Friday, August 17, 2012

Holy Smokes! WotC to re-release ALL Dungeons & Dragons Material electronically!

GenCon/Enworld Scoop: The Future of D&D

The highlight for me - aside from making campaigns "Living" again, albeit with a lower case L, is the electronic back catalog.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Undermountain again - second verse, same as the first.

As each edition comes to a close, WotC/TSR seem to have released an Undermountain product.  Undermountain is by no means the "baddest" of the classic dungeons, but perhaps one of the most extensive.  Ed Greenwood's house dungeon for his Forgotten Realms campaign was cool in a lot of regards.  It was entered through a tavern (meme upon meme!), the initial release was partially mapped - resulting in a product that a dungeonmaster got to really make their own, and it had a "boss" that served as a plot device - making it more than "kill the baddies; take their treasure." has a review of the new 4th Edition work on their site, today.  Undermountain, Underdark, and other old classics seem to be the great last push done every time a campaign/rules-set are coming to a close.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe it's the realization that there's only one last shot to capitalize on all of that intellectual property.  Maybe we're all just still scared of the dark.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wizards of the Cost to do a limited re-release of the original AD&D books

As seen on Troll in the Corner, Wizards of the Coast is going to re-release the original AD&D core 3 books (Player's Handbook, Dungeonmaster's Guide, and Monster Manual) in special commemorative editions, to raise money for the Gary Gygax Memorial.  This will be a limited re-release.

Part of me has to wonder if there's an added benefit of this to head off some of the OAD&D resurgence with something that has a Wizards seal of approval on it.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! D&D 5th Edition

To me the biggest news of the morning isn't the announcement about the 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons (that's been rumored, wishlisted quite well, and expected since 4th Edition turned into the least playable thing to happen to gaming since the DC Comics RPG by Mayfair {Bazinga!}), no it was the circular reference between The New York Times covering the R&D that's going into D&D, linking to an article on the D&D website which in turn links back to the same NY Times article.  (Beware folks, it's turtles stacked upon themselves all the way down from here on out...) 

My unnecessary observation aside, I'm stoked about Wizards of the Coast moving away from 4th Edition (perhaps the least playable and least enjoyable RPG that I sunk money into over the years), and - according to the early speculation assumed from the blogosphere - moving towards something that should allow for the old-school Dungeon Masters to draw a graph paper map and populate it with monsters, or run a mock-up of World of Warcraft with powers and abilities.  (The left and right brain of nerddom, if you will.)

Morrus of fame was flown to Renton, WA to meet with the Wizards staff and unveil the plans for the new edition.  He has a great article to read, here

Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment.  I've already signed up for the playtests on the Wizards site, and am looking forward to this. 

I am also kicking myself that I neglected to list all of my 4th Edition books on ebay before it was too late.