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Ennie Award Winners 2019!

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The Ennies Announced their 2019 awards at GenCon last night

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners!


The Big Winners are Chaosium and Fria Ligan with multiple wins each!

Product of the Year
GOLD: Masks of Nyarlathotep Gamer Prop Set (H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society)
SILVER: Forbidden Lands (Free League Publishing)

Best Games & Books:

Best Game
GOLD: Mothership: Player’s Survival Guide (Tuesday Knight Games)
SILVER: Dialect: A Game about Language and How it Dies (Thorny Games)

Best Family Game / Product
GOLD: Kids on Bikes (Renegade Game Studios/Hunters Entertainment)
SILVER: Dinosaur Princesses (Ardens Ludere)

Best Free Game / Product
GOLD: Ironsworn (Shawn Tomkin)
SILVER: The Ultraviolet Grasslands (Hydra Cooperative)

Best Adventure
GOLD: Masks of Nyarlathotep (Chaosium Inc.)
SILVER: Mothership: Dead Planet (Tuesday Knight Games)


Best Electronic Book
GOLD: Sly Flourish’s Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master (Last Word Audio)
SILVER: Fear’s Sharp Little Needles (Stygian Fox Publishing)

Best Rules
GOLD: Call of Cthulhu Starter Set (Chaosium Inc.)
SILVER: Forbidden Lands (Free League Publishing)

Best Setting
GOLD: The Fall of DELTA GREEN (Pelgrane Press)
SILVER: Call of Cthulhu – Terror Australis 2e (Chaosium Inc.)

Best Supplement
GOLD: The Glorantha Sourcebook (Chaosium Inc.)
SILVER: The 7th Ed. Guide to Cthulhu Invictus (Golden Goblin Press)

Best Writing
GOLD: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Core Rulebook (Cubicle Seven)
SILVER: KULT: Divinity Lost, 4th Edition (Helmgast AB)

Best Gaming Aids:

Best Aid/Accessory – Digital
GOLD: World Anvil Grandmaster Tier Worldbuilding & Campaign Management Platform
SILVER: DUNGEONFOG—Online Map Maker & Authoring Tool

Best Aid/Accessory – Non-Digital
GOLD: Masks of Nyarlathotep Gamer Prop Set (H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society)
SILVER: Dwarven Forge’s Dungeon of Doom Modular Terrain (Dwarven Forge)

Best RPG Related Product
GOLD: Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: Masks of Nyarlathotep (H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society)
SILVER: Miskatonic University: Restricted Collection (Chaosium Inc.)

Best Art & Cartography:

Best Art, Cover
GOLD: Call of Cthulhu – Terror Australis 2E (Chaosium Inc.)
SILVER: KULT: Divinity Lost, 4th Edition (Helmgast AB)

Best Art, Interior
GOLD: RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha Slipcase (Chaosium Inc.)
SILVER: Symbaroum Monster Codex (Free League Publishing)

Best Cartography
GOLD: Forbidden Lands (Free League Publishing)
SILVER: A New Map of Hot Springs Island (Swordfish Islands)

Best Layout & Production:

Best Layout and Design
GOLD: Symbaroum Monster Codex (Free League Publishing)
SILVER: The Black Hack 2nd Edition (Squarehex)

Best Production Values
GOLD: Forbidden Lands (Free League Publishing)
SILVER: Invisible Sun Black Box (Monte Cook Games)

Best Creatures:

Best Monster/Adversary
GOLD: Sandy Petersen’s Cthulhu Mythos for 5E (Petersen Games)
SILVER: Creature Codex for 5th Edition (Kobold Press)

Best Online Stuff:

Best Online Content
GOLD: Seth Skorkowsky
SILVER: The Alexandrian

Best Organized Play
GOLD: Cypher Play Numenera Season 18-2: Building Amber (Monte Cook Games)
SILVER: Minsc and Boo’s Guide to Stuff and Things (Greg Marks)

Best Podcast
GOLD: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
SILVER: Red Moon Roleplaying

Fan and Judges' Choice Awards:

Fan’s Choice, Best Publisher
Chaosium Inc.

Judges’ Spotlight Award
The Stygian Library (Dying Stylishly Games)
Archives of the Sky (Aaron A. Reed)
Sigmata: This Signal Kills Fascists (Land of NOP LLC)
plot ARMOR (Mostly Harmless Games)
The Elephant & Macaw Banner: Player’s Guide (Porcupine Publishing)




You can read the original posting on the Ennies Website here: http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/2019-ennie-winners/
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The Ennies Announced their 2016 awards at GenCon last night

CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners!


