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    Thursday, 18th July, 2019, 07:54 AM
    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! The Countdown to Pathfinder 2nd Edition starts this week, nominees for the Diana Jones Award announced, voting for the ENnies open, the Alpha Quadrant and Deep Space Nine covered in the new Star Trek Adventures: Alpha Quadrant Sourcebook, and more! Paizo announced a series of live streams as the Countdown to Pathfinder 2nd Edition...
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    Wednesday, 17th July, 2019, 01:33 PM
    This week, Morrus and Peter explore The Expanse Role Playing Game from Green Ronin. In the news, Bloomberg’s story on people paid to dungeonmaster for Dungeons & Dragons, A Touch More Class Kickstarter in its final days, ENnie Award voting is open, new Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition products and organized play, new John Carter of Mars releases, Countdown to Pathfinder 2nd Edition, yet...
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    Thursday, 11th July, 2019, 04:01 AM
    This week, Morrus and Peter are joined by Sam Webb from Black Cat Gaming and Modiphius to talk about The Spy Game, the 5e-based espionage thriller RPG on Kickstarter now! In the news, ENnie nominations, Pathfinder 2nd Edition adventure path previews, Fallout RPG released, a site outage at EN World, and more! Plus Our Favorite Game in All the World (with a brand-new theme song!) and a new sketch!...
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    Saturday, 6th July, 2019, 12:11 PM
    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! More previews for Descent into Avernus, Pathfinder 2nd Edition, and Shadowrun 6th Edition, plus a new D&D-inspired video game, D&D for the visually impaired, Fallout RPG released, and more! I swear, as Pelor as my witness, I thought Abyssal Chickens could fly! I have no idea how many people reading this will get that reference, but...
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    Wednesday, 3rd July, 2019, 07:44 PM
    This week, Morrus and Peter take a look at the Acquisitions Incorporated sourcebook for Dungeons & Dragons! In the news, WotC is looking for a new Executive Producer for D&D, a preview from Descent into Avernus (if you’re not chicken), new D&D 5e inspired video game announced, Chivalry & Sorcery getting a fifth edition, and more! Subscribe on iTunes | Google Play | YouTube | TuneIn |...
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    Thursday, 27th June, 2019, 06:57 AM
    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! New releases for Dungeons & Dragons, a preview of the finalized rules for Pathfinder 2nd Edition, free upgrade for the Shadowrun Sixth Edition Beginner Box, and a lot more! Two products hit store shelves this week for Dungeons & Dragons. First is Acquisitions Incorporated, the sourcebook based on the podcasts and live streams from...
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    Wednesday, 26th June, 2019, 01:59 PM
    This week, Morrus and Peter are joined by ASH LAW to talk about 13th Age! In the news, new Dungeons & Dragons products released, SLA Industries getting a second edition, new miniatures for Star Trek Adventures and for D&D, and an exclusive announcement from ASH LAW about Ponyfinder! Plus Our Favorite Game in All the World, a brand new sketch, and a lot more in this extra-long episode! ...
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    Friday, 21st June, 2019, 07:22 AM
    Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! More release details for Pathfinder 2nd Edition, a story didn’t happen involving Dungeons & Dragons (but I’ll explain why it’s worth mentioning why it’s not a story), a big expansion to BattleTech on its way, and more! Full release details are now available for Pathfinder 2nd Edition. The core rulebook will once again do a minimum...
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Thursday, 2nd May, 2019

  • 06:27 PM - MNblockhead mentioned Abstruse in post News Digest: Shadowrun Sixth Edition, Origins Award Nominees, BESM New Edition Amid Controversy, Alien RPG, and more!
    Abstruse Chill out. I don't read @Nylandfs comment as an attack on you. He's simply posting about another Kickstarter in a post that discusses Kickstarters. He didn't question why you didn't include it. Nobody expects every digest to include every possible related item of news. EN World is my primary source for learning about Kickstarters, both your posts, posts discussing specific single Kickstarter campaigns, and the comments of the many visitors to this site. It is all valuable and doesn't violate the sites rules, as far I can tell. Your umbrage is misplaced.

