This Week We Start with a Long Rant and End with a Long Track
We started off with a few from the Monterey International Pop Fest. They were:
- Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
- Otis Redding – Shake
- The Mamas and The Pappas – California Dreamin
Hasbro Merges with Ubi Soft from the Examiner.
WotC watching Hearthstone from PC Games.
Star Wars beta Testing FFG from TGN.
Real Virtual Table Top platform article at Nerd Trek.
The Sundering Wizards of the Coast D&D year long event.
The Forgotten Realms, the most popular setting in the D&D universe, is about to be completely reshaped by a year-long event – The Sundering – kicking-off today by Wizards of the Coast. Fans have the opportunity to impact the fate of the world through multiple expressions of the contemporary fantasy entertainment franchise, including tabletop RPG adventures, in-store play experiences, digital offerings including the first D&D free-to-play mobile game, 6 novels, digital reporting tools, comics, accessories and more. When the Sundering is complete, the results of these stunning events will have reshaped the Forgotten Realms forever, providing the landscape for future D&D stories.
The first Sundering novel, The Companions, The Sundering, Part I by R.A. Salvatore releases today.
Dungeons & Dragons Launches The Sundering;
Invites Fans of Fantasy Entertainment to Make Their Stories Legend
August 6, 2013 – RENTON, WA –The most popular setting in the Dungeons & Dragons universe, The Forgotten Realms, is about to be completely reshaped by an epic event announced today by Wizards of the Coast. The Sundering is an extensive story spanning multiple expressions of the contemporary fantasy entertainment franchise that offers fans the opportunity to impact the fate of the world along the way.
Key milestones in the year-long Sundering storyline will take place in iconic locations like Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter and Icewind Dale, to name a few. The changes to the Forgotten Realms can be experienced through a series of novels, in-store play experiences, digital offerings, comics, accessories and tabletop RPG adventures. Through these expressions, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) fans will be able to engage and impact the fate of the Forgotten Realms forever.
The Sundering kicks off today with the release of The Companions, The Sundering, Book I by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore. His novel depicts the events of the Sundering as seen through the eyes of the world’s most well-known drow ranger, Drizzt Do’ Urden. Salvatore’s novel is part of collaboration with other New York Times bestselling authors who will each show the changes to the Realms from their heroes’ points of view.
“We are elated to begin this extremely exciting chapter in the history of D&D,” said Nathan Stewart, Dungeons & Dragons Brand Director at Wizards of the Coast. “Utilizing great digital entertainment, dramatic story-telling techniques and thrilling and immersive events, The Sundering ushers in a new era for the future of the franchise. We invite and encourage the legions of D&D adventurers to join us on this heroic adventure to change the canon of the Realms.”
When the Sundering is complete, the results of these stunning events will have reshaped the Forgotten Realms forever, providing the landscape for future D&D stories.
The Sundering includes:
– Play & Help Shape the Future
o Tabletop roleplaying gamers can experience The Sundering first-hand at weekly D&D Encounters in-store play events, where they will utilize a digital tool, the Sundering Adventurer’s Chronicle, to report the outcomes of their play experiences, connect with other players, and participate in activities designed to enhance their Sundering experience.
– Mobile Battles
o Arena of War, the first free-to-play D&D game on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices, is a thrilling 3D battle roleplaying game set in the Forgotten Realms. With modern mechanics like massive in-game events and multiplayer competitions, players are enlisted to battle in a modern-day fight against good and evil to help set the balance of power before the Sundering is complete.
– Realms-Shattering Novels
o The most celebrated Forgotten Realms authors have collaborated on a series of six novels: R.A. Salvatore (The Companions), Paul Kemp (The Godborn), Erin Evans (The Adversary), Troy Denning (The Sentinel), Richard Lee Byers (The Reaver) and Ed Greenwood (The Herald). Each novel tells a self-contained story featuring both new and well-loved characters set against the background of the unfolding events that are reshaping the world, beginning with the New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore’s The Companions, The Sundering, Book I, releasing today – August 6th.
For more information on the Sundering, visit DungeonsandDragons.com/Sundering.
About Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. Wizards’ players and fans are members of a global community bound together by their love of both digital gaming and in-person play. The company brings to market a range of gaming experiences under powerful brand names such as MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, and KAIJUDO. Wizards is also a publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information about our world renowned brands, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com.
Through Gamer Goggles News – 6-4-2013
The music in this week’s podcast is by Brother Love. You can find him at brotherloverocks.com. We must caution the listener not to go to brotherlove.com which currently re-directs you to Brother brand printing supplies but, in the past, it was a porn site and is definitely not safe for work.
WotC won’t be in the exhibit hall at Gen Con.
2 mobile titles from Wizards
Origins game fair
- TGGN 5-28-2013 Heavy Gear Assault edition (indienation.fm)
- Tggn 5-21-2013 (indienation.fm)
- Tggn 2013.04.30 (indienation.fm)
The music featured in this week’s show is the craft of Mr. Jeff Ronay. You can find out more about Jeff at jeffronay.com
Disney and EA enter a long term Star Wars contract
Space Hulk video game just like the Board Game – you’ll see the dice roll. Thanks to PCgames
Wizards of the Coast today announced two exciting new features coming to Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers! Sealed Play and a new take on the popular Slivers creature type will both make their debut in the Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise with Magic 2014.
The addition of Sealed Play will allow players to open booster packs and build decks to play against the AI and other players. Each sealed pool is comprised of 84 cards, mimicking paper TCG booster packs. The PvE experience includes a six-deck ladder where players take on mono-colored Sealed decks each corresponding with a particular Planeswalker, and finally facing a ‘boss’ Sealed deck.
Another feature debuting in Magic 2014 is a new take on the popular Slivers creature type. A fan-favorite, new playable Slivers in Magic 2014 decks will include the following:
− Sliver Construct
− Predatory Sliver
− Groundshaker Sliver
− Megantic Sliver
− Blur Sliver
− Striking Sliver
− Thorncaster Sliver
− Battle Sliver
− Sentinel Sliver
− Bonescythe Sliver
In addition, Hive Stirrings, a sorcery that creates Sliver tokens, will also be included in Magic 2014.
You can find some new screenshots from the game here.
The Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers video game will be available for PC, Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, iPad, and Android tablet for the first time when it launches this summer. The Magic 2014 product line-up also includes the Magic 2014 – Core Set for the paper trading card game (TCG) and Magic Online.
Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything else.
Warner Brothers and D&D from Deadline.com
At our Gen Con 2012 keynote address, Wizards of the Coast was pleased to announce that in early 2013 we would be releasing the first wave of D&D backlist products in electronic format.
One of the cooler things we had a chance to do at Gen Con 2012 was visit with Wizards of the Coast and talk with them about the Rise of the Underdark. Shelly shares with us the information we need on the two new board games set in the Underdark, the approved play program, and some of the books in the setting. While hanging out at their booth we also had a chance to video a tour of Dungeons and Dragons online.
Here is the interview
For more information visit Wizards of the Coast here
Portal’s Valve to release ‘Steam Box’ console, says report
Valve which is well known for popular products such as Portal, Half-Life, and Left 4 Dead are expected to announce at the Game Developers Conference or at E3 the release of a console to rival the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. The “Steam Box” is expected to ship with a proprietary controller with swappable components to fix different styles of games. The device is expected to rock the console gaming community in the way that Netflix rocked the home movie industry.
D&D it’s in the smell!
Do you spend days with graph, paper dice, Coca Cola and cold pizza? Want to smell like a Dungeon and Dragon DM? Well not only is May 11, D&D Encounter Day but, just in case five continuous days of RPGing does not have you smelling orcish enough, you can now add even more realism with scent. Yes, dragon heads, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has released a line of RPG scents.
The Rouge scent, for example is described as:
Soft, well-worn black leather, hemp, and rosin.
The line includes scents for classes, races and even alignments.
I am scared to death as to what a Dark Elf smells like, seems to be it would smell like Obama.
- Dungeons & Dragons Prefumes from The Labyrinth (rpglabyrinth.blogspot.com)
- Smell Like An Orc (idle.slashdot.org)
- Dungeons & Dragon perfumes: Smell like an orc (via coolautoblog) (deadmanstales.wordpress.com)
- The Queue: Dark Phoenix Alchemy Lab (wow.joystiq.com)