Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

More 5e News

This is excerpted from Mike Mearls announcement;
"There’s a lot to talk about with the new game, but I’d like to take this week to focus on a piece of the puzzle we haven’t talked about yet: Basic Dungeons & Dragons.
Basic D&D is a PDF that covers the core of the game. It’s the equivalent of the old D&D Rules Cyclopedia, though it doesn’t have quite the same scope (for example, it won’t go into detail on a setting). It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options.
But the best part? Basic D&D is a free PDF. Anyone can download it from our website. We want to put D&D in as many hands as possible, and a free, digital file is the best way to do that.
If Basic D&D is the equivalent of the classic Rules Cyclopedia, then the three core rulebooks are analogous to Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Want more character options? Pick up a Player’s Handbook. Looking for more critters for your campaign? The Monster Manual has you covered. Want to sculpt a unique campaign? Pick up the Dungeon Master’s Guide. Still, Basic D&D is the true heart of the game and could easily provide a lifetime of gaming.
At the launch of the D&D Starter Set, Basic D&D will include the material needed to create characters and advance to 20th level. In August, with the release of the Player’s Handbook, Basic D&D will expand to include the essential monsters, magic items, and DM rules needed to run the game, along with the rules for wilderness, dungeon, and urban adventuring. (The Starter Set already covers the aspects of these rules that you need to run the included campaign.)
As we introduce new storylines like Tyranny of Dragons, we’ll also make available free PDFs that provide all the rules and stats missing from Basic D&D needed to run the adventures tied into the story. The adventures released as part of Tyranny of Dragons are playable without requiring any of the core rulebooks or the Starter Set. With just the Basic Dungeons & Dragons rules, you can play D&D for years.
Basic D&D makes it easier than ever for new players and DMs to jump into tabletop RPG play. We’re involved in the greatest gaming hobby ever invented. It’s time to bring that hobby to everyone who wants to take part."

Well what do you know? I'm not sure what to think of this yet, but my first impression is that this will definitely get a lot more people looking at 5e. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Footprints #21

For those who don't know already, Dragonsfoot has published Issue 21 of Footprints!

Welcome to the amazing bumper issue #21 of our very own e-zine.

New Character Races (article)
Combined Combat Chart (article)
How Much Experience Did We Get For That Dragon? (article)
Magical Miscellanea (magical items)
Glarck's Remote Spell Books (article)
Ride the Lightning! (MU spells)
Monsters of All Sizes (article)
The Wizard's Laboratory (article)
The Conjurer (new class)
The Lake Of Sorrows (adventure)
Game System : AD&D

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

5e is coming! 5e is coming!

WoTC seems to be crying that from the hills. But, you know what, I really couldn't care less at this point. $150 for the 3 core books? But first there's a starter set for $20, but you can't generate characters with it? Wow, let me just rush out to throw my money at you, WoTC.

For those not familiar with the it the definition is provided below.
sar·casm  ˈsärˌkazəm  noun
sarcasm; plural noun: sarcasms
the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.
"his voice, hardened by sarcasm, could not hide his resentment"
synonyms:derision, mockery, ridicule, scorn.

& Magazine Issue 9

The Latest Issue:

& Magazine Issue 9#9 – Spells and Spell Casters

The & Publishing Group announces their ninth issue, an issue focused on spells and spell casters! This issue's features include articles about spontaneous spell casting, an alternative memorization system, an introduction to Vancian magic, new monsters, and new spells.  We also feature an interview with Ernie Gygax, new weapons, new NPCs, and of course -- new magic items!

& Magazine -- Filling in the gaps for old school gamers

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

For all the mothers, past, present and future. You are the heart of every family.