Acquisitions Inc. Book Officially Announced

WotC has just sent out the official press release for the Acquisitions Incorporated D&D book. I know we all already know about it, but here's the PR just for completeness' sake!


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D&D Announces Acquisitions Incorporated, a Book Providing the Flavor of Acq Inc within the Forgotten Realms

RENTON, WA – April 1, 2019 – No, it’s not a joke. Dungeons & Dragons is publishing a book made in partnership with Penny Arcade that provides a way to jump into the comedic fantasy superhero D&D live-play you’ve seen on the stages of PAX for a decade. Fans will be able to live out their fantasy of climbing the corporate ladder of the most notorious retrieval agency in the Forgotten Realms—Acquisitions Incorporated. Join CEO Omin Dran, Jim Darkmagic, Môrgæn, and the chandelier-riding Viari around the table as a lowly intern or a freshly-minted franchisee with the new Acquisitions Incorporated sourcebook coming from Dungeons & Dragons on June 18!

“To tons of people around the world, the flavor of D&D played by the Acquisitions Incorporated crew was their first taste of just how much fun a Dungeons & Dragons game could be,” said Nathan Stewart, Senior Director of Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of the Coast. “We wanted to start experimenting with presenting different playstyles to fans entering the D&D community, and it made sense to start with a group who has spent ten years at a table with Chris Perkins entertaining hordes of fans.”

“I’ve played Dungeons & Dragons my entire life, so collaborating with the team on this project has been surreal,” said Penny Arcade's Jerry Holkins. “Acquisitions Incorporated is the game my friends and I have been playing for ten years, and I'm so honored to invite players to our table.”

The 224-page book gives Dungeon Masters and players tons of options to make their game feel like an Acquisitions Incorporated campaign. Start up an Acq Inc franchise in Waterdeep or Elturel or anywhere in the multiverse, recruit a scion of the Beestingers to complete a messy task only a cunning halfling could accomplish, or stumble upon Jim Darkmagic’s clone burning with… uh, viridescent flame. There’s an adventure module included, and when they run it, Dungeon Masters are encouraged to act like Jeremy Crawford calling for a deception check from WWE Superstar Xavier Woods, while simultaneously channeling Chris Perkins to let dashing characters like Viari, played by fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss, get away with ANYTHING that sounds cool.

This past weekend at PAX East, Penny Arcade’s Jerry Holkins and Elyssa Grant were on a panel moderated by D&D Game Designer Kate Welch (Rosie Beestinger herself) to talk about the type of madcap fun D&D fans will get up to when the book drops June 18. Check out video from that panel here at https://www.twitch.tv/videos/402594458.

Also, don’t forget to watch the Acq Inc game from PAX East 2019 with Dungeon Master Jeremy Crawford guiding Omin Dran (Jerry Holkins), Jim Darkmagic (Mike Krahulik), Viari (Patrick Rothfuss), Môrgæn (Morgan Webb), and Bobby Zimeruski (WWE Superstar Xavier Woods) on another zany adventure in the world of Ravnica. Catch up on their most recent escapades a thttps://www.twitch.tv/videos/403318753!


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smerwin29

Reluctant Time Traveler
I just wish it wasn't one of the Slots being taken up for print products.

Well, wishes do come true, because it isn't. As was reported in many places, this was something that Penny Arcade worked on and was going to publish on their own. WotC heard about it and asked to see it, then offered to act as the publisher. This was not something that replaced a book WotC was going to do otherwise. This is an extra thing.
 



Wrathamon

Adventurer
Well, wishes do come true, because it isn't. As was reported in many places, this was something that Penny Arcade worked on and was going to publish on their own. WotC heard about it and asked to see it, then offered to act as the publisher. This was not something that replaced a book WotC was going to do otherwise. This is an extra thing.

Ok so this was a DMs Guild product (because you can use the license) but they wanted timeboxed exclusive rights to it on their site so they made a deal with Wotc to publish it instead of doing it on DMs Guild?
 

smerwin29

Reluctant Time Traveler
Some things I don't know and some things I can't talk about, but this article's Q&A section, along with what was said at the PAX East panel last week, sums things up pretty nicely on the Penny Arcade side: https://www.geekwire.com/2019/penny...ial-acquisitions-incorporated-dungeon-manual/

I wish I could say more, but I can't. All I can say is that people who believe the AI book's publication meant that something else must have been removed from the release schedule are incorrect.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Ok so this was a DMs Guild product (because you can use the license) but they wanted timeboxed exclusive rights to it on their site so they made a deal with Wotc to publish it instead of doing it on DMs Guild?

They were planning on Kickstarter, using the OGL and avoiding WotC IP, but when they talked to WotC about their plans WotC offer to help them and avoid Kickstarter.
 

EthanSental

Legend
Supporter
Good interview. Didn’t know Elyssa was helping put it together, another WoTC former employee helping bring a fun book to the public...nice!
 


basilforth

Explorer
I wish them well, but it feels like this product is a few years too late. Especially after losing stars such as Wheaton, Kurtz and Perkins.
 

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