DnD release dates announced

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this just in from Escapist Magazine

Kobold Press has confirmed that they are the design studio behind the new adventures, and Wizards of the Coast will simply publish that material. In a joint statementDungeons & Dragons R&D member Mike Mearls said that Kobold Press writers Wolfgang Baur and Steve Winter were “at the top of his list” for writing the new D&D adventures. “What I love about Hoard of the Dragon Queenand The Rise of Tiamat is how Wolfgang and Steve Winter have approached the traditional adventure format. While the episodic structure makes it easy for DMs to trace the campaign’s humble beginnings to its epic conclusion, within those episodes is a level of flexibility and freedom for DMs and players that places this among the great D&D campaigns.” From that information, it appears that the new adventures will have an episodic format within individual books, meaning that both adventures may include multiple mini-adventures within them.

Original Story: Wizards of the Coast has revealed the covers and release dates for not only the core books of the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons, but the adventures and miniatures that will accompany the release later this year. In addition to the previously revealed dates for the Player’s Handbook and Starter Set, we now have dates for the Monster Manual and Dungeon Master’s Guide for a three month window after the release of thePlayer’s Handbook in August. The covers, prices, and details were revealed via Wizards’ website product listings, as well as on Amazon. Among the new reveals are two adventures, Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat, both intended as part of Wizards’ Tyranny of Dragons story event for D&D. Regarding the extended game launch window, Wizards of the Coast’s Mike Mearls said that the development team wanted to ensure that each book was as high quality as possible.

Much of the same information as was announced by Wizards of the Coast has been posted to multiple listings on giant online retailer Amazon.com. Most of that information is duplicated, but it does include the details that the Adventures for the new D&D are designed by Kobold Press, a popular third party RPG publisher that makes material for a variety of fantasy roleplaying games.

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The products announced are:

  • Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (July 15, 2014); Fantasy Roleplaying Fundamentals; $19.99; Will include six dice, a 64-page rulebook with adventure, rules for characters levels 1-5, and 5 pregenerated characters.
  • Player’s Handbook (August 19, 2014); Core Rulebook; $49.95; Looks like the same book it has always been – learn the game’s systems from it, but it includes only basic rules.
  • Hoard of the Dragon Queen (August 19, 2014); Tyranny of Dragons Adventure; $29.95; The first of the Tyranny of Dragons adventures, looks like the kickoff of the big event at 96 pages. The Amazon listing says that this one was designed and developed by Kobold Press, a third party firm.
  • Monster Manual (September 17, 2014); Core Rulebook $49.95; Bills its game statistics as “easy to use” and is supposedly full of “thrilling stories to feed your imagination” – same old, same old with a chance of increased game fluff.
  • The Rise of Tiamat (October 21, 2014); Tyranny of Dragons Adventure $29.95; Looks like the battle against Tiamat will become “increasingly political” – which would be an interesting twist for a second game adventure. Also designed by Kobold Press.
  • Dungeon Master’s Guide (November 18, 2014); Core Rulebook $49.95; Full of “inspiration and guidance” as well as the optional rules modules we’ve been hearing so much about, as well as all the magic items – so not an optional book at all.
  • Deluxe DM Screen (January 20, 2015); $14.95; This one is listed at Amazon without details and not yet listed by Wizards.

Roll20 Virtual Tabletop, Origins, and Gen Con

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My gaming group has gone into a year of transition.  every group has them.  Players move away, work changes, have kids, generally life gets inthe way.  this year one player moved to a new city to start a new job, another is just too busy with life and work to get to a table.  another member moved a couple of years ago but we had kept in touch and usually hung out together at Gen Con each year.  so our issues were two fold either the player lived too far away now or home life was too hard to get away to go game somewhere.  I researched all the major virtual table tops.  I tried roll20 last is I knew it was free to play for the most part.  My thinking being that free to play meant less capabilities.  turns out I was very wrong.  Roll20 offers just about everything other table tops offer and they are constantly trying to make things better.  I will admit as a DM I upgraded to a monthly fee account due to the larger storage space.  My group has been playing for a month and a half playing DnD Next play test with old 1st edition Modules that I have converted to 5th edition.  they have done “village of Hommlet” and are currently in “Temple of Elemental Evil”  they are mid mid way through 6th level and are having a great time.  we game once a week as our schedules allow and around 8m so those with little kids have them in bed.  no drive time, is a great plus.  I find that the table top tend to keep the attention of my player far more than when we were at an actual table.  they accomplish more in the 3hrs we play than when we played for 5hrs at a table. Don’t get me wrong I also try to game locally with some that group as well.  I love rolling dice at a table and seeing the expressions of their faces as they role play situations is great as well.  I also gained a player who now plays in both groups.  My oldest son has joined the ranks.  It makes me proud that he and I can share this together.  My younger son is also chomping at the bit to play as well bt he is still abit young.  I took them to the Origins convention in Columbus, Ohio last year and hope to be able to again this year.  next year I play on taking my Eldest son to Gencon with me.  I have been to Gen Con nearly every year it has been held in Indianapolis Indiana.  though last year I attended both for the first time in about 6 years.  I was very surprised ad glad to see Origins had gone back to its roots.  years ago Origins was mostly driven by players and DMs form everywhere running events for other gamers. it was about they players.  then the bad years came when major corporations had control and became less about the players and more about the products they were pushing.  Now with the major corporations not doing anything official and generally not releasig new product at Origins it has once again found it calling.  If I were goning to only one  convention I would seriously consider Origins if all I wnated to was to play the games I love.  Gen Con has its Glitz and Glammer and all the latest and greatest new releases, but if I truely cared solely about just gaming the games I love I would go to Origins  and save a bunch of money in the process.

Gen Con

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Are you planning to go to Gen Con?  If so What events will you be trying to get as game registration opens in about 10 hours.  My friends and I are trying for Spycraft, Starship troopers RPG (We had a great time with it last year). Iron Kindoms and maybe some fillers.  We mostly play RPGs that we don’t get to play in our regular gaming group.  We try mini games (usually Demos as we don’t take things too seriously down there.  after all its supose to be fun).  So tell me what you are planning to do a Gen Con this year.

DnD Next whats your favorite class

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of all the classes in the play test packets which is your favorite.

Jill’s Art work

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Angus MacFurious by Jill Allport

Dungeons and Dragons Next

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dnd next

I have been play testing DnD Next for the past year.  I have been running it for about 2months.  I am intrigued enough to really want to see the whole game.  For me it has the appeal of the reusing all those old modules from 1st, 2nd, 3rd and even 4th editions with just changing the monsters.  getting the role-playing feel of earlier editions with the the combat feel of 4th and character option potential of 3.5.