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PAX Prime 2012: Ask The Dungeon Master

This aired Friday, August 31st at PAX Prime 2012 weekend.

Being a great Dungeon Master requires a variety of skills. Part referee, part storyteller, and part actor; the art of the Dungeon Master is in combining these talents to become a superhuman, D&D-propelling package. Join D&D staff members as they discuss various tips and tricks to bring the best adventure to your players, as well as ways to make them equal participants in the story. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.

Panelists: Chris Perkins, Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, Rodney Thompson


PAX Prime 2012: 13th Age and Dungeon World: Old School RPGs With Modern Design

Just recently, Gabe annouced that he wanted to play 13th Age!! Woot!

During PAX weekend Anne mostly worked at the 13th Age table at the Indy Table Top game rooms along side Dungeon World and Gamma Ray Games. She also recorded a couple of panels for 13th Age and below is one of those videos she put together.

We want to give a big shout out to Fire Opal Games and to Rob Heinsoo, Jay Schneider and Wade Rocket. With out them Anne wouldn’t have been able to even go to PAX this year!

13th Age, Dungeon World and More: Old School RPGs With Modern Design

A new wave of tabletop roleplaying games is re-imagining the classic dungeon-crawling RPG. Hear the designers discuss how they do it, and perhaps more importantly, why they do it.

PANELISTS: Wade Rockett [Rockett Science], Rob Heinsoo [Fire Opal Media], Sage LaTorra [Sage Kobold Productions], Adam Koebel [Sage Kobold Productions], Logan Bonner

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PAX Prime 2012: Future of D&D

This aired on Saturday, September 1st during PAX Prime 2012 Weekend.

The next iteration of Dungeons & Dragons is on its way! Join D&D Senior Manager Mike Mearls and others in a Q&A about the next iteration of D&D, and how the open playtest is using fan feedback to help shape the future of the game.

Panelists include Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, Rodney Thompson

NOTE: You’ll want to skip to time 5:15.


Gen Con 2012 D&D Digital

Digital Gaming in D&D has never been bigger! Members of the D&D Digital Team, Cryptic Studios (Neverwinter), and others come together to discuss the past, present and future of D&D video games.

The GEN CON 2012 (below) recording was from GenCon 2012 on August 15-19, 2012. panelists included John Feil and Jon Schindehette of WotC, Erik Boyer of Turbine Entertainment: Dungeons and Dragons Online, and Jack Emmert (Cryptic Studio).

PAX Prime 2012 (not shown) had a similar panel of the same name featuring panelists John Feil and Jon Schindehette (WotC), Andy Velasquez (Cryptic Studios: Neverwinter), Erik Boyer (Turbine Entertainment: Dungeons and Dragons Online) and Coriander Dickinson (Beamdog: Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition) discussing the past, present, and future of D&D Video Games.

GenCon D&D Digital: Part 1

GenCon D&D Digital: Part 2


Skein of Shadows Cover Reveal!

Skein of Shadows by Marsheila Rockwell

Continuing the story that began in The Shard Axe, Sabira finds herself drawn into an expedition into the Underdark, where she discovers drow intrigue and dire secrets.

Item Code: 49791000
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Format: eBook



Annual X-mas Wizards of the Coast Layoffs

Today, Wizards of the Coast eliminated my position. I have unfortunately been let go, after more than 20 years of employment with TSR/WotC.

Rich Baker @ Wizards Community Blog

Rich was at the forefront of Wizards of the Coast’s range of Forgotten Realms and core Third Edition D&D accessory books, and author of several novels set in and below Faerûn. He also answered questions about the Forgotten Realms at the Wizards website’s forums – see the below external links. He also headed design on the 4th edition D&D iteration of the Dark Sun Campaign Setting, along with numerous other credits for that edition of the game.

Also rumored to be let go was Steve Winter who joined TSR in 1981 as Games Editor.

Right on schedule WotC:

You can follow the Dec 2011 Layoff discussion at ENWorld’s Forum.

Nearly an annual trend ever since Hasbro acquired Wizards of the Coast in 1999 and it looks like there are not many of the old D&D guard on the permanent payroll.



D&D Virtual Table Open Beta for DDI Subscribers

As a limited time bonus to DDI Subscribers, Wizards of the Coast is excited to extend an invitation for you to participate in the Dungeons & Dragons Virtual Table Open Beta! The D&D Virtual Table provides an online environment where DMs and players can get together for a session of D&D, no matter where they are in the world. Build maps, create characters, and run private or public D&D sessions. This is your chance to get in on some games and check out the features of this easy-to-use tool.

Steve Winter, WotC

Playing table top D&D (any edition) is good news in our book! Give it a try and give your feed back to Wizards of the Coast!


Hasbro and Atari Resolve Dungeons & Dragons Rights Dispute

Just got this one in today! Looks like Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast got the Digital licensing rights for Dungeons & Dragons back from Atari! This is really BIG news for the D&D brand name! Hasbro is working hard to pulling back in its IP rights.

August 15, 2011 (Renton, WA) – Wizards of the Coast LLC, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) and Atari, S.A. announced today the settlement and resolution of the complaint against Atari, S.A. and the counterclaims filed by Atari, S.A. against Hasbro, Inc. filed in December 2009 in regards to the Dungeons & Dragons brand.

Digital licensing rights for Dungeons & Dragons have been returned to Hasbro. Atari will continue to develop and market several games under license from Hasbro and Wizards, including the #1 Xbox LIVE® hit Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale and the upcoming Heroes of Neverwinter for Facebook. Additional settlement details remain private.

In addition, the acquisition of Cryptic Studios by Perfect World Entertainment Inc. from Atari in July 2011 has delayed the Neverwinter PC Game scheduled for release later this year. Perfect World will be investing in a more immersive experience for release in late 2012.

Read the full Press Release Here >>