Despite the lack of a license, the third-party market for D&D 5E stuff is growing - an adventures seem particularly popular. MerricB (long time EN World member and blogger) has taken it upon himself to review these products as they come out. I've listed the reviews and his short comments, below, but click through for the full reviews plus a bonus scathing review of the old D&D adventure Quagmire! from back in 1984.
If you've been wondering how non-core spells will be handled in Paizo's new Core Campaign for Pathfinder Society, look no further. Developer John Compton has some info to share. "We had decided early on to allow wizards to scribe non-Core spells they come across, but as many of you pointed out, that leaves bards, clerics, druids, paladins, rangers, and sorcerers without any means of learning non-Core spells whatsoever. In a way this makes sense, but it's a rather unsatisfying, perverse kind of sense."
About a week ago, I posted some photos of what I thought might have been the ultimate gaming room. However, there is a challenger for the crown! The Game Tavern is a gaming room which features swords, barrels, tankards, helms, even a secret door! Plus, of course, an assortment of old D&D books from the 1970s. It appears to be an actual tavern, too, because there are various bottled ales present!
When Wizards of the Coast started talking about launching Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons the talked about a “transmedia” operation where the game would be brought to the world across a wide variety of formats ranging from books to video games and everything in between. In a lot of way this signaled a renewed confidence in the game that has been lacking in recent years from the official channels; however, this hobby isn’t about waiting on the official channels to tell us what to do and how to think. With the rise of the internet this hobby has found ways to create new games, stories, adventures, and videos to showcase our love for it without worrying about what the industry expects us to do. The creative output from people in this hobby is truly staggering with thousands of blogs, hundreds of games and adventures, and countless videos being produced every week. Today I’d like to share 10 of my favorites videos with you from Vimeo and YouTube that help inspire my games and that get my creative juices flowing!
The photos from New York Toy Fair continue, with a bunch a dragons all lined up and ready to go! Here are the Tiamat and Bahamut figures you've seen much more clearly before, along with the various D&D Attack Wing dragons. While not nearly as awesome as the close-ups we've seen of these same miniatures in the past, it's still cool to see them all there in a row in their boxes.
Straight from New York Toy Fair - photographs of upcoming Pathfinder Battles miniatures, including the Iconic Heroes set and more. Some of these we've only seen renders of so far, so it's great to see the actual figures. The pictures below include all three Iconic Heroes sets, although they're hard to see clearly there in their boxes still!
Wanna see some photos of what's in the Temple of Elemental Evil board game, slated for an April 30th release for $64.99? WizKids was at the Toy Fair in New York this weekend, and various attendees managed to snag photographs. The board game "features multiple scenarios, challenging quests and cooperative game play designed for 1-5 players. The contents can also be combined with other D&D Adventure System Cooperative play board games, including The Legend of Drizzt and Castle Ravenloft."
Erik Mona has shared two new miniatures from Paizo's Dungeons Deep set, due in a couple of weeks - a goblin archer and a gnoll slaver. He also showed some of the Iconic Heroes set. "Frankly, I think WizKids has been raising the bar set after set with Pathfinder Battles, so while I was excited to see what they could do with Iconic Heroes, I confess my enthusiasm was tinged with at least a little bit of skepticism. I mean, how much better could they be, really?"
One of my favorite things about role playing games, and Dungeons and Dragons in particular, is the miniature. While I have an active imagination, I'm also a very visual person. I enjoy having physical representations of characters in the game to place on maps during encounters, or sometimes, just to have on a shelf and admire. I also enjoy painting (or re-painting) minis and find it to be an important part of my RPG experience. There are a lot of minis that I really like, but I thought I'd narrow it down to the five that I like the very most.
The d20 Fight Club for D&D 5th Edition iOS app has been removed from the Apple App Store by its creator at the request of WotC. The creator reports that he received a Cease & Desist demand (although it's worth noting that some supposed recent C&Ds appear to have turned out to be amicable requests). This follows on from the removal of the D&D Tools website and the more recent online character generator.
