That's how we greet each other here at the office (though that version above might be cleaned up some). Seeing as it's Friday, I hope you've got some cool weekend plans. Some of my friends are headed up to another friend's mancave-gamer-basement-of-doom. I've got a spoopy D&D game (just because it's not actually October doesn't mean you can't start the spoop early). And so, if it's not too early for tricks and treats, lets treat ourselves to some bite-sized gaming stories.
Today on the platter we have: WizKids Releases New Magic: The Gathering Token Miniatures, Dungeonfog Releases Dynamic Lighting System, and New Pulp Alley Releases Available From Sally 4th.
Playing RPGs is fun. But they kinda require a group of friends to play. When your group's spread out all over, it can be hard to get together to game. Thankfully, that's where Roll20 comes in. They let you play online as if everyone was actually there. And they've released their latest adventure. Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is now available on the platform. You can download your copy now.
One of the books that Wizards of the Coast announced that caused a lot of stir was the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, as the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering were clashing together. The world of Ravnica has many diverse races, and WotC is looking to make sure their stats are right. So they're looking for your help. They've posted an Unearthed Arcana with the races for you to check out and give feedback on.
There's always another mini you will find you need when playing an RPG. Another figure you want out on the table, but have to substitute for because you just can't find the right one. Well, WizKids is always trying to help make sure you actually get the mini you want. They've announced a new set of D&D miniatures, the Waterdeep Dragon Heist set.
Two big books are coming from Wizards of the Coast For Dungeons & Dragons. Wizards of the Coast has announced the release of a new guide to Eberron, their semi-steampunk-themed game world. They're also crossing over into Magic: The Gathering territory with another one set in the world of Ravnica.
In which I totally mess up the date for when this was supposed to post and then go back and fix it. :P Look, these things happen sometime! Anyway, here's the regular grouping of review articles I know you all so desperately desire.
This week we have: Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, Rush in the Forest: Three Little Pigs, Torres, Exoudus Fleet, Steepseers, Super Hack Override, This War of Mine, Assembly, Noria, Get Off My Land, and Monster Card BLVD.
When playing an RPG, I know that I like to have figures that represent what we're fighting and for our characters out on the table. Sure, you could just throw anything out there and call it good, but if we're fighting dudes in armor with mauls, I want minis of dudes in armor with mauls. If we're fighting ghosts, I want minis of ghosts. And so forth and so on. Sometimes it can be hard to find just the mini you want, so having more is always helpful. Thankfully, there's always new sets of figures coming out, such as D&D Icons of the Realms: Waterdeep Dragon Heist from WizKids.
Roll20 is the perfect way to play RPGs with your friends all over the world, online, in real time. And they're making sure that you get the latest books available for the most popular RPGs as soon as possible. As such, they've got Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes available for purchase and support on their site. Bring in all those new pieces of gear, character options, and monsters to your games now.
A new book has been released for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes is chock full of new information for both GMs and players. There's information about new varieties of elves as well as tieflings. There's stats on the various gods and demigods and demons that inhabit all the different realms. There's descriptions of battles that happened long in the past. It's quite a resource, and you can get your copy now.
I have friends all over the world. I'm sure most of you do, too. The Internet connects us with people from everywhere, instantly. But it's kinda hard to bring in Henrix from Sweden or Halfi from Wales or Jyggdrasil from Kuala Lumpur for a gaming session. That's where Roll20 comes in. They've teamed up with Wizards of the Coast and are releasing official Dungeons & Dragons modules on their platform. You can get the Princes of the Apocalypse module now.
It's always nice to have options for your RPG character. Those that pick up Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes will have plenty of new options available to them. Wizards of the Coast has announced this new book for Dungeons & Dragons, brimming with story hooks for your games, background options for characters, new alternate race traits for characters, and much, much more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :P Such is the case with Dragon+. The 13th issue is available now. And no, there's nothing unlucky about it.
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.
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).
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.