Gale Force 9 posts D&D 5th Edition Product Preview

Gale Force 9 lets you know what they’ve got in store for the new edition of D&D in this video preview.

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John-Paul previews the upcoming D&D products to accompany the release of fifth edition D&D.

Gale Force 9 posts D&D Spellbook Cards Preview

Gale Force Nine is showing off the new Dungeons & Dragons Spellbook cards they’ll be coming out with soon.

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From the post:

These decks of spell cards are an invaluable resource for any magic-user. Consult the entire deck when selecting new spells to learn, and after a long rest you can set aside those spells you want to prepare for the day. Each deck is made from thick laminated card so they will stand the test of time.

•Spell name and important info is easy to find for quick reference.
•Descriptive/Mechanical text is written in full wherever possible. When it isn’t, a Player’s Handbook page reference is given.
•Scaling spells have an additional section with details on how they improve.
•Card backs prominently display spell level for easy sorting.
•The Spell cards are highly durable and are made to last. Each card has a coating that protects them and makes them safe to use with dry erase markers.

Icons of the Realms Starter Set Miniatures Available Now

WizKids has released their new Dungeons & Dragons, Icons of the Realms start set of minis.

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From the website:

WizKids Games, the industry leader in quality pre-painted plastic miniatures, announces that the inaugural set of Icons of the Realms based on the iconic Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game from Wizards of the Coast, arrived in stores starting yesterday!

This Icons of the Realms Starter Set is the perfect supplement to the brand new Starter Set for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. These figures correspond to the 5 pregenerated characters found in the Starter Set and are also some of the most iconic characters classes and races from the Dungeons & Dragons universe, including the dwarf cleric, human ranger, Halfling rogue, Northlands fighter, and elf wizard. As an added bonus this set also includes the famous drow ranger, Drizzt Do’Urden.

Gettin’ Higgy with Betrayal at House on the Hill

Gettin’ Higgy With It takes a look at Betrayal at House on the Hill in their latest video review.

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From the video:

We take a spooky walk up the lane to visit Betrayal at House on the Hill. A 2004 classic game by Bruce Glassco published by Wizards of the Coast.

Play Unplugged Unboxing – Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Starter Set

Play Unplugged gives us a look inside the new starter set for D&D 5th edition.

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It’s finally here! Fans of Dungeons & Dragons have been waiting for what seems like ages for the first official release for 5th Edition, also known as D&D Next. Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini delves into Wizards of the Coast’s first new D&D product, The Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set.

Wizards of the Coast posts D&D Basic Rules

Wizards of the Coast has posted up the Basic Rules for the next edition of D&D.

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From the website:

As Mike Mearls explained in Legends & Lore: The Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons is a PDF (over 100 pages, in fact) that covers the core of the game. It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options; in addition, the rules contain 120 spells, 5 backgrounds, and character sheets.

But the best part? The Basic Rules is a free PDF. Anyone can download it from our website. We want to put D&D in as many hands as possible, and a free, digital file is the best way to do that.

Here now is the Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons:

Silver Dragon previewed for Tyranny of the Dragons

WizKids has posted up some photos of the next dragon for Tyranny of Dragons. This time it’s the Silver dragon.
I know some of you guy’s aren’t excited about this game at all. But personally, I’m totally diggin’ on it.

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From the preview:

Who’s in the mood for a preview of the silver dragon from the upcoming Tyranny of Dragons miniatures set?

WizKids announces Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters

WizKids is expanding the Dice Masters collection of games with the announcement of Dungeons & Dragons, Forgotten Realms Dice Masters.

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From the website:

NECA/WizKids is excited to announce a new Dice Masters game set in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe.

“We’re excited to expand our Dungeons & Dragons portfolio with the addition of Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters. Dice Masters is an all new game that utilizes WizKids Games’ proprietary Dice Building Game platform where players collect and assemble their “party” of adventurer dice and battle in head to head gameplay. Dice Masters has had huge initial success, is a very exciting platform and should fit perfectly with the world and lore of Dungeons & Dragons. You can expect to see some of the most recognizable monsters and characters, such as Kobolds, Beholders, Mindflayers, Dragons, Drow, and many more!” said Justin Ziran, president of WizKids Games. “We’re excited to work with Mike Elliott and Eric M. Lang, who brought the original Dice Masters game to life, and we are sure they will bring Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters to the table top in unique and immersive ways.”

