5E BoardGameGeek at a 5e Seminar

Thaumaturge

thaumaturging
[EDIT to add a touch more info about the source of this]
Some tidits from twitter (@boardgamegeek) who attended ACD Distributions 2014 Gamesday.

  • Attending a seminar w/ WotC showing off the new D&D volumes; new $20 starter set on July 19, 2014.
  • New emphasis on villainous organizations in the 2014 D&D Monster Manual to match the number of monsters in it.
  • Sidebars in the new DMG help DMs to customize the game to match past editions of D&D.
  • WotC rep: We're focused on D&D right now, but another expansion for Lords of Waterdeep will come at some point.
  • WotC rep: D&D staggered release dates for books is a result of editing; focus on one book at a time. (Says I, ?)
  • WotC rep on what it has that Paizo/Pathfinder doesn't: We can build on the D&D brand through multiple channels to get players to your store.
  • Then the WotC rep hinted at a D&D movie being in the works. Again?
  • (!!!)Approx 15% of the D&D Player's Handbook will be free on WotC site to cover the basics of building characters for those getting Starter Sets. [EDIT: [MENTION=662]thalmin[/MENTION] mentioned the rules will be for BASIC characters (emphasis from the WotC rep)]
  • @twick516 — he mentioned that you can make the game more tactical or sweeping as desired, so I'm guessing optional rules.
  • D&D Starter Set has 5 pregenerated characters & 64-page adventure that's "the best intro adventure ever". But of course he'd said that...
  • WotC rep: WizKids miniatures to accompany the D&D Starter Set will not be an Alliance exclusive.
  • The back of the PHB BoP4vAtCcAQu8tz.jpg-large.jpeg
  • The back of the DMG BoP45e1CIAEu8Je.jpg-large.jpeg
  • The back of the MM BoP5ld9CQAEMHAv.jpg-large.jpeg
  • Back of the Starter Set BoP6iBDCAAAiI50.jpg-large.jpeg

Ok, guys. 15% of the PHB free on the WotC site. That's pretty cool. Right?

Thaumaturge.
 
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TerraDave

5ever
With all the discussion in the various threads, I was thinking "40 page pdf, that all this is."

Which is nice. Makes sense. Not earth shaking or anything, but does make sense.
 

exile

Villager
While I would have rather seen that information in print in the starter set, it is indeed pretty cool that they are making it available for free on the internet.
 
(!!!)Approx 15% of the D&D Player's Handbook will be free on WotC site to cover the basics of building characters for those getting Starter Sets.

Ok, guys. 15% of the PHB free on the WotC site. That's pretty cool. Right?
Yep, that's pretty awesome. It also answers the question about how we create characters without the rules being in the Starter Set.

D&D Starter Set has 5 pregenerated characters & 64-page adventure that's "the best intro adventure ever". But of course he'd said that...
Yeah, I'll believe that when I see it.
 

Thaumaturge

thaumaturging
While I would have rather seen that information in print in the starter set, it is indeed pretty cool that they are making it available for free on the internet.
Assuming the "15%" is accurate, they're talking about 48 pages. That's a pretty meaty chunk, and this gets the info into more hands than the Starter Set.

Thaumaturge.
 
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Thaumaturge

thaumaturging
Sorry, I left the bit about the box out. I thought we already knew that.

Maybe I just wanted to believe hard enough that I imagined it to be true. :)

Thaumaturge.
 

Agamon

Adventurer
So what were Mearls and Pundit talking about? Not some online-accessible rules. This isn't bad news, but it's hardly mind-blowing. I think there's still another shoe to drop.
 

thalmin

Adventurer
When asked about the Character Gen, Chris said it will be left on their site as long as people continue to use it for 4e characters.It is complete as is. He would not say what they have coming yet for 5E.
After the beating they took over the delay of the 4E software, I doubt they will say anything until the 5E stuff is finished and launching.
 

TerraDave

5ever
When asked about the Character Gen, Chris said it will be left on their site as long as people continue to use it for 4e characters.It is complete as is. He would not say what they have coming yet for 5E.
After the beating they took over the delay of the 4E software, I doubt they will say anything until the 5E stuff is finished and launching.
I still remember watching their 3d VTT crash, and crash again, at D&D XP all those years ago.
 

Agamon

Adventurer
I could do without Undermountain, honestly, but I really enjoy Skullport.
I just don't like how set up and take down has become a hassle with having to keep all the expansion bits separate from each other and from the main set. The game, however, is greatly improved by it.
 

Kinak

Villager
Thanks for braving the wilds of twitter to bring this back for us :)

Ok, guys. 15% of the PHB free on the WotC site. That's pretty cool. Right?
It's a heck of a lot better than we had yesterday, that's for sure.

That said, I'm holding my applause for the exciting thing that Mike Mearls and RPGPundit were talking about that apparently isn't just downloadable character creation rules.

Cheers!
Kinak
 

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