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.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Catching up: Dark Sun, DDM, Previews and more

Sorry I've missed a number of stories lately, so here they are in no particular order:

Rich Baker on Dark Sun Dragonborn: Rodney [ ... ] challenged me to think hard about the dragonborn and what sort of Dark Sun "spin" we'd put on the[m ... to] make them distinctly Athasian. [ ... ] Maybe [ ... they] are a race that emphasizes [ ... their] Charisma boost [ ... ] suggest[ing] a much stronger emphasis on their natural talent for sorcery instead of swordplay. And maybe they are essentially dishonorable rather than honorable- [ ... ] the dragonish impulses of avarice and pride are very, very strong in Athasian dragonborn. [ ... But] maybe in Athas they're more social than you might expect[, ... ] and if you mess with one dragonborn in the clan, you mess with them all. They're big into vendettas and punishing people who offend or injure one of their own.

Take that all together, and you've got something interesting with these guys: The dragonborn (or dray) are a race of sorcerous merchants, hired spellcasters, pragmatic mercenaries, and maybe even slavers. They're not especially numerous [ ... t]heir clans are like small, insular merchant houses, and they might serve as deal-brokers and moneylenders [ ... and] maybe some clans bribe the sorcerer-kings and templars for dispensation to practice magic or sell their services as assassins. That's a pretty different slant on the dragonborn, one that will let you play an Athasian dragonborn as a much different type of person than you might have thought to try with the core story.

(original text edited for length - see original here)

Matthew Sernett is working on some material for Warlocks (if for a Dragon Article, or something like Arcane Power 2 is not clear.) - look at his tweet here:
Monsters on the back burner, it's time to cook up some warlock stuff. #dnd

Previews for Savage Encounters are ongoing - In preview 3 we see two Slaad, a Living Vine and some bullywugs - HERE
- In preview 4 we see two elementals, a human riding a horse, a goblin riding a wolf and a Norker! HERE
- In November and Beyond there is a Drider Fanglord, an Adult Purple Dragon, an Angel of Valor Legionnaire and a Legion Devil Legionnaire. Then there is an aspect of Grazzt (or actually him...) HERE
-And finally It seems Greyhaze has pictures and a complete spoiler of the set including: Bloodspike Behemoth, Death Knight (a Dragonborn), Deathrattle (a snake), Fallen Villager (a laying on ground/dying human), Githyanki Gish, Githyanki Mindslicer, A Marilith, a Nightwalker (large sized), Rat Swarm, Rockfire Dreadnought (an earth/fire elemental), Savage Minotaur (LARGE sized), Skeletal Cyclops, Specter and Vampire Guildmaster.

Check it all out here

Three major previews for Draconomicon II - Orium Dragons (here) a new reddish coloured metallic which spawns serpent minions, and a lair for them here
And finally some traps and hazards you might find in a dragons lair in the November (and beyond)

The last preview in this month's November and Beyond is for the upcoming The Plane Below: Secrets of the Elemental Chaos - showing a hazard of Steel Rain, and a new type of Slaad

Finally the DDI Content Calender updated for November, showing the new everyday update schedule, and bringing the Dragon/Player, Dungeon/DM divide to clear focus - lots of short class and race articles this month, and moved columns.

More interestingly two new 3.5 Updates for Eberron Fans: Dragons of Eberron for 3 November 2009 and City of Stormreach on 11 November.

And Finally finally finally, despite updateding onto the schedule late, this month's Player's Handbook 3 prerelease material is the unexciting Monk!

Ok super long post, but we're all up to date again!