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Dungeons & Dragons Online: Shadowfell Conspiracy Announced

DDO Shadowfell

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast have announced that Dungeons & Dragons Online: Shadowfell Conspiracy, the second expansion to be of course developed by Turbine. The new expantion will launch this summer, adding in a new level cap of 28 and a new “Iconic Heroes” system where players can create characters starting at level 15.

Shadowfell Conspiracy will also include two new Forgotten Realms Adventure Packs:

  • Wheloon: a prison city full of irredeemable criminals and traitors to the Crown. In this place, Netherese agents conspire to forge an army out of the Kingdom’s enemies. You must masquerade as a traitor to infiltrate the Prison City, fight marauding criminal gangs, and destroy the army before it marches – all the while battling creatures made out of the very shadows.
  • Stormhorns: deep in the Stormhorn Mountains, the Netherese Empire prepares to unleash its secret weapon against the Kingdom of Cormyr. Brave treacherous mountain passes through griffon territory and overcome cunning harpy ambushes. At the peaks of the mighty Stormhorns, you must overcome an alliance of giants and monstrous creatures – only to have to contend with a terrible Netherese secret weapon.

Bonus for Table-Top D&D players, if your interested in the Shadowfell Conspiracy you can now download the first of this adventure series as a PDFs at DriveThru RPG. You can get dead-tree versions of the rest you can get at Amazon.com

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND WIZARDS OF THE COAST UNVEIL DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE®: SHADOWFELL CONSPIRACY™

NEEDHAM, MA – 26th February 2013 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast unveiled today Dungeons & Dragons Online®: Shadowfell Conspiracy™, the second expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) developed by Turbine. Shadowfell Conspiracy takes place in the beloved Forgotten Realms setting, features an increased level cap, introduces new Iconic Heroes and much more!

“Last year we expanded the world of DDO into the Forgotten Realms universe with the launch of our first expansion,” said Erik Boyer, Senior Producer of DDO. “This year we’re introducing more content and making it even easier to experience the latest content with the introduction of Iconic Heroes that begin at level 15, allowing players to jump right into the action.”

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ONLINE: SHADOWFELL CONSPIRACY FEATURES:

Ø Two New Forgotten Realms Adventure Packs — Featuring gorgeous new wilderness areas packed with new D&D monsters, dangerous encounters and a host of challenging dungeons.

o Wheloon: Horrors from the Shadowfell pour into Wheloon, a prison city full of irredeemable criminals and traitors to the Crown. In this place, Netherese agents conspire to forge an army out of the Kingdom’s enemies. Masquerade as a traitor to infiltrate the Prison City, fight marauding criminal gangs, and destroy the army before it marches – all the while battling creatures made out of the very shadows.
o Stormhorns: Deep in the Stormhorn Mountains, the Netherese Empire prepares to unleash its secret weapon against the Kingdom of Cormyr. Brave treacherous mountain passes through griffon territory and overcome cunning harpy ambushes. At the peaks of the mighty Stormhorns, overcome an alliance of giants and monstrous creatures – only to have to contend with a terrible Netherese secret weapon.
Ø Introducing Iconic Heroes — Jump into the action of DDO with these new prestige characters that start in Forgotten Realms at level 15 and feature unique looks and skills. Each of these classic D&D heroes is a paragon of their race and class and features custom iconic gear, appearance options and new abilities to enhance their power.
Ø Attain Epic level to 28 — Master your destiny and gain new epic feats and spells with three new Epic levels of advancement that let you reach new levels of power.

Dungeons & Dragons Online® (DDO) is a free-to-play MMORPG featuring the industry’s best combat system, a massive world with state-of-the-art graphics and gameplay, and a rich set of features that until now could only be found in premium subscription-based MMOs. DDO offers an innovative pricing model that allows players to download and play for free, purchasing adventure packs, items, and account services a la carte from the new DDO Store, or to subscribe to get unlimited access to all of the game’s content. Players can download and play DDO Unlimited for free by visiting http://www.ddo.com.

About Turbine
Turbine, Inc. is a premier creator and operator of massive, persistent online worlds that foster powerful social gaming communities. Turbine is wholly owned by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and has created some of the world’s most popular and award-winning online games, including The Lord of the Rings Online™, Dungeons & Dragons Online® , and Asheron’s Call®. For more information on Turbine, its products and services please visit www.turbine.com.

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2010 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved

About Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading card games (TCGs) and their method of play and produces the premier trading card game, Magic: The Gathering, among many other trading card games and family card and board games. Wizards is also a leading publisher of role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons, and publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com.