Nathan Stewart, Brand Director for Dungeons & Dragons, was equally enthusiastic. “We are excited about the addition of Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters to the WizKids product line. We’re sure fans will enjoy this fun and unique way to experience the legendary heroes and monsters of the Forgotten Realms.”

The Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters line will begin rolling out in Q4 2014. Products will include Starter Sets, Booster Packs, Play Mats, and a Storage Box to keep your Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters collection in!

Basic Dungeons & Dragons for all

Wizards of the Coast has announced they’ll be posting Basic Dungeons & Dragons as a free pdf up on their website. The file will cover the core essentials of the game so everyone can get a look at what they’re getting into with the newest edition of the classic RPG.

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From the post:

Basic D&D is a PDF that covers the core of the game. It’s the equivalent of the old D&D Rules Cyclopedia, though it doesn’t have quite the same scope (for example, it won’t go into detail on a setting). It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options.

But the best part? Basic D&D is a free PDF. Anyone can download it from our website. We want to put D&D in as many hands as possible, and a free, digital file is the best way to do that.

CNN posts about Dungeons & Dragons 40th anniversary

CNN has a new article up talking about Dungeons & Dragons and the effect it’s had far beyond just “that nerd game about demon worship” that many people thought it was back when it first came out.

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From the article:

Four decades before anyone took an arrow to the knee in “Skyrim,” adventurers were sitting down with paper and pencil to battle fantasy monsters and explore rich, new worlds in a different kind of role-playing game.

“Dungeons & Dragons,” commonly known simply as D&D, burst onto the scene in 1974, long before the word “gaming” came with the implied word “video” in front of it.

WotC vs. Cryptozoic

Wizards of the Coast has filed suit against Cryptozoic Entertainment over IP infringement.

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From the WotC website:

Today Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington against Cryptozoic Entertainment, LLC and its alter ego, Hex Entertainment, LLC (collectively, “Cryptozoic”), for willful infringement of intellectual property rights.

Cryptozoic develops and publishes the digital trading card game, Hex: Shards of Fate, a clone of the world famous tabletop collectable trading card game, Magic: The Gathering®, and its digital expressions, Magic Online® and the Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers® franchise.

“Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast vigorously protect our intellectual property. This infringement suit against Cryptozoic demonstrates that while we appreciate a robust and thriving trading card game industry, we will not permit the misappropriation of our intellectual property” said Barbara Finigan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Hasbro. “We attempted to resolve this issue, but Cryptozoic was unwilling to settle the matter.”

The suit includes claims for copyright, patent and trade dress infringement.

Wiz and Wiz team up

WizKids has teamed up with Wizards of the Coast to make a new line of Dungeons & Dragons miniatures.

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From the announcement:

Adding to the excitement of the recently announced Tyranny of Dragons from Wizards of the Coast, WizKids Games, a division of National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc., is excited to announce an all-new line of pre-painted miniatures for Dungeons & Dragons. The first set of miniatures will coincide with the launch of the highly-anticipated next edition of Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game, set to release in summer 2014.

“We are very excited at the opportunity to join the party and work with our friends at Wizards of the Coast to enrich the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop experience for adventurers worldwide,” said Justin Ziran, President of WizKids. “With all the tools WizKids brings to the table, we figure this partnership will be a critical hit,” said WizKids Director of Business and Legal Affairs Alexis Mueller.

The new line of Dungeons & Dragons miniatures will feature creatures and characters that players have come to know and love, allowing them to wage their battles and experience their adventures with a greater level of immersion and tactical interplay.

“This year is going to be the biggest in Dungeons & Dragons’ history,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director for Dungeons & Dragons. “It’s important for us to work with strong partners such as WizKids to ensure fantastic Tyranny of Dragons experiences for all D&D fans.”

Roll Initiative for next D&D Edition

USA Today has reported on the next version of D&D coming from Wizards of the Coast.
It’s going to be a good summer.

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For the first time in six years, gaming fans will roll the dice with a new set of rules for the iconic role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.

Publisher Wizards of the Coast will launch this with the fresh story Tyranny of Dragons this summer, the latest chapter of the role-playing game first launched 40 years ago.

The next chapter for Dungeons & Dragons will spread across multiple modern platforms, including a new tabletop adventure, and similar experiences for console video game systems and mobile devices.
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Play Unplugged Retro Review – Original Dungeons & Dragons Premium Reprint

Play Unplugged steps into the Wayback Machine and takes a look at the D&D Premium Reprint that WotC made.