Sunday, 3rd June, 2018

  • 03:26 AM - Mouseferatu mentioned Abstruse in post The Next Dungeons & Dragons Storyline Will Be...
    WotC was very clear about what hour of what day the new book would be announced and made no further promises. This entire event was set up to disseminate infirmation. Does being press make you believe you are entitled to more information sooner than the rest of us? Or course WotC teased you the way they did. You basically asked if the final day was worth warching. Were they supposed to say 'No? " You know, given that Abstruse busts his ass for this site--hunting down stories, collating information, and writing it all up every week, plus trying to stay on top of big stories like this one--and given that WotC won't allow ENWorld access to advance info due to leaks that weren't ENWorld's fault, while still giving advanced access to other sites that have leaked info early--I think you can back the hell off and just say "Thank you for trying, I'm sorry your time was wasted."

Thursday, 22nd February, 2018


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Saturday, 28th October, 2017

  • 07:42 AM - Mouseferatu mentioned Abstruse in post News Digest: PaizoCon Harassment, Dungeon Tiles Reincarnated, WizKids and Warhammer 40K, Fantasy Flight Interactive, and more!
    Could you maybe steer clear of the controversial news that your not 100% sure about. Recently the F-up with the Tom Vassel business and now with the Bill Web stuff. Stick with rehashing press releases, because investigative journalism isn't your best feat (or as powerful as it was in 3rd Edition ;-)... I am not Abstruse, but I know him outside of his position as a columnist here at ENWorld, and I can 100% assure you that he will never, ever stop posting about, or calling people out for, sexual harassment, abuse, or assault in the industry. He will report what he's learned, and he will correct as new information comes to him, as he should. But stop reporting it? Never. Nor should he.

Thursday, 24th August, 2017

  • 04:50 PM - LordEntrails mentioned Abstruse in post News Digest: Gen Con, ENnies, Diana Jones, Star Wars, Starfinder, and more!
    ...n June. Spiel des Jahres is a closed selection process for the jurors, but their names and identities are publicly known. As for what criteria they use. Ah, basically anything that they want. After several sentences, they come down and say this; The precise interpretation of ‘excellence in gaming’ is left to the discretion of the individual judges I mean, "industry insiders patting each other on the back" is pretty much the definition of an award regardless of the medium the award is for. This may often be true. But not all awards are this. Some are popularity contests open to the public. But credibility is not something an awards group can just grant themselves. And it is near impossible when they are secretive in both who they are and how they make their selection(s). If they were credible, then other sources besides themselves would actually cite them as credible. Where are those links? (So far, this question which is probably the most important has simple been ignored.) @Abstruse, note these questions or comments of mine are not meant to question your article. It is straight forward news (and I appreciate it, including this topic and others). I'm just trying to understand what the credibility of the DJA is.

Saturday, 12th July, 2014

  • 04:01 AM - pemerton mentioned Abstruse in post Will there be a 4.75 a la Pathfinder?
    I'm not 100% sure what you mean by "as an item" as that is not a phrase I'm familiar with as a legal term of art.It's not a legal term of art. "As a good offered for sale" is not really a legal term of art either, but would do as a synonym for "as an item". Restricting myself to federal law, trade dress is protected by §43(a) of the Lanham Act. (15 USC §1125 see also Two Pesos, Inc. v. Taco Cabana, Inc., 505 US 763)I think there are going to be complexities in comparing trade dress of a restaurant (or other commercial service provision, like M:tG online mentioned upthread by Abstruse) and trademarks and trade dress of goods. For instance, if a book or magazine is sold solely in shrink wrap, then it seems to me that that must suggest limitations on the extent to which material that appears only on the interior of the book can constitute trade dress or trademarks belonging to the publisher. At a certain point, such material cannot play a role in consumers distinguishing the goods of one producer from those of another, competing, producer. Or, from the point of view of a potentially infringing trader, at a certain point material that appears only within the interior of a book has not been "used in commerce", which is the statutory phrase that triggers liability. Here's an example: A 3PP makes a new monster: A 1 Eyed, 1 Horned Purple People Eater. They use the mechanics from MMIII to create the monsters stats, and they use the same colors and layout as monsters from MMMIII. While it's my position that (if it's protected at all) it's protected by trade dress a...

