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Just got the WotC 2008 Summer Catalog

thalmin

Retired game store owner
Just got my hands on the new catalog, covering May through August. I'll start with the rpg stuff.

Roleplaying Games
May
H1 Keep on the Shadowfell A D&D adventure by Bruce R. Cordell and Mike Mearls
The town of Winterhaven stands watch over a ruined keep that once served as a bastion of good in the realm. This keep overlooks the Shadow Rift, a dark scar in the world that was once a gateway to the Shadowfell but has been dormant for many years. Now, an evil cleric of Orcus, Demon Lord of the Undead, seeks to re-open the gate, and the only thing standing in his wayis a small yet determined band of heroes.
Keep on the Shadowfell is an exciting Dungeons & Dragons adventure designed for characters of levels 1-3. It includes three double-sided poster maps suitable for use with D&D miniatures.
May 20, 2008 Non-Traditional format (folio?) 96 pages, $29.95

Threats of the Galaxy A Star Wars Roleplaying Game Supplement by Robert J. Schwalb and Rodney Thompson
This beautifully illustrated book gives Gamemasters ready-to-play game statistics, tactics, and encounter ideas for more than 140 creatures, droids, and characters from the Star Wars universe. The various threats presented in this book are drawn from the Star Wars feature films and the Expanded Univers of Star Wars comics, video games, and novels. Gamemasters designing their own Star Wars Roleplaying Game adventures to challenge heroes of every level.
May 20, 2008 Hardcover 160 pages, $34.95

June
Player's Handbook (no writer credits)
The Player's Handbook presents the official Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game rules as well as everything a player needs to create D&D characters worthy of song and legend: new character races, base classes, paragon paths, epic destinies, powers, magic items, weapons armor, and much more.
June 6, 2008 Hardcover 320 pages, $34.95

Dungeon Master's Guide (no writer credits)
The Dungeon Master's Guide gives the Dungeon Master helpful tools to build exciting encounters, adventures, and campaigns for the 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game, as well as advice for running great game sessions, ready-to-use traps and non-player characters, and more. In addition, it presents a fully detailed town that can serve as a starting point for any D&D game.
June 6, 2008 Hardcover 224 pages, $34.95

Monster Manual (no writer credits)
The Monster Manual presents more than 300 official Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game monsters for all levels of play, from aboleth to zombie. Each monster is illustrated and comes with complete game statistics and tips for the Dungeon Master on how to best use the monster in D&D encounters.
June 6, 2008 Hardcover 288 pages, $34.95

4th Edition Core Rulebook Gift Set (no writer credits)
This gift set features a handsome slipcase containing all three of the 4th edition D&D Roleplaying Game core rulebooks: the Player's Handbook rulebook, the Monster Manual rulebook, and the Dungeon Master's Guide rulebook.
June 6, 2008 Box $104.95

D&D Premium Dice
This product contains a dice bag and a complete set of dice for use in the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game: one 4-sided die, four 6-sided dice, one 8-sided die, one 10-sided die, one percentile die, one 12-sided die, and one 20-sided die.
June 17, 2008 $12.95

July
H2 Thunderspire Labyrinth D&D adventure by Richard Baker and Mike Mearls
Beneath Thunderspire Mountian lies a sprawling network of mazes, tombs, and caverns collectively known as the Labyrinth. In recent years, this vast labyrinth has become a living dungeon where trade between the surface and subterranean worlds is possible. However, beyond the well-lit halls where prospectors, merchants, and traders convene lies a darker world where adventurers battle monsters and fiendish beings perform secret rituals for their dark masters...
H2 Thunderspire Labyrinth is a D&D adventure designed for heroic-tier characters of levels 4-6. It can be played as a stand-alone adventure or as the second part of a three-part series.
This product includes an adventure booklet for the Dungeon Master, a campaign guide with player handouts, and a full-color poster map, all contained in a handy folder.
July 15, 2008 96 pages (plus 1 poster map) $24.95

DU1 Halls of the Giant Kings: Dungeon Tiles a D&D Accessory
This product adds a new dimension to D&D games and gives Dungeon Masters an easy and inexpensive way to include great-looking terrain for their games. This set provides ready-to-use, configurable tiles with which to build exciting dungeons and strongholds designed for use with Large and Huge D&D miniatures.
This accessory for the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game contains six double-sided sheets of illustrated, die-cut terrain tiles printed on heavy cardstock.
July 15, 2008 $9.95

