A Look Into The History of Magic: The Gathering

On Netflix right now, there’s a new series called The Toys that Made Us. It’s a look at several iconic toy lines and where they originated. It’s also a look at the foundation of several toy companies. I found it rather fascinating. Well, I just came across an article that does much the same for Magic: The Gathering. I read it through and found it pretty interesting as well. I think you’ll like it.
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Kobold Press Running Creature Codex Kickstarter

Options. It’s all about the options when you’re trying to GM a game. Trying to create monsters on your own can be difficult and time-consuming. Thankfully, Kobold Press is here to help. They’ve got a new collection of monsters for 5th Edition that they’re calling their Creature Codex. You can check it out over on Kickstarter now.
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Anthro-Adventures 5th Edition Campaign Setting Up On Kickstarter

While the various D20 systems have a decent bit in common, and stats can certainly be shifted around between them, it’s much easier to just have a book that gives you right what you need. Well, if your group had been playing Pathfinder and using the Anthro-Adventures rules, but are now playing 5th Edition, you’re in luck. The new format for the campaign setting book is up on Kickstarter now.
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Dragon+ Issue 17 is Now Available

You know I love to fill my time with as much gaming information as possible. I’m also always looking for ideas for the RPG I’m running. A good GM can find inspiration in a lot of places, even if the system you’re reading about isn’t the one you’re using. Well, whether you’re playing a WotC-based game or not, you should still check out Dragon+ Magazine, the 17th issue of which is available now, as it’s full of lots of good information. You can download your copy, for free, now.
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D&D Icons of the Realms: Classic Creatures Now Available From WizKids

I love to use minis when doing my RPGs. It gives everyone a sense of where people are in the encounters, as well as can help make things feel a bit more “real.” What I hate is when I have to use the wrong mini for something because I don’t have the right one. Or you’ve got several that all look the same and you mix up which is which. Well, WizKids is here to help, as they’ve released their D&D Icons of the Realms: Classic Creatures set. This brings a bunch of baddies to your tabletops with new sculpts to help them stand out from previous iterations.
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Tarot Adventures, Book Two: Comet Over Echo Rock Kickstarter Coming in January

Sinopa Publishing has announced their next book in their Tarot Adventures line. The series, which draws its inspiration from the traditional Tarot deck, continues to the Comet Over Echo Rock adventure. As you all know, I’m a fan of pre-made adventures, as it gives the GM a lot of tools right at their fingertips. And having multiple missions all linked together can make it so quite a lot of gaming is done with minimal worry. Expect Comet Over Echo Rock to hit Kickstarter in January.
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Those Dam Goblins RPG Adventure Up On Kickstarter

It seemed like a nice place, at the time. A valley that had a bit of a swamp problem, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed without a little dam. It turned the valley into a rather productive one, agriculturally-speaking. But now, there’s rumbling in the hills around the valley. Goblins.
Those Dam Goblins is a new fantasy adventure for various systems that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Masters and Minions 5th Edition Supplement Up On Kickstarter

Few villains work alone. You’ve got the leader of a criminal organization and their hordes of underlings. Or a cult leader and all their cultists. Or a dragon and all their dragonlings. Whatever the case, you have a Master and Minions, and that’s also what we’ve got in this 5th edition supplement that’s up on Kickstarter. Masters and Minions gives GMs stats and rules for using NPCs and villains, along with their followers, in your games.
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Wyrmkeep Dungeons BW3: The Beast Below D&D Adventure Up On Kickstarter

I’m a big fan of anything that makes the job of a GM easier. Having been one, in many game systems, for decades at this point, I love when I get something that streamlines the process for everyone. And pre-made adventures are great at that. In this case, we’ve got The Best Below, a 5th Edition adventure for characters of 1st to 3rd level. It’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Tomb of Annihilation Set For Dice Masters Now Available

Seems we’ve got a couple Dungeons & Dragons releases today that aren’t actually Dungeons & Dragons releases. In this case, it’s the Tomb of Annihilation set for Dice Masters. Want to get your dice-rolling on without your full group there? Now you certainly can, as you take on undead horrors (or control them, if you so choose) with your fireball and sword.
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Heroes Wanted: Dragonfire Dungeons & Dragons Deck-building Game Now Available

Sometimes you want to get your D&D on and your group’s not there. Maybe you’re waiting for them to show up. Maybe you weren’t able to get everyone together. Maybe it’s not your regular gaming day. Whatever the reason, you want your D&D and you want it now! But how to get that experience without your regular group? Perhaps Heroes Wanted: Dragonfire could scratch that itch. It’s the new Dungeons & Dragons deck-building game from Catalyst Game Labs, and it’s available now.
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WizKids to Create Magic: the Gathering Board Game and Minis Line

WizKids has announced they have expanded their licensing partnership with Wizards of the Coast. As such, they will be creating a line of miniatures as well as a board game based on the popular Magic: The Gathering card game. The announcement says we’ll be getting this stuff in Fall of 2018. So there’s a bit of time before these hit retail shelves, unfortunately.
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Ponyfinder: Tactics of Everglow Available From Silver Games

Silver Games is further expanding their Ponyfinder product line with Ponyfinder: Tactics. This book looks to give players a whole bunch of new options for their characters. New feats, new base class (the Elementalist), new races and subraces, new spells. And for the GM, new monsters. It’s got a bit of everything for everyone. You can pick up your copy now.
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Friday Snippets

And here we are again. Friday: threshold to the weekend. I’m sure many of you are gearing up for a weekend of gaming, possibly starting as early as when you get off of work. I’m looking to spend tomorrow at the LGS, hopefully getting in some games of Guild Ball and Bushido. But whatever your gaming vice might be, it’s best to top off with some bite-sized gaming stories before diving in.

