If you’re a fan of tabletop RPGs, then you’re in luck: Fantasy Flight Games have revealed a new tabletop RPG out before the end of the year set in a variety of apocalyptic scenarios.  Here’s the big twist–your’e the main character struggling to survive the apocalypse.  According to io9.com, here’s what players can look forward to:

The End Of The World lets players create personas based on physical, mental and social attributes – as well as personality strengths and flaws – to make as ‘realistic’ a character as you can before placing you in one of a variety of world-ending apocalyptic scenarios: from Zombie outbreaks to Old God horrors, Alien Invasions and robot uprisings. The same sort of approach is taken to the gear your characters start off with during their adventure (as much as we’d all like to, not everyone’s going to find themselves fully prepared kitted out with every weapon and survival tool under the sun in an apocalypse). You might start off with access to a gun, or you might have to fend off hordes of enemies with a Kitchen knife. You could have nothing but your wits about you – and the will to not get yourself killed, of course.

Sounds like quite a bit of fun.


For your third paper assignment, write a critique of Amy Wallace’s “An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All.” In writing a critique, your job is to evaluate the writer’s argument in terms of its logic, efficacy, and validity.  To do this, you’ll be identifying Wallace’s rhetorical strategies and discussing whether they support or undermine her argument.

Click here to download the assignment sheet.

Here are important dates for you to keep in mind:

  • November 6th:  Rough draft is due in class.  This is also the last day you can schedule a draft review with me.
  • November 11th:  Paper 3 due via SafeAssign by midnight.

This draft has the same minimum requirements as your last:

  • You must have a complete, polished thesis statement,
  • Your paper must be a minimum of 1.5 pages long,
  • Your paper must be complete, but not finished, and
  • You need to bring three printed copies of your draft to class.

Remember that “completeness” means that you must have all of your argumentative points in your paper along with the comparisons you intend to make. You might not have all of your evidence put together, yet, and that’s fine as long as your actual argument is complete. Obviously, you’ll get more out of your peer review if you have a finished draft, so keep that in mind, too.

To help you along, you can download a copy of the paper’s grading rubric by clicking here.