News Digest for the Week of July 22

Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! Dungeons & Dragons movie news, more information on Modiphius's 2d20 community creator programs, Doctors & Daleks released, and more!

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 and Jessica talk about creating a character beyond the stats on the page.


giff-line-up.jpg

In case you missed it elsewhere on EN World this week:
rs=w_690,h_913.jpg

The biggest news in tabletop roleplaying this week comes from the film industry with the big Dungeons & Dragons movie news. Yes, the classic 1982 film Mazes & Monsters is getting a 40th anniversary remastered bluray release! Very loosely based on a novelization of inaccurate news stories of the tragic life of James Dallas Egbert III, Mazes & Monsters features the lead acting debut of Tom Hanks as the disturbed teenager Robbie Wheeling whose delving into the titular roleplaying causes him to dissociate from his life, leading to tragedy. The new release will feature a high definition remaster, a booklet on the sensationalized real-life events, commentary tracks, subtitles, and a special slipcover limited to just 1000 copies. The bluray will release on September 19 with a retail price of £19.99.

maxresdefault.jpg

Fine, yes, of course that’s not the movie news everyone’s talking about. The big San Diego Comic Con panel for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves happened last night with a slew of information about the film. First, we have the first full trailer for the film that is packed with references and easter eggs for Dungeons & Dragons and in particular Forgotten Realms fans. So many references that the official D&D YouTube channel released a 20-minute video featuring Chris Perkins and Todd Kenreck explaining the different monsters that appear. The promotional event included a “tavern experience” for attendees that gave the first official glimpse of the actors in costume as their characters.

On the official Twitter account for the film, a thread featured GIFs of the characters along with their names and classes:
  • Chris Pine as Edgin the Bard
  • Michelle Rodriguez as Holga the Barbarian
  • Regé-Jean Page as Xenk the Paladin
  • Justice Smith as Simon the Sorcerer
  • Sophia Lewis as Doric the Druid
  • And Hugh Grant as Forge the Rogue
One bit of controversy came up with a one-sheet poster as the artwork features several monsters using their illustrations from the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Monster Manualand one for the intellect devourer that appears to be from Paizo’s Pathfinder 2nd Edition Bestiary. Down to matching patterns in the brain wrinkles. So far Paizo, Wizards of the Coast, and Paramount have not made any statements. The issue likely came from Paramount’s marketing department who may not have been aware of what artwork belong to what company or possibly that there even are different versions of D&D. Either way, the matter will likely be dealt with quietly between the two if anyone bothers to address it at all.

modrons.jpg

But we’re not done with Dungeons & Dragons as there’s a new Unearthed Arcana for “Wonders of the Multiverse”. The new playtest material features the playable race Glitchling; the Cleric Domain of Fate; a collection of backgrounds including gate warden, giant foundling, planar philosopher, and rune carver; a collection of new feats focusing on giants, primordial magic, and the planes; and a selection of new spells exploring fate and chance. Oh, and if it wasn’t clear from the hints being dropped all over the place, the Glitchling race are “created by forces of planar law” and “made from a merger of magic and machine” from the plane Mechanus. I don’t know about you, but that sound suspiciously like Modrons which would make this likely a playtest for the Planescape setting. Hmm...

348180.jpg

Cubicle 7 released their 5e-based licensed Doctor Who adaptation, Doctors and Daleks. For those wondering how a combat-focused rules set like 5e could be adapted to a serious like Doctor Who where violence is never the right choice, well there’s a preview that might help explain how it works. Hit points are replaced with Plot Points and rather than facing death when a character runs out, they’re only incapacitated and temporarily removed from the story. Many actions that would be class combat abilities or spells have been replaced with Quips, an ability a character has to influence the scene. For example, the Empath and Thinker’s Evasive Argument quip does 1d4 logical damage on a failed saving throw while the Charmer, Empath, and Thinker’s “Jelly Baby?” imbues ten sweets with emotional healing capable of restoring 1 Plot Point when eaten. Oh, and if you want to know the 5e stats for The Doctor or the Daleks, those are in the previews in the links above as well. The PDF is available now on DriveThruRPG for $29.99 or you can pre-order the hardcover directly from Cubicle 7 for $59.99 and get the PDF now while you wait for the expected Q2 2023 release. And for those who just can’t imagine matching 5e to Doctor Who, the second edition of Doctor Who: The Roleplaying Game came out last year and is still supported by Cubicle 7.

featured_big_rokugan_gmk_02.jpg

Speaking of 5e versions of existing RPGs, Edge Studio announced details and a release date for Adventures in Rokugan, the 5e version of Legend of the Five Rings. This new version of L5R will represent an “alternate universe” of the Emerald Empire as the world’s in-universe myth to represent the tonal shift of the changing rules system. The core rules will premiere at Gen Con with the playable scenario The Festival of One Million Blossoms:

Spring time graces the Emerald Empire. The Phoenix Clan prepare to host a festival, honoring the spirits and those who passed the following year – but something isn’t right.

The air is bitter, once green leaves are withering, and everyone is on edge – can you uncover the truth before the festival is ruined? There will be pre-generated characters for this adventure, and the 5th edition D20 SRD system will be used.