Character Record Sheets a D&D Accessory
Encased in a handy pocket folder, these official Dungeons & Dragons character sheets contain all the information players need to build, run, and track their 4th Edition D&D Roleplaying Game characters. Each character sheet is designed for optimal playability. In addition, these character sheets support characters of all classes and levels.
July 15, 2008 $9.95

Dungeon Master's Screen a D&D Accessory
This four-panel cardstock screen features new full-color artwork and allows Dungeon Masters to keep their campaign notes and die rolls privbate, without blocking their view of the game table. Easy-to-reference rules and table appear on the inside panels of the screen; these are designed for the Dungeon Master's eyes only and comply with the rules in the 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game core rulebooks.
July 15, 2008 $9.95

August
Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide A D&D Campaing Setting by Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims and Philip Athans
Welcome to Faerûn, a land of amazing magic, terrifying monsters, ancient ruins, and hidden wonders. The world has changed since the Spellplague, and from this arcane crucible have emerged shining kingdoms, tyrannical empires, mighty heroes, and monster-infested dungeons. The Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide presents a world of untold adventure, a land of a thousand stories shaped by the deeds of adventurers the likes of which Faerûn has never seen before.
This product includes everything a Dungeon Master needs to run a D&D campaign in the Forgotten Realms setting, as well as elements that DMs can incorporate into their own D&D campaigns. The book provides background information on the lands of Faerûn, a fully detailed town in which to start a campaign, adventure seeds, new monsters, ready-to-play non-player characters, and a full-color poster map of Faerûn.
August 19, 2008 Hardcover 288 pages (plus 1 poster map) $39.95

H3 Pyramid of Shadows A D&D Adventure by Mike Mearls and James Wyatt
The ancient trees of the Shadowsong Forest have borne witness to the passing of epochs, and hidden beneath their dark canopies are the remains of empires long departed. Few souls brave enough to explore the primeval forest ever return, for countless horrors haunt the crumbled ruins. When a band of evil criminals seek refuge within the darkest reaches of the forest, brave adventurers are needed to root them out. The trail leads to the heart of the woods, wherein looms the greatest secret of all - the Pyramid of Shadows.
H3 Pyramid of Shadows is a D&D adventure designed for heroic-tier characters of levels 7-10. It can be played as a stand-alone adventure or as the final part of a three-part series.
This product includes an adventure booklet for the Dungeon Master, a campaign guide with player handouts, and a full-color poster map, all contained in a handy folder.
August 19, 2008 96 pages (plus 1 poster map) $24.95

Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide A Star Wars Roleplaying Game Supplement by Rodney Thompson, Sterling Hershey, John Jackson Miller, and Abel G. Peña
Make the jump to lightspeed 4,000 years before the Battle of Yavin to a time when Jedi Knights and Sith Lords clashed in galactic conflict. This campaign guide offers both players and Gamemasters a wide array of new options that can be used to craft a unique roleplaying game experience. As the galaxy plunges into one war after another, the forces of the Republic, along with their Jedi allies, struggle to proitect themselves from hordes of invading Mandalorians, tyrannical Sith lords, and traitoprous allies oin every front.
Featuring new game material drawn from a variety of sources, and including characters, weapons, vehicles, and droids, this book presents an entire campaign during violent days of the Old Republic. This book also contains new Force powers, Force techniques, and Force secrets for Jedi and Sith characters, as well as new options for characters of all classes. Players can take advantage of new talents, feats, and other options to play a Mandalorian neo-crusader, a Replublic soldier battling against the forces of Darth Revan and Darth Malak, or a Jedi in exile on the run from the Sith
August 19, 2008 Hardcover 224 pages $39.95

I'll cover the minis and novels in a later post.
 

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thalmin

Retired game store owner
Miniatures

Here's the listing for the minis.

Miniatures Games
North Africa 1940-1943 Booster Pack
An Axis & Allies Miniatures Expansion
5 figures per pack
May 6, 2008 $10.99

Against the Giants Huge Pack
A Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Expansion
8 figures per pack
July 11, 2008 $21.99

War at Sea: Task Force Booster Pack
An Axis & Allies Naval Miniatures Expansion
5 figures per pack
July 29, 2008 $14.99

Knights of the Old Republic Booster Pack
A Star Wars Miniatures Game Expansion
7 figures per pack
August 8, 2008 $14.99
 
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Dragonhelm

Knight of Solamnia
Fantastic. A friend of mine worked on the Threats of the Galaxy book. Being that it's his first RPG credit, I want to pick it up.

