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    Wednesday, 20th August, 2014
    Loot from GEN CON! And a lot of thanks! 
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    I need to thank a few people.

    WotC provided a signed Player's Handbook as a prize for the D&D Next Adventure Contest I held earlier this year. The winner was Will Doyle with his adventure Mind Blast!, as judged by Sean K Reynolds, Keith Baker, and Kevin Kulp. Thank you to WotC's Trevor Kidd for arranging it!



    Dave Rosser, who I am glad to call a friend, and who has many times saved EN World from the brink of technical disaster, heard that I was trying to find a copy of an old Warhammer boxed set I used to own 30 years ago, and which was the gateway tabletop gaming item for me and which introduced me to the hobby. This box has a LOT of nostalgia for me. Upon hearing I was trying to locate one, he arranged to have his pristine 30-year old copy brought to Gen Con for me. I'm overwhelmed by his generosity. Thank you, Dave.



    Joseph Goodman very kindly gave me copies of Goodman Games' first two D&D 5E adventures. I will be reading them eagerly as soon as my baggage arrives home, along with the copy of ICONS Assembled Edition which Steve Kenson very generously handed me. It was a pleasure to catch up with both of them!




    Hal Greenberg kindly gave me a copy of The Awakened, an anthology of short stories by various game authors and fiction writers. You can see it at the top of the pile below!




    Another mention to WotC's Rodney Thompson for my shiny copy of the D&D 5E Monster Manual, which I posted about yesterday. And, most of all, thank you to all of the ENnies volunteers and judges who helped make this year the best ENnies yet. It's a wonderful show which keeps getting better, and Gabriel Whitehead's first year was a resounding success. Thanks Gabe, Cindy, Tony, Luke, Hans, Eric, and everybody else who helped or attended, and thank you to Jen Page and The Dungeon Bastard for hosting such a wonderful night.




    Thank you to all the folks who agreed to be interviewed by me - a long list which includes a 90-minute autograph interview with Ryan Dancey, a similarly long chat with the DungeonScape (formerly Project: Morningstar) folks, and others including Kevin Kulp, Tracey Hurley, Ryan Nock, Thursty Hillman, and more. And, of course, thank you to all the friends both old and new who made Gen Con such a wonderful, fun experience. Until next year!

    Tuesday, 19th August, 2014
    On Flumphs, Devils, and Wil Wheaton! 
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    Over the Gen Con period, a couple of other D&D 5E Monster Manual previews found their way into the wild. Check them out below! The Monster Manual was floating aorund at Gen Con (along with the PHB and Hoard of the Dragon Queen). I'm sure more than one gamer considered a smash and grab...



    First we have the Bone Devil! [67 comments]



    And earlier in the week, the Flumph was posted on Twitter by Derek Myers. This one was just a photo of a page from the book. WotC have Monster Manuals to those who bought All Access passes at Gen Con, although they have been asking folks not to post photos of the interior. [30 comments]

    Wil Wheaton of Star Trek and Tabletop fame stopped by the WotC area at Gen Con. Tabletop, mainly a boardgames show, will be launching a new (Kickstarted) RPG show next year, although I don't know the details. WotC gifted him with a Player's Handbook, Monster Manual, and Hoard of the Dragon Queen.




    And here's a clearer look at that Table of Contents I shared last week.




    Looking for more Monster Manual spolierage? I've also previously shown the Tarrasque, the Sphinx, and the Red Dragon!

    WotC's Rodney Thompson was also kind enough to give me a copy of the Monster Manual. We took this somewhat intoxicated selfie. I'm not touching it because my fingers were covered in BBQ sauce from my chicken wings, so Rodney handled the general touching. That sounded wrong.


    Monday, 18th August, 2014
    It's time for a RED DRAGON! 
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    I'm on my way home from Gen Con with - amongst many other things - a 5E Monster manual stowed away in my suitcase. WotC has also previewed the red dragon from the book, which you can see below!


    One of the most enjoyable parts of the ENnies was helping facilitate editor John Adamus' proposal to Erica Skerpan live on-stage to a standing ovation. Congratulations to them both from the ENnies!

