Dungeons and Dragons

Wizkids is adding a trilogy of new sets to the Dungeons and Dragons: Dice Masters line of collectible dice games, this time focusing on the city of Waterdeep. Waterdeep has become a wealth of legend and lore in the Dungeons and Dragons mythos, and now Eric Lang and Mike Elliott‘s classic Dice Master is incorporating characters and monsters from this iconic city.

D&D Dice Masters: Trouble in Waterdeep is a 2 player Campaign Box containing everything needed to play a complete game, including Sidekick Dice, Action Dice, rules and dice bags. This set includes over a dozen characters, including Xanathar, Manshoon’s spies, and Volo.

The D&D Dice Masters: Adventures in Waterdeep Team Pack contains 24 cards and 16 dice for those already familiar with Dice Masters, and can be paired with any Campaign Box or Starter Set. Characters in this pack include Brawlwin Chainminer, the Black Viper, Jarlaxle, and Durnan, as well as many others making their first appearance. Similarly, D&D Dice Masters: The Zhentarim Team Pack includes Manshoon, Istrid Horn, and Ziraj, as well as many other Zhentarim in its 16 dice and 24 cards.

Look for all three Waterdeep themed Dice Master sets at your FLGS in September 2019.

Wizards of the Coast announced their upcoming tabletop card game, Dungeon Mayhem! This is a fast-paced, easy-to-learn, deck fighting game for 2-4 players. Deal damage to others while trying to survive as they damage you. Battle your foes using spells and weapons and, most of all, have tons of fun while the mayhem ensues.

Each player takes control of an iconic adventurer from the Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) realm –  Barbarian, Paladin, Rogue or Wizard. Then suit up and battle it out – last (wo)man standing gets the treasure.

“Illustrations created by Kyle Ferrin in the four decks of cards represent Sutha the Skullcrusher (barbarian), Azzan the Mystic (wizard), Lia the Radiant (paladin) and Oriax the Clever (rogue). Pick one of these characters and play their mighty power cards such as Azzan’s Vampiric Touch to swap hit points with an opponent or Sutha’s Whirling Axes to heal yourself while dealing crushing damage to the rest of the party.”

 

In the box:

  • Four 28-card decks
  • Four hit point trackers
  • Four symbol cards
  • Sixteen damage tokens
  • Four hit point tokens

You can find Dungeon Mayhem in stores starting November 16, 2018.

Wizkids has announced plans to release Fistful of Monsters, an expansion to their 2016 Dungeons & Dragons Game Rock, Paper, Wizard. Like the original game, the expansion allow 3-6 players to spend around 30 minutes to try and grab the most gold possible from a dragon’s hoard. The expansions is currently scheduled for an October 2018 release.

You have once again bested a dragon in its own lair and now comes time for your party to split the foul beast’s hoard accordingly… Can you deal with these Wandering Monsters and still come away with the most gold? Maybe that stash of magic items you left by the cave entrance will prove helpful…

Like the original game, the expansion is designed by Josh Cappel, Jay Cormier, and Sen-Foong Lim with artwork by Josh Cappel.

In this new expansion for Rock Paper Wizard, dastardly wandering monsters add a new threat. Each new wandering monster has a unique ability capable of forcing a wizard to move around the board, lose gold, end up injured. New magical items, used in combination with spells, might help players gain even more loot however.

The new box included with Fistful of Monsters features a deeper box so both the expansion and the original game can all be stored in a single box.

In the base game, Dungeons & Dragons: Rock Paper Wizard, a dragon has been slain, leaving behind a pile of treasure players will fight over.

A shared spell book will be placed on the table, with hand gestures representing various possible spells. Players will will choose spells simultaneously, moving a player closer or further away from the loot or affecting the game state in other ways. Players will need to carefully manage the chaos in an attempt to be the first to grab 25 pieces from the dragon’s hoard and win the game.

Gale Force 9 is releasing another Dungeons and Dragons board game expected this August with Vault of Dragons.

