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    DDXP Begins Today!

    Today is the first day of D&D Experience in Forte Wayne. The convention lasts four days, and is sponsored and attended by WotC.

    This year there will be public (but under NDA) playtests of the next iteration of D&D, as well as seminars, panels, and Q&A sessions. With luck, there will be plenty of juicy D&D Next scoops emerging from the convention - and if you're there and you have some information please don't hesitate to email me (morrus at hotmail dot com) so that I can share it with the rest of us who were unable to attend.

    Today's main seminar is Charting the Course: An Edition for all Editions - "Join Mike Mearls, Monte Cook, and Jeremy Crawford as they discuss the origin for the idea to create an edition of Dungeons & Dragons that encompasses all previous editions. The designers discuss the challenges in creating compatibility and balance, as well as the exciting possibilities such a system creates. Seminar to be followed by a Q&A session."

    The playtest is called Caves of Chaos: "Join the first public playtest of the next iteration of the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. The playtest offers players the chance to run pre-generated 1st-level characters through the Caves of Chaos, a four-hour D&D adventure. Wizards of the Coast staff will be running several tables each day. As part of the playtest, participants must sign a special non-dislcosure agreement for playtesters."

    Adventure Description: For years, Castellan Keep has stood on civilizations frontier, commanding a grand view of that dismal realm known as the Borderlands. A forlorn place, rife with monsters and terrors beyond imagining, adventurers have used this fort to seek glory and plunder in this dangerous realm, to unearth fabulous treasures and destroy foul monsters. Of all the haunts found here, none equal the Caves of Chaos in both danger and the promise of reward. Rumors abound of the wicked humanoids, the sinister monsters, and the dark priests that run amok in this dungeon. Only the most cunning and bold adventurers dare to face the dreaded caverns. Do you have what it takes to survive the Caves of Chaos?

    If I hear anything, I'll update this post! All updates below.


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    What exactly is the purpose of having "open playtests" under a NDA? I don't think that means what WotC thinks it means...
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    No battlemat...

    And the map of the Caves looks like it was taken straight out of B2.

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    Goldenrod sheets and the classic, B2 map eh? Smells like an attempt to channel old-school charm

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    Quote Originally Posted by cperkins View Post
    Goldenrod sheets and the classic, B2 map eh? Smells like an attempt to channel old-school charm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Daniel View Post
    No battlemat...

    And the map of the Caves looks like it was taken straight out of B2.
    This has been one of my curiosities. Does this new system mean I can just grab an old 1E module and run it with no conversion? Maybe we'll find out in the near future!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IronWolf View Post
    This has been one of my curiosities. Does this new system mean I can just grab an old 1E module and run it with no conversion? Maybe we'll find out in the near future!
    No conversion would be odd. I'd put money on simple conversion, though.

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    Just a few thoughts from looking at the image (not a high res shot, I cant clean it up much).

    Did they simplify initiative or are the tent cards just a DM tool to simplify initiative order?

    The golden sheets don't appear to be character sheets in the classic sense. The text appears to be more block text than character sheet stats. Either that means its fluff/background write-ups, or the sheets are set up in such a way as each ability (skill, power, class feature etc.) has a "stat line" and a paragraph of text to go with it (which just seems a lot more complicated than a basic PC sheet). Also, it looks like there may be a white "PC sheet" with the actual stats hidden from the camera. You can see it peaking out from under "initiative #2"'s gold sheet (and to a lesser extent #1's also). If true, then white and gold sheets in the middle of the table were PC #6 (unused at this table) and is the gold cover sheet with character description text, and a PC sheet turned upside down so as not to be included in the photo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Daniel View Post
    No battlemat...
    That was a bit premature on your part.

    Here's "Another picture from the <s class="hash">#</s>dndnext playtest." posted 55 minutes ago:



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