    Saturday, 16th August, 2014
    Weapons from the PATHFINDER TECHNOLOGY GUIDE! 
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    I posted some spells from the Pathfinder Technology Guide yesterday. Here also are some weapons from the same book, courtesy of Paizo's Erik Mona!

    Saturday, 16th August, 2014
    ENnies Winners 2014 
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    Congratulations to the 2014 ENnies winners! The ceremony this evening in the Grand Hall at the Historic Union Station, Indianapolis, was a blast. Thank you to everyone who attended or watched the livestream!

    Friday, 15th August, 2014
    Watch the ENnies Live! 
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    The Gen Con EN World RPG Awards Ceremony will be streamed live tonight, direct from the Grand Hall at the Historic Union Station in Indianapolis!

    The ceremony will be hosted by Bill Cavalier, aka The Dungeon Bastard, and actress Jen Page.

    You will be able to view the live stream by clicking on the link below to be whisked directly there!

    Friday, 15th August, 2014
    Spells from the PATHFINDER TECHNOLOGY GUIDE! 
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    If you've been waiting to see something from the Pathfinder Technology Guide, which supports the Iron Gods adventure path, look no further! I have a couple of page spreads to show off! Here's the first (I'll post the second as soon as I can!)

    Thursday, 14th August, 2014
    Check Out The Monster Manual Table of Contents! 
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    Here it is, courtesy of WotC's Greg Bilsland. The table of contents and stat block index from the 5E Monster Manual! [60 comments]

    Thursday, 14th August, 2014
    Various News Items from Gen Con 
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    A few random news items as I update from Gen Con.

    • The ENnies will be livestreamed Friday night from 7pm at this location.
    • Dark Dungeons, the movie based on Jack Chick's tracts, was released to a sold-out audience at Gen Con. You ca watch the first 8 minutes here.
    • Paizo announced the Pathfinder video game by Obsidian. It's based on the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.
    • D&D electronic tools suite Codename: Morningstar now has a real name: DungeonScape. There's a write-up here.
    • Check out the umber hulk and the bullette from the 5E Monster Manual!
    • There's a limited number of Monster Manuals here at Gen Con being given to those with All Access passes. I looked through one and it's gorgeous.
    • FFG's Star Wars Armada fleet battles miniatures game looks gorgeous!

    More to share later! I have a page spread from the Pathfinder tech book, amongst other things. Also, WotC kindly gave me a signed Player's Handbook as a prize for the D&D Adventure Contest earlier this year. Photo below!



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  • Loot from GEN CON! And a lot of thanks!

    I need to thank a few people. WotC provided a signed Player's Handbook as a prize for the D&D Next Adventure Contest I held earlier this year. The winner was Will Doyle with his adventure Mind Blast!, as judged by Sean K Reynolds, Keith Baker, and Kevin Kulp. Thank you to WotC's Trevor Kidd for arranging...

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    Congratulations to John Adamus and Erica Skerpan

    One of the most enjoyable parts of the ENnies was helping facilitate editor John Adamus' proposal to Erica Skerpan live on-stage to a standing ovation. Congratulations to them both from the ENnies!

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    Hoard of the Dragon Queen: WotC & Kobold...

    This week marked the “official” release of the new 5th Edition D&D Player’s Handbook in all retail venues. And if last weekend’s GENCON was any indication, the fan interest in “D&D Next” is exuberant to say the least! The Wizards of the Coast gaming area in Hall D seemed packed almost constantly, and the Ready, Set, Play D&D Events introducing players to the...

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    FULL D&D 5TH EDITION RELEASE SCHEDULE &...

    Details of official D&D 5th Edition products coming in 2014 - rulebooks, boxed sets, adventures, miniatures, digital tools, PDFs, and more!

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    It's time for a RED DRAGON!

    I'm on my way home from Gen Con with - amongst many other things - a 5E Monster manual stowed away in my suitcase. WotC has also previewed the red dragon from the book, which you can see below!

    Read More

    On Flumphs, Devils, and Wil Wheaton!

    Over the Gen Con period, a couple of other D&D 5E Monster Manual previews found their way into the wild. Check them out below! The Monster Manual was floating aorund at Gen Con (along with the PHB and Hoard of the Dragon Queen). I'm sure more than one gamer considered a smash and grab... First we have the Bone Devil!...

    Read More