$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...
Tyranny of Dragons: A Review
Revising Hoard of the Dragon Queen and Rise of Tiamat 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 you've already bought, played or DM'd the originals. The trick partially lies in your expectations for the word “revised.” Wizards of the Coast PR mentioned incorporating feedback from players. Since even people who really enjoyed the original version of the adventure talked about things like it being rather railroad-y, it's not surprising that some fans (myself included) hoped for significant revamping. That was not the case. Basically, Tyranny of Dragons reorganizes the set-up and introductory information from both Hoard and Rise, and adds the concept art as supplemental material. The errata noted here has been incorporated, but that's mostly just map notations and references to the maps. Structurally and in terms of the plot, nothing has changed from Hoard and Rise to Tyranny, which is a disappointment if you wanted the adventure to be less linear or less hand holding to the players. So if you liked the original version the only reason to pick up Tyranny is if you want the new cover and supplemental material or if you're a completest. If you liked the idea of Hoard and Rise but had issues with its execution there's even less reasons to buy Tyranny – nothing you disliked has changed. The feedback that led to the changes were all made in relation to adventure balance. For example, the governor of Greenest will give the adventurers four healing potions after they've proved themselves by helping. Since the characters are first level when the events in Greenest begin, those potions are essential. Similarly the number of kobolds in the “Seek the Keep” section of Episode 1...
 
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. Play D&D through the lenses of the mad narcissistic genius, Rick Sanchez...
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.
D&D 'Infernal Font' for $10 for Extra Life
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WotC has made the Infernal font from Descent into Avernus available for $10. All proceeds go to charity.
Design Masterclass: Tails of Equestria
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Yes, you are reading that right, Tails of Equestria, that horse game. I am indeed talking about that game following the adventures of Pinky Pie, Twilight Sparkle and their friends in the magical land of Equestria where 'My Little Pony' is set. What is so great about it I'm adding it to a series that has previously featured Pendragon? Well, not only is it actually a great game (and I say that...
News Digest for the Week of November 8
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Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Huge new Unearthed Arcana for Dungeons & Dragons, Critical Role going to Amazon, new playtest classes for Pathfinder 2nd Edition, Fantasy Flight Games announces new Genesys, Star Wars, and Legend of the Five Rings books, and more!
3E and the Feel of D&D
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For 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons, the big picture was to return the game to its roots, reversing the direction that 2nd Edition had taken in making the game more generic. The plan was to strongly support the idea that the characters were D&D characters in a D&D world. We emphasized adventuring and in particular dungeoneering, both with the rules and with the adventure path modules. We...
PF2 Social Skills Feats
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It's a new edition for Pathfinder—and our 17th article in this new run of TRAILseeker, the weekly e-zine where we publish Pathfinder-compatible material thanks to the support of our lovely Patreons! If you want to add some crunch to your fluff(y backstory), this article is right for you! Carl Cramér brings us some exciting skills feats to model parts of your characters as mechanics that come...
The Sales of D&D vs. AD&D vs. AD&D 2nd Edition
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The 2nd edition of AD&D sold well when it was released. Combined, the Dungeon Master’s Guide and Player’s Handbook sold over 400,000 copies in their first year. That’s a lot of books. Not the most ever sold by TSR, but a lot. To give some historical comparison, the 1981 D&D Basic Rules Set sold over 650,000 copies in its first year. To compare to previous editions of AD&D, the 1st edition DMG and PHB together sold over 146,000 copies in 1979. Putting those numbers together makes AD&D 2nd edition look like a solid hit. But it hides a deeper problem.
An Interview with Lawrence Whitaker of the Design Mechanism
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Lawrence Whitaker agreed to discuss all things Design Mechanism with me including Mythras and the upcoming Lyonesse and Casting the Runes RPGs.
Podcast #73: Judge Dredd The Cursed Earth with Marc Langworthy
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This week, Morrus and Peter are joined by Marc Langworthy, Line Developer of Judge Dredd and the Worlds of 2000AD to talk about the new Judge Dredd book, The Cursed Earth! In the news, Wizards of the Coast has a new survey for D&D, a new D&D video game on its way, Pathfinder 2nd Edition gets its first errata, Call of Cthulhu jumps to second place in Roll20 user statistics, the original...
PF2 Playtest Four New Pathfinder 2E Classes
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You can now download and playtest the investigator, oracle, swashbuckler, and witch classes, all slated for July's Advanced Player's Guide. The playlets runs for just under a month, until Dember 2nd, 2019.
Dragonmeet Is Coming!
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Saturday 30th November 2019, at the Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London. I'll be there with EN Publishing, along with all these fine people and companies. See you there!

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