Friday, February 26, 2010

Shardmind Picture

Because some people haven't see it, from Dragon #377 page 74:

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Indefinite Hiatus

Obviously this blog hasn't been updating much lately, and I have decided to place the site on indefinite hiatus because of life issues and general lack of time.

If someone else wishes to take over some responsibilities of the site, please contact me and we might be able to come up with some sort of arrangement.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Changes to DDM heroes line? Delays to the 3rd set of Heroes?

As many have noticed, there is no announced release for a Third round of Player's Handbook Miniatures, and some speculation that the line has been canceled.

Trevor from WotC's community team piped in here about this.

"The D&D minis line is not going away, and while I don't have very specific details about future releases, more information wil [sic] be available in early 2010.

As to PHH3, it is not going to be out first quarter, which is why you're not seeing any information on it. Again, look for more information early next year.

On to the information I do have - In addition to several DDM releases planned for 2010, D&D Minis will be included in the Castle Ravenloft board game, and don't forget to check out the D&D Heroscape Master Set. This latest version of the build-and-battle miniatures game will have some iconic characters and monsters from the worlds of D&D that you might be interested in, and that hits stores on January 4th.

Anyway, I hope to have more information for you soon (ie, early 2010), either here or on the main website. Until then, I hope this clears up some of the confusion.

... no not really, doesn't clear up the confusion at all.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dragonborn, and Quests.

In today's Dungeoncraft (sub required) article, there is a bit of information about the upcoming Player's Handbook Races: Dragonborn.

you’ll see what I think is an interesting feature in the Player’s Handbook Races: Dragonborn book coming out in January. This book is a slim 32-pages solidly focused on material for players with dragonborn characters, but it includes two-and-a-half pages of quests you might adopt for your character, broken up by tier

Monday, November 23, 2009

Official previews for 11/23/2009

... and also 11/20/2009
Excepts on the Plane Below
- on organizations of the Elemental Chaos specifically the elder elemental eye (think Temple of Elemental Evil)
- and the artifact WAVE - a trident for champions of Melora.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Updates and DDI reveals!

Two big updates came down the pipes this week, one of rules, one of the DDI software.

First of all, a HUGE update to the errata documents - problems it fixed: Problems relating to wizards having access to new implements (orbs), weird kill everything problems or other recursive issues (Rod of reaving, stalker's armour, bloodiron weapon, Brutal Enchantment etc), Power level issues with DMG traps and MM1 monsters, Double Weapons have major changes - only some count as two-handed weapons now (despite being held in two hands to be used) and each side of the weapon is now detailed (and double sword is ONLY a light blade now). Bloodclaw Weapon was nerfed so its not ridiculously better than just about everything else. And many other items from AV1 were changed. Some 1dX vs. [W] problems for the swordmage got ironed out. Small Characters can effectively be Barbarians by changing the At-wills to require wielding a weapon two-handed instead of a two handed weapon.

This is only the tip of the iceburg - I would recommend you double check your character builds. Get the Update Here.

Also Character builder/Compendium/moster builder updated - (with errata I believe) - The update included the final version of the Monk build that was previously available - the contemplative monk. It's undergone a number of changes including aligning its Ki focus with the rules used for the Assassin, no [W] powers and increased damage on many powers. Oh and a change I requested - Religion as a Class Skill. Article is here.
More subtle changes were also made to the Wilden, the race that was playtested a while ago. A number of its power and abilities were re-worded, (including a quizzical "2nd level" on the encounter powers) the most interesting thing was the inclusion of a name of a class which Wilden are supposed to be good: Battlemind.
Clearly a name of a new psionic class, likely a defender.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Official Previews for 11/16/2009

Reasoning with the Unreasonable is today's topic for the first Plane Below preview - a skill challenge about convincing the alien minded Slaad to do something, or just talking to them. Take a look here.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Official Previews for 11/13/2009

Last preview day for Draconomicon 2 today, this one offering alternate powers for metallic dragons.

