DRAGONSPEAR Review; D&D Next Interview at AICN; NUMENERA on iO9; PATHFINDER Card Game Reviews; Chris Pramas Surgery Fundraiser
  • D&D Next 2015?; DRAGONSPEAR Review; D&D Next Interview at AICN; NUMENERA on iO9; PATHFINDER Card Game Reviews; Chris Pramas Surgery Fundraiser


    EN World News

    • Guest reviewer bryce0lynch has reviewed GHOSTS OF DRAGONSPEAR CASTLE, the Gen Con exclusive adventure and softcover D&D Next ruleset available to those who attended the con (or who are willing to pay $100 or so on eBay.....) "WOTC has done about as well as can expected with this adventure. It contains a lot of very very good content in it; a great number of good ideas and ‘advice through examples.’ It’s also a railroad with a whole of bad ideas thrown in … but maybe that a given these days, at least the railroad part anyway. I suspect the real goal of 5e/Next is to produce content that the entire range of D&D editions can use, as well as the Pathfinder crowd. I don’t think this product does that. But it is close … a lot closer than anything that has come before. It’s close enough that I’m keeping an open mind and will buy the next one." [threadcm]http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?340403-Ghosts-of-Dragonspear-Castle-A-Railroady-Adventure-and-Exclusive-Gen-Con-D-amp-D-Next-Softcover-Ruleset[/threadcm]
    • We also reviewed SUNS OF GOLD: MERCHANT CAMPAIGNS, a sourcebook for STARS WITHOUT NUMBER, the OSR space opera ruleset.
    • Kamikaze Midget wants to know what is worthy of a class? "What classes should 5e actually embrace? What should be relegated to the subclass bargain bin? Actually. there's a different way to look at the endless debates about what should or should not be a class, one that's more useful and productive than trying to draw lines in this ever-shifting beach sand. Come with me and discover it." [threadcm]http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?340417-What-Is-Worthy-of-a-Class[/threadcm]
    • And Radiating Gnome takes a look at random encounters, which seem to be returning in D&D Next! [threadcm]http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?340466-Random-Encounters-Friend-or-Foe[/threadcm]


    Dungeons & Dragons News

    • Click for more about D&DD&D in the news. Yahoo has an article entitled How Dungeons & Dragons Gave Birth to the Modern Video Industry. (Thanks to Bill for the scoop!)
    • Director Courtney Solomon briefly talks about the upcoming DUNGEONS & DRAGONS movie (just the last 40 seconds or so of this video). 2015 movie, Warner Bros. This is the movie that's sparked a lawsuit with WotC. [threadcm]http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?340470-Director-Courtney-Solomon-Talks-Dungeons-amp-Dragons-Movie[/threadcm]
    • Old settings coming back? So Mearls briefly touched on a list of top five settings recently, and AICN's latest tabletop column revisits a rumour that's been circling a bit. "A rumor has been going around that WotC is approaching the various creators of their most iconic game worlds to bring them back in some capacity as the worlds are re-created or re-imagined for the next edition of D&D. Ed Greenwood’s firmly on board, as he’s writing a monthly column on Forgotten Realms. In a Q&A on the #RPGnet IRC chatroom, Margaret Weis has stated she would be willing to work with Wizards of the Coast again (Kender are a subrace of Halfling that only exist in the Dragonlance world), while Keith Baker (creator of Eberron) has stated that he has been in talks with WotC but “they haven't decided what form setting support is going to take yet”." [threadcm]http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?340458-Old-settings-coming-back[/threadcm]
    • Talking of AICN Tabletop, Abstruse held a long interview with Bruce Cordell and Robert J. Schwalb. It's uncommonly candid and non PR-y for WotC and is well worth the read.
      • "The core of the game’s done, it’s just the writing’s about halfway".
      • Cordell says "a lot of the modularity comes from the idea that you can evoke any previous edition with the right set of rules combinations."
      • Confirmation there will be a DUNGEON MASTER's GUIDE.
      • Schwalb: "So what happens is they blow up D&D. We saw – as much as I love 4th Edition – 4e did just that."
      • 4E "robbed the play experience but honestly the design side as well – because we were locked into that two-page spread for adventure design. It kind of pushed out that narrative that 5th Edition is going to recapture."
      • "We’re in a period of refinement rather than system design. I think the core engine is pretty much where the Powers That Be want it."

    • Acquisitions Incorporated at PAX Prime -- today (Saturday) at 3.30pm-5.30pm Seattle time, you can watch the livestreamed celebrity game. "Meet the new Acquisitions Inc. Intern, best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss, as he joins Gabe, Tycho and Scott Kurtz to take on the Sundering in a Dungeons & Dragons live game."
    • Ed Greenwood, legendary FORGOTTEN REALMS D&D writer talks about D&D Next and takes fan questions at Fan Expo 2013. This is audio recorded by The Nerdy Bomb. There's no transcript (at least yet) but edwin_su wrote a short recap over on WotC Boards (edited for clarity) [threadcm]http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?340469-D-amp-D-Next-Panel-with-Ed-Greenwood-Fan-Expo-2013[/threadcm] .
      • At around the 2 minute mark he said that D&D Next release will almost certainly be 2015
      • At 3 minutes he says that the released game might not be to different from the last playtest packet earlier
      • He said he thinks that package will be released 15 September 2013
      • Early in the 2nd part he says DnD Next is kind of "get it right or go home": if it is terrible it won't be for lack of trying
      • At about 4 minutes he says there still is a lot of discussion what the products should look like.
      • 9 minutes in he talks a bit about WotC being owned by Hasbro and that Hasbro struggle with D&D as it's a toy company and is used to the audience "growing out" of a product line every 6 years



    Pathfinder News

    • Click for more about the Pathfinder RPGTom Vassel has a video review of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. [threadcm]http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?340443-Tom-Vasel-reviews-the-Pathfinder-Adventure-Card-Game[/threadcm]
    • Board Game Geek has also reviewed the game.


    13th Age News



    Numenera News

    • Click for more about Monte Cook's NumeneraNUMENERA Character Generator App -- official, now on Apple App Store for iOS.
    • Unpacking NUMENERA's Cypher Economy. A interesting article which kinda reviews the game and then talks about cyphers (NUMENERA's one-shot items).
    • NUMENERA on iO9. This interview from yesterday interviews Monte Cook and Shanna Germain and covers lots of ground. "We’re not going to come back with a new set of rules. We’ll come out with all kinds of awesome stuff to add on, but the core rules I don’t think will ever change. There’ll never be a new edition of Numenera rules for people."
    • And here's a great review of the game from Petrie's Family Games.
    • The Gen Con 2013 Numenera launch event video is now available online. It's two hours long, and has a bunch of info, art, and more.


    Other News

    • The Tables & Titans Kickstarter has just a few days left.
    • Chris Pramas (of Green Ronin) need spine surgery. To that end he's holding a fundraiser - you can get an anthology of fiction form a whole bunch of cool authors. This is a good cause with a great reward, so please consider backing him on IndieGoGo. "Cadaver Bone is a dark fantasy fiction anthology from an all-star writing team. Proceeds will help fund game designer and author Chris Pramas's spinal surgery."
    • A blast from the past - this is an old thread, but Ian Livingstone recently tweeted about it. It's a read-thru/review of early issues of WHITE DWARF.