Saturday, 31st August, 2013

  • 06:41 AM - Morrus mentioned Abstruse in post Long interview with Cordell & Schwalb
    Conducted by Abstruse. There's a lot to get your teeth into in that interview; it's unusually candid and non PR-y for WotC. Great read. http://www.aintitcool.com/node/63941 I'm surprised about how frankly they spoke about 4E. Equal parts good and bad. It's the sort of interview that is likely to reignite the edition wars, though. Plus lots of tidbits on the D&D Next playtest approach.

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Monday, 20th May, 2019

  • 05:35 AM - a.everett1287 quoted Abstruse in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    I think a big part of it is that Eberron was released as a PDF last year for $20 and that the The Descent event spent a lot of time talking up the print-on-demand DM's Guild offerings including the Eberron PDF. So people are wondering...what did we spend money on last year then? Another issue is that WotC hasn't listed any details whatsoever and, while Eberron creator Keith Baker was involved in the PDF Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron, there's been no mention if he'll be involved with this as Nathan Stewart presented this as the sole brainchild of himself and Kate Welch at the end of the stream. Okay, if the bolded is actually part of the concern, wouldn't it be better to actually... wait... for information? As for the top portion... You paid for the PDF, which this may or may not work better in tandem with.
  • 03:56 AM - Birmy quoted Abstruse in post The Final Announcement from The Descent Live Stream: Eberron Hardcover
    ...they did a karaoke cover song of ACDC's "TNT" but changed the lyrics to "DND"...I don't want to disparage the musical talents of the people who performed it, but the end result was not as witty as you might thing it is from just the description... Like last year, the musical bits were strange--careening between impressive and embarrassing, often within the same performance.

Sunday, 19th May, 2019

  • 10:59 PM - Jester David quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Take it for what it is worth, per Reddit at the time: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/330660672?t=01h01m58s Twitch sez: "Sorry. Unless you’ve got a time machine, that content is unavailable." But the quote does sound pretty definitive. But, again, he could be referring to a PDF. I'm not willing to put down any money that plans haven't changed or schedules shifted. WotC appears to have solved for setting sbooks for 5E in Guildmasters Guide to Ravnica: 5E applicable crunch for players, DM aids, and a ton of monsters. Basically, a PHB add-on, a MM add-on, and a DMG add-on. That was the impression Stewart gave when talking about the reception of that book, at any rate. That will work well for a setting like Dark Sun. If they make that setting akin to Guildmaster's Guide it will work well. That would be my guess, but that really requires psionics to function. But there's not nearly as many monsters for Planescape that haven't been done. There's very little applicable crunch for playe...
  • 09:20 PM - vecna00 quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Ugh, I knew I should've gotten that second cup of coffee, converted the time the wrong way. Concert's not until 7PM Central (so four hours from now) and it's the only thing on the main channel schedule. There's not even some kind of wrap-up scheduled that I can see. If I remember correctly, the event ends at 8 pm PST (10 Central), and Nathan Stewart teased that the "Big Announcement" would be at 8:45 (no time zone given) to mess with Game of Thrones viewers. It was also noted that the announcement would not appear on the VOD. Not sure how much of that is legit information or trolling on his part. I do expect it to just be a video reveal like they did for Dungeon of the Mad Mage.

