Film/TV/Video
  • Film/TV/Video


    Hello everyone, Darryl here to recap the biggest stories of 2016 in this year in review! A lot of big events happened in tabletop gaming this past year, and I’m going to go through what I consider the most significant stories of the year!

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    The unstoppable franchise that is Star Wars is back in the headlines thanks to the blockbuster success of Rogue One, a film that delves into the sci-fi epic's detailed backstory. It's easy to forget that when Disney acquired the Star Wars license and redefined what was canon, the company declared that the tabletop role-playing game was an integral part of defining the universe.


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    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week's gaming news. The TV series based on Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles has a new showrunner and it's a former game designer, Mutants and Masterminds has a new lead developer, Warhammer 40K leans Friendship is Magic, Cards Against Humanity sued over a Trump-based clone game for intellectual property issues, your 2017 Gaming Convention map, and big changes to Star Trek Attack Wing!

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    Hello everyone, Darryl here back from the holidays with your update on gaming news! Wizards of the Coast has new streaming events and a change to its D&D organized play, Cards Against Humanity throws money in a hole, Worldbuilders raises money with a unique gaming twist, and Joe Dever has passed away.

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    We previously discussed the negative influence of a doctor on Dungeons & Dragons--Dr. Thomas Radecki, who used court cases to advocate that D&D was dangerous to society. But there is another, fictional doctor who strongly influenced D&D spells and magic items and who is now experiencing a resurgence thanks to a Marvel movie: Doctor Strange.


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    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Jack Chick is no longer with us, Paizo releases details on a major new Pathfinder product, Owen KC Stephens goes into detail on Starfinder, D&D Errata update, Rob Kuntz has a new company, F2Z is officially Asmodee Canada, and a lot more!

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    The controversial figure Jack Chick, who published a range of comic books known popularly as "Chick tracts", which attacked a number of activities including Dungeons & Dragons, has passed away. His Dark Dungeons tract was released in 1984 and is often linked to the 1980s paranoia about Satanism and other elements suggested to be part of tabletop roleplaying games. A movie version of that particular tract was also made by JR Ralls.
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    Songwriter Mary Crowell's music has featured here on EN World before, and this is an old favourite updated with a fun video! "I wrote a song back in 2009 about my favorite D&D spell and put it on my album Acolytes of the Machine. Abut a year ago, I started making a variety of silly music videos with the help of local gamer friends and online and convention friends who sent me clips of them and their friends as wizards or zombies or villains (depending on the video.) At long last, I got to make M is for Magic Missile. Enjoy!"  ...READ MORE

    Hello, Darryl here with this week's news. Legendary Pictures (owners of Geek & Sundry and Nerdist) announced a new online video subscription service with big impact on popular tabletop gaming shows Critical Role and Tabletop, Paizo makes a bunch of big announcements including compact sourcebooks, a new in-store incentive program for Pathfinder Society, and a new campaign setting book, a classic Dragonlance comic is getting the graphic novel treatment, Warhammer 40K has new introductory model kits, and more!

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    Two of the biggest hits coming from the new surge of online tabletop gaming programming unquestionably are Wil Wheaton's Tabletop and the D&D live stream Critical Role, both from Geek & Sundry. Today, Legendary Pictures announced yesterday their new video-on-demand service Alpha which includes big changes to these shows. The service will cost $4.99 a month and give early access to many Nerdist and Geek & Sundry shows including Co-Optitude, The Dan Cave, and Because Science two days before they're released on other outlets such as YouTube. But the two biggest names have bigger changes coming.  ...READ MORE

    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week's gaming news! D&D got a big mention at the Emmy Awards thanks to Game of Thrones, Wizards of the Coast answers more than 20 new rules questions and offers a playtest build for an improved Ranger class, Paizo and Obsidian Entertainment launch their first app game, Discworld and Mars Attacks are coming to GURPS, Evil Hat has two games exploring a world filled with giant monsters, and more!

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    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week's gaming news. D&D is a finalist for the National Toy Hall of Fame, Pathfinder runs a celebrity game at DragonCon, Ultra PRO buys yet another game company, TimeWatch has a release date as does OGRE Sixth Edition, En5ider has a gift for you to celebrate a landmark feat, the Great Gaming Challenge wants to publish your game, Myriad Games faces a lawsuit, and much more!

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    Just about every major geek outlet is reporting on Stranger Things, the Netflix original series that uses Dungeons & Dragons as a jumping off point to tell a coming of age tale in the style of great ‘80s movies like E.T. and The Goonies. But how accurately does Stranger Things really portray the tabletop role-playing game? This examination of the series by necessity contains spoilers!

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    The long and winding history of the Dungeons & Dragons film rights has been covered extensively, particularly as companies attempt to capitalize on our nostalgia by turning any brand of your youth into a franchise. And yet despite the numerous failings of the D&D movies that have gone before, we may already have gotten a D&D movie in the form of a 1983 film:Krull.

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    In the late days of TSR's fall from greatness, Gary Gygax was working in California to expand a multimedia franchise based on the game he co-created, Dungeons & Dragons. While a movie never came to fruition under his watch a well-loved cartoon did, and it revealed a sneak peak at what was to come for the tabletop game.


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    The Buck Rogers franchise is back in the news thanks to a court ruling -- or lack thereof -- on who exactly owns the rights to the venerable sci-fi character's adventures. The battles playing out now in Hollywood parallel events that took place in gaming decades ago...when TSR CEO Lorraine Williams attempted to turn the franchise into a profitable enterprise for the company that founded Dungeons & Dragons.



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    Two online video series announcements came over the weekend. Not only did Wil Wheaton announce that the upcoming season of Tabletop will feature more roleplaying games, including Fate Core from Evil Hat Productions, but WotC announced that their popular live Acquisitions Inc., event hosted by Chris Perkins at PAX East every year will be getting its own video series this summer.
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    The Dungeons & Dragons movie has found its director - Rob Letterman (Goosebumps, Monsters vs. Aliens, Shark Tale). The Warner Bros. movie, scripted by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans), is being produced by Rob Lee (The Lego Movie, How To Train Your Dragon) and others after the longstanding legal dispute involving Sweetpea Entertainment and Hasbro was resolved. The script is based on Johnson's script Chainmail, itself based on D&D's precursor and will be taking cues, stylistically, from Guardians of the Galaxy.  ...READ MORE

    WotC has just launched an official Dungeons & Dragons web show called Dice, Camera, Action. It stars Chris Perkins running a game for Holly Conrad, Jared Knabenbauer, Anna Prosser Robinson, and Nathan Sharp. They are playing Curse of Strahd, so only watch it if you don't mind major spoilers. The video is nearly two-hours long. Enjoy!  ...READ MORE

    This article from Dragon Magazine, back in 1977, is likely very familiar to many of you (feel free to yawn - this item isn't for you!) However, there are many newer fans of D&D who don't even remember Dragon Magazine, let alone issues from nearly 40 years ago. In the article, Bill Seligman posits that Gandalf was merely a 5th level magic-user. Given Cubicle 7's recent announcement about an official Middle Earth setting for D&D, it seems like a nostalgia piece worth revisiting.  ...READ MORE