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    Dungeons & Dragons News

    • Clever Move has an article about celebrities and D&D entitled "11 celebrities who might be excited about 5E".
    • The 5E Monster Manual goes to the printers in two days.
    • This morning's episode of Q (morning program on CBC radio, also rebroadcast on NPR in the United States) had a segment dedicated to the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons, including an interview with Ethan Gilsdorf who recently wrote the article about D&D in the New York Times (thanks to coriolis for the scoop!)
    • Here's the Tavern Brawler feat straight from the 5th Edition Player's Handbook!




    • Brent (@TirionAlexander on Twitter) kindly provided some photographs of the Adventurer League OP kits which he has just received = faction folders and certs. He says: "The kits contain a letter from the faction leader, character sheet, log sheet, table tent."






    Pathfinder RPG News

    • There's a very rare gold-leafed special edition copy of the Pathfinder core rulebooks going up for auction for charity. "The Special Edition features special gold foil logo treatments on the front cover ("Special Edition," "Pathfinder Roleplaying Game," and "Core Rulebook") that clearly mark the book as something very special. The pages are also lined with gold foil along the edges. Only 200 were ever printed, and this copy has autographs from all the contributers.




    The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Poster

    As always, I make an exception for D&D-specific and Tolkien movies in my news updates. Here's the new Hobbit poster. That's a dragon to be scared of!



    Dungeons & Dragons News




    AN "empty" desk at WotC


    Pathfinder RPG News

    • Click for more about the Pathfinder RPGPaizo's F. Wesley Schneider has written a long article about the Gorgon, which answers the question "So, I have a question about pathfinder's bestiary, specifically about the Gorgon and Medusa. Mytho-historically, the Medusa was an individual Gorgon, and the only mortal of the three. However, in PF's bestiary, the Medusa is the catchall species of snake-haired, scaled persons, and the Gorgon is a weird pertification-breathing, metallic bull from I don't even know where. I understand that these conventions was inherited from D&D, but was there any consideration to 'fixing' this?"
    • Rogue Genius Games has produced Mythic Dragonrider Class Features (or Options, depending on whether you beleieve the cover or the product page!)
    • Rich Baker and James Jacobs spill the beans on their Emerald Spire Superdungeon levels today on the Paizo Blog.
    • Want to work at Paizo? They're looking for two software developers, and a software tester.


    Other News

    • DriveThruRPG has its annual Christmas in July sale. "That's right, Christmas in July is here! Get 25% off of thousands of products by dozens of great publishers! Put the jingle bells on, and keep some jingle in your pocket, too!"
    • Michael Tresca over at Examiner.com is interviewing ENnies nominees. So far he has interviewed Engine Publishing, The Outer Side, and AAW Games.
    • Pegrane Press has made an ENnies sampler available, with excerpts from Eternal Lies, DramaSystem, 13th Age, and Owl Hoot Trail.
    • I've created a nifty Star System Generator. "Generates a star system based on the tables in N.E.W. The Roleplaying Game. This generator creates and illustrates the star(s) and shows, describes, and names all of the individual planets and moons in the system. Hover your mouse over the little moons for their names and descriptions."

    Monday, 21st July, 2014
    Take a look at 5E's WARLOCK! 
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    Dungeons & Dragons News


    • WotC's Mike Mearls lists all of the 42 feats from the D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook in his latest article. "Compared to prior editions, feats are much more robust in the new game. In the past, each feat gave you a single benefit or bonus. Feats could push your character in a unique direction, but usually only after you chained several of them together." [173 comments]
    • An article over at BoingBoing contains a whole slew of D&D 5E art previews. Also, there's the Warlock page from the Player's Handbook. It's well worth chekcing out the article to see all the gorgeous art, especially the big dragon piece. [95 comments]





    Sunday, 20th July, 2014
    The 2014 ENnies Voting Booth Is Now Open! 
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    The voting booth is now open and you have until July 30 at 7pm Central to cast your ballot. Good luck to all! Click on the logo below to be whisked to the voting booth, where you can vote for the best RPG products of the year, and elect 2015's ENnies judges!

    Voting runs from July 20-30, 2014!

    The 2014 ENnies ceremony will take place on Friday, August 15 at 8 p.m. in the Union Station Grand Hall at Gen Con Indy (cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m.).
    How to Vote for Products

    Before voting, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the products. The product titles link to their publisher's websites, allowing you to learn more about that product.

    For most categories, you have five choices (with the the exceptions being 10 each for Fans' Favorite Publisher and Product of the Year). When you vote for products, rank them by selecting 1 for your first choice, 2 for your second choice, and so on. Ranking more than one product the same will result in an error. You do not have to, and are not expected to, place votes in every category!

    If you don't like a product, don't vote for it. You cannot hurt a product's chances of winning by ranking it poorly. To the contrary, you'll help it out if the race goes down to the wire. This system is called an instant runoff.

    In the end, we at the ENnies subscribe to the democratic principle of "one person, one vote." We ask that you not vote more than once (this includes voting on different devices (computers, smartphones, etc.)) and that you not ask others to do the same in order to "stuff the ballot box." As such, you will not be able to return to this ballot once you've submitted your selection.



    I have an exciting competition to announce! It's the EN World Pathfinder Optimized Character Contest! Create an optimized Pathfinder character, upload it to the contest area, and you could win a 500-page hardcover compilation of Act 1 (five adventures) of the critically-acclaimed ZEITGEIST: The Gears of Revolution adventure path for the Pathfinder RPG!

    Here's how it works!