Attendees of the convention will also receive a $5 off coupon in the convention catalog which can be redeemed with Edge Studio’s partner Miniature Market either at the convention or on Miniature Market’s website. The core rules will also be available on August 5, meaning convention attendees will only have a one-day jump on the general public.

2d20day.png

While Modiphius’s 2d20 Day festivities are behind us, we did get a few surprises announced over the two-day event. As announced last week, Modiphius has released the 2d20 System SRD which contains the core rules for the system without the bells and whistles of the full releases (in fact, it’s a zip file of Word documents broken into chapters). One thing missing, however, was the license to use the SRD. Normally when game companies release an SRD, it is under the Open Gaming License included in the SRD, but it’s missing from Modiphius’s documents. The closest I could find to a license was this paragraph in the Overview chapter:

This System Resource Document serves is to serve as a central reference for the “core” of the 2D20 System, as well as several common genre-specific modifications, to be used both internally by Modiphius writers and designers, and externally by licensees and affiliates. It will also serve as the basis for a setting-neutral Core Rulebook.

So why would Modiphius release an SRD without a license to use it? Because they’re planning to release their own license. In late August, the 2d20 World Builders program will launch as part of DriveThruRPG’s Community Content initiative, enabling creators to make their own 2d20 System content similar to Dungeonmasters Guild, Storytellers Vault, and similar storefronts. While this will not include licensed properties like Star Trek and Fallout, you will be able to create content for Modiphius’s in-house intellectual properties including Achtung! Cthulhu and Cohors Cthulhu.

Additionally, Modiphius announced a separate commercial licensing program. From the press release:

We are also announcing a commercial licensing program. Modiphius will support partners with rules consultation, logistics and printing advice, PR and social media promotion, and newsletters as part of the program. Our team is also keen to support small creators and publishers who may need help with distribution, and in select cases, we will consider distribution and sales of product lines through our own websites and channels using the VIA Modiphius program. Interested partners should contact support@modiphius.com.

“Our commercial licensing program will let partners produce core books, which typically sell five times better than supplements. As part of the program, we will support partners with a whole range of logistics and marketing. Our goal is to help them become a commercial and creative success.”

-Chris Birch, Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of Modiphius Entertainment

This new commercial program is open for applications now.

pathfinder-revolution.png

Paizo and Steve Jackson Games partnered to Kickstart a new board game, Pathfinder Revolution. This Euro-style board game is based on the political deduction bidding game Revolution! by Steve Jackson Games rethemed around forces attempting to control the city of Korvosa. Three to four players gather Gold, Blackmail, and Force tokens to bid against one another for control different sections of the city in order to earn victory points representing their domination of the divided city. The game is available for a $60 pledge with various add-ons for other Pathfinder licensed Steve Jackson Games products such as Munchkin Pathfinder and Goblin Dice. This project has at time of writing raised just over $31,500 of its $50,000 and will run until Thursday, August 4.


That’s all from me for this week! Don’t forget to support our Patreon to bring you more gaming news content. If you have any news to submit, email us at news@enpublishingrpg.com, and you can get more discussion of the week’s news on Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk every week. You can follow me on Twitch to get notifications when I go live, subscribe to Gamer’s Tavern on YouTube for videos on gaming history, RPG reviews, and gaming Let’s Plays, or you can listen to the archives of the Gamer’s Tavern podcast. Until next time, may all your hits be crits! Note: Links to Amazon, Humble Store, Humble Bundle, and/or DriveThru may contain affiliate links with the proceeds going to the author of this column.
 

log in or register to remove this ad

Darryl Mott

Darryl Mott

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Oh snap on the Intellect Devourer... One would have thought all marketing collateral would have been approved by the IP holder...
 

Abstruse

Legend
Oh snap on the Intellect Devourer... One would have thought all marketing collateral would have been approved by the IP holder...
It likely was approved. But approvals are more for making sure it matches branding and stuff like that rather than checking for potential rights issues. Stuff like that the ampersand logo is the right shape and the right font is used on for the text and any original art matches the designs from the books and stuff like that. That's definitely an Intellect Devourer and WotC owns a lot of art of Intellect Devourers and it's a brain with feet and a tongue so it's not like a human character or something easily recognizable. If they'd had Kyra the Cleric in there, that would've gotten noticed. But unless you're very familiar with Pathfinder art, you're not likely to notice and even then, you'd have to look at the two images side-by-side to really tell. But when you do, it's obvious.

It was likely just a mistake with use of reference material rather than any sort of intentional plagiarism. It's also not some huge big deal and likely will get resolved behind the scenes between WotC and Paizo with a phone call and maybe WotC writes Paizo a check and/or maybe they pulp the posters and redo them (if they even mass printed them at all and it wasn't a one-off for SDCC), but it's highly doubtful this will be some big huge deal like legal threats or a lawsuit. And it's also unlikely we'll ever know how it's resolved (if it is, neither side may care enough to bother) because at most we'll get a statement like "We have reached an amicable resolution" and that's it.
 

Related Articles

Visit Our Sponsor

Latest threads

Dungeon Delver's Guide

An Advertisement

Advertisement4

Top