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Senior Producer Eric Boyer’s 7th Anniversary Letter

This is going to be another amazing year for DDO and I am excited to get to share with you some big news on our plans. Just last week, we launched Update 17 where we got the chance to go back to Gianthold and give it a refresh. We managed to put some giants into Gianthold, not to mention more dragons and that infamous Dracolitch we’ve been talking about since year one. It’s challenging but also exciting when we get the chance to update beloved DDO features to make them even better, and you’ll see that happening on a few different fronts this year. On that topic, I know what you all want to hear about! And yes, its true, – we’ll be overhauling our bug reporting tool with updated functionality to help us capture even more of your problem details and feedback, and process them more efficiently. With that news, I know now, you are thinking, “that sounds really good… but I was sort of thinking of the rumors of an updated character enhancements system.” And I also have great news to share on that!

Work on the new enhancement system is well underway and it will be heading to its first public beta this spring. In its current iteration, each class has at least two prestige class paths. The UI, similar to the Epic Destiny tree, will be a long awaited simplification to planning your character build, but more importantly, the goal is to make better choices more accessible for both new and advanced players in the heroic levels. We are planning an extended beta for this one. We’ll be doing multiple trips to Lamannia and lots of player events to give us all an opportunity to try it on various characters and gather lots of feedback.

Another area where you will see several changes is in the introduction of more uses for Astral Diamond shards throughout our game. Volume 3 of the monster manual, which is now available as of Update 17, not only offers a chance to earn your own beholder pet, we also now let you earn direct-to-pocket Astral Shards. In the near future we will add more ways for you to earn free shards as well as some compelling new ways to use them to enhance your DDO gaming experience.

As I have always said, one of the strengths of DDO is great adventures to undertake and that is why I am most pleased to announce DDO’s second expansion titled ‘Shadowfell Conspiracy’ coming this summer! We are turning our attention back to the Forgotten Realms and we are taking you to some new regions in Cormyr. We will be taking brave heroes, level 15 and up, to a foreboding prison city to the south east of Eveningstar called Wheloon, and high up into the Stormhorn Mountains, north of the high road.

Shadowfell Conspiracy will have more than just new quests and regions, we will also be raising the level cap to 28 and providing something often requested by fans: faster access to the Forgotten Realms! With a new prestige character feature we are calling Iconic Heroes; we think we have an innovative solution that will get you right into the Forgotten Realms starting at level 15. Each of these Forgotten Realms born characters will start as a race class combination with new racial abilities. I can’t wait to tell you more about these characters in the coming months.

Later in the year we have some other great stories planned and we plan to focus our attention on the True Reincarnation options and update the system to work for Epic level players. Epic True Reincarnation would also introduce a new completionist track. What would two more stat points do to your TR character? Well, stay tuned this summer for an update on our development progress!

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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.

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PAX Prime 2012 D&D with Acquisitions Inc!

The best D&D game in the history of man, this time in D&D Next flavor! 🙂 Official PAX recording, from live on Saturday, Sept 2nd from 3:30 to 5:30 in the Main Theatre.

When last we left the heroes of Acquisitions Incorporated, they were hurtling through extra-dimensional space in the Darkmagic family mansion. When the mansion hits some turbulence and breaks in half, the gang finds itself hurtling toward an unexpected destination inspired by the works of J.J. Abrams and Gary Gygax!

Warning: Adults using adult language.

Acquisitions Incorporated: The Lost Episode – Part 1

Acquisitions Incorporated: The Lost Episode – Part 2

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DDOcast 249

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DDOcast is a weekly DDO podcast created by fans for fans! We discuss nearly everything related to Dungeons and Dragons Online.

Episode 249 is ready! Here’s a LINK to the episode – just left-click to play, right-click and ‘save as’ to download as an mp3. You can find DDOcast on iTunes, the Zune Marketplace and Cyberears.com.

This week Sig & Anne talk about the latest DDO news, answer some listener mail, and discuss tips to prepare for the comming changes to DDO. We also have another great segment from Shamgar in his latest Epic Education!

This episode’s music is…THE DEMI-HUMAN DRINKING SONG! By Dan Marcotte from his 2009 album MANTICORES AND OWLBEARS. You can purchase this album and more of Dan’s work on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

WIN A FREE COPY OF COLLECTOR’S EDITION OF MENACE OF THE UNDERDARK!

Just listen to this episode of DDOcast! But do it soon, your chance to win will end APRIL 6, 2012 @ 11:59PM PDT!