3 alternate powers for the Silver, Cobalt and Mithral Dragons are all detailed.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Draconomicon 2 Art Gallery and Player's Handbook Bundle

Not that it's really a preview or anything, but Wizards put up the art Gallery a littler earlier than they usually do for this month's book Draconomicon 2: Metallic Dragons.
Check that here

Also look the Player's handbook bundle has a picture in the product catalogue here

Interesting to note that this set comes with $12 off a DDI subscription in addition to the books!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Catch up 2: Electric Boogaloo

Yeah, I'm find it hard to find time to get updates in time every single day, but I'll make it up to you all right now with a catchup update.

Wizard's Catalogue updated showing simple things like the cover of the new Tomb of Horrors cover. (also Demonomiconm, HS2 Orcs of Stonefang Pass and Vor Rukoth: An Ancient Ruins Adventure Site)
It also showed something nobody was expecting: A different 3rd Dark Sun book, and a renamed Setting Guide. Not the expected Player's Guide, Campaign Guide and an Adventure, but a Dark Sun Campaign Setting (here) (which includes: "exciting character options for D&D players, including new races, new character themes and class builds, new paragon paths and epic destinies, and new equipment. It also provides everything Dungeon Masters need to run 4th Edition Dark Sun campaigns or include Dark Sun elements in their homebrew campaigns. It has rules and advice for handling survival challenges, arena encounters, desert terrain, and adventure creation. It also presents a short, ready-to-play introductory adventure." meaning it is a campaign setting in the vein of the old 3rd edition ones with both player and DM information.) The replacement for the Player's Guide is the Dark Sun Creature Catalog - a book of monsters, hazards and other threats for the world of Athas, and the final book is just what we expect, an adventure. This one is called "Marauders of the Dune Sea" and is for 2nd to 5th levels, and takes place shortly after the fall of Tyr's Sorcerer-King. All three books release in August 2010.

Also notable, but not alarming as of yet, is the lack of D&D Miniatures Heroes sets available in the coming time.

The 2nd of this month's 3.5 Updates released: City of Stormreach

Metallic Dragons previews!: Metallic Dragons: Hall of Fame, Draconians (Baaz and Sivak, as well as a table listing them all)

This months Ampersand (subscriber only) also had some great information on the Castle Ravenloft Boxed set - it will have 40 plastic pieces, including a huge Dracolich! (and kobolds, zombies and skeletons and Count Strahd). Sheet of (interlocking) dungeon Tiles and more. A game takes about an hour and is 1-5 players cooperatively.
Not only this but: "Castle Ravenloft boardgame is the first in a series of themed boardgames using the same basic mechanics. This way, when the second game comes out in November of next year, it will be fully compatible with the first game. Scenarios, monsters, encounter cards, and heroes can easily be interchanged between the two games to create a multitude of new challenges not available using either game separately. Watch for these games late next year."

Previews wise, the article shows some combat style feats, some new and some updated for Martial Power 2 that had once appeared in Dragon #373.
The revealed feats are: Adamant Arrow Student (new), Adamant Arrow Commander (new), Black Hood Student (renamed Black hood Killer) and Black Hood Executioner (renamed from Black Hood Execution). In both Cases the commander level of the feat is open only to Warlords instead of all martial classes, but includes extra effects for a number of Warlord Encounter Powers, and the Student level is open to a number of martial classes (but not all like it was before)
Because the feats list a number of at-will and encounter power we can see a number of new power names too: paint the bull’s eye is a new Warlord at-will attack from the adamant arrow style, which requires longbow or Great proficiency, lending to the idea of a ranged/bow using warlord build, but none of the associated commander powers use a bow, so it may be possible there is a class feature letting the warlord use STR melee attacks with a bow, or something like that.
From the Black hood style we know a new Ranger At-will called marauder’s rush, and as this is for a two handed weapon style, it can be surmised that there is a new two handed weapon build for the ranger.