D&D Digital Plans To Be Revealed On February 21st

Brian D. Goldner, Chairman of the Board and CEO at Hasbro took part in the company's Quarter 4 2019 earnings call. This included several references to D&D.

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  • D&D grew again for the sixth year in a row.
  • Streaming D&D content was up nearly 50% on last year.
  • Substantial new (digital) gaming plans for D&D will be revealed on February 21st at Hasbro's Analyst Day
  • Total games category grew by 6%, as D&D, MtG, and Monopoly bolstered declines elsewhere.
  • Profit declined due to digital D&D and M:tG digital games investment.
"Well, good morning, and we did see very strong growth for Magic: The Gathering and increased growth for Dungeons & Dragons. "

"Magic: The Gathering revenues increased more than 30% in the year, behind double-digit growth in tabletop play and a strong first year for Magic: The Gathering Arena. Dungeons & Dragons revenues grew for the sixth straight year, and we are meaningfully investing in both brands to drive engaging storytelling, while developing new digital games with high margin profitable growth longer term. We look forward to sharing our 2020 new gaming plans for Magic and D&D on February 21. MONOPOLY had double-digit revenue growth and grew in each region with new themes and relevant entertainment tie-ins. We advanced our consumer products licensing business growing revenues double digits and expanding operating profit margin. We've broadened our licensed brand portfolio and expanded our reach with original live events that drive consumer engagement."

"In addition, for D&D, we did see our sixth straight year of growth. We are seeing about 150 million hours of content viewed on Twitch and YouTube, which is up nearly 50% year-on-year. In the first half of 2020, we are seeing a lot of new initiatives coming for the brand, but again I'm going to let Chris walk us through at at our Analyst Day, our plans for digital gaming, which are again substantial for D&D that begins in 2020."

"You'll also see great digital game development for D&D. And we will see you on February 21 to outline that."

"Our total games category grew 6% for the year, fueled by growth in Magic: The Gathering and MONOPOLY. Higher revenues from Dungeons & Dragons and several classic games titles did not offset declines in our Hasbro Gaming portfolio"

"Adjusted operating profit and profit margin declined as we invest in digital gaming initiatives including Magic: The Gathering Arena and future Magic and Dungeons & Dragons digital games."

"We delivered compelling gaming experiences, led by the work of our teams at Wizards of the Coast. Our positive results to date have us on plan to double Wizards of the Coast coast revenues over five years from 2018 to 2023."

You can read the full transcript at The Motley Fool.
 
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I mean... there is a DNDBeyond App where you can download any books you have purchased there on your device.

It's not great, and you can't access characters, but it IS there. They have it for iOS and Android
I use the D&D Beyond (DDB) app when I don’t have wifi access. But what little info was out about the D&D Reader indicated it wasn’t the app DDB was then planning (and now is available). Since I knew a DDB app was planned back then, the “Reader” claims never seemed credible to me.

The good news on the DDB App(s) is that the planned character sheet app just entered internal alpha. That means that a “subscribers only” alpha is likely only a few months away, followed eventually by a public beta.
 
Well they released the Nintendo Monopoly Gamer with character powers with booster packs of characters... then the Mario Kart version. There's other variations like Ultimate Banking and Cheater's Edition and Monopoly Socialism...
Plus Marmalade Game Studio just put out a new mobile edition of Monopoly. And if it's as good as their edition of Clue, it's probably doing well, sales-wise.

 
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Panda-s1

Scruffy and Determined
And @Panda-s1

It's baaaaaaack ;)

man that's not the same, I want the board with the actual mall layout, I'm not young enough to forget what malls are like lol
 

Panda-s1

Scruffy and Determined
So the “announcement” was made on today’s Hasbro’s investor call and it was that there’s 7 D&D digital games in development.
so by "digital game development for D&D" they meant they're developling digital games for D&D?

...I mean c'mon, I think we need more details than that.
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
So for those in the dark as to what is happening, there is a Habro Investors Event at something called the "Toy Fair." I haven't seen any real news yet about anything D&D related (the 7 games in development was a scoop revealed weeks ago), though they did reveal there is a Magic the Gathering game called "Spellslingers" to be released.

It's possible there is no real D&D news at all today, just Magic stuff.

https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/pgs8as23 (if you want to listen in)
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
I'm pretty sure FFG only got the license AFTER WotC walked away from it.
This is the biggest news released today be Hasbro;


Note that the only thing truly new here is that the licensing has been extended, meaning there is likely to be an expansion of toys/products released. So Wizards making something for Star Wars is a possibility, but nothing really released yet.

I'll add that having Star Wars fall under D&D would feel super weird and I doubt Disney would ever sign off on that (putting Star Wars under another company's brand, D&D). But another game system being developed seems very possible, and could have mechanics similar to D&D 5E (a similar system under a different name).
 

Panda-s1

Scruffy and Determined
I'll add that having Star Wars fall under D&D would feel super weird and I doubt Disney would ever sign off on that (putting Star Wars under another company's brand, D&D). But another game system being developed seems very possible, and could have mechanics similar to D&D 5E (a similar system under a different name).
I mean that's literally what happened before FFG got the license for Star Wars.
 

Sunsword

Adventurer
This is the biggest news released today be Hasbro;


Note that the only thing truly new here is that the licensing has been extended, meaning there is likely to be an expansion of toys/products released. So Wizards making something for Star Wars is a possibility, but nothing really released yet.

I'll add that having Star Wars fall under D&D would feel super weird and I doubt Disney would ever sign off on that (putting Star Wars under another company's brand, D&D). But another game system being developed seems very possible, and could have mechanics similar to D&D 5E (a similar system under a different name).
I may be misunderstanding your point, is it that Disney wouldn't allow a Star Wars RPG the way Lucasfilm did? Also, I believe extended means renewed.
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
I may be misunderstanding your point, is it that Disney wouldn't allow a Star Wars RPG the way Lucasfilm did?
I think they would allow a Star Wars RPG, they just wouldn't allow it to be something that falls under the D&D brand.

So a title like "Dungeons & Dragons: Guide to the Star Wars Galaxy" using 5E rules isn't happening. But another Star Wars RPG, that isn't quite like 5E but shares some concepts, is very possible.
 

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