Today on the platter we have: THEO – The Hobby Equipment Organizer Up On Kickstarter, New Sisters of Eternal Mercy Available From Raging Heroes, New Cobblestone Bases Available From Tabletop-Art, New Flocking/Basing System Available From Fontline Games, New 28mm Romanian 75mm Resita Anti-tank Gun M1943, Open Game Master Looking To Bring Drop-In D&D To The Masses, and It’s Bomber Month at PicoArmor.

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Godsfall Worldbook Available For Pre-Orders

I love when I see a thing that was originally a Kickstarter campaign not only fund and then deliver, but become available for general release. This is one such story. You can now order the Godsfall worldbook for your very own. Godsfall is a setting for 5th Edition based on the Godsfall podcast. There’s all manner of information, from the different races, to the deities, to the history of the realm. Get your name on the list and get the book as soon as it’s available.
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In Darkness Delve Vol. 1 RPG Adventures Up On Kickstarter

A DM, in my opinion, can never have too many resources at their disposal when it comes time to run the game. Pre-made adventures are a nice way to get your game going without having to spend hours and hours of prep time on it. You just open up to Page 1 and go. In Darkness Delve Vol. 1 is a new set of fantasy RPG adventures for 5th Edition D&D. They’ve got you covered for quite a bit of your party’s adventuring career, too, going from level 1 all the way to level 10. The set of adventures is up on Kickstarter now.
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D&D Extra Life 2017 Coming This November

I think we can all agree that gaming is fun and good. Well, what can be even more fun and good? Gaming for a cause, of course! Wizards of the Coast certainly thinks so, and that’s why they are participating in the Extra Life charity event to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital. And you can join in as well.
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Dragon+ Issue 15 Now Available

Filling up your whole day with gaming isn’t too hard to do, if you know where to look. It’s easy to find gaming magazines full of great articles to enhance just about any aspect of your game. In the case of this article, we’ve got Dragon+ issue 15 which is now available. If you’re looking to expand your Dungeons & Dragons games, you don’t have to look much further. Plus, it’s free. So why not grab a copy?
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Wizards of the Cost Introduces The Tomb of Annihilation Guild Adepts

The Dungeon Masters Guild that Wizards of the Coast has set up allows anyone and everyone to upload their campaign ideas and scenarios up online on their website for others to peruse. Now, of course, there’s going to be some that are more popular than others (that’s just the way of things). Well, WotC has posted up a list of adventures to be on the lookout for.
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Wizards of the Coast Posts D&D Survey

Would you like to take a survey!?
Do you like RPGs? Do you like George Wendt? Would you play RPGs with George Wendt? Would you play a bean-eating RPG with George Wendt? Does anyone out there get these references?
If you answered “yes” to any of those questions… well… they’re not entirely pertinent to Wizards of the Coast, except maybe that first one. They’ve posted up a D&D Survey and would love to hear from you.
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Wizards of the Coast Launches D&D Beyond Companion App

Dungeons & Dragons is a great game. However, it can, occasionally, be rough to try and keep up with everything for it. The various books and other supplemental material offer players and DMs lots of chances for customization, but it can occasionally be a bit daunting to sort through it. That’s where the D&D Beyond set of digital tools comes in. You can get it now.
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Dragon+ Issue 14 Now Available

When you want to fill up your whole day with gaming, you can’t go wrong with gaming magazines. Wizards of the Coast certainly has put a few out there over the years. One of their more-recent ones is Dragon+. You can get issue 14 of it now, where they take a look at the jungles of Chult, chat with the makers of Dragonfire, and look back at making the more-powerful undead creatures.
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Review Roundup

And we’ve made it to another weekend. I’m sure a lot of you are up at the LGS, trying out 8th Edition 40k. But between those games and talking about all the stuff you’re going to do with your army, here’s the regular grouping of reviews that I know you all love so much.

Today we have: Small World, Galactic Warlord Battle For Dominion, Dice Hospital, Shahrazad, Dark Souls, Bushido, Dungeon Crawler The Thorn Expansion, Star Trek: Ascendancy, VS 2PCG Legacy Expansion, Alchemists The King’s Golem Expansion, Super Dungeon Explore Arena, Terra Mystica App, Tomb Trader, Jaipur App, Bio-Logic, Dragon Tower, Gnomi, and Zombie Tower 3D.

