News Digest for October 6, 2023

Planescape previews, new D&D playtest, "AI Art" controversy, and more!

Hello everyone, Darryl here with the summary of this week’s gaming news from EN World.


EN Publishing News

For a quick summary of the week’s news, Jessica Hancock will bring you up to speed with EN Live's This Week in TTRPG every Friday.

Don’t forget, you can keep up with all the week’s gaming news in detail with Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk. This week, Morrus, Peter, and Jessica discuss the different Virtual Tabletop options.

The Kickstarter for the Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition Starter Box is in its final week! Get in now if you want more like the sneak peek we got of the pre-generated characters unlocked as stretch goals including Varskyle, Dragonborn Marshal, Krarg, Orc/Human Berserker, and Lily, Halfling Herald.

EN5ider #538 features a new Monstrous Menagerie with a collection of nine NPCs to add some color to your 5e locales from the lowly con artist to the lethal slasher.


EN World Feature Columns

Charles Dunwoody discusses GMing with Joy and how to plan ahead for a long-term campaign.

Michael Tresca’s newest RPG Evolution discusses different worldbuilding options for your setting’s justice system.

Andrew Peregrine talks about different methods of establishing a leader in an RPG party.

Brandon Chappel reviews the classic western RPG Dead in the West by Will Donelson and its different approach to the genre drawing from the myths of the era rather than adding in fantastical “weird west” elements.

Don’t miss out on the newest RPG crowdfunding projects ending soon with Egg Embry’s RPG Crowdfunding News.

Keep up with all the new print RPG releases with Charles Dunwoody’s RPG Print News.

Find the big TTRPG sales, bundles, and charity fundraisers with the Freebies, Sales, and Charity Bundles News.


Dungeons & Dragons News

A new “bonus” playtest document has been released for the new Bastion System in the Dungeon Master’s Guide that allows players to create a home base for their characters.

We’ve got a look at the table of contents for Planescape: Adventures in the Multiverse including the names of all the new character options along with all the places in Sigil and the Outlands that will be available to explore.

We also have a preview of the table of contents for the boxed set’s adventure, Turn of Fortune’s Wheel.

And one final preview for the week is the humorous “disclaimers” featured on the title page of each of the three included books. “DISCLAIMER: EVERYTHING IN THIS BOOK IS TRUE—EXCEPT THE PARTS THAT AIN’T”

Jeremy Crawford says that Planescape will be front and center in the 2024 update of Dungeons & Dragons as the “setting of the settings”.


Tabletop RPG News

Penguin-Random House will no longer distribute Dungeons & Dragons books or any other titles for Wizards of the Coast. This means that starting in 2024, it will be more difficult to find D&D titles at mainstream bookstores. This won’t affect distribution to hobby stores through Alliance, Diamond, GTS, and others nor will it affect direct distributors like Amazon.

Multiple updates this week on stories involving algorithmic “AI” generation in the games industry as BackerKit bans algorithmic generation, Wizards of the Coast replaces artwork from Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants, and game convention Essen Spiel used algorithmic generated artwork for promotional materials.

That’s all from me for this week! Don’t forget to support our Patreon to bring you more gaming news content. Until next time, may all your hits be crits!

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