D&D In The Mainstream - Again!
With the latest mainstream article (this time the New York Times for the second time this year!) from a major news outlet covering the resurgence of D&D, I thought I'd take a quick look at similar articles which have appeared on the radar of major newspapers and broadcasters recently, including The Guardian, the BBC, the Washington Post, and more! Image from NYT, depicting live-streamed D&D show "Rivals of Waterdeep" Just yesterday, the Washington Examiner joined in. Forbes also covers the game fairly regularly. It's pretty amazing that this hobby is now appearing in mainstream media on a regular basis. There's a major mainstream article every couple of months now, it seems. The articles are usually very similar -- the surprising revelation of the "rise" or "resurgence" of D&D, and reports that D&D is now 'out of the basement', a few words from somebody at WotC about how the current year is the best year yet, and perhaps an interview with a gamer or two explaining why they think D&D is resurgent now. The New York Times was surprised about the popularity of D&D twice this year - this week on D&D's resurgence, and back in April on "why the cool kids are playing Dungeons & Dragons". The Times looks at the strangeness of D&D becoming cool, while the Washington Post wonders how D&D became more popular than ever. IGN explains the recent surge in popularity, and the Guardian tells us we're no longer nerds because D&D is cool now. The BBC covers the phenomenon, as does Australia's ABC. It'll be fun to see what comes next, if D&D's resurgence becomes no longer 'news' but accepted fact, and the outlets get to report on more focused aspects of the hobby -- hopefully the coverage won't die down. It's come some way since 2004 when the BBC asked "What happened to Dungeons & Dragons?" They've certainly got to stop being surprised at the resurgence soon! New York Times: In a Chaotic World, Dungeons & Dragons Is Resurgent (Nov 13, 2019) New York Times: Why the Cool Kids...
WotC Releases New Adventure For Charity
‘Infernal Machine Rebuild‘ is a 111-page adventure for 5th-10th level, available in PDF for $9.99. All proceeds go to the charity Extra Life. https://www.dmsguild.com/product/294711 A fallen clock tower holds components from an ancient artifact. Upon discovery of the components, competing agents look to launch expeditions to uncover additional components scattered across distant places—and times. The now-lost Temple of Moloch and the construction site of the legendary Tomb of Horrors are two of those locations. However great the risks, finding the components demands the effort, for whoever does so can reassemble the fabled Infernal Machine of Lum the Mad! For characters 5th-10th level. This adventure explores two dungeon locations and includes new monsters, magic items, plus new artifact powers submitted by the player community! Further featuring new art, maps (from Claudio Pozas), cartoon (from Jason Thompson), even an Adventurers League cert for a new trinket—and all monies that Wizards of the Coast receives from sales of this PDF are donated to Extra Life. Your purchase of this adventure goes to a truly great cause! About Extra Life: Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for sick and injured kids. Sign up today and dedicate a day of play for kids in your community!
$299 D&D Anniversary Sapphire Dice
This just dropped into my inbox. $299.99, limited run, available directly from WotC. Celebrate Forty-Five Years of Dungeons & Dragons and Five Years of D&D Fifth Edition with theD&D Sapphire Anniversary Dice Set Only 1,974 sets - featuring a gnome-grown* sapphire gem - will be available to the public on November 21! RENTON, WA – Nov. 11, 2019 – It’s been five years since Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition launched, and the explosion of D&D’s popularity since then has been a wonder to behold! Now fans can celebrate D&D through the D&D Sapphire Anniversary Dice Set, available directly from Wizards of the Coast starting at 11a.m. (PT) on November 21, 2019. The set commemorates both 5 years of 5e AND forty-five years since D&D’s first publication in 1974. “When the D&D team realized the sapphire is the traditional anniversary stone for both five years and forty-five years, and that adding a laboratory-created sapphire to a twenty-sided die wouldn’t jeopardize the integrity of a roll, we couldn’t pass up the chance to make something really cool to celebrate the milestones” said Nathan Stewart, VP of the D&D Franchise at Wizards of the Coast. “The team put together a fun product for our fans that includes art and newly updated stats for sapphire dragons, making these classic dragons ready for play in your next D&D session.” The D&D Sapphire Anniversary Dice Set includes eleven custom-designed aluminum dice from Level Up Dice. Embedded in one of the d20s is a sapphire lovingly grown** by a rock gnome artificer in a charmingly-cluttered workshop. Additionally, each set includes a high-quality dice box and a matching dice tray displaying the ampersand, fifth edition D&D stats and details introducing the sapphire dragon, commemorative stickers, and a sequentially numbered collector’s card confirming the set’s authenticity. Oh, and every die, except that extra-special d20 has an engraved ampersand on the highest number - boosting your D&D cred whenever you roll max...
Podcast #74: News Roundup: D&D, Critical Role, Eberron, Star Wars, and more!
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This week, Morrus and Peter are back on their new regular day with all the news from the past week! D&D Unearthed Arcana, Critical Role signs with Amazon, Eberron: Rising from the Last War news, classic Eberron bundles, the Rick and Morty Starter Set, new charity D&D adventures, lots of new minis, new previews from Star Wars and Legend of the Five Rings, and a whole lot more plus a brand new...
Design Masterclass: 7th Sea
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Anyone who knows me will wonder why it took me so long to get round to what is probably my favorite game of all time. However, I'm sad to say that in this example I'm not going to talk about the numbers. First Edition 7th Sea had some rather basic rules problems (mainly the importance of traits). While Second Edition actually fixes many of those issues, that isn't as useful as you might think...
