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D&D Next Q&A: 03/07/2014

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 03:00
You've got questions—we've got answers! Here's how it works—each week, our Community Manager will be scouring all available sources to find whatever questions you're asking. We'll pick three of them for R&D to answer.

D&D Blog Hop: Day 26

dungeonmastering.com - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 23:37
 Day 26: Do you still game with the people who introduced you to the hobby?  My older brother, who introduced me to Dungeons & Dragons, hasn’t played since he was in middle school. My other...

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Collingwood Mural

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 19:19

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Collingwood Mural

Dungeons & Dragons

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Neverwinter: Curse of Icewind Dale

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 03:00
We’re proud to announce, along with our partners at Cryptic and Perfect World, the forthcoming third free expansion module for Neverwinter: Curse of Icewind Dale. In this update, coming later this spring, players can enjoy new content in the famous region of Icewind Dale and explore the secrets of the Black Ice.

Hulther’s Mimics

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 03:00
More than a cover might protect a wizard’s tome or that nearly forgotten book of lore that your adventurers seek! Find out more about book mimics in this week’s Forging the Realms column.

DnDClassics New Releases

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 03:00
This one-stop-shop for D&D content offers an easy way to access and download favorite classic titles electronically by computer, mobile phone, or tablet (including iPads). Coming to DnDClassics this week...

Bergar the Bold

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 10:19

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Bergar the Bold

His face was in bad shape. I did a poor job with one of his eyes and his mouth was hard to paint. Maybe that is why he is so angry!

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Warlock Update

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 03:00
Mike talks about the warlock’s focus on pact and power in this week’s Legends & Lore.

Shaggy Demodand

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:49

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Shaggy Demodand

Not quite demons, Demodands were created by the Titans. Shaggy Demodands are the undisputed lords of their kind, capable of casting the most powerful spells.

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Slimy Demodand

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:49

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Slimy Demodand

Not quite demons, Demodands were created by the Tyitans. Slimy Demodands are covered in acidic slime, destroing all weapons used against them.

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Tarry Demodand

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:49

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Tarry Demodand

Not quite demons, Demodands were created by the Titans. Tarry Demodands are their lowest-ranking soldiers, and yet still many times stronger than even powerful fiends. Their bodies secrete a sticky, tarry substance that makes melee combat difficult for their enemies.

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Wenduag

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:49

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Wenduag

Desperate to appease the new leader of her Mongrel tribe, this this Huntress works against the heroes early in Wrath of the Righteous.

And yes, she has spider legs. sprouting from her back.

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Mongrel

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 17:49

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Mongrel

Don't be mean. Mongrels are people, too, as mutated though they are.

Every Mongrelman looks different. One could be scaled, furry, or a mix of the above. A given Mongrel might have elf ears,a dwarf beard, and wings. Or maybe one spider leg and an octopus tentacle. Despite their strange appearance, they are hardworking, quiet folk who do what is needed to survive.

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5e Release dates leaked

Newbie DM - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 16:47

Well, it’s happened again… an online retailer has beat WOTC to the punch in announcing release dates future material. The Barnes and Noble webstore has pages for two 5e products, a starter set valued at $19.99  and the Player’s Handbook, which arrives with a cover price of  $49.95. The items release on July 15th and August 19th respectively. Interestingly, there’s no listing for the Dungeon Master’s Guide and Monster Manual. Whether they release on the same day as the PHB remains to be seen, although I would be inclined to believe that they are.

Also, the game is simply referred to as “Dungeons and Dragons”, the “next” monicker is thankfully gone.  So, thoughts… I have them. The first one is “yay!”, we are getting a shiny new D&D this summer. Awesome. I’ll be lined up at Gencon getting my copy, no doubt. It’s exciting to me as a gamer and fan of the brand. A rising D&D lifts all ships, or so says the hive. :)

My next thoughts are just personal opinions on D&D as a published product, and my personal preferences. If you don’t care about opinions, stop reading, follow the links I provided, and enjoy the great news. We have release dates! Habemus D&D.

On a personal level, I’m a bit disappointed in that the 3 book release format (assuming this is the way it’s going to be released, and I have no idea if it is) will once again be the way we get D&D. While it’s part of the D&D tradition at this point, I really would just prefer one single fat book with all I need to play, with supplements available as PDFs. Single books in the style of Edge of the Empire, 13th Age, Rules Cyclopedia, and to an extent even Pathfinder which includes most you need to play in one book (since monsters are all freely available online using the SRD). I would gladly pay $60-$70 for a book that includes everything I need to get rolling. A $50 PHB sounds like a similar price is coming for the other two books (if the 4e model holds). That’s a hefty $150 for all three books. Oh, and PDFs? At this point I expect them to release alongside print, and would be really disappointed if they weren’t an option. Even if it’s a waiting period of a few months after the print launch, I want to see pdf’s.

Having said that, chances are we will find the books cheaper online once they release, so I doubt most would pay full price for their D&D experience anyway, but still, price is a concern for more than one gamer. Not everyone has deep pockets.

As far as the starter set is concerned, I was so disappointed in the 4e red box that I’m not even thinking about this as an option for me. Starter sets are important products that shouldn’t be seen as after thoughts. I hope they get this one right. They should look at Pathfinder’s for inspiration.

Personal opinions aside, we have a release date. August 19th for the D&D Player’s Handbook.  It’s going to be a fun summer…

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50 Bucks for the New PHB?!?!

Wondrous Imaginings - Sun, 03/02/2014 - 16:00
For all who say that adjusted for inflation its about the same ask yourselves this:  does that math work when wages adjusted for inflation have remained flat since like 1974 or so?  Even the ENWorld fanboys don't like this deal.  And assuming a smaller simpler PHB to go along with a simpler system, you are getting less for the buck than before? And have to wait how long until you have a complete set of books?  At least with pathfinder you got 2 books in one for 50 bucks.  And still do get that deal today.  They've driven many peeps to preview the book by other than ethical means just to see if the thing is worth buying.  Way to promote piracy.  And no word on an ogl yet.  Why would they possibly need other supporting products to be released the same day as their product? After all, it wouldn't help sales or  buzz or anything.  And officially we have a "No comment" from WOTC according to a guy on ENWorld.
http://www.tenkarstavern.com/2014/03/d-next-players-handbook-lists-at-50.html


Way to hurt brick and mortar stores too.  Who is gonna drop 50 bucks plus gas to get there and back when you can get it for 35 at amazon and free shipping?  Especially when faced with the prospect of 100 bucks more in book costs just to play the game.  Yeah Yeah B&M stores are dead and can't compete with Amazon.  Blah Blah.  There were still some people who went there regardless to try to support them.  This pricing really makes that difficult to justify in this economy.




D&D Blog Hop: Day 25

dungeonmastering.com - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 22:40
Day 25: Longest running campaign/gaming group you’ve been in My current group has been together since October of 2000. Our current members have been playing together for at least 8 or 9 years –...

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Scarab grubs!

Flickr Dungeons and Dragons Tag Feed - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 15:21

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Scarab grubs!

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D&D Blog Hop: Day 24

dungeonmastering.com - Sat, 03/01/2014 - 00:52
Day 24: First movie that comes to mind that you associate with D&D. Why?  Almost anything with a dragon I associate with D&D: Dragonslayer, Dragonheart, How to Train Your Dragon, The Hobbit...

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D&D Next Q&A: 02/28/2014

Wizards of the Coast D&D - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 03:00
You've got questions—we've got answers! Here's how it works—each week, our Community Manager will be scouring all available sources to find whatever questions you're asking. We'll pick three of them for R&D to answer.
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