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Considering the popularity of Critical Role, I was surprised to find that several publications did not review Call of the Netherdeep, the first Critical Role adventure released for Dungeons & Dragons. In my in-depth review, I praised the adventure for its juicy ideas and Rivals mechanic but also pointed out some possible challenges in running it.
In my in-depth review for Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos I noted that while there was a lot to like in the D&D adaptation of the Magic the Gathering set focused on a magical school, it didn't quite measure up to the high standards set by Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft or The Wild Beyond the Witchlight. But what did other reviewers think? Let's take a look.
The Marvel Multiverse Role-Playing Game isn't the first (or second, etc.) Marvel universe RPG or even the first one designed in-house. Yet reading the playtest rulebook I can't help feeling like the expectations for this version is higher.
The three biggest pieces of information from the D&D Direct event were announcements for Spelljammer, Dragonlance, and a title for the D&D movie (Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves) hitting theaters March 2023, but a lot of other information was provided during Q&A sessions for the press afterward. That includes a few new ways to bring first-time players and DMs to the world of Dungeons &...
As you've heard, the D&D team officially announced yesterday what has long been teased – Spelljammer is coming to 5th Edition. (The team says that they announced Spelljammer on April 1 only no one believed them.) After the official presentation during today's D&D Direct, Chris Perkins, one of the architects of 5th edition and the project lead for the Spelljammer team, answered some additional...
In addition to the official videos announcing Dragonlance releases for late 2022, I got to talk to talk to the D&D team and get a few more details not in the public D&D Direct event. Because Dragonlance is a setting about war, Ray Winninger, Executive Producer of Dungeons & Dragons, was asked if Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen would have large-scale combat rules. He said that they...
Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep is the first full D&D adventure set in the world of Exandria. It brings elements of what a Critical Role campaign can feel like as well as some a few challenges compared to the typical D&D release.
A great deal of thought clearly goes into Beadle & Grimm's products, from props to packaging. For their Platinum Edition of The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, that makes opening the shipping box feel like Christmas morning.
With The Legend of Vox Machina, Critical Role comes full circle from being voice actors playing D&D (first in a private game, then streaming on Geek & Sundry) to an $11 million Kickstarter for an animated special. That success attracted streaming network interest, which then morphed into a 24-episode animated series where they're voicing their own characters.
Every new D&D book comes with its own share of hype and debate. In the case of The D&D Rules Expansion Gift Set, it has also come with a lot of speculation.
Critical Role expanded into comic books awhile ago, telling tales of Vox Machina. Although their first campaign started in late 2012, Critical Role began streaming on March 12, 2015. The characters started that stream at 9th level, so there are still plenty of gaps to fill in about Vox Machina's early days and their origins. With Critical Role: Vox Machina – Kith & Kin, we're finally digging...
Still looking for gift ideas for the gamer, and especially D&D gamer, in your life? Options exist for all budgets and interests—and some have digital delivery in case you need a present at the absolute last minute.
Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos is the latest D&D 5E book based on a Magic the Gathering set. That's led a lot of people to refer to it as Harry Potter meets D&D, but that's not accurate for reasons I will explain below.
The delayed release of Fizban's Treasury of Dragons made the roll out of reviews a bit different than usual. Some reviews came out on the original release timetable because those review copies shipped normally. Others came later due to the shipping issues plaguing so many industries right now, and reviewers who bought their own copies were even later
Need a DM screen? Love running dungeons? Then the D&D Dungeon Master's Screen Dungeon Kit may be for you.
Haven't gotten enough yet of The Wild Beyond the Witchlight? WotC has you covered. The Witchlight Carnival Dice and Miscellany set is an optional add-on to D&D's first official Feywild adventure.

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This nearly 600-page book is no mere tome, it's an artifact.
Roleplay and intrigue mixed with superhero action.
Tell stylish stories of space outlaws scraping by to survive.
For a campaign built on investigation and exploration rather than blasting through an Alien hive.

Dungeons & Dragons

Greyhawk is the 'sample setting' provided in the 2024 Dungeon Master's Guide.
The new Player's Handbook contains 12 character classes, each with 4 subclasses.
This nearly 600-page book is no mere tome, it's an artifact.
"The Fighter is now the weapon master equivalent of the Wizard!"
Each day this week, Wizards of the Coast will be releasing a new preview video based on the upcoming Player's Handbook. The first is entitled Everything You Need To Know and you can watch it here.
Or maybe it is just a simple job to deliver a simple goblin to a simple fortress.

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Despite public pledges not to use controversial technologies.
The award is given for “significant contributions to the science fiction, fantasy, and related genres community”
Finalists include one game designer, two conventions, a charity bundle, and a labor union
More industry consolidation as VTT combines with tools platform!

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