For 2-4 players, the game goes into the dark underbelly of the streets of Waterdeep as characters play various unsavory factions who are searching for a hidden vault of gold. Players will send followers to locations for rumors and possibly treasure, as well as a few street fights to maintain control of key locations. Not only are the other players watching you, so are the City Watch! Will you travel to the Undermountain and find the gold?

The location tiles are double-sided for extra places to explore.

The game is for ages 14 and up and has a play time of 60-90 minutes.

WizKids have been releasing pre-painted miniatures, called Icons of the Realms, for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game from Wizards of the Coast. Since the release of the 5th Edition of D&D they’ve been releasing products as a collective theme as part of a story. Waterdeep Dragon Heist is the latest story, releasing this Fall, and WizKids are releasing miniatures to match.

Ranging from the heroic to the villainous, you can find a Human Warlock of the Fiend, a Devilish Pit Fiend, a Founder of the Zhentarim, Dire Wolf, vicious Brown Bear, and a mysterious Manshoon, among the 44 figures released as part of Icons of the Realms: Waterdeep Dragon Heist. The miniatures are released in random boosters which contain 4 figures: 1 Large or unique Huge figure, and 3 Medium or Small figures.

Customers who pre-order an Icons of the Realms: Waterdeep Dragon Heist standard booster case will be able to buy the City of the Dead Statues & Monuments case incentive promotional set while stocks last. It has statues and monument miniatures which can further enrich the settings you play in, especially when combined with the Fantasy Terrain: Pools & Pillars miniatures set.

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.

WizKids and Wizards of the Coast have announced expansion plans for a Magic: The Gathering product partnership. The new products are expected to include a line of Magic: The Gathering miniatures as well as a forthcoming board game. Wizards of the Coast and Wizkids had already worked on a line of products together based in the Dungeons & Dragons universe.

“We’re introducing a long-time, beloved brand to an all new medium,” said Justin Ziran, president of WizKids. “Producing high-quality miniatures and bringing to market captivating board games is at the heart of WizKids. We could not be more excited to extend our relationship with Wizards of the Coast with Magic: The Gathering.”

The initial product line will include pre-painted sculpted miniatures that will focus on token creature cards. Players enjoying the Magic: The Gathering card game will now be able to bring 3-d sculpts of their favorite figures to the table with them. Prepare to be intimidated!

The board game will pull content from the original universe of the trading card game. Players will take on the role of Planeswalkers as they explore Dominaria and try to establish connections to mana sources. Planeswalkers will have to act fast in  gathering power before their opponents while building a hand full of spell cards.

Both the new miniatures and the board game are currently scheduled for a Fall 2018 release date.

WizKids 
WizKids/NECA, LLC is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher. WizKids first moved into the hobby with pioneering of the Combat Dial system featured in HeroClix, which went on to sell over 750 million game figures worldwide. Wizkids moved deeper into the hobby with tabletop games that included the award-winning Mage Knight, as well as the Dice Building Game mechanic used in both Quarriors! and the subsequent Dice Masters series of games.

Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast LLC is a subsidiary of gaming giant Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS). Wizards of the Coast is home to some of the biggest brands in gaming, including Magic: The Gather, Dungeons & Dragons, and Avalon Hill.