Judges’ Spotlight Winners
Worlds in Peril (Samjoko Publishing) – Stacy Muth
Eclipse Phase: Firewall (Posthuman Studios) – Jakub Nowosad
Out of the Abyss (Wizards of the Coast) – Kayra Keri Küpçü
Sword Coast Adventure’s Guide (Wizards of the Coast) – Kurt Wiegel

Best Adventure
GOLD WINNER Curse of Strahd (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER WINNER Dracula Dossier – Director’s Handbook (Pelgrane Press)

Best Aid/Accessory
GOLD WINNER All Rolled Up – Dracula Dossier: The Black Archive (All Rolled Up)
SILVER WINNER 13th Age Game Master’s Screen and Resource Book (Pelgrane Press)

Best Art, Cover
GOLD WINNER Curse of Strahd (Wizards of the Coast)
SILVER WINNER Achtung! Cthulhu: Shadows of Atlantis (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)

Best Art, Interior
GOLD WINNER Dragon Age Core Rulebook (Green Ronin Publishing)
SILVER WINNER Baby Bestiary Handbook Vol 1 (Metal Weave Games)

Best Blog
GOLD WINNER World Builder
SILVER WINNER Campaign Mastery

Best Cartography
GOLD WINNER Shadows of Esteren Cartography of Tri Kazel (Agate Editions)
SILVER WINNER Maze of the Blue Medusa (Satyr Press)

Best Electronic Book
GOLD WINNER Maze of the Blue Medusa (Satyr Press)
SILVER WINNER Trail of Cthulhu: The Long Con (Pelgrane Press)

Best Family Game
GOLD WINNER No Thank You, Evil! (Monte Cook Games)
SILVER WINNER Ryuutama (Kotodama Heavy Industries)

Best Free Game
GOLD WINNER Delta Green: Need to Know (Arc Dream Publishing)
SILVER WINNER FAITH: the Sci-Fi RPG (Burning Games LTD)

Best Free Product
GOLD WINNER Pathfinder Module: We Be Goblins Free (Paizo, Inc)
SILVER WINNER Race to Starport (Pelgrane Press)

Best Game
GOLD WINNER Dragon Age Core Rulebook (Green Ronin Publishing)
SILVER WINNER Feng Shui 2 Core Rulebook (Atlas Games)

Best Miniature Product
GOLD WINNER Pathfinder Battles – The Rusty Dragon Inn: Bar (Paizo Inc.)
SILVER WINNER Frostgrave (Osprey Publishing)

Best Monster/Adversary
GOLD WINNER Pathfinder RPG: Bestiary 5 (Paizo Inc.)
SILVER WINNER Baby Bestiary Handbook Vol 1 (Metal Weave Games)

Best Podcast
GOLD WINNER Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
SILVER WINNER Role Playing Public Radio

Best Production Values
GOLD WINNER Numenera Boxed Set Edition: Reliquary (Monte Cook Games)
SILVER WINNER Cthulhu Britannica London (Cubicle 7)

Best RPG Related Product
GOLD WINNER Ken Writes About Stuff Volume 3 (Pelgrane Press)
SILVER WINNER Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous (Paizo, Inc)

Best Rules
GOLD WINNER Feng Shui 2 Core Rulebook (Atlas Games)
SILVER WINNER Urban Shadows (Magpie Games)

Best Setting
GOLD WINNER Feng Shui 2 Core Rulebook (Atlas Games)
SILVER WINNER Southlands Campaign Setting (Kobold Press)

Best Software
GOLD WINNER Roll20 (The Orr Group, LLC)
SILVER WINNER Hero Lab for D&D 5th Edition on Windows, Mac and iPad (Lone Wolf Development)

Best Supplement
GOLD WINNER The Dracula Dossier: Hawkins Papers (Pelgrane Press)
SILVER WINNER Delta Green: Agent’s Handbook (Arc Dream Publishing)

Best Website
GOLD WINNER Gnome Stew – The Gaming Blog
SILVER WINNER See Page XX: The Pelgrane Press Webzine

Best Writing
GOLD WINNER The Dracula Dossier: Director’s Handbook (Pelgrane Press)
SILVER WINNER Maze of the Blue Medusa (Satyr Press)

Product of the Year
GOLD WINNER The Dracula Dossier: Director’s Handbook (Pelgrane Press)
SILVER WINNER Curse of Strahd (Wizards of the Coast)

Fan’s Choice for Best Publisher
GOLD WINNER Paizo Publishing
SILVER WINNER Pelgrane Press

Here is a link to the award page, which includes all high placing nominations, not just the gold and silver winners: http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/congratulations-to-our-2016...
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Tragic News - Steven D Russell of Rite Publishing has passed

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Apparently Steven D. Russell was in a fatal car accident on the evening of 7/5/2016. The two car accident sent two other victims to the hospital.

