5th edition

The first big expansion book for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, has broken multiple records within the series and is now officially the fastest selling D&D book in the series’ long history. In order to fully appreciate the gravity of that first sentence, I must point out that D&D books have been in print for 43 years, since 1974. So that means that the big ol’ beholder on the front cover isn’t any kind of deterrent – D&D’s still got it, baby! As broken down by the source article from DDO Players website:

I feel this also speaks to the popularity of the 5th edition of D &D. Xanathar’s isn’t a stand-alone product, after-all, it’s a supplement that requires the base system to play and works with all of the streamlined rules that came with it. In it’s own way, I’m glad to see that as well because 5th edition’s changes from 3.5 and 4th are very welcome and intuitive and this just reinforces the work that went into it and I expect we’ll see it grow with this kind of acceptance and support. If you haven’t seen the new edition yet and you’ve read this far, maybe now’s the time to check it out while this thing is flying off the shelves, relatively speaking.

catan 5th ed

In the 20 years since Klaus Teuber revolutionized game design with the original Settlers of Catan, a worldwide fandom has developed around the game. The original game, plus its expansions, have sold more than 22 million copies and has been translated into 30 languages.

The influence of Mayfair Games’ Settlers of Catan on the world of tabletop gaming is irrefutable.  Now, after 20 years of the game’s success, Mayfair Games has announced that the game’s name will be officially changed to simply Catan.  What’s more, they will be releasing a 5th edition of the game, along with all of its expansions and 5-6 player extensions.  The new edition will be fully compatible with the 4th edition of the game, yet with fresh and intriguing new artwork.  Additionally, there will be a new clarified rules set, which will be the official tournament canon and will be available in PDF form online when the new edition is released.

For more information on this new edition, visit the Alliance Alert for Game Trade Magazine article here.