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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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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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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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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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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WizKids Announces D&D Icons of the Realms Epic Level Starter

Role playing characters level up (unless they get killed off or your group can never manage to get together for a game). It’s sort of what they do. They gain new abilities and gear. Things change. So why shouldn’t your miniatures? WizKids has announced their D&D Icons of the Realms Epic Level Starter set. It takes the figures from the regular Icons of the Realms starter set and, well, levels them up.
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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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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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D&D Icons of the Realms: Monster Menagerie II Coming Next Year

On the 17th, we’ll be having the next session of the D&D group that I’m running. Nobody died last session (character or player, thankfully), but it did get kinda nasty for a while. I’m a big proponent of using miniatures for our gaming sessions, but I’m always a little bummed when I don’t have exactly the miniature I’d need for a particular encounter. That’s why I’m always happy to see that new minis sets are coming out. And while they won’t be out for the December session, the Icons of the Realms: Monster Menagerie II set might be out in time for our January game.
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Icons of the Realms: Storm King’s Thunder Figures Now Available

I’m in the process of getting together a new Dungeons & Dragons group. It’s been about 6 months since I last played, and that’s just too damn long. Hopefully we’ll be getting characters together next month and starting playing shortly thereafter. Now, every group I’ve played with has enjoyed using miniatures to represent our characters as well as the enemies we fight. It’s sometimes hard to find just the right mini. Well, WizKids is giving us some more options with the release of their Icons of the Realms: Storm King’s Thunder set of Dungeons & Dragons minis. They’re available now.
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WizKids Announce Rock Paper Wizard Card Game

Pretty much everyone knows Rock, Paper, Scissors. Some even know the extended version with Lizard and Spock thrown in. So a game where certain hand gestures are required shouldn’t be anything new to people. WizKids is getting themselves in on the action with Rock Paper Wizard, a new card game in collaboration with Wizards of the Coast.
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Review Roundup

It’s the Saturday before Gen Con. A week from now we’ll be shoulder-deep in the show.
Of course, that means this weekend is full of running around like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get everything done before heading to Indy.
But, even with all the brouhaha, there’s time to bring you the reviews that you so desperately desire.

This week we have: Book of Nox Deluxe, Fishy Tactics, Agamemnon, Infinity Morat Rodoks, Tyrants of the Underdark, Scythe, Dungeon Busters, Dead of Winter: The Long Night, Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquistion Game, Vampire Hunters, Via Nebula, Antarctica, Titan Race, Agricola: Revised Edition, and Vikings on Board.

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Dungeons & Dragons Teams Up With Roll20

There are lots of things that can keep a gaming group from actually getting a session in. For the longest time, “distance” was a big one. Well, with virtual tabletops becoming a much more regular thing, that’s not a factor. One of the most well-known virtual tabletops is Roll20. Well, they’ve teamed up with Wizards of the Coast to now officially bring Dungeons & Dragons adventures to the program.
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Podcast Roundup

Here we are once more, ladies and gentlegamers. Monday is past. The work week is well underway. Just gotta take it one day at a time until we’re once more deposited in the weekend. To help get you there, we’ve got some gaming podcasts to help take you out of the regular office drudgery and into gaming nirvana. Or something, anyway. Just so you don’t have to listen to Dwane in accounting talk about his Fritos collection again.

Today we have: Game Classy 118: Sales Report, D&D Podcast With Chris Cocks, President of Wizards of the Coast, Primecast Episode 34, Singled Out Episode 10 – Talking Brewers and SteamCon with Duke Jamie Giblin, The Kick Off – Episode 16 – There is No Podcast for this Episode, Blue Peg, Pink Peg Episode 77- Millennium Blades and Inside the Podcast Studio Year 3, Epic Gaming Night Podcast Ep 63 Gotta catch ’em all!, and The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 7.

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Podcast Roundup

Well, hopefully you had a good 4th of July (whether you celebrated anything or not. I still hope you had a good Monday). For those getting back to the office today, you might need a little something to help you get through it. I suggest gaming podcasts, as it’s a bit of the weekend’s gaming (or so I feel, anyway) during the mid-week slog.

Today we have: News of the North – 2016-07-05, Man Battlestations Episode 8, Plaid Hat Games Podcast Episode 208: The Hoffcast, Dungeons & Dragons Podcast Peter Lee and Andrew Veen on Tyrants of the Underdark, Game Classy 117: Live Mailbag!, The Hub Systems Podcast Episode 22 – 3D, or not 3D, that is the question!, Blue Peg, Pink Peg Episode 76- The Networks and Origins 2016, Guild Ball Tonight Episode 41: Estimated Prophets, Singled Out Episode 9 – Talking Masons with Nobby, Gamers Lounge Ep 127 – Kickstarter Threeway, Epic Gaming Night Podcast Ep 61 Q&A, The Polyhedron Collider Cast Episode 6, and The Rolistes Episode 11 – Supaéro Roleplaying Aircraft Engineers (also we checked-out Warcraft).

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Review Roundup

Saaaatuuuuuuurrrdaaaaaaaaaay!
Saturday of a long weekend, too. All. The. Bonus!

But that doesn’t mean I’m going to shirk my duties. You want your review articles, and I’m here to give them to you.

So I present to you: Who Knew, Everdawn, Flick ‘Em Up, Night of Man, Ra, Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization, Tyrants of the Underdark, VIII Corps: The Somme 1916, Wombat Rescue, Nefarious, Apotheca: The Secret Potion Society, Back to the Future: An Adventure Through Time, Dungeon Time, Bear Valley, and Millennium Blades.