Saturday, 18th May, 2019

  • 04:46 AM - MonsterEnvy quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Mearls wasn't listed on the main schedule on the WotC page. If he was listed appearing anywhere else, I haven't seen it. As far as controversy, he's been pretty radio silent since his initial statement following the accusations against Zak S. of sexual abuse from his former partners. Similarly, the cast of Dice, Camera, Action is noticeably absent from the rather large cast of D&D streamers for the show. Anna is there.
  • 04:06 AM - silentdante quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Mearls wasn't listed on the main schedule on the WotC page. If he was listed appearing anywhere else, I haven't seen it. As far as controversy, he's been pretty radio silent since his initial statement following the accusations against Zak S. of sexual abuse from his former partners. Similarly, the cast of Dice, Camera, Action is noticeably absent from the rather large cast of D&D streamers for the show. yeah i think you are right, i must have imagined him being there, as the way back machine only shows the 2 DCA people who are part of that controversy but no Mearls anywhere. thanks! great coverage too, thank you for doing it.
  • 03:32 AM - DMZ2112 quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    A full five years will have passed between the release of the original Starter Set and the release of the new D&D Essentials Kit, giving its creators five years of lessons learned to make the new player experience the best it can possibly be. "D&D Essentials," huh? Really, guys? Too soon. In fact, it will never not be too soon. Just remove that word from the branding lexicon now. Maybe set it on fire, maybe pee on the ashes. Better safe than sorry. I mean they announced the new Rick & Morty comic is about "Painscape" and no one under 30 knows what the hell that's a reference to unless they make it the new campaign setting... Half Life 3 confirmed. If we are getting a new setting announcement I doubt it will be until June. http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?658502-Announcement-after-The-Descent Planescape would be a logical way to expand D&D5's core setting, but these blurbs from Descent into Avernus make me nervous. The World Axis worked for D&D4 because they started from...
  • 01:43 AM - Prakriti quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    I really wish they'd hire NewbieDM as director frankly. He has the knowledge and experience to do this right and the passion for the subject matter. The camera angles and changes are really, really bad. It's been jarring to me constantly trying to cover this and I actually scared my cats out of the room yelling about poor framing on Anna Prosser at one point is was bothering me so badly. I haven't been watching enough to notice, but as someone who is also bothered by poor camera-work, I feel your pain. Yeah, as genuinely cool as this sounds, it's likely a skip for me. Now, if they announce some sort of Planescape player-friendly book on Sunday, which seems likely, I'd be in for that. Yeah, this is not the planar adventure I've been waiting for. But I'm kind of down on hardcover adventures in general. I have too many sitting on the shelf unplayed to justify buying another one.
  • 01:15 AM - Ash Mantle quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus [CENTER]This adventure spans levels 1 through 13, starting with low-level adventures in Baldur’s Gate, the dark and gritty metropolis which lead designer Adam Lee describes as “the Gotham [City] of the Sword Coast.” Starting a campaign in Baldur’s Gate is wildly different from starting a campaign in bright, shiny Waterdeep, and it perfectly suits a campaign that is destined to go straight to Hell. Introducing more than just the city of Baldur’s Gate, this adventure also opens up the massive sandbox environment of Avernus. Oh sweet, will this also mean there'll be a Batman of Baldur's Gate (maybe that's where all of our PCs come in)? Cos they've been saying there's a twisted eladrin called Smiler, driven by cruelty and all the particular ways of harming people, as someone you can interact with. Also much kudos to those who guessed the supplements correctly! The fact that Baldur's Gate and the Nine Hells were so closely tied in the LYSK segments was a...
  • 12:47 AM - pedr quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    I think the complaints are from people outside the United States...Yeah, I'm a little annoyed that I'll probably have to wait a bit, but it'll be in general distribution worldwide - the D&D Beyond article says it'll be released to all channels on 3rd September so it's only a two month delay.
  • 12:02 AM - pukunui quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    I'm not 100% sure that's Zariel on the cover. It may be the unnamed fallen angel mentioned in the description from D&D Beyond. Or if it is Zariel, it's possible there's different forms. Zariel *is* a fallen angel. The blindfolded celestial in the main artwork for the stream is also meant to be her. Unless there's another fallen angel involved in the story, that is probably her on the cover. Perhaps she can change her form. Or perhaps WotC just didn't enforce any consistency in her look, like they do with dragons and goblins and the like.
  • 12:00 AM - GarrettKP quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    I'm not 100% sure that's Zariel on the cover. It may be the unnamed fallen angel mentioned in the description from D&D Beyond. Or if it is Zariel, it's possible there's different forms. It is her. They show off more of her art in the D&D Beyond videos.