So anything in the catalog about novels?
 


thalmin

Retired game store owner
Strangely, the only novels listed are trade size or hardcovers.

Amber and Blood The Dark Disciple, Volume Three
A Dragonlance novel by Margaret Weis
May 6, 2008 Hardcover 384 pages $25.95

Swordmage Blades of the Moonsea, Book I
A Forgotten Realms Novel by Richard Baker
May 6, 2008 Hardcover 352 pages $24.95

Dragon Forge The Draconic Prophecies, Book 2
An Eberron Novel by James Wyatt
June 3, 2008 Hardcover 352 pages $25.95

Dragons of the Hourglass Mage The Lost Chronicles, Volume Three
A Dragonlance Novel by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
July 1, 2008 Hardcover 384 pages $25.95

Dragons: Worlds Afire
A Wizards of the Coast Anthology by R.A. Salvatore, Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Scott McGough, and Keith Baker
July 1, 2008 Trade 8-1/4" x 10-1/4" $18.95

A Reader's Guide to R.A.Salvatore's The Legend of Drizzt
A Forgotten Realms Illustrated Guide illustrated by Todd Lockwood
August 5, 2008 Hardcover 160 pages $24.95

The Sword Never Sleeps The Knights of Myth Drannor, Book III
A Forgotten Realms Novel by Ed Greenwood
August 5, 2008 Hardcover 352 pages $25.95

Clockwork Angels
A Ravenloft: Dominion Novel by Samantha Henderson
August 5, 2008 Trade 320 pages $12.95

Shades of Grey
A Wizards of the Coast Discoveries Novel by Ari Marmell (fantasy, not D&D)
August 5, 2008 Trade $14.95
 





Fifth Element

First Post
Hmm....does the inclusion of 4 six-sided dice in the premium dice set mean that ability scores will still be random-roll?

If that's the case, I hope they include the point-buy alternative in the PHB this time, rather than the DMG.
 

Fifth Element

First Post
The gift set is $0.10 more than the 3 books bought seperately? I understand there's a slipcase included, but unless the set also includes a free adventure, that's ridiculous. Giving a price break would encourage more people to buy all 3 books.
 


thalmin

Retired game store owner
DaveMage said:
$34.95 for a 224-page DMG?

A bit...pricey that.
We have seen Wizards change the page-count and/or the price on items listed in these catalogs before. A lot can happen between December and June.
 

thalmin

Retired game store owner
Fifth Element said:
The gift set is $0.10 more than the 3 books bought seperately? I understand there's a slipcase included, but unless the set also includes a free adventure, that's ridiculous. Giving a price break would encourage more people to buy all 3 books.
The 3.5 Gift set also cost more than the 3 books. The set still sold, in fact when forced to break up some sets due to being out of some of the books, we quickly sold out of the slip covers at $5 each (we only had 1 cover last more than 1 day!)
Especially marketed as a gift set, they will sell.
 

Thornir Alekeg

Albatross!
thalmin said:
Just got my hands on the new catalog, covering May through August. I'll start with the rpg stuff.

D&D Premium Dice
This product contains a dice bag and a complete set of dice for use in the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game: one 4-sided die, four 6-sided dice, one 8-sided die, one 10-sided die, one percentile die, one 12-sided die, and one 20-sided die.
June 17, 2008 $12.95
The 12-sider survives!
 

Imaro

Adventurer
thalmin said:
The 3.5 Gift set also cost more than the 3 books. The set still sold, in fact when forced to break up some sets due to being out of some of the books, we quickly sold out of the slip covers at $5 each (we only had 1 cover last more than 1 day!)
Especially marketed as a gift set, they will sell.

I thought the 3.5 gift set was cheaper...I believe $89.95 while the three core books were $89.97. I might be wrong though.
 

Baumi

Explorer
The biggest price Offender for me are the Adventures. 25-30$ for a 96 page book that will likely be used only once?
 


Imaro

Adventurer
mhensley said:
Strangely, the gift set isn't listed on amazon.

Yeah I saw that too, but I decided to check the WotC site and saw that the gift core set for 3.5 was actually cheaper than buying the books seperately. I think 4e should be the same way, and feel this is the type of thing that makes people less likely to DM and more likely to be just players. I myself am leaning in this direction for 4e.
 

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