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WizKids Announces Dungeons & Dragons: Tomb of Annihilation Product Lines

WizKids is coming out with a whole series of products based on the new storyline that Wizards of the Coast is running for Dungeons & Dragons, Tomb of Annihilation. This is more than just a set of minis to go with it. There’s an entirely new board game as well as a Dice Masters set planned for the line.
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One Shot Compendium Up On Kickstarter

You’ve often heard me talk about how it’s always good for a DM/GM to have access to pre-made items to make running their games go more smoothly and so they don’t have to create everything for their game from whole cloth. Well, the One Shot Compendium is just such a thing. It’s not just a couple adventures, but 30 of them. They’re formatted for 5th Edition. They’re up on Kickstarter now.
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Book of Exalted Darkness: Evil Adventures for 5E Up On Kickstarter

Some people just want to see the world burn. All those stuck-up, self-righteous, do-gooders make them sick. They’d much rather everyone run around, doing what they want. That’s the sort of setting you’re dropped into in Book of Exalted Darkness. It’s a holy decopunk campaign world that you’re looking to corrupt and destroy by whatever means you think’ll work best. The book is written to be used with 5th Edition. It’s also up on Kickstarter now.
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Dragon+ Issue 13 Now Available

If you’re like me, you fill your day with gaming stuff as much as possible. In-between making posts and working on other projects, I’ll usually crack open a gaming magazine to see what else is going on in the gaming world. Always better when that magazine’s for free. 😛
Such is the case with Dragon+. The 13th issue is available now. And no, there’s nothing unlucky about it.
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A Touch of Class: 7 New Classes for 5th Edition Up On Kickstarter

When playing Dungeons & Dragons, your class is pretty important. Even your race or alignment really isn’t quite as important for your character as your class is. Those others might come up from time to time, but your class comes up pretty much any time you roll the dice. As such, picking just the right class for you is important. Well, EN Publishing has been coming out with various classes for their Patreon backers. Now, they’re updating those and putting them together in a single book called A Touch of Class. It has 7 fully fleshed-out classes that you can use in your games. The book’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Catalyst Game Labs Announces Dragonfire, D&D Deck-Building Game

Sometimes you want to get your D&D adventuring on, but you just can’t seem to get all your players together. Or you don’t quite have the time to have a full session. Well, before, you might just have to call it quits. But with the Dragonfire deck-building game coming from Catalyst Game Labs, you can just shuffle up your decks and get playing. It’s a new deck-building game coming soon.
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Silver Games Releases Ponyfinder – Beyond Everglow

Ponies! In! Space!
Ok, maybe not quite the same ring as Pigs in Space. But still.
Beyond Everglow is a new supplement for Ponyfinder that is also compatible with Starjammer as well as 5th Edition. It adds in new races, new traps, new monsters, new feats, and plenty of other things to take your ponies out into the great beyond.
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Journey To Ragnarok RPG Adventure Up On Kickstarter

If you believe in Norse mythology, you know that the world will end with Ragnarok (and I say, don’t stop believin’). Well, you don’t have to wait for the end of the world for that to happen. You can head there now (or soon, when you get the book, anyway) with Journey to Ragnarok, a new adventure for 5th Edition up on Kickstarter now.
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Apocalypse the Risen Campaign Setting For 5th Edition and Pathfinder up on Kickstarter

You got your fantasy in my horror!
You got your horror in my fantasy!
Well, you both got your horror and fantasy in my post-apocalyptic!
Apocalypse the Risen is a little of this and a little of that. It’s listed as post-apocalyptic fantasy horror. It’s set on Earth after society has been utterly destroyed (so, ~28 years from now. … Kidding!). Demons have gotten a foothold and zombies are roaming the streets. Can you survive in such a horrific land?
The setting book is up now on Kickstarter.
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The Folio #14 Up On Kickstarter

There’s rampaging dinosaurs on the cover. So I’m certainly interested in what this adventure has in store. The Folio #14 is an adventure that’s compatible with both 1E AD&D as well as 5th Edition (plus, is easily transferable to other rules sets). Players will have to deal with the aforementioned dinosaurs, as well as a cursed ship and an evil Necromancer (are there any really good necromancers out there?). The book is up on Kickstarter now.
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Arcanis Setting Book For 5th Edition Up On Kickstarter

Games go through new editions all the time (heck, I dubbed last year the “Year of New Editions” since it seemed a new one was coming out almost weekly). Well, when a system gets changed, any sort of supplemental material for it must also be updated. That includes things like settings for game systems. That’s just what’s happening with Arcanis. It was originally made back in 2001, but with the update to 5th Edition, it’s getting an overhaul as well. And that’s up on Kickstarter now.
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Dragon+ Issue 12 Now Available

Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons & Dragons is more than just an RPG. It has helped countless people through a myriad of issues as well as inspired other, great works. This issue of Dragon+ looks at some of those stories. Maybe it can help inspire you in some way. Along with that, there’s articles about helping get the most out of published adventures, along with a couple adventures to try out, as well as a painting article (not exactly something you’d expect, but considering how people like to have their mini look just right for their character, not too surprising).
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