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From the review:

It’s Play Unplugged Retro Review time! Jason Vey looks at the Wizards of the Coast premium reprint of the Original Dungeons & Dragons rules.

The Hanging Coffins, an AD&D 1e module up now on Kickstarter

The Hanging Coffins of the Vampire Queen is a module designed for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition that’s looking for funding now on Kickstarter.
Note: Some artwork further down their page isn’t safe for work.

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From the campaign for the campaign:

Death or freedom? The Vampire Queen has challenged a small band of her worst prisoners to escape from her wicked dungeon lair. It is up to you to outwit and fight your way through the terrible traps, beastly monsters, and horrific surprises she has arranged for you.

Orc Labs running RPG Attack game aid App Kickstarter campaign

Orc Labs has an RPG game aid application that they’ve got running up on Kickstarter. It’s called RPG Attack.

From the campaign:

Everyone who plays tabletop RPG’s has been in this situation. The game is chugging along as your party goes deeper into the dungeon when suddenly combat breaks out! It’s a fast paced, edge of your seat, life or death situation! Swords are clanging, magic spells flying, explosions, more monsters appear, you are immersed in the experience…

Oh wait, wait, wait, “Hey Bob, did you add +2 to your last attack roll from the bard song?” No? Well that last attack would have killed the monster and then then it wouldn’t have interrupted the Wizard casting fireball and the party would have survived!”

It all comes to a screeching halt. The immersion is broken.

Perhaps that’s an extreme example but we all know that combat often plays out with the players acting like accountants (no offense to accountants). You add up bonuses on fingers, scribble temporary modifiers down on scrap paper, every time you roll a d20 to attack you go through that mental checklist to make sure you’re not forgetting something. Another effect of this is the time it takes to do all that every round of combat.

Think of how much time all the players spend during a session making sure they have done the math properly on their rolls. That is valuable time everyone could spend playing rather than adding/subtracting.

Dungeons & Dragons Against the Slave Lords Review posted on Play Board Games

Against the Slave Lords, a group of Dungeons & Dragons modules, gets themselves reviewed by the experts over at Play Board Games.

From the review:

Against the Slave Lords is a hardcover reprint of four classic Dungeons and Dragons modules. This book also contains an all-new adventure that introduces the series.

Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle Gen Con Pre-order available from Gale Force Nine

Gale Force 9 has started taking down names of those gamers out there that want their Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle Dungeons & Dragons book at GenCon. Supplies are limited.

From the announcement:

In addition to the seminars, games, and events taking place at this year’s Gen Con—we have a further announcement: Pre-orders have now officially opened for Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle. This exclusive Gen Con 2013 D&D Next preview will only be available to Gen Con attendees — but don’t wait until the convention. This is a strictly limited run product. Continue reading

Tools for D&D 4th Edition Game Sessions posted on Encounter Elements

Encounter Elements has new tools for D&D 4th edition up on their website that you can download.

From the announcement:

Encounter Elements releases new tools for 4th Edition Dungeon Masters.
Made for DM by DM’s!

Visit our downloads page to check out these great new tools:

The Encounter Worksheet

The Encounter Line-up

Play Unplugged Retro Review – Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Spell Compendium Premium Reprint

Play Unplugged has a new “retro review” up of the 3.5 Spell Compendium Reprint from Wizards of the Coast.

From the review:

Play Unplugged’s sage of all things “Old-School” Dungeons & Dragons Jason Vey reviews the Dungeons & Dragons Spell Compendium 3.5 Premium Reprint. Will this premium reprint by Wizards of the Coast enchant him?

Wizards of the Coast to create deluxe “White Box” D&D set

Wizards of the Coast will be coming out with a deluxe reprinting of their original White Box D&D set.

From the announcement:

The original Dungeons & Dragons boxed set was published by TSR, Inc. in 1974 and was the very first roleplaying game, introducing concepts that have persisted throughout later editions. It included three small rules booklets in a white box.

This deluxe, premium reprint of the original “White Box” features new packaging and includes the following seven booklets (plus, reference sheets):

Volume 1: Men & Magic
Volume 2: Monsters & Treasure
Volume 3: Underworld & Wilderness Adventures
Supplement I: Greyhawk
Supplement II: Blackmoor
Supplement III: Eldritch Wizardry
Supplement IV: Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes

Each booklet features new cover art but is otherwise a faithful reproduction of the original, including original interior art.

