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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/designing-a-ghibli-rpg/|Designing a Ghibli RPG]] by [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:brentnewhall|Brent Newhall]] starts brainstorming by listing useful pieces of existing RPG systems with the ultimate goal of making a game in the style of Hayao Miyazaki animated film.+  * [[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.
  
-  * [[http://blogs.gamerassembly.net/2012/04/mechanics-skill-modern-assembly/|Mechanics Skill – Modern Assembly]] by [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:brianliberge|Brian Liberge]] Defines and explores the new Mechanics skill for the modern-day 4e D&D hack we call Modern Assembly. +Both of these writeups for The Doctor completely nail itWho says there's only one way to do something?
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-  * In [[http://blogs.gamerassembly.net/2012/04/what-does-a-kobold-sound-like/|What Does a Kobold Sound Like?]], [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:brentnewhall|Brent Newhall]] suggests accents for various fantasy monsters in a quick (1:16) video.+
  
 ===== 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://gamerblog.twwombat.com/2012/04/schrodingers-gun-gming-macgyver-theory.html|The MacGyver Theory]] by [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:twwombat|T.W.Wombat]] takes some improvisational GMing pointers from the king of hacking the ordinary into the extraordinary. Another in the [[http://gamerblog.twwombat.com/2011/11/schrodingers-gun-gming-ready-fire-aim.html|Schrödinger's Gun GMing]] series of articles. +  * [[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/rpg-rx-letting-players-drive-lovecraft/|RPG Rx: Letting Players Drive Lovecraft]] by [[http://gamerassembly.net/doku.php?id=wiki:user:brentnewhall|Brent Newhall]] advises place-driven adventures rather than GM-intensive mysteries for a more flexible Lovecraftian sandbox game.+
  
 ===== 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]].// 
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-  * Spotted by Martin Ralya and shared in [[https://plus.google.com/110971724630690941607/posts/ViRYt7Q37bC|this Google Plus post]], Jason Zavoda transcribed [[http://www.acaeum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=12598|Gary Gygax's Letter from Alarums & Excursions #2]]. I hear some of the design ideas for D&D Next in this passage: ''I desire variance in interpretation and, as long as I am editor of the TSR line and its magazine, I will do my utmost to see that there is as little trend towards standardization as possible. Each campaign should be a "variant", and there is no "official interpretation" from me or anyone else. If a game of "Dungeons and Beavers" suits a group, all I say is more power to them, for every fine referee runs his own variant of DandD anyway.'' 
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-  * [[http://fightingfantasist.blogspot.com/2012/04/your-blog-is-your-eighties-fanzine.html|Your Blog Is Your Eighties Fanzine]] at [[http://fightingfantasist.blogspot.com/|Fighting Fantasist]] asks you to take the last five posts to your blog and format it like a cheesy home-copied game fanzine. Bonus points awarded for using typewriter fonts and filters to mimic early photocopies or even mimeographs. 
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-  * [[http://morrisonmp.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/story-and-game/|Story And Game]] at [[http://morrisonmp.wordpress.com/|The Rhetorical Gamer]] explores how story and game can interact while pointedly avoiding talking about story games. 
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-  * [[http://gamingaswomen.com/|Gaming as Women]] suggests uusing the term "flavor" rather than the dismissive "fluff" in [[http://gamingaswomen.com/posts/2012/04/crunch-vs-fluff-the-argument-were-doin-wrong/|Crunch vs Fluff: The Argument We’re Doin’ Wrong]]. I wholeheartedly endorse the suggested licking of the Ravenloft book. 
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-  * [[http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/2011/04/nothing-is-fluff-in-fairy-tale.html|Nothing Is Fluff in a Fairy Tale]] at [[http://dndwithpornstars.blogspot.com/|Playing D&D With Porn Stars]] looks at the 1e Oriental Adventures Wu Jen's chosen taboo as an excellent example of how fairy tale logic inspires story more effectively than contrived system mechanics. 
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-  * [[http://jrients.blogspot.com/|Jeff's Gameblog]] talks about having each player run a stable of PCs to cover different situations in [[http://jrients.blogspot.com/2012/04/troupe-traveller.html|Troupe Traveller]]. He also extols the virtues of using the 1e [[http://jrients.blogspot.com/2012/04/oa-event-charts.html|Oriental Adventures Event Charts]] in non-oriental settings, or even in Classic Traveller as a commenter suggests. 
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-  * [[http://frothsof4e.blogspot.com/|Frothsof 4e]] offers a system for creating and handling OD&D-style [[http://frothsof4e.blogspot.com/2012/04/henchmen-and-hirelings-in-4e.html|Henchmen and Hirelings in 4e]]. I love the idea of generic themes to breathe some life into hirelings, and the Morale Score rides again! 
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-  * New D&D 4e DMs should heed [[http://geekken.blogspot.com/|Geek Ken]]'s advice when he recommends [[http://geekken.blogspot.com/2012/04/fallcrest-where-new-4e-dm-should-start.html|Fallcrest - Where a New 4e DM Should Start]]. 
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-  * [[http://hackslashmaster.blogspot.com/2012/04/on-decisions-delvers.html|On Decisions & Delvers]] at [[http://hackslashmaster.blogspot.com/|Hack & Slash]] examines a list of the virtues of D&D and encourages implementing all of them in whatever version or variant you're playing right now. 
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-  * Fred Hicks points to [[http://kotaku.com/5902280/what-the-hell-these-game-developers-did-with-your-kickstarter-money|What the Hell These Game Developers Did with Your Kickstarter Money]] as an example of "Worst Case Success" with Kickstarter funding. Snagged from [[https://twitter.com/#!/fredhicks/status/191934760195600384|this tweet]]. 
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-  * [[http://trollishdelver.blogspot.com/2011/04/10-free-rpgs-you-must-play.html|10 Free RPGs You Must Play]] at [[http://trollishdelver.blogspot.com/|Trollish Delver]] lists several great and free RPGs. It's hardly an exhaustive list, but well worth a look. 
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-  * Bradley at [[http://thecheeseshop.org/|The Cheese Shop]] takes a look at several ways to handle the death of a PC in [[http://thecheeseshop.org/2012/04/20/gm-your-character-has-met-his-end/|GM - "Your Character Has Met His End."]] 
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-  * On Wednesday, the folks in charge of Paizo decided to solicit and answer questions on the /r/rpg Reddit in a thread called [[http://www.reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/sg3g3/we_make_pathfinderask_us_anything/|We Make Pathfinder -- Ask Us Anything!]] Great questions and conversations are contained in those 862 comments. 
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-  * [[http://strangemagic.robertsongames.com/2011/06/why-im-not-using-ogl.html|Why I'm Not Using the OGL]] at [[http://strangemagic.robertsongames.com/|Strange Magic]] gives some insight into the restrictions hidden in the OGL agreement and what bits copyright or Creative Commons handles differently. 
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-  * Judd the Librarian at [[http://githyankidiaspora.wordpress.com/|Githyanki Diaspora]] thinks that more games would have stronger foundations if more GMs took an active role with PC creation in an article entitled [[http://githyankidiaspora.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/leading-chargen-underrate/|Leading Chargen, an Underrated GM Skill]]. 
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-  * [[http://trollitc.com/|Troll in the Corner]] tackles life's inevitables in the series Reality Makes the Best Fantasy. Last week's article looked at death, and this week's article covers [[http://trollitc.com/2012/04/reality-makes-the-best-fantasy-taxes-and-fees/|Taxes and Fees]]. 
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-  * And speaking of taxes, Benoit at [[http://www.rovingbandofmisfits.com/|Roving Band of Misfits]] gives some general guidelines on when and how to claim your gaming expenses as deductions in [[http://www.rovingbandofmisfits.com/2012/04/deducting-dice-a-gamers-guide-to-taxes/|Deducting Dice: A Gamer's Guide to Taxes]]. 
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-  * [[http://www.mithrilandmages.com/blog/2012/04/17/experimenting-free-for-free-product-publicity/|Experimenting: Free for Free - Product Publicity]] at [[http://www.mithrilandmages.com/|Mithril and Mages]] hooks new readers by releasing the [[http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/101410/Treasure-Book-on-DemandLabyrinth Lord Treasure Book on Demand for free on DriveThruRPG]] as a marketing tactic. 
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-  * [[http://www.thoughtcrimegames.net/|Thoughtcrime]] released a couple of new games this week. [[http://www.thoughtcrimegames.net/game-death-by-a-thousand-posts/|Death by a Thousand Posts]] models internet forum debates and flame wars using dice in a quick multiplayer storytelling game. [[http://www.thoughtcrimegames.net/good-fast-and-cheap-temptations-gate/|Good, Fast, and Cheap: Temptation's Gate]] lets every player get exactly what they want if they're willing to pay the price. 
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-  * [[http://hyperbolegames.com/games/poor-abby-farnsworth/|Poor Abby Farnsworth]] from [[http://hyperbolegames.com/|Hyperbole Games]] takes deckbuilding to the Salem witch trials an adds a dash of Monty Python. The design process continues, but the current rules, notes, and cards are available through the site for enterprising people interested in playtesting. 
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-  * Tracy Hurley's [[http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4news/20120417|Joining the Party: PAX East 2012]] went up this week on the Wizards site. Great overview of PAX East, great pics and videos, and great community links in the Tavern Tales section. 
  
