Rage of Demons, a new Dungeons & Dragons Storyline, Coming This Fall

Wizards of the Coast brings fan-favorite Drizzt Do’Urden to the forefront once more with their new Rage of the Demons storyline for Dungeons & Dragons. Stock up on lanterns and sunrods, players will be headed into the Underdark in order to halt the nefarious plans of various demon lords. Players will be able to experience the setting across multiple platforms, including Sword Coast Legends, a new RPG for your computer. The Neverwinter MMO will also be getting an expansion that takes you into the Underdark. Of course, it’s not all electronic. Tabletop RPG players will be getting a new book, Out of the Abyss. WizKids and Gale Force 9 will have product tie-ins as well.

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WizKids releases Temple of Elemental Evil board game

WizKids lets you experience one of the classic modules for Dungeons & Dragons in a whole new way. They’ve released their Temple of Elemental Evil board game. This new cooperative board game pits 1-5 adventurers against the horrors of the Temple of Elemental Evil. Brave traps and monsters in order to grab some of the most powerful relics and valuable loot that can be had. There are both stand-alone scenarios, or you can play the 13-scenario campaign. The game is also compatible with other D&D Adventure System Cooperative Play board games.

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Two New Collector’s Edition Dungeons & Dragons Sets from Gale Force Nine Released

Gale Force 9 expands their Collector’s Edition line of Dungeons & Dragons miniatures with two new kits available to pre-order from their webshop. Last time around we had wind-theme miniatures. We continue around the elemental circle this time with water. Sure, every living thing needs water, but it’s also an incredibly destructive force. These two sets are the Gar Shatterkeel & Priest and Water Myrmidon. Useful as representations of those particular figures, or as other figures you might need for your game, these sets are limited to 1500 apiece, so if you want them, you’d better hurry and get your order in for them.

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Dungeons & Dragons Now Available on Steam

Fantasy Grounds is now letting you play Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition online. They’ve got new, officially licensed, D&D modules available on Steam. The first products available are the Complete Core Class Pack, the Complete Core Monster Pack, and The Lost Mine of Phandelver. The system includes all official artwork and maps from the physical release of those books. Now, you don’t have to let the constraint of physical distance keep you from gaming with your friends.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

It’s Saturday! Hope you’re getting in some gaming. As I mentioned yesterday, I’m currently getting my arm repeatedly jabbed and ink permanently applied to it. It’s fun!… Really!…
Actually, it’s not so bad, honestly.
And I’m sort of a wimp when it comes to needles. So if I can do it, you can, too (if you want).

But anyway, as usual, we’ve got our regular feature of collecting all the review articles we found all week and have them here for you now.

Included this week are reviews/previews of: Eggs and Empires, Meteor, Summoners Wars Aliiances Master Set, Dreamforge Valkir Assault Troopers, D&D Miniatures Ancient Silver Dragon, New Mars Attacks Terrain Sprues, March of the Ants, Bill Shakespeare Is Dead, Lords and Ladies, Find my Monsters, and Ion.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Saturday night’s alright for fighting… your enemies on the tabletops around the world!
Hopefully you’re doing that, anyway.
I’ve got various whatnots I’m working on at home, one of which is spring cleaning. Joy of joys. But hey, it means next weekend I can have a game day here and not worry about people thinking that an actual bear lives in this place.

Anyway, until then, we’ve got our regular series of collecting up all the reviews we found over the past week and presenting them to you.

This week’s reviews/previews include: Cog ‘O’ Two Paint and Hobby Station, D&D Miniatures: Elemental Evil Booster, Fallen by Watchtower Games, Five Points: Gangs Of New York By Mayfair Games, Sandcastles Kickstarter, Lost Cities Card Game, Dungeon Dwellers, War of Kings, Super Fantasy Rumble, Black & White, Animal Upon Animal, Tide of Iron, Legion of Honor, and Star Wars Armada.

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Gale Force 9 Releases 2 new Air-Themed Sets for D&D

Gale Force 9 has two new air-themed sets (seems appropriate) that they have released as part of their collector series of D&D miniatures. The first is the Air Myrmidon, which is an elemental bound to a magical set of armor and used at the whims of its creator. The other is the Aerisi Kalinoth & Air Priest (who could have very likely created the aforementioned Myrmidon). This is a two-mini set. These are both limited edition sets, so if you want yours, you’d better get in on it.

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An In-Depth Look At How Dungeons & Dragons’ New Miniatures Are Made

io9 gives us a look at what it takes to make a D&D mini. The article goes from art concept to finished mini that Gale Force Nine goes through to make their figures. The “tour” is guided by GF9’s Matt Parkes, the creative manager for the company. If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the sculpting process or why miniatures sometimes look the way they do, you’ll want to check it out. They look at several different miniatures and how the process works.

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New Elemental Evil DM Screen and Cards Preview from Gale Force Nine

Gale Force Nine has some new Elemental Evil previews they’re showing off. First, don’t let the players know what you’re doing with their new DM screen. Gotta keep those notes secret. Next up are new Spell Cards to help you keep track of your spells available and their various effects. These really save time on having to flip through a rulebook to find the exact wording of what your nuanced spell really does.

