Where’s the 4e in D&D Next?

In all the Internet chatter about D&D Next, one recurrent theme is the complaint that “there’s not enough 4e in Next.” According to the vision cast for D&D Next from the earliest announcements pictured the next iteration of D&D as one that would unite aficionados of all D&D editions, at least from the Holmes basic …

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Digital D&D resources: everything old is new again

Wizards of the Coast has teamed up (again) with OneBookShelf (a.k.a. DriveThruRPG and RPGNow) to offer D&D products from all editions in PDF format! Under the specialized store banner D&D Classics, you can now purchase legitimate, Wizards-supplied PDFs of such classics as the AD&D Temple of Elemental Evil, the 2e Crusades Campaign Sourcebook, the 3e …

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Lords of Waterdeep

By now you may already have seen multiple reviews of Wizards of the Coast’s latest Dungeons & Dragons themed board game, Lords of Waterdeep. If so, I apologize for coming late to the party. If you don’t know much about Lords of Waterdeep yet—or if you just don’t mind hearing my opinion about it—Lords of …

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Paizo’s Pathfinder miniatures: my first few figures

As you know, Paizo has teamed up with WizKids to get into the prepainted plastic miniatures business. Wizards of the Coast met with mixed success during the run of Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures. WotC opted for a random-packaging model, which seemed to work relatively well as long they were linked to a miniatures skirmish game. …

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Shadowghast Manor, a.k.a. the coffin warehouse

December 2011 brought with it Shadowghast Manor, the latest set of Dungeon Tiles from Wizards of the Coast. Like the previous sets in the DN series (as well as DT and DU), Shadowghast Manor includes six sheets of double-sided tiles printed on sturdy cardboard, and features the unsurpassed cartographic artistry of Jason Engle. I’m a …

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Dungeon Tiles Index updated with the Witchlight Fens set

Those of you who follow or otherwise interact with me on Twitter or Facebook know that I recently took a long road trip with my family. We actually left town just before the broad (non-premier store) release of Dungeon Tiles set DN2, The Witchlight Fens. We got home Sunday afternoon, and since the tiles had …

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My Gamex 2011 schedule

Strategicon puts on three great little conventions every year in Los Angeles, down near LAX: OrcCon on President’s Day weekend, Gamex on Memorial Day weekend, and Gateway on Labor Day weekend. I’ve been attending these conventions irregularly for several years. My son and I had a blast at OrcCon, and when we return for Gamex, …

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Miniatures in D&D: a little historical perspective

Truth to tell, I have grown terribly weary of D&D “edition wars,” and hesitate to contribute thereto. I prefer a “game and let game” attitude: each gaming group should play whatever games it enjoys, and should not criticize other groups for holding different preferences. However, I also confess my status as basically a 4e fanboy, …

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DriveThruRPG reviews for January 16–22, 2011

During the week of January 16–22, 2011, I reviewed ten items at DriveThruRPG. Although it didn’t receive the highest star rating of the bunch, my favorite was Spark: Fantasy Personas by John C. Walborn for Knights Crimson.

Building the dragon’s lair

The following picture drew a flurry of “how’d you do it?” questions on Twitter this morning: In case you don’t recognize the tiles themselves, they come from the old Dire Tombs set of Dungeon Tiles by Wizards of the Coast. The higher platform is an 8×8 tile from that set; the lower platform—slightly hard to …

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