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.

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