    1. Create a character using 15 point buy (and, optionally, additional 20 and 25 point buy versions, though these are not compulsory). 1st, 5th, 10th or 15th level. If possible, use Herolab to do so, and upload the PDFs of the Standard Character Sheet and the Abilities & Gear Description Appendix. However, Herolab is not a requirement - if you don't have it, a PDF will do using this Pathfinder form-fillable character sheet.
    2. In the description include a standard statblock (if using Herolab simply "Output Hero Statblock" in BB code format and paste it into the description area).
    3. Follow this with some information, description, tactics, how to use the character effectively, etc. so folks know how to use the character.
    4. Your entry name should use the format: Name [race classes; role] -- for example: Capt. Agatha Drake [elf gunslinger 5; musket damage dealer]. The "role" is simply a couple of words to tell folks what it is this character does well - healer, fire mage, sneak attack munchkin, tank, that type of thing.
    5. Here's an example of a character uploaded - it contains a thumbnail image, two PDFs, and the Herolab file, plus the statblock.
    6. The deadline is one week from today - midnight GMT next Friday, 25th July.
    7. FOUR winners will be chosen via public vote - one for each level category (1st, 5th, 10th, 15th). The winners will each receive a copy of the hardcover book.
    8. Any OFFICIAL Pathfinder source is permitted. Third party sources are not permitted.
    9. You may enter as many times as you wish. You can include additional 20 and 25 point buy versions as a bonus extra if you wish, but the 15-point buy version must be present.
    10. It's a character optimization contest, so feel free to unleash your inner munchkin!
    11. Click here to upload your optimized character!


    Good luck!



    Two important new items! First is the preview of the Hermit background from the 5E Player's Handbook [68 comments]. Then, below that, you'll see a starter set character sheet. Click on it for ALL FIVE character sheets in PDF format - both fighters, the dwarf cleric, elf wizard, and halfling rogue! [9 comments]





    Dungeons & Dragons News

    • Firebraces of Selgaunt -- If you love traps, you should definitely take a look at the trap potential inherent in firebraces.
    • Take a look at this sneaky preview of Project: Morningstar, the official licensed electronic tools suite for D&D 5th Edition. No release details yet, but beta signups are available.




    Pathfinder RPG News

    • Osiron awaits! Check out the new Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Mummy's Mask Poster Map Folio.
    • Meet Kess the Bull, the newest Pathfinder iconic character! She was raised to be Lady Kessilandrie Anicia Vlastos, but the thousands of cheering fans that fill the arena's seats when she fights shout her preferred name—Kess the Bull. Kess is the iconic Brawler from the upcoming Advanced Class Guide!





    Other News

    • Tact-tiles are back and on Kickstarter. "The original modular, expandable, versatile, wet and dry erase gaming surface for miniatures and role-playing games. Tact-Tiles are highly portable, rigid, thick plastic, wet and dry-erase, gaming tiles. No more erasing the mat and starting over when the PCs run off the edge! And no more fussing with a rolled up mat!"

    Dungeons & Dragons News

    • Mark Craddock has created (the first draft of) a new 5th Edition Psionicist class!
    • If you missed Monday's live play of Lost Mine of Phandelver in the Starter Set, here it is! (adventure spoilers).
    • In response to a query, WotC says the artist for the new Monster Manual cover is Raymond Swanland.
    • Click for more about D&DWotC's Mike Mearls provides some humorous changes to the final draft of 5E: [30 comments]

    Hey everyone, looks like I've been answering some rules questions with an outdated version of Basic D&D. Corrections to follow.

    Barbarians no longer lose their rage abilities for one week after eating a meal using a fork, spoon, or knife.
    It is no longer legal in OP to attack bard player characters on sight.
    Druid players are no longer required to bring living animals to the table to represent beast forms they want to transform into.
    Paladins no longer receive XP penalties for, and I quote "making with the sexy times."
    The latest revisions to the spells chapter means that the spells no longer, in fact, work in real life.
    Please change the damage for "A withering critique of an opponent's rapping ability" from 3d12 psychic damage to 2d6 cold damage.
    Last but not least, you no longer need to "bust out real karate moves" on anyone at the table to gain bonus damage on a critical hit.

    Thanks for being understanding, and sorry for those oversights. I have updated my files to the latest versions.

    Pathfinder RPG News

    • Click for more about the Pathfinder RPGGame designer (formerly at both WotC and Paizo) Sean K Reynolds has launched a Kickstarter for a new Pathfinder book called Goody White's Book of Folk Magic. It's "an in-character Pathfinder RPG sourcebook by Sean K Reynolds with 29 hexes/spells/rituals based on witchcraft and folk magic!" For a pledge of $7 you get the PDF, and for $20 you get the print version.
    • Check out the second part of The Denver Post's 4-part preview of the Advanced Class Guide.



    Other News


    Dungeons & Dragons News





    Pathfinder RPG News

    • Meet the Brawler, the latest class from the upcoming Advanced Class Guide! "The monk is a disciplined martial artist who spends years of practice to perfect his body and mind. A lawful paragon, the monk has strange and mysterious ki powers. But sometimes you don't want to play Bruce Lee. Sometimes you want to be Chuck Norris. No rules, no discipline, just a headbutt, a kick in the face, and a sucker punch. Bloody, ugly, but effective. If that's what you want, the Advanced Class Guide has the class you've been waiting for."




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    The voting booth is now open and you have until July 30 at 7pm Central to cast your ballot. Good luck to all! Click on the logo below to be whisked to the voting booth, where you can vote for the best RPG products of the year, and elect 2015's ENnies judges! Voting runs from July 20-30, 2014! The 2014 ENnies ceremony will take place on Friday, August 15 at 8 p.m. in the Union Station Grand...

    Read More

    Take a look at 5E's WARLOCK!

    Dungeons & Dragons News WotC's Mike Mearls lists all of the 42 feats from the D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook in his latest article. "Compared to prior editions, feats are much more robust in the new game. In the past, each feat gave you a single benefit or bonus. Feats could push your character...

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