-  * [[http://penny-arcade.com/2012/04/20/a-matter-of-scale|Tycho's Penny Arcade news post on Friday]] inspired Vannevar to [[http://i.imgur.com/QCSOz.jpg|turn his words into jpg]]Spotted [[http://www.reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/skbcs/tychos_newspost_for_today_resonated_with_me_i_gm/|on Reddit]].+  * The [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1675907842/pathfinder-online-technology-demo|Pathfinder Online Technology Demo]] is a Kickstarter project to build demo for a Pathfinder MMOHere's hoping it does well.
  
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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-20-apr-2012/|this week's Gaming Edition]] to see sci-fi art at the Concept Ships blogmanaging time to keep your game on track, and making a successful game out of a failed quest.+  * [[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's Gaming Edition]] to see why we GM and who we GM for4 ways to use an iPad to help with your tabletop RPG, and 25 tips to create mystery.
  
-  * [[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/2012/04/weekly-roundup-open-submission-window-halfway-closed-edition/|Open Submission window halfway Closed Edition]] gives us campaign endings from two anglesa Wizards of the Coast podcast featuring Lords of Waterdeep, and seting up scenes instead of locations for a successful sandbox game.+  * [[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.
  
-  * 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 videos. Take a look at [[http://www.kjd-imc.org/2012/04/16/links-of-the-week-april-16-2012/|this week's collection]] which includes ?+  * 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 videos. Take 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.
  
-  * [[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/2012/04/this-week-in-gaming-5/|This Week in Gaming]] features the Farewell to Fear Kickstarter, a well-done apology to women gamers from the Oatmeal, and a questionDoes the success of Tabletop mean that analog games are getting more popular?+  * [[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 MundaniaInside 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/2012/04/15/critical-bits-for-the-week-ending-2012-04-15-2/|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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