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D&D: Elemental Evil – Encounters Season; Free Player’s Companion

Wizards of the Coast is all about giving players the options they need to make the characters they want. To tie-in with the Elemental Evil Encounters Season that starts today, they’ve posted up a free-to-download Player’s Companion with some new elemental-themed options. Want to create a powerful fire mage or an earth-controlling druid? These new options are just what you’re looking for!
And be sure to check your local game store or club to see if they’re part of the Wizards Play Network that has new scenarios and an ongoing story line each Wednesday.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

Saturday night’s alright for fightin’… orcs, and zombies, and evil robots, and elves, and any other sort of nasty you can think of.

Saturday’s also the day for rounding up all the reviews we found over the past week and presenting them to you.

In this batch, we have reviews of: Robinson Crusoe (the board game, not the book), Abyss (the board game, not the movie), Pretty Pretty Smash Up Expansion, Warmachine: High Command – Engines of Destruction Expansion, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, The Ion Age – Habitation Outpost, and the Best D&D 5e Actual Play Podcasts.

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WizKids Releases Dice Masters Battle for Faerûn

WizKids has their latest Dice Masters set now available for purchase. Like the idea of Dice Masters, but aren’t a big fan of super heroes or Yu-Gi-Oh? Well, perhaps some classic Dungeons & Dragons might be to your liking. Battle for Faerûn brings you to the Forgotten Realms setting. Control the Terrasque (as much as anyone can, anyway) or Dwarven Clerics or other such fun things like that.

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Upcoming Elemental Evil D&D miniatures and gaming accessories from Gale Force 9

Gale Force 9 is showing off some new accessories they have in store for the upcoming Elemental Evil D&D books that are coming out. They have things like a DM screen as well as some new miniatures to coincide with what you’ll find in the book.
Will your players make it through?

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TGN Review Roundup

Well, well, well. Here we are at another Saturday. I hope that those of you out in Boston for PAX East are having a good time, enjoying the cold and snow and all that. Here in Atlanta, it’s rainy and decently warm. Not the greatest weather to be outside, so that’s why everyone should be inside at a gaming table, enjoying this wonderful hobby world of ours.

Anyway, it’s also time for another Review Roundup.

This week’s installment includes reviews/previews of: Sally 4th 28mm Modular Castle Kits, D&D Miniatures: Tiamat and Bahamut Dragons, Clairvoyance, Harbour, Commands & Colors: Ancients Expansions 2 & 3, Super Motherload, Cyclades: Titans, RESISTOR_, Epic Resort, and Vault Wars.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

S-a-t-u-r-d-a-y, Night!
Ok, so it’s not exactly “night” yet… unless you’re East of here. So those of you in Europe might consider it night.

I’m getting off track. Anyway, it’s Saturday and hopefully you’re getting your gaming groove on.

We’ve got a collection of the review articles we found during the week and present them to you now.

In this edition, we have reviews/previews of: Doomtown: Reloaded, Mysterium, Between Two Cities, Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide, Sanssouci, Mythtopia, The Tyrant and Dreadnought Army Cases from Tabletop Tyrant, Oh My Gods!, Iron Kingdoms: Unleashed Adventure Kit, and Specter Ops.

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New Red Dragon coming from Gale Force 9

Gale Force 9 will be adding something big to their D&D Miniatures line. One of the most iconic creatures from the game, the Red Dragon will be soon coming to your tabletop. I’m certainly interested. I’ve been wanting to get a nice, big, red dragon mini for a while now.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

We hope your week has gone by well. It’s been a busy one over here. Lots of news and lots of work on the next issue of Ravage US. However, we have had time to collect our regular group of reviews for you to look over.

This time we have reviews/previews of: D&D Miniatures: Tyranny of Dragons Booster, Keyflower: the Farmers Expansion, Sentinel Tactics, Hitman Holiday, Fleet Commander: Nimitz, The Robotic Age RPG, Mutiny, Grifter: A Game of Cons, and Bruges.

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TGN Feature – The 5E Diaries Part 5: A Wizard Went a Wandering

Dungeons & Dragons has returned with a 5th edition of the classic fantasy RPG. TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his adventures and experiences in this newest rendition of the Forgotten Realms.

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Spoiler Alert! This article contains spoilers for Chapter 2 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign. If you are planning on running or playing in these adventures and you wish to remain surprised, you will want to play through that chapter first and then return here to read this article.

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WizKids previews 2 cards for D&D Dice Masters

WizKids keeps to their “show two things” for their D&D Dice Masters previews as well, with a look at two of the upcoming cards from the set. Check out the Dimension Door basic action card and the Beholder Apprentice Aberration card. Eye hope you like it. (see what I did there?)

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Roundup

We’ve got another Saturday here on TGN and that means a collection of the review stories we found throughout the week. What are others saying about the games you’re interested in playing? Read on to find out.

