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August 14, 2014 – Renton, WA – The biggest and most exciting year for Dungeons & Dragons hits a pivotal moment today as the Tyranny of Dragons storyline kicks-off. This rich new narrative challenges players around the world to rise up against hoards of evil dragons, including Tiamat, the most fearsome dragon in D&D’s history! With a full suite of entertainment offerings already starting to roll-out, and many more exciting launches slated for later this year, Tyranny of Dragons offers action-packed play experiences for digital and tabletop RPG players alike.
The new Tyranny of Dragons module for the highly-acclaimed free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG, Neverwinter, is available today. Developed by Cryptic Studios and published by Perfect World Entrainment, the new module will showcase a new character class, the Scourge Warlock, and a new race, Dragonborn.
For players eager to sink their teeth into the Tyranny of Dragons storyline around the gaming table, two new tabletop adventures will also release this year, Hoard of the Dragon Queen on August 19 and The Rise of Tiamat on October 21. A new line of D&D miniatures from Wiz Kids will be available soon for fans to enhance their Tyranny of Dragons adventures.
With these releases, comes the highly-anticipated new rules for the tabletop roleplaying game, following a two year public playtest that help set the foundation for the future of the franchise. Currently available at select hobby game stores and releasing in wide distribution on August 19, the Player’s Handbook is the first of three “core” rulebooks to be released alongside the Tyranny of Dragons storyline. The Player’s Handbook contains everything players need to create heroic characters. The Player’s Handbook release will be followed by the Monster Manual (September 30) and the Dungeon Master’s Guide (November 18).
Tyranny of Dragons
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The Neverwinter team is excited to announce the launch of Tyranny of Dragons, one of the largest content updates for the Neverwinter MMORPG. Tyranny of Dragons introduces the new Scourge Warlock class, the Dragonborn race, new heroic encounters, as well as a new dungeon and skirmish for adventurers to explore.
Starting today, players can access a new premium race, stepping into the role of the dangerous and powerful Dragonborn. Also available is the new Scourge Warlock class, which focuses on ranged damage with a curse mechanic—making it an excellent damage dealing role for parties. The Scourge Warlock will join the six other classes as they battle through regions overrun with the Cult of the Dragon, culminating in new heroic encounters with several dragons from Dungeons & Dragons lore.
The new instances will take players on a journey through unfamiliar environments on Tuern as they uncover new storylines from Dungeons & Dragons. Additionally, for the first time in any Neverwinter expansion, the new content will be interspersed throughout normal progression in-game, rather than at the level cap.
“As fans of the series, we are constantly looking at ways to build on our players’ Neverwinter experiences, and ensuring that they live up to the lore of Dungeons & Dragons and the core D&D experience we all love,” says Rob Overmeyer, Executive Producer of Neverwinter. “It’s not possible to have too many dragons in Neverwinter and our team has heard the calls from our community. We work tirelessly to continue to bring great gameplay, good times and epic moments to our game. We look forward to watching our players take on the onslaught of dragons in Neverwinter: Tyranny of Dragons.”
With all the new content coming with Tyranny of Dragons, now is the time to begin your Neverwinter journey!
Neverwinter Module: Tyranny of Dragons
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NEWARK, N.J. – August 12, 2014 – Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced the release of The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories. Each of the twelve stories in the collection about the iconic Dungeons & Dragons dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden is narrated by a different actor; the eclectic group of performers includes Sean Astin, Michael Chiklis, Wil Wheaton, Ice-T, Tom Felton, Al Yankovic, David Duchovny, Greg Grunberg, Felicia Day, Melissa Rauch, Danny Pudi and Dan Harmon. R. A. Salvatore, the New York Times bestselling author of the collection, as well as more than 30 Drizzt novels, has recorded an introduction to the audiobook. For the next 40 days, in honor of the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons, the stories will be available as free downloads at Audible.com, either individually or as a collection, at www.audible.com/dnd.
"I've been a fan and gamer since I was a kid, and to this day it consumes me,” said Greg Grunberg. “Role-playing games were the beginning of acting for me. Games have always been a part of my life; even today I have my own channel on Twitch called SocialTronLive. So for me to be involved in this awesome project and lend my voice was a no-brainer.”