PAX Unplugged, the newly launched tabletop gaming arm of the PAX conventions, has officially announced the guests and events they will be featuring on the main stage.  They are going to have a Dungeons and Dragons focus for this inaugural year with popular web series Critical Role, Dice, Camera, Action, and Acquisitions Inc. doing live shows.  Friday night, Dice, Camera, Action will have “Wizards of the Coast’s resident Dungeon Master, Chris Perkins take Holly Conrad, Jared Knaubenbaur, Anna Prosser Robinson, Nathan Sharp, and an unannounced special guest, deeper into the jungles of the Chult“.  Saturday evening will have some of the cast of Critical Role talking about their past adventures in Vox Machina as well as answer questions and preview the next campaign.  Saturday night will see the likes of Chris Perkins, Mike Krahulik, Jerry Holkins, Patrick Rothfuss, and special guest star Kate Welch play Dungeons and Dragons live on the main stage with Acquisitions Inc.  And finally, for those sticking around to the end, you will get to see the debut of PAX Unplugged’s spinoff to Acquisitions Inc. called “C” Team, being played by Amy Falcone, Kris Straub, Kate Welch, Ryan Hartman, and Penny Arcade and PAX co-founder Jerry Holkins.  So if you like watching these folks online, you don’t want to miss out on seeing them live at PAX Unplugged.  You can read more in the press release below and look forward to seeing them live next month.

 

Popular Dungeons & Dragons Players Converge on PAX Unplugged
 
Live performances by Dice, Camera, Action!, Critical Role, Acquisitions Inc.
PHILADELPHIA – The panel line-up for PAX Unplugged 2017, the inaugural tabletop-focused PAX event, will feature Penny Arcade’s Acquisitions Inc., Geek & Sundry’s Critical Role, and Wizards of the Coast’s Dice, Camera, Action. Fans unable to join the weekend long celebration of tabletop culture,taking place Nov. 17-19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, can watch the action live on Twitch.
Boasting the longest-running show on Dungeons & Dragons‘ Twitch channel, Dice, Camera, Action! LIVE at PAX Unplugged will see Wizards of the Coast’s resident Dungeon Master, Chris Perkins take Holly Conrad, Jared Knaubenbaur, Anna Prosser Robinson, Nathan Sharp, and an unannounced special guest, deeper into the jungles of the Chult on Friday, Nov. 17, 8:30pm -11:30pm at the main stage.
Geek Sundry’s Critical Role cast, featuring creator Matthew Mercer, actress Marisha Ray, and renowned voice actors Liam O’Brien and Taliesin Jaffe, take the main stage for Critical Role: Talks Machina on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 4pm – 5:50pm. The team will dive into the past adventures of Vox Machina, what may be in store for the next campaign and answer questions from fans.
Previously enjoyed by tens of thousands at PAX West and PAX East, Penny Arcade’s live-performance Dungeons & Dragons game, Acquisitions Inc.: The Series will take the main stage on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 8:30pm – 11:30pm.  Featuring Penny Arcade and PAX co-founders Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, The Kingkiller Chronicle‘s author Patrick Rothfuss as Viari, and special guest star Kate Welch as Rosie Beestinger, Acquisitions Inc.LIVE at PAX Unplugged will also feature Wizards of the Coast’s Chris Perkins reprising his role as Dungeon Master.
Debuting for the time at a PAX, Acquisitions Inc.: “C” Team LIVE at PAX Unplugged will feature Penny Arcade’s Acquisitions Inc. spinoff ‘”C” Team.’ Join industry personalities Amy Falcone, Kris Straub, Kate Welch, Ryan Hartman, and Penny Arcade and PAX co-founder Jerry Holkins, as they fumble through a special one-off game in which a total party kill is almost certain, Sunday, Nov. 19, 11am – 2pm on the main stage.
Tickets for PAX Unplugged 2017 are currently on sale via the official registration page. Three-Day Tickets are $60 USD while Friday Only, Saturday Only, and Sunday Only Tickets are $25 USD. Sunday Kids Day Tickets (for children age 6-12) are also available for $10 USD.
Part of Penny Arcade’s international roster of events, which also include West, East, South, and Australia, PAX Unplugged is a hybrid of digital and analog tabletop gaming, giving card and board game enthusiasts a dedicated event to celebrate their rich and thriving culture. Reflecting the experience millions of PAX attendees have enjoyed for more than a decade, visitors will have the opportunity to see the reveal of new and exciting titles, go hands-on with upcoming games, partake in tournaments and sit-in on panels headlined by the industry’s leading minds.
“The mission of PAX Unplugged is simple,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade and PAX. “We want to recognize the tabletop community that’s grown year over year at our events with a show just for them. It’s going to be pretty amazing first outing, and I can’t wait to attend the show myself.”
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PAX
PAX or Penny Arcade Expo is a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture. First held in Seattle in 2004, PAX has nearly doubled in size each successive year, with PAX Prime 2014 selling out of tickets in a matter of minutes. Connecting the world’s leading game publishers with their most avid and influential fans, PAX expanded with a second show in Boston in 2010 and a third in San Antonio in 2015, making it the three largest gaming shows in North America. The first international PAX was held in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. In 2017, Penny Arcade announced PAX Unplugged, its first tabletop focused show, to be held in Philadelphia.
Penny Arcade
Penny Arcade is a web comic focused on video games and video game culture, written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik. With over 3.5 million readers, it is the most popular and longest running gaming web comic online. Penny Arcade is also responsible for the Child’s Play Charity, the Penny Arcade gaming expos (PAX) in Seattle, Boston, San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Melbourne, multiple videogames based on the brand, and multiple online video series.
ReedPOP
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture world. ReedPOP is dedicated to celebrations of popular culture throughout the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South, Australia and Unplugged, Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), BookCon, BookExpo, Oz Comic-Con, Comic Con India, Paris Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, Star Trek: Mission New York, TwitchCon, ComplexCon and more. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals uniquely qualified to serve those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India and Australia.

