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News Digest for the Week of September 30

Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! New playtest release for One D&D, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous video game comes to consoles, new D&D miniatures from WizKids, Alien RPG and Mutant: Year Zero come to Nexus, 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...

Hello everyone, Darryl here with this week’s gaming news! New playtest release for One D&D, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous video game comes to consoles, new D&D miniatures from WizKids, Alien RPG and Mutant: Year Zero come to Nexus, 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, Peter, and Jessica talk about how to be a good player in an RPG


In case you missed it elsewhere on EN World this week:

It seems that Wizards of the Coast have applied their “announcement-for-the-announcement” promotional strategy to the One D&D playtest as they posted a video discussing the upcoming playtest packet before the release of the new packet. The new “Expert Class” playtest document came out on Thursday and includes updated versions of the Bard, Ranger, and Rogue. The “Expert Class” is a new category that defines those three classes along with the Artificer (which is not included in the playtest as it is not part of the Player’s Handbook) to stand in contrast to the Mages (Sorcerer, Warlock, Wizard), Priests (Cleric, Druid, Paladin), and Warriors (Barbarian, Fighter, Monk). Only one subclass for each class is included (Bardic College of Lore, Hunter Ranger, and Rogue Thief) but the playtest does include a brief guideline for adapting other subclasses to these updated classes. The second half of the document includes updated character feats with many new feats included among reworked versions of the original feats. The feedback survey on the Expert Classes playtest packet will open on October 20.


Free League and Demiplane announced the release of two digital toolsets for Nexus, Alien RPG and Mutant: Year Zero. The Alien Nexus features a digital version of the Alien: The Roleplaying Game Core Book for $29.99 with pre-orders available for the Colonial Marines Operations Manual sourcebook and Destroyer of Worlds adventure. Purchases will unlock access to digital references for careers, talents, spacecraft, organizations, alien species, and gear. Players can also use the site’s video, voice, and text chat along with the matchmaking service to join games along with their favorite virtual tabletop. The Mutant: Year Zero site offers the core rulebook for $29.99 but includes for free the Starter Booklet and the Year Zero Engine SRD with access to mutant roles and mutations. Both sites are currently in early access with the planned release of character creators coming in 2023.


Free League also opened pre-orders for the Lord of the Rings Roleplaying, the 5e adaptation of The One Ring RPG. The 236-page core rulebook featuring six new classes, six cultures, journey and council rules, new monsters, and new magical items. Also available for pre-order is Shire Adventures, a 104-page hardcover with five short adventures along with pregenerated versions of famous Bagginses, Tooks, and Brandybucks. Pre-orders of both of these books will include immediate access to PDF versions of the books prior to their March 2023 full release. The Lord of the Rings Roleplay 4e is available for 518kr (US$46.50, £41.68) and Shire Adventures 5e for 398kr (US$35.73, £32.03). While the Loremaster’s Screen with the Rivendell Compendium booklet is also up for pre-order for 318kr (US$28.55, £25.59), the PDFs for those products are not yet available. There is also a bundle of all three is available for 998kr (US$89.60, £80.31)


Owlcat Games and Paizo announced the console release of Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous along with a free update for PC editions of the game. The console release is now available digitally through the Playstation Store, Xbox Games Store, and Nintendo Switch Cloud Streaming including all the free DLC already included. Meanwhile, the new v2.0 Enhanced Edition is available as an update for players on PCs with new features including controller support, appearance customization. UI enhancements, photo mode, and extra quests and events for specific playstyles. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous raised over $2 million on Kickstarter in February of 2020 with over 35,000 backers and originally released on PC in September 2021. The game is available on consoles with a retail price of $49.99 while the PC version is on sale until October 3 for 60% off on Steam, GOG, and Epic for $19.99.


Wizkids announced yet another slew of miniatures for Dungeons & Dragons. The Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniatures line of unpainted figures will get ten new figures: Sea Elf Fighters, Water Weird, Pixies, Death Knights, Piercers, Perytons, Locathah & Seal, Merfolk, Sahuagin Baron, and Draconian Dreadnought. Prices range from $4.99 to $14.99 with a release coming in December 2022. Eight more miniatures will join the line in March 2023: Halfling Wizards, Half-Elf Warlock, Shifter Fighter, Orc Fighter (Female), Halflight Rogue (Female), Aasimar Cleric (Female), Aasimar Cleric (Male), and Earth Genasi Fighter. All will retail for $4.99 except the Female Aasimar Cleric which will be $8.99.

Over to their pre-painted line, the Warband set features a collection of miniatures in a theme and the newest one is probably the most unique so far, the Mimic Colony Warband. The collection features mimics in the shape of a chest, a barrel, a table, a flowerpot, a chair, a wardrobe, and a bear skin rug. The Mimic Colony Warband will be available in June 2023 with a retail price of $59.99. Finally, coming in April 2023 is Zuggtmoy, Demon Queen of Fungi. The figure will be between 4 and 5 inches tall and fully painted with a retail price of $49.99.


Thanks to Dark Dice and Kickstarter, you can now get your own elf sorcerer version of actor Jeff Goldblum. This isn’t quite as random as it might seem as Goldblum appeared as a cast member in the Let’s Play podcast series on the network, The Long Road. The miniatures will be produced by Strata Miniatures and are available in sets based on seasons of the podcast as well as an option to purchase STL files for those with 3D printers. And if you’re still confused how the star of Jurassic Park and The Fly ended up on a D&D podcast, you can find out more with Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #154 featuring podcast producer Travis Vengroff. The Kickstarter is fully funded and will run until Friday, October 7.


Twitch channel Roll for Good announced their Halloween Hijinks 2022 event raising money for the UK LGBTQ+ charity Mermaids. The day-long marathon will take place on Saturday, October 22, with three different games run. Starting at 12 PM BST, (7 AM Eastern, 4 AM Pacific) with a game of Dungeons & Dragons run by Safia with the following description: “Somehow you've landed an office job in a fantasy world, with the suspicious code of conduct signed and the job title of "hireling 0019", you begin your first day of shenanigans today, at 7:00 am sharp, dress code: adventurer casual.” Following it up at 4 PM BST (11 AM Eastern, 8 AM Pacific) will be a game of indie summer camp horror game Camp Slaughter run by Josh as the players try to enjoy their last party before the end of the season as something stalks them from the woods. The day will close out with Luke as Storyteller for a Vampire: The Masquerade game starting at 8 PM BST (3 PM Eastern, 11 AM Pacific) where the fate of all Kindred rests with on an elite vampire heist of the Vatican Archives. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Mermaids UK supporting transgender and gender-diverse youth.

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Darryl Mott

Darryl Mott

Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
In 3 different campaigns so far, the same player's PC has encountered a mimic. (It doesn't hurt that he plays Rogues and Rangers so is often "up front"). He's going to love those mimic miniatures :ROFLMAO:

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