“Thanks to the performances of these fabulous actors, listeners will be swept up by the vividly imagined world of Dungeons & Dragons,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “We’re excited to make this brilliantly conceived and dramatically performed collection of stories about one of D&D’s most beloved characters available for free to millions of D&D enthusiasts—and to anyone who loves a good story. We think our listeners will love the performances by this distinguished and diverse roster of acting talent. And with more than 500 D&D novels and story collections in our store, there is plenty more for fans to enjoy.”
"I've been a huge fan of R. A. Salvatore and the D&D worlds my whole life,” said Felicia Day. “I loved being able to bring part of it to life in this audiobook, and to channel my inner male dwarf."
“Whether or not you are a D&D fan, this collection is marvelous entertainment,” said Liz Schuh, Head of Licensing and Publishing, Wizards of the Coast. “Drizzt brought to life by these fantastic performers adds another memorable dimension to R. A. Salvatore’s stories.”
The production is part of a partnership between Audible and Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast, through which Salvatore’s entire Drizzt catalog will be recorded in audio. Salvatore’s first published novel, The Crystal Shard, introduced the world to the dark elf Drizzt; since then, his books have sold more than 15 million copies in the U.S. and have been translated into 14 languages.Individual Stories/Narrators
- Wickless in the Nether: Sean Astin
- Bones and Stones: Al Yankovic
- Comrades at Odds: Ice-T
- To Legend He Goes: David Duchovny
- If Ever They Happened Upon My Lair: Wil Wheaton
- The Dowery: Melissa Rauch
- Dark Mirror: Dan Harmon
- The First Notch: Felicia Day
- The Third Level: Greg Grunberg
- Guenhwyvar: Tom Felton
- Iruladoon: Michael Chiklis
- That Curious Sword: Danny Pudi
Behind the Scenes
A look inside the Audible Studios recording of The Legend of Drizzt.
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In sacred isolation, a sphinx guards the secrets and treasures of the gods. As it calmly regards each new party that comes before it, the bones of supplicants and quest seekers that failed to pass its tests lie scattered around its lair. Its great wings sweep along its flanks, its tawny leonine body rippling with muscle and possessed of forepaws powerful enough to tear a humanoid in half.
An androsphinx tests the courage and valor of supplicants, not only by forcing them to complete quests but also with its terrible roar, which echoes for miles as it terrifies and deafens nearby creatures.Artist:
Brynn Metheny created the art for both the Monster Manual’s andro- and gynosphinx. More of her work can be found on her website (including a look at another of her creations, the owlbear).
A Brief Look Back:
The Original Edition’s Book II: Monsters & Treasures included a number of creatures from mythology (including the cockatrice, basilisk, medusa, hydra and manticore), and Supplement I: Greyhawk even listed the lammasu (human-headed, winged lions). However, the sphinx wouldn’t appear until Supplement IV: Gods, Demi-Gods and Heroes, where it was described as having a short temper and a taste for human blood… but also curious and that it would spare a person with a good story.
In the 1st Edition Monster Manual, the sphinx appeared in both andro- and gynosphinx form. For the androsphinx, he arrived with his powerful roar: “The creature must be aroused and angry to utter the first, very angry to roar again, and infuriated to cut loose with the third.”
As far as the sphinx’s connection to riddles, it was the gynosphinx called out for accepting payment for help in the form of riddles, poetry, prose, knowledge, or the location of an androsphinx. And in fact, it was a gynosphinx guarding the intersection within White Plume Mountain, posing the riddle which appears in today’s excerpt.
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The Monster Manual (releasing September 30) presents a horde of classic Dungeons & Dragons creatures, including dragons, giants, mind flayers, and beholders—a monstrous feast for Dungeon Masters ready to challenge their players and populate their adventures.Publication date: 08/12/2014Introduction: What better creature to start our Monster Manual excerpts than the sphinx—guardian of secrets and treasures within the game. In today’s excerpt, we examine the artwork, the creature in general, as well as the androsphinx in particular.Tags: Featuresexternal_urls: External url: http://media.wizards.com/2014/downloads/dnd/MM_Sphinx.pdfExternal url description: The Sphinx/Androsphinx Texture banner: Show