News Digest for the Week of November 15
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! New DM’s Guild products to benefit Extra Life plus more classic Eberron books to go with the big sale on DM’s Guild to celebrate the release of Eberron: Rising from the Last War whose table of contents we’ve now seen and teases for new products in 2020 and that’s JUST the D&D news this week! There’s a LOT more from Paizo, Fantasy...
D&D In The Mainstream - Again!
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With the latest mainstream article (this time the New York Times for the second time this year!) from a major news outlet covering the resurgence of D&D, I thought I'd take a quick look at similar articles which have appeared on the radar of major newspapers and broadcasters recently, including The Guardian, the BBC, the Washington Post, and more!
PF2 Fireblood
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It's a new edition for Pathfinder—and our 18th article in this new run of TRAILseeker, the weekly ezine where we publish Pathfinder-compatible material thanks to the support of our lovely Patreons! Born out of magma, passion, and quiet resistance, the fireblood are a new ancestry created by Jeff Gomez that provides you with the necessary tools to add a wondrous new people to your world—or to...
5E Eberron: Rising from the Last War Table of Contents
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The table of contents of Eberron: Rising from the Last War was posted by NewbieDM on Twitter.
Dragon Reflections #27
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TSR Periodicals published The Dragon Issue 27 in July 1979. It is 52 pages long, with a cover price of $2.00. In this issue, The Dragon celebrates a milestone, we explore lots of wargame content, and the Bazaar of the Bizarre introduces us to the bag of wind!
WotC Releases New Adventure For Charity
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‘Infernal Machine Rebuild‘ is a 111-page adventure for 5th-10th level, available in PDF for $9.99. All proceeds go to the charity Extra Life.
5E D&D Gem Dragons Are Officially Back
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So if you're (not) like me and you don't have the time or patience to watch Spoilers & Swag, you may have missed this awesome reveal... Gem Dragons are back! And I don't just mean back in a third-party book like Matt Colville's Strongholds and Followers (great book, check it out), I mean back officially for D&D 5e.
RPG Crowdfunding News – Vaesen, Deadlands: Lost Colony, and More
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This week, I look at RPG crowdfunding projects that end between November 22nd through Thanksgiving (28th). Of the eighteen projects covered here, six end on US Thanksgiving eve or the day of Thanksgiving. It's a bold decision and I’m eager to see how many final 48 hours bids they pick up.
Gary’s Immersion in Castle El Raja Key: The Four-Way Footsteps
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(Very early 1973, 1st level of my Castle El Raja Key) -- In November of 1972 four stalwarts of the LGTSA (Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Association; of which I was then its current president)--namely Gary Gygax, myself, Ernie Gygax and my brother Terry Kuntz--experienced our first, and also comprehensive, RPG adventure via Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor setting. During it we also experienced the...
Robotech: The Macross Saga RPG Review
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It was hard to know what to expect when opening up a Robotech RPG. Would it be a game about giant robots punching each other through space or 80s pop-star drama? Would it be a campy slice of entertainment or a weirdly edited tangle of confusion? The answer, it turned out, was "yes".
$299 D&D Anniversary Sapphire Dice
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This just dropped into my inbox. $299.99, limited run, available directly from WotC.
2000AD Available now -- Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth & Cursed Earth Poster Map!
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Now available for purchase from our store (and also at Dragonmeet in a couple of weeks). Both Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth (which is a whopping 160+ pages!) and the massive full-colour A2 poster map depicting the Cursed Earth in great detail!
Rick & Morty Starter Set Pre-Orders
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The D&D Rick and Morty starter set comes out next week. It's the second based on a TV property; the first was the D&D Stranger Things starter set. It's $29.99, but the pre-order price is a little lower. You get a 64-page rulebook, a 32-page adventure (levels 1-3), DM screen, five preteen characters, and a set of dice. Please note, this boxed set will be available in North America only...
5E EN5ider #301: The Not-So-Lonely Road
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Today's issue of EN5ider is a clever historically-sourced article that makes medieval overland travel exciting and engaging with just a few rolls of the dice!
5E Epic Monsters: Elizabeth Báthory
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We’ve already seen her in the Mythological Figures side of this column but ENWorlder Rafael Martin pointed out that since her body went missing after her burial that surely she must be a terrifying undead. I’m inclined to agree! So it is that today’s entry in Epic Monsters features another version of the Blood Countess, one twisted by evil into something even more monstrous than the woman was as the mortal Elizabeth Báthory!
Tyranny of Dragons: A Review
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Revising Hoard of the Dragon Queen and Rise of Tiamet into one book, Tyranny of Dragons (which was always the name for the unified adventure) makes sense for the fifth anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons' 5th Edition. If you didn't buy the original versions, picking up Tyranny is an easy choice if you like this sort of adventure (more on that in a minute), but a more complicated decision if...
War of the Burning Sky 5E #7: Trial of Echoed Souls
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Welcome to the 7th adventure in the critically acclaimed War of the Burning Sky adventure path for 5th Edition, available now in PDF, with the softcover coming soon. Face the Trial! The heroes stand poised to seize control of their fates and the ongoing war, but only if they are first to claim the Torch of the Burning Sky. Seeking the legendary artifact of Emperor Coaltongue, the heroes...
SF Starfinder Downtime Activities
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Paizo has revealed some 'downtime' activities you can engage in (some especially while on a starship), straight out of the upcoming Character Operations Manual.


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