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Podcast Roundup

The week marches on. Monday’s finished with and we’re getting ourselves through Tuesday. Hopefully your Tuesday is going well. Mine’s… dragging along a bit. You know what I need? Some gaming podcasts to listen to while I work on the rest of the day’s posts.

This week we have: Dungeons & Dragons Podcast: The Longest D&D Campaign, Plaid Hat Games Podcast Episode 207: Origins Recap, Through Gamer Goggles: Words With Loren Coleman of Catalyst Game Labs, Singled Out Episode 8 – Talking Butchers and Tournaments with Ben Redmond, The Kick Off – Episode 15 – Scrub Mascots, Ice Cream For Everyone Ep 31: Les Voix d’Altaride – French RPG Podcast, and Epic Gaming Night Podcast Ep 60 Haba Games with Lea Culliton.

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Review Roundup

Saturday! Glorious Saturday!
As you read this, I’m at a library that a friend works at. They’re having their first Board Game Day and so I’m playing some board games. Actually, there’s a very high likelihood that I’m playing Guild Ball, which isn’t really a board game, but it’s still alright.

Anyway, while I’m doing that, I’ve also got some review articles for you.

Today I have: Stolen Treasures, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space: Ultimate Edition, Statecraft, Shinobi, Terminator Genisys Heavy Weapon Endoskeletons, Ice Cool, The CopyCat, Stak Bots Red, 51st State, Tyrants of the Underdark, StoryLine: Fairy Tales, Dr. Eureka, and Istanbul: Mocha & Baksheesh.

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WizKids Announces New D&D Board Game And Minis Set

WizKids is all about efficiency. Like for HeroClix , you get your minis already assembled and painted. That sort of efficiency goes all the way to their press releases. Like here, we’ve got the announcement about a new Dungeons & Dragons board game as well as a new set of Dungeons & Dragons miniatures.
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Watch D&D Live From Meltdown Comics June 1st

On June 1st, Meltdown Comics will be holding a special Dungeons & Dragons session with various comedians. They’ll be playing a new adventure, run by Matthew Mercer (veteran voice actor and leader of the Critical Role series). The game is going to be broadcast on the Dungeons & Dragons Twitch channel.
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Wizards of the Coast Posts Magic: The Gathering/Dungeons & Dungeons Crossover pdf

The first game I ever picked up was Magic: The Gathering. Back at the time, the only card games I’d known of were Gin Rummy and Poker. So the idea of a game where you can build your own deck just sounded weird. But like most, I soon learned exactly what that all meant and it opened up a whole world of hobby gaming for me. That world, of course, included Dungeons & Dragons. But my first game and my most-played RPG remained separate. And that way they remained for decades. That is, until now, with Wizards of the Coast posting a Magic: The Gathering/Dungeons & Dragons crossover pdf.
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Gale Force 9 Releases Latest Figures For Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Line

With many Dungeons & Dragons players heading to the dark and foreboding land of Barovia, it’d be handy to have some miniatures that help bring some 3D to your gaming tabletop. Hence the next release for the Dungeons & Dragons Collector’s Series of miniatures from Gale Force 9. They bring you Rudolph van Richten & Ezmerelda d’Avenir.
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Wizards of the Coast Announces New President

I mentioned earlier that today’s a big day for news. It would seem that it is going to be one of the biggest of recent memory. First we had Warmachine/Hordes MkIII. There’s the Rum & Bones Kickstarter. There’s the Ghostbusters II Kickstarter. Now something huge, Hasbro has announced a new President in charge of Wizards of the Coast.
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Review Roundup

It’s another Saturday and that means another Review Roundup.
Hopefully you’re having a good one. I’m working on putting together some Guild Ball minis.

Anyway, let’s get right into the reviews.

Today we have: Parade, Incan Gold, X-Wing’s Eighth Wave of Expansions, Booze Barons, Kakerlaken Poker Royal, Tsuro digital app, Pingo Pingo, Raptor, Hue, Battlecruisers, Celesta, Colt Express: Horses and Stagecoach Expansion, Super11, Quadropolis, Ominoes, Curse of Strahd, and Imperial Settlers: Why Can’t We Be Friends Expansion.

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D&D Icons of the Realms: Monster Menagerie Available From WizKids

Many of us play our tabletop RPGs using figures to represent the action going on. Many systems also suggest using a board with a grid to help make sure that everyone knows where different things actually are in the game. But many gamers (myself included) like to only use the “proper” figure for the various monsters. That’s not always easy. But WizKids is here to help with their D&D Icons of the Realms: Monster Menagerie set, which is available now.
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Unearthed Arcana Goes Gothic Horror This Month

Well, with the Curse of Strahd making a comeback to gaming tables, it seems only fitting to expand your player options in the direction of Gothic Horror. Whether you’re playing a game set in Barovia or Ravenloft or just your own setting, adding a bit of horror to your game might help spice things up.
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Curse of Strahd Tarokka Deck Now Available

The land of Barovia is a pretty dark and bleak place. The citizens live in fear of the things that go bump in the night. Those that travel through the land would do well to visit Madam Eva, a fortune teller in the region, who can help them either stay out of trouble or learn just where to find it. Now you can use her Tarokka deck for yourself, as Gale Force Nine has just released it.
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