Wizkids, publishers of the most popular RPG, Dungeons and Dragons, are releasing a pre-painted miniature line with a focus on bringing younger kids into the RPG world.  The line will feature younger characters with special abilities and animal companions that travel with them.  In the setting of the RPG they travel in, “fledgling adventurers gain their powers and abilities at a young age, allowing them to defeat the evil creatures in their world. Their powers, however, are fleeting. As the children grow, they begin to lose their powers over time. When they enter adulthood, most forget they ever adventured in the first place as everyday responsibilities take hold.”

The miniature line looks great, and the RPG setting sounds interesting, so look forward to this new line to launch in early 2018.  You can check out Wizkids’ website for more information and to see the figure designs.

It’s that time of week again, time to see what projects out there are worth some of your attention.

To start out this week we have some ‘Kickstarter Gold’, a web-comic turned RPG set in Table Titans: Fallen Veil Adventure Set.  Table Titans is a weekly webcomic series that focuses on a group of people as they play through various Dungeons and Dragons scenarios that they created.  In their first Kickstarter campaign they launched they aimed to print a comic book, and also released some digital copies of the adventures featured in the comic.  Now they want to take that a step further, and so in this campaign they are raising funds to get the adventure printed, along with maps, a DM screen, and tons of tokens to use in the adventure.  This will all come in one box and will serve as a great starting point for new characters to get them up to level 5.  So if you are looking for something new for your DnD group, give this Kickstarter a look.

Next is another in the growing line of board game bags that you can purchase, simply called the Board Game Garage.  This bag features everything you could want in a bag to transport your games in: padded insides, extra storage on the top and sides, side zipper for easy access, comfort grip handle, and optional shoulder strap.  Of course the big question is, how many games can it carry?  For regular Ticket to Ride sized boxes, the garage can hold 6 of the boxes snugly, for over sized boxes like Gloomhaven or Star Wars Rebellion, you can fit two or three in there along with smaller games.  Overall the bag looks to be solid and also folds up for easy storage, check out the Kickstarter page for more information and to pledge.

Last we have a bit of a game design kit, and that is the Green Box of Games.  This is described as the “deck of cards” of board gaming in that it contains a lot of components needed to play most any game including dice, cubes, tiles, and cards.  The game comes boxed with rules for 16 different games, each one utilizing different aspects of the tiles and cards included in the box.  The game designer also encourages you to make your own games up with the components similar to the White Box that was Kickstarted earlier this year.  So if you have the game design itch, this might be the box that scratches it, check out the Kickstarter today.