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DDOcast Episode 249 (03-17-12)

0:01:03 Intro
0:01:47 DDO News
0:10:30 Sponsor Break
0:12:28 Round Table: Prepare for Change!
0:23:30 Shamgar’s Epic Ed: TOD part 2
0:34:44 DDOcast news
0:37:53 Whatcha been doing in DDO?
0:43:38 DDO Community News
0:48:35 Lightning Post
0:54:44 General Gaming News
1:02:24 Closing

END

TOTAL TIME: 1:03:40

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LINK for Update 13 Patch 1 now on Lamannia

LINK for PayPal now Accepted for VIP Subscriptions for all Turbine Games

LINK for DDO Coming to you soon on a Cloud Stream!

LINK for Streaming Games & Demos @ Gaikai

LINK for MajMaphunktion Reports on Broken “Things” on Update 13

LINK for DDO Store Sales

LINK for Eberron Chronicle

LINK for Melange (Turbine Dev) is looking for feed back on the new Korthos Dungeon Master

LINK for Festival of the Traveler Video on YouTube

LINK for Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II will be REFORGED!

LINK for New D&D Boardgame by WotC: Lords of Waterdeep

LINK for Tékumel creator Professor MAR “Phil” Barker dead at 83

LINK for Diablo III is Now Available for Pre-Order

LINK for EverOuest, after 13 years, goes FINALLY goes free-to-play

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DDOcast 243

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DDOcast is a weekly DDO podcast created by fans for fans! We discuss nearly everything related to Dungeons and Dragons Online – Eberron Unlimited.

Episode 243 is ready! Here’s a LINK to the episode – just left-click to play, right-click and ‘save as’ to download as an mp3. You can find DDOcast on iTunes, the Zune Marketplace and Cyberears.com.

This week we’ve got a special Festivult Episode just for you! Sig and Anne also bring you the latest DDO news from Turbine and the community! We also have some great segments from Skaggy, Ecgric and Shamgar!

This episode’s music is ITS BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE FISHMEN from the H.P. Lovecraft Socieity’s Holiday album A VERY SCARY SOLSTICE. You can buy this album and learn more about HPLS at http://www.cthulhulives.org/

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DDOcast Episode 243 (12-17-11)

0:00:39 Intro
0:01:34 DDO News
0:04:56 DDOcast News
0:05:19 A Message from the Kobold Relief Fund
0:07:36 Sponsor Break
0:09:02 What is FESTIVULT?
0:13:26 Skaggy the Poet’s DDO Poetry Corner
0:17:44 Ecgric’s Premium Perspective:
0:23:47 Shamgar’s Epic Education
0:33:18 Whatcha been doing in DDO?
0:36:14 Sponsor Break: Dangerous Cookies?!
0:38:41 DDO Community News
0:46:25 Sponsor Break: Festivult Coin Collector Set!
0:47:40 Crunchy Bits Build: Festivult Jester Build
0:58:22 Lightning Post: Festivult Poetry, Raid Rewards, Assasin Trap Monkeys!
1:07:51 DDO Festivult Poetry: The Night Before Patch Day
1:10:30 General Gaming News
1:12:14 Playing First Edition AD&D!
1:15:36 Closing

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TOTAL TIME: 1:18:10

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LINK for Festivult Wallpaper!

LINK for DDO Festivult Dec 2011 Cookie List

LINK for DDO Update 12 Patch 2 Release Notes

LINK for DDO Store Sales & Specials

LINK for More of Skaggy’s Poetry!

LINK for Mr. Inside the Monestary – Alex Haddox’s Website

LINK for “Practical Home Security: A Guide to Safer Urban Living”

LINK for Shamgar’s Buidling Blocks #1: DDO 101 Lessons!

LINK for Shamgar’s Buidling Blocks #2

LINK for Shamgar’s Buidling Blocks #3

LINK for Shamgar’s DDO Weapon Statistics on Google Docs

LINK for Ecgric’s Premium Perspective Website

LINK for Eberron Chronicle

LINK for Mjoll’s Monster Information Project

LINK for GuntharBovine has updated his “Make Money Fast” guide

LINK for ForumGenerated’s 12 days of Festivult list

LINK for Inferus Adepts – A new raid mentoring program for Thelanis Server

LINK for IncindieLune is organizing a guild salute video project on Orien

LINK for Annual X-Mas Wizards of the Coast Layoffs

LINK for Krampus!

LINK for How to Record a Segment for DDOcast!

DDOcast 243 - A DDO Podcast!

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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.

 

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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!

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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 >>