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  1. Gaming Tonic

    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 27 August 2012

    Well we have all had a chance to digest our second Open Playtest packet so it is a good thing that Wizards of the Coast has provided us with some gaming entertainment on their website, and their Dragon and Dungeon magazines. This week we get some totally bizarre items from afar, a bear of an...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 6 August 2012

    With Gen Con Indy right around the corner we have a lot of D&D Next excitement building. The feedback is being gathered and some of the stuff you will see is absolutely amazing. I can't say anything more about that at the moment but you will see for yourself. In the news are lots more to do...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 30 July 2012

    Even with Gen Con on the horizon Wizards of the Coast still put forth the effort to deliver new adventures, themes, and of course D&D Next news. The fans are in for quite a lot of awesome stuff coming up in the next month but we will talk about with some of the designers of D&D Next over the...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 23 July 2012

    Sorry about the lack of What's Up With D&D last week but I failed a Dex check and had a bit of an accident. This week the descent into the Underdark continues and the monster design for the next edition is explained in much greater detail. Epic level fans also get some new challenges...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 9 July 2012

    This week Wizards of the Coast launches a new contest for your playtest group, gives you a couple of themes for your players who have to play drow to use. We also get more insight into D&D Next, a look at some new old books, and a twist on using companions sometimes in your game. It is a slow...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 2 July 2012

    The virtual pages of Dragon and Dungeon Magazines really filled up the last week of June. Several adventures were published as well as an article featuring a few high level bad guys for your games. More about the direction of D&D Next was revealed by Mike Mearls and Rodney Thompson. The drow...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 25 June 2012

    The fans kicked their board posting into overdrive this week with today's Legends and Lore article by Mike Mearls. It really seems to have struck a nerve with the fan base both positive and negative. Besides that we find out about a 3.5 reprint and receive an excellent article about using...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 18 June 2012

    This week we get a bit of Dark Sun and a guest writer for The Dungeon Master Experience, as well as more about D&D Next monsters from Mike Mearls. The nautical theme for the month continues with the mariner, and the bard reveals a bit of the long lost history of D&D. I hope everybody took the...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 11 June, 2012

    Seems to me like Wizards of the Coast is doing all kinds of things so that the players are involved in the open playtest. A playtest hotline is on the way, Mike Mearls is really starting to talk about some of the mechanics and thought processes for the use of those mechanics, and questions are...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 4 June 2012

    With the release of the open playtest it has been hard for gamers to focus on anything else and that is understandable. I delved into the rules to see what changes had been made from earlier versions and was pleased with what I saw. We still have other games out there that we can enjoy while we...
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    Early Versions of D&D Next Character Sheets

    This week everybody has been paying attention to What's Up With D&D? Not my weekly column here but the release of the D&D Next Open Playtest. If you are curious about how fast you can expect things to change and how dramatically during the D&D Next Open Playtest, then EN World may have a few...
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    5E EN World Interview With Mike Mearls, Lead Designer of D&D Next

    In December I attended the D&D Summit and was made aware that Wizards of the Coast were working on a new edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Mike Mearls, the D&D Next design team lead, ran a session of the game and then spent an hour talking with me, answering my questions, and allowing me to pick...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 14 May 2012

    http://wizards.com/dnd/images/411_kenku.jpgThis week Mike Mearls finally weighs in about what might happen in the next edition to balance the wizard with the other classes. An excellent Dark Sun adventure by Chris Perkins is released in Dungeon as well. The open playtest is right around the...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 7 May 2012

    http://wizards.com/dnd/images/411_eotr.jpgPieces of the history of Dungeons & Dragons are uncovered and up for auction starting this week. Ed Greenwood continues to describe the Forgotten Realms, Mike Mearls talks rogue (not Thieves' Cant), and some other bits and pieces are discussed. A...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 30 April 2012

    http://wizards.com/dnd/images/201_facemoon.jpgThis week there was a little commotion with the departure of Monte Cook and you can read about that here. The open playtest was announced and lots of great articles on the direction of D&D Next, the board games, and even 4th Edition adventures, and...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 23 April, 2012

    http://wizards.com/dnd/images/dun201_machinations.jpgD&D Next and what that means for divine classes gets a lot of digital ink this week. Backgrounds and Themes for the next edition are also discussed again. We also receive something for Eberron and Undermountain. The fans are chomping at the...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 16 April 2012

    http://wizards.com/dnd/images/icon_lolth.jpgWe get tons of talk about dungeons, traps, and drow this week. The fans are really clamoring for DnD Next info and are really heating up the boards here at En World so stop by and make sure you check them out. Don't miss the Best Dungeon contest...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 9 April 2012

    http://wizards.com/dnd/images/410_bazaar.jpgThis week PAX East caused a lot of excitement and commotion. If you missed The Future of D&D Seminar you can see it all here. We also get some Expedition to the Barrier Peaks toys for your game and get primed to go back to Undermountain. Don't...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 2 April 2012

    http://wizards.com/dnd/images/dun200_firegiant.jpgWell I hope too many of you were not lured into the April Fool's shenanigans. Even putting all that aside we still have so much new stuff to talk about this week including excellent adventurers, the future of the game, the glorious past of...
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    What's Up With D&D? for Monday, 26 March 2012

    http://wizards.com/dnd/images/dun200_bloodmoney.jpg This week the fans learn a whole lot more about the direction of the next edition, the Forgotten Realms and Dark Sun receive some attention, and a new adventure with new mechanics are released. The new Legends and Lore article is sure to set...
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