Dungeon Command: Curse of Undeath Review posted on Play Board Games

Curse of Undeath gets their moment in the sun to be reviewed by Play Board Games.

From the review:

Curse of Undeath is an expansion pack for Dungeon Command. This set includes skeletons, zombies and other undead creatures.

Gale Force 9 taking pre-orders for D&D Collector’s Series sets

Gale Force 9 has started taking names of those of you that want their new D&D Collector’s Series sets as soon as they’re available. Be the first gamer on your block with these when they’re released.

From the announcement:

As many of you will have already heard, earlier this year we expanded our license agreement with Wizards of the Coast to include a new category Dungeons & Dragons Collector Series Miniatures. This premium range of models sculpted by some of the best names in the business and reproduced in the highest quality resin on the market is something never before done within the Dungeons & Dragons universe and we are very excited about what the future holds.

This range was conceived out of a desire to create the best miniatures in 30mm that D&D has ever seen utilising the enormous universe of material to pick and choose the best candidates to bring to life. This is not a range of basic characters but specialty themed sets and creatures that fit with the D&D release schedule to bring to life key moments from the mythos. We have drawn on the vast array of artwork and worked closely with the D&D creative team to choose and pose great models to stimulate the enthusiast, painter and collector alike.

Play Unplugged Review – Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster’s Forgotten Realms

Play Unplugged is also in the reviewing business. Their latest is Elminster’s Forgotten Realms guidebook.

From the review:

Wizardry is afoot at Play Unplugged! Scott Pyle journeys to what is arguably Dungeons & Dragons most popular setting to examine Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster’s Forgotton Realms!

Play Unplugged Unboxing – Dungeon Command: Curse of Undeath

Play Unplugged takes a look under the box lid for another of the Dungeon Command sets from WotC. This one’s the Curse of Undeath.

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Break out the stakes and the holy water! Wizards of the Coast have just released their fourth set of Dungeon Command prepainted fantasy miniatures. Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini delves deep into the dark heart of necromancy to bring you an unboxing of Curse of Undeath. Can anyone resist the scourge of the living dead. Skeletons, zombies, and vampires oh my!

Dungeon Command: Tyranny of the Goblins review posted on Play Board Games

Tyranny of the Goblins is the next item up for bid on the Pri… wait… no… It’s the next game to be reviewed by Play Board Games.

From the review:

Tyranny of the Goblins is an expansion pack for Dungeon Command. This set includes goblins, hobgoblins, orcs and their friends.

Play Unplugged Review – Dungeon

Play Unplugged continues our hour of reviews with Dungeon.

From the review:

Hang on to your torches! Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini reviews Dungeon! the new (and old) board game from Wizards of the Coast in which you adventure in a… dungeon… Who’d have guessed?

Play Unplugged Unboxing: Dungeon

Play Unplugged has another one of their video unboxings over on their website. This one is for Wizards of the Coasts’ Dungeon.

From the unboxing:

Beware what dwells below Play Unplugged fans! Enrico Nardini delves into catacombs dark and dangerous for an unboxing of Wizards of the Coast‘s Dungeon!, a remake of the classic dungeon crawling board game. What hideous monsters and fantastic treasure lurk inside? Click on the video and find out!

Armchair General reviews WotC Dungeon Command sets

Armchair General posted up their thoughts on the Dungeon Command sets available from Wizards of the Coast.

An Armchair General review of the new D&D tactical combat system that revitalizes D&D Miniatures by selling them as logically grouped units instead of pig-in-a-poke random packs.

Play Unplugged Review – Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue

Play Unplugged takes a look at the D&D supplement book Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue. Go see what they thought about it.

From the review:

Those dastardly Drow are at it again! Play Unplugged’s Mike Eaton takes a look at the Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue from Wizards of the Coast.

Play Unplugged Unboxing: Dungeon Command: Tyranny of Goblins

Play Unplugged did an unboxing of the latest Dungeon Command set from Wizards of the Coast: Tyranny of Goblins.

From the unboxing:

Goblins have overrun the catacombs here at Play Unplugged, and we welcome our short, green-skinned overlords! This invasion has impeccable timing, as it coincides perfectly with the release of Dungeon Command: Tyranny of Goblins from Wizards of the Coast, a new Dungeon Command pre-painted miniatures set featuring the goblins and their allies. With box in hand, Enrico braves the horde for the betterment of gamers all around the realm.