Paizo Publishing has listed a bunch of the latest third-party Pathfinder RPG releases, as it does every couple of weeks. This list includes material for Mythic games, new psionics options, and a few products all focused on lizardfolk. All of these books are available in PDF format from Paizo's online store right now.
I have just uploaded What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. Starter Kit to the downloads area. This is the first draft of the What's O.L.D. is N.E.W. starter kit. Now, bear in mind that this is a draft, and the final version will look veeeeery pretty, but it's a fully operational battlesta... I mean starter kit.It contains six pregenerated characters, the basic rules of the game somehow distilled into about 14 pages, and a short introductory adventure. I would love it if you would test it out and let me know how you get on. This thing will eventually be available for free to everyone, and has to serve as a gateway product which draws existing gamers into the new system. Note: this has been updated with minor errata, two new spell-paths, and few other assorted adjustments.
Pie For Everyone, Just Sliced Very Thinly: The Economics of RPG book Production This article has been updated with a missing pie chart! Simon Rogers of Pelgrane Press has written an article for EN World which takes a detailed look at many of the costs of producing a roleplaying game product. He includes charts. "Last week Morrus provided a list of word rates paid by tabletop RPG publishers. He gleaned from public sources and in discussion with writers. The question arose – why are the rates low? This article centres on the economics of RPG book production and sales, but I’ll start with a preamble directed at writers and other RPG freelancers."
The latest Elemental Evil miniature to be teased is an earth elemental. Like the previous ogre, and the fire elemental, it's from WizKids upcoming Elemental Evil booster sets, which release on March 31st in randomly assorted booster sets for $15.99 each. "Collect all 44 figures from Elemental Evil, the newest set of randomly sorted monsters and heroes in our exciting new line of D&D miniatures, Icons of the Realms. Bring the world of the Forgotten Realms to life with these new miniatures from the Elemental Evil storyline. Wage war against prophets, monsters and elemental creatures to thwart their devious plans to wreak massive amounts of havoc upon the Material Plane!"
WotC held a "round table" Dungeon Master advice session live via video a couple of days ago. Shelly Mazzanoble, Trevor Kidd, Rodney Thompson, Mike Mearls, Sarah Keortge, and Chris Lindsay answered questions from viewers. The session was recorded; watch it below! The video is over an hour long, so prepare your beverage of choice in advance! "We gathered a select group of Dungeon Masters from around the office to answer questions from the D&D community and provide tips and tricks for all DMs!"
An upcoming Dungeons & Dragons video game based on the new D&D 5th Edition rules will allow groups of up to four players to cooperate in online games run by a real human Dungeon Master. Called Sword Coast Legends, it's coming this year, and is being developed by n-Space and Digital Extremes. It sounds very much like a game partly inspired by the Neverwinter Nights video games.
The first ever Games Workshop store is to be demolished. Located in Hammersmith, in west London, the store was opened in April 1978. It's not currently a Games Workshop store; the building is occupied by a translation business. When it was opened, nearly 40 years ago, people lined up in the street. Games Workshop was created in 1975 in Nottingham by John Peake, Ian Livingstone, and Steve Jackson, all of whom had left the company by the 1990s. It is the publisher of games like Warhammer, and Warhammer 40K. No word yet on whether it's being demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass.
So it all began with the Deadlands RPG. That “Weird West” game system which began humbly back in the late 90s has grown to become quite a phenomena in the RPG community. From a single mash-up of genre of Horror in the Old West, Deadlands RPG has spawned a power-house generic roleplaying system and a wide range of settings for the Savage Worlds rules set.
WotC's Rodney Thompson spoke the other day about creating a session cheat/prep sheet for a game of D&D. It sparked some lively discussion, and a number of people asked for examples of a prep sheet. Rodney, being that kind of guy, obliged and provided his session prep from a Greyhawk campaign. It's five pages long, and should give you a great idea of what he means.
COMING SOON: 5 Plug-In Settlements for your 5E Game