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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From the report:

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.

From the unboxing:

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.

Play Unplugged TV 2-22: Interview Laura Tommervik of Wizards of the Coast

Play Unplugged put up another of their video interviews from GenCon. this one is with Laura Tommervik from Wizards of the Coast talking about the Rise of the Underdark.

From the interview:

A dark force is rising in the world of Dungeons & Dragons! Luckily we have a guide to help us navigate through the dangerous dark elf uprising. Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini meets with Laura Tommervik, Sr. Brand Marketing Manager at Wizards of the Coast to discuss upcoming releases and the future of D&D. Laura relates lore pertaining to the Rise of the Underdark (WotC’s current world shaking event featuring the insidious underdark dwelling drow), the future of D&D Next, and everything in between.

GF9 to produce official Dungeons & Dragons Collector’s Series miniatures

Gale Force 9 is going to be making a new line of minis based on the Dungeons & Dragons world. Their first sets will be based around the “Rise of the Underdark” setting that WotC is promoting this fall.

From the announcement:

Today it gives us great pleasure to announce the upcoming release of a new line of products in support of Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons & Dragons brand.

We have been given the opportunity to bring to life a series of D&D miniatures models, the likes of which the world has never seen.

The Dungeons & Dragons Collector’s Series is a line of high quality, unpainted, limited edition resin miniatures sculpted by some of the best names in the industry.

We’d like to shine the spotlight on three product configurations.
1. Monsters (something big)
2. Duels (two creatures)
3. Adventuring Parties (groups of creatures)

Our current plan is to release two limited edition products each month beginning this fall.

The initial series of releases will highlight the Underdark theme and focus on all manner of denizens you may find there. Including:
· A Purple Worm
· Drow Raiding Party
· Lolth & Eclavadra
· Illithid Raiding Party
· A Beholder Eye Tyrant
· Lolth In Spider Form

The Dungeons & Dragons Collector’s Series will evolve to mirror themes brought to you by Wizards of the Coast, with miniatures that bring your story to life.