Realities]]. +
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-  * [[http://www.gnomestew.com/|Gnome Stew]] published couple of great articles this week. [[http://www.gnomestew.com/gming-advice/story-mashups-for-improvising|Story Mashups for Improvising]] provides framework for taking several story plotlines and combining them into a richly-detailed game at the drop of a hatAlso, DNA Phil lists the approaches and elements that work well for his games and encourages you to do the same in [[http://www.gnomestew.com/gming-advice/signs-of-campaign-greatness|Signs of Campaign Greatness]]. +
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-  * Liz at [[http://charactergen.net/|Character Generation]] lists the five role playing games that have shaped the way she sees gaming in [[http://charactergen.net/my-five-games/|My Five Games]]. +
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-  * Ryan Shelton muses about emotional manipulation as a reason why he plays RPGs in [[http://plus.google.com/111514566793304619427/posts/Ssmmo2QVcdD|this Google Plus post]]. +
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-  * [[http://bankuei.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/cutting-away-messiness-game-prep/|Cutting Away Messiness (Game Prep)]] at [[http://bankuei.wordpress.com/|Deeper in the Game]] gives some ideas to simplify game prep. Spoiler: Don't overprep or you'll bury yourself in notes you don't need during the game. +
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-  * [[http://chaosgrenade.com/post/20842856824/chaosgrenade-update-wyrmsf|ChaosGrenade Update: WyRM SF]] gives us a taste of what will be in the upcoming WyRM SF game. +
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-  * [[http://skwervogames.com/|Skwervo Games]] just released the alpha playtest version of The Writer'System, a flexible RPG focused on storytelling and characterization. +
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-  * If you remember the "No Elves" ads in Dragon Magazine, you'll be happy to know that [[http://talislanta.com/|Talislanta]] books of all editions are being scanned in and made available for free downloads. +
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-  * If you're in the mood to play a totally random superhero, check out this [[http://marvel.raventower.com/|Random Marvel Datafile Generator]]. It's a little clunky, but then again it's totally random. +
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-  * A ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world has been statted up for //Marvel Heroic Roleplaying// in [[http://atminn.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/the-gangs-all-here-g-i-joes-cobra-2/|The Gang's All Here: G.I. Joe's Cobra]] at [[http://atminn.wordpress.com/|Exploring Infinity]]. +
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-  * [[http://recedingrules.blogspot.com/|Telecanter's Receding Rules]] decides to take a completely different approach to dungeon design with [[http://recedingrules.blogspot.com/2012/04/rule-based-dungeon.html|The Rule-Based Dungeon]], where the specific dungeon features shift based on set rules like performing prior actions or how many characters are in the party. +
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-  * Dave Chalker takes a look at four levels of mapping and miniature usage in [[http://critical-hits.com/2012/04/13/the-easily-lost-explorers-guide-to-dungeon-crawling/|The Easily Lost Explorer's Guide to Dungeon Crawling]] at [[http://critical-hits.com/|Critical Hits]]. The issue goes a little deeper than battle grid vs. no grid. +
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-  * [[http://pyromancers.com/dungeon-painter-online/|Dungeon Painter Online]] at [[http://pyromancers.com/|Pyromancers]] gives you a way to create your own dungeon tiles or other maps and export them in image or PDF formats. +
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-  * Where are the moons tonight? [[http://jrients.blogspot.com/|Jeff's Gameblog]] has a very cool random tool to answer that question, called [[http://jrients.blogspot.com/2012/04/heres-thing-i-made.html?m=1|The Orrery of Sarpedon]]. +
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-  * [[http://www.fromoldbooks.org/|From Old Books]] provides free public domain images and pictures copied from old books. I'll need to take a closer look at this site for some upcoming projects. +
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-  * Every game has the threat of death, but very few groups spend time on coming up with funerary rites. Take some time to work through the questions posed in [[http://trollitc.com/2012/04/reality-makes-the-best-fantasy-death-and-funerals/|Reality Makes the Best Fantasy: Death and Funerals]] at [[http://trollitc.com/|Troll in the Corner]] and you'll provide a much richer game world experience for your players. +
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-  * [[http://rpg.stackexchange.com/|The RPG Stackexchange]] is out of beta, and they've got a great new design to boot. Check out this free Q&A site for RPGs. Ask or answer questions and help out the community! +
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-  * If you're interested in Kickstarter projects, [[http://www.geekindustrialcomplex.com/|Geek Industrial Complex]] has done some analysis on crowdsourced projects in [[http://www.geekindustrialcomplex.com/articles/crowdfunding-report-part-1|2011-2012 Report on 150 RPG Crowdfunding Projects]]. +
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-  * [[http://gamingaswomen.com/posts/2012/04/house-rules-intent-and-affordances|House Rules, Intent, and Affordances]] at [[http://gamingaswomen.com/|Gaming As Women]] takes a look at the various possibilities in the intersection between design and perception. The cases of mismatched design and perception are fascinating to think about - either you've designed something that nobody uses or your players have made something you didn't intend. +
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-  * It may be unintentional, but some situations make women uncomfortable, like this one described in [[http://omglazerkittens.blogspot.com/2012/04/sexism-in-industry.html|Sexism in the Industry]] at [[http://omglazerkittens.blogspot.com/|OMG Lazer Kittens]]. +
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-  * [[http://critical-hits.com/2012/04/10/one-hundred-monkeys-one-hundred-typewriters-one-hundred-wands-of-magic-missile|100 Monkeys, 100 Typewriters, 100 Wands of Magic Missile]] by Vanir at [[http://critical-hits.com/|Critical-Hits]] inspires me to submit while the Dragon and Dungeon submission window is open. +
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-  * And while on the subject of inspiration, take 3 minutes to watch Ze Frank's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYlCVwxoL_g&feature=youtu.be|An Invocation For Beginnings]]. Powerful motivation juice. FILDI.+
  
 ===== MetaRoundup ===== ===== MetaRoundup =====
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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-triskaidekaphobic-gaming-edition-13-apr-2012/|the Triskaidekaphobic Gaming Edition]] to see how Wizards of the Coast got its namethe Dice Chuckers Kickstarter campaign, and embracing epic failures at the game table.+  * [[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 funseveral 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 ?+  * 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's 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 ?+  * [[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 ?+  * [[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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