This time we’ve got reviews (and a couple previews) for games/models like: Rivet Wars, Eight Minute Empire, Kromlech’s Orc Warchief, Witness, new Nachtjager releases for Flames of War, Scoville, Wizard Dodgeball, San Juan (the game, not the location. Though one is based on the other), Xia: Legends of a Drift System, Out of Dodge, Hoyuk, the 5th Edition Monster Manual, Amerigo, and King of New York.

That should keep you busy for a while.

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Two New Collectors Series D&D Model Sets from Gale Force 9

Gale Force 9 released another pair of minis sets for their D&D Collectors Series of miniatures. This time the releases are Naergoth Bladelord & Rath Modar and a Remorhaz. They don’t just have to be bad guys in your D&D games, but could be used as characters and monsters in your fantasy battle games too, if you wanted.

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TGN Saturday Edition: Review Round-Up

As you read this, I’m out playing D&D with my friends. I’m taking my new bard out for a spin. Hopefully, “we’ll hide behind the pile of dead bards!” isn’t uttered halfway through the adventure… hopefully…

But anyway, on to the review round-up!

This installment has: a look at the Evolution board game, a review of the Heroes of Metro City deck-building game, a look back at D&D’s Oriental Adventures, a preview of Nearspace, a review of Cross Hares: Testing Ground, and a preview of The Kingswood.

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TGN Top 5 – New Year’s Gaming Resolutions

It’s that time of the year again. Enrico Nardini reports on 5 CMON staff members and their gaming resolutions for 2015 (in no particular order).

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TGN Feature – The 5E Diaries Part 4: Let’s Hunt Some Kobold

Dungeons & Dragons has returned with a 5th edition of the classic fantasy RPG. TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his adventures and experiences in this newest rendition of the Forgotten Realms.

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Spoiler Alert! This article contains spoilers for Chapter 2 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign. If you are planning on running or playing in these adventures and you wish to remain surprised, you will want to play through that chapter first and then return here to read this article.
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TGN Feature – The 5E Diaries Part 3: Blue Dragon Blues

Dungeons & Dragons has returned with a 5th edition of the classic fantasy RPG. TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his adventures and experiences in this newest rendition of the Forgotten Realms.

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Spoiler Alert! This article contains spoilers for Chapter 1 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign. If you are planning on running or playing in these adventures and you wish to remain surprised, you will want to play through that chapter first and then return here to read this article.

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TGN Feature – The 5E Diaries Part 2: Dragon Our Assets

Dungeons & Dragons has returned with a 5th edition of the classic fantasy RPG. TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his adventures and experiences in this newest rendition of the Forgotten Realms.

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Spoiler Alert! This article contains spoilers for Chapter 1 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen campaign. If you are planning on running or playing in these adventures and you wish to remain surprised, you will want to play through that chapter first and then return here to read this article.

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TGN Review – D&D Spellbook Cards

TGN’s Enrico Nardini delves into the tomes of arcane lore that are the D&D Spellbook Cards from Gale Force 9. Will these 5E compatible accessories cast a spell on him?

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Did I mention that I love accessories? I am sure I’ve mentioned that before. It’s practically an addiction, and my wife has, on more than one occasion, commented on my “love of storage solutions.” It is one of those strange obsessions that mark me as a game enthusiast. Of course, my accessory infatuation is not limited to game storage.

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TGN Feature – The 5E Diaries Part 1: The Quest Begins

Dungeons & Dragons has returned with a 5th edition of the classic fantasy RPG. TGN’s Enrico Nardini shares his adventures and experiences in this newest rendition of the Forgotten Realms.

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Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (D&D Next, 5E)  dropped a few weeks prior to Gen Con 2014. I can say in all honesty, despite my current employment, I just wasn’t that excited. That doesn’t mean 5E is not a great product, hasn’t generated buzz, or wasn’t worthy of my attention. When D&D Next was announced and public playtesting and feedback began, I was interested. It was a bold move (seemingly in the right direction) from an industry leader. But, as a year passed with nothing new on the shelves, and older editions got their premium rereleases, I simply moved on.

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Game Classy Reviews: D&D 5th Ed. Monster Manual

Planet Arbitrary has posted up a new episode of Game Classy for your listening pleasure.

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Wherein the boys review the Monster Manual for Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition.

If you wanna send some stuff to be on “What’s in the Box?” or just get in contact, email us at Joe@planetarbitrary.com

New Hobby sections added to GF9 D&D Site

Gale Force 9 has updated their Dungeons & Dragons website with new hobby, assembling, and painting sections.
Go check ’em out.

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We have just given our Dungeons and Dragons site a bit of a facelift to celebrate the new edition of the game. We have also added some new sections to the site to help get to know our products. In the Assembly section you will find guides to assembling our D&D Collectors Series range of figures including some tricks to make your life easier. In the Painting sage you can find out how the pros painted their miniatures and pick up some new techniques that could improve your painting skills. The Hobby section will explore some of the other creative aspects of the hobby, like creating display tables and what goes on behind the scenes.