Friday, 17th May, 2019

  • 11:09 PM - Prakriti quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    [CENTER]106522 Looks like the new Essentials adventure will take place in Phandalin too. Icespire Peak appears on the Lost Mine of Phandelver map, but I don't believe it's detailed in the adventure.
  • 10:01 PM - Demetrios1453 quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Oh trust me. I remember that vividly...So many people were up in arms all weekend that we would only be getting a level 1 - 5 adventure...
  • 09:50 PM - Staffan quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    It's possible, but there's no other listings that I've been able to dig up. I can't remember if there were any other placeholder listings with the Waterdeep books or if that just got posted later. I guess we'll find out in a few hours. Last year, Dungeon of the Mad Mage was announced during the closing chat. Basically, the designers sitting around talking about the weekend and finishing with "Oh, and we also have this coming in November."
  • 09:15 PM - Parmandur quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    The question is if the Rick and Morty set is part of the announcement (or if that's Hasbro Gaming's thing) and, if so, is it separate from the Essentials Kit. Also, there's definitely a dice-and-accessories pack for BG:DiA coming out since that's on Amazon already (though without the name attached), but whether or not those are counted as "a product" tends to vary from year to year. Or maybe the miscellany pack is the Essentials kit. Maybe the four products are BG, the Essentials box, the Dice & Miscellany box , and the R&M set. And the Setting book is set for a latter reveal (as happened with Ravnica).
  • 07:03 PM - Parmandur quoted Abstruse in post The New Dungeons & Dragons Storyline for 2019 Leaked Ahead of Live Stream
    Looks like the Comicbook.com article has been edited. The info about Descent into Avernus and the Rick and Morty starter set is all gone. Now it's just about the chibi monster figures and Ghosts of Saltmarsh. Wonder what happened there... They have the info already, and somebody was sloppy with the time stamp for pushing the article.

Tuesday, 14th May, 2019

  • 10:03 PM - Saelorn quoted Abstruse in post Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box Review
    The idea is to get the players constantly thinking about where they are in combat and what the situation is and having them adjust to always have the upper hand so they're always getting 2-3 Edge per turn, and also spending that edge every turn or two because you can't really stockpile it - the cap is 7 and you lose anything over your Edge attribute that you don't spend at the end of the encounter.My big concern is that Edge feels a lot more like a game mechanic, and less like something that makes sense with how the world works. Sure, 3E had a lot of fiddly modifiers, but they all made sense from an in-character perspective. I'm afraid that I'll be placed in a position to take particular actions "because it generates Edge" rather than because it makes sense on its own. Do you know whether all of those Edge-related factors also have a direct impact, aside from the Edge? If I have thermographic vision in a dark room, do I also negate the darkness penalty to hit, or is it all rolled up into the...

Sunday, 12th May, 2019

  • 08:26 PM - Staffan quoted Abstruse in post Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box Review
    I think if we see any others added, it'll be more narrow-focused to a specific build type. Like you can only use this Edge Boost when decking or when astral projecting or whatever. Or it might be the function of certain types of cyberware, like the tactical subprocessor giving you the ability to spend edge on an ally's roll or something like that. It would add more complexity and variety to the system, but still be optional. Don't want the extra options bogging things down, don't get that cyberware or that adept power. Yeah, adding ways to spend Edge via optional abilities (Qualities, cyber-/bioware, adept powers, whatever) is a nice way to make Edge more useful without increasing the cognitive load too much.
  • 07:05 PM - The Boondock Saint quoted Abstruse in post Shadowrun Sixth World Beginner Box Review
    I don't think I made this clear, but that pretty much IS the Edge list. It's one page with descriptions of each option and I only left a couple off (mostly ones that tied to other mechanics and I didn't want to get tangled explaining too much all at once). There may be more options in the full core rules, but according to Jason Hardy, it's still a single page in the core rules. It's the fine line of trying to give enough choices to be interesting but not so many that it creates analysis paralysis. Particularly where that's possible to come up with the action economy (as players are probably going to want to use every single action they can even if they don't need to, and there's only so many choices for minor actions). Fair enough. I don't think *I* made myself clear enough when I commented. I was thinking in terms of the core rulebook and "on down the line", but it's clear that you can't read my mind. :) Thanks for elaborating, though. I'd like to see a few more options (maybe 1-2 for each po...


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