Steve Russell is best known as the principle director of Rite Publishing, a small RPG publisher with more than 350 products to their credit. Steve was responsible for publishing a number of products for some of the most popular RPGs in print today (Pathfinder and D&D 5e), as well as some indie and smaller fan-base games (Lords of Gossamer & Shadow).

This news was confirmed by Matt Forbeck in a tweet this afternoon:




Here is the associated newspaper article: http://wdtn.com/2016/07/06/one-man-dead-in-wagner-ford-road-...

While not a close friend, I interacted with Steve on several occasions through social media (twitter/facebook) and on a few podcast episodes. He was always gracious and kind, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about RPGs, and an all around stand-up guy. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and co-workers.

RIP Steve - I hope you are climbing the Grand Stair.
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Greg Bilsland Announces Departure from Wizards of the Coast

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Greg Bilsland, a lead producer/designer for Wizards of the Coast, announced, on his facebook page, his decision to leave WotC. His last day will be June 21st.

Here is the text of his official statement:
Greg Bilsland on Facebook wrote:
I’ll be leaving Wizards of the Coast on June 21st. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly—working on D&D was my dream job, and it gave my wayward, 24-year-old soul a bit of direction. I came to D&D just before the announcement of D&D fourth edition, and now I leave as the fifth edition tabletop roleplaying game reaches new heights and expands to new horizons. It’s been a wild, crazy adventure (as any good D&D adventure should be), but and now I’m off to pursue new endeavors—including starting my own business. I’m excited for all the unpredictable things that come with that, if a bit trepidatious. I hope to stay involved in gaming as much as possible with writing, editing, marketing—and whatever else may come my way.

Gary Gygax said “random chance plays a huge part in everybody's life.” I think that’s as true about taking chances as it is about a roll of the die. So I’m rolling the die and taking a chance on something new.

Bilsland was a stalwart, popular designer for Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition), working on two of the most popular 4e products (Madness at Gardmore Abbey and Monster Vault: Threats to the Nentir Vale.

Greg stayed on the much-reduced WotC development team throughout the Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) playtest, and worked closely with Mike Mearls and Christopher Perkins to develop the 5e core books. The already tiny D&D team at WotC is now another person smaller...

I, for one, and sorry to see Greg leave the D&D team, but wish him well in his future endeavors!
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PaizoCon brings news of new Pathfinder releases and STARFINDER!

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Atikon's Ratmen - core race concept art
The guys at the Know Direction podcast live tweeted the new product announcements from PaizoCon:

The biggest announcement is news of STARFINDER, a new RPG coming in August 2017 from Paizo. This will be a standalone science fantasy RPG that is backwards compatible with the Pathfinder universe.







It will feature space battles, power armour, rat folk, and technomancers. Details: The timeline is advanced thousands of years into the future and has ties to Distant Worlds. There will be new science themed classes (examples: Celelarian, Techno made). Akiton’s rat folk are a core race, and all of the races in Pathfinder are in Starfinder... The focus is on aliens though. Androids are a core PC race.

Corporations got a hold of android technology and made them. Golarion has disappeared and the gods won’t say where it is. Absolam Station replaces it in orbit.

The Starfinder Core Rulebook and first adventure path will launch at GenCon 2017 (that's next year, not this year - so we are still 1 year out). It will be published under the OGL with a compatibility license similar to Pathfinder's.

Surprising to many, there will not be a public playtest, but select community members will be invited to private playtests.


Absalom Station - concept art

James L. Sutter is the Creative director on the project, but all of Paizo is on deck.

Horror Adventures - Will be bringing in corruptions as a way to bring personal terror to your characters. his opens up the possibility of being "tempted by the dark side" as an exploration of a character's psyche. There will be 11 different corruptions: Vampire, ghouls, hive larvae, promethean, accursed, deep one, hellbound, lich, possessed, shadowbound. They will also provide expanded rules for fear (seven discrete levels) and complete sanity rules. New archetypes make for great villains, such as: mad scientist, mythos cultist cleric, investigator, vigilante archetype called serial killer, and the interesting sounding gingerbread witch.

The book will also feature new story feats, a dozen new monster feats, contact rules for making contact with otherworldly forces, new rules and subsystems include curse templates, and new environmental rules and hazards. This book also inclused rules for being burned at the stake or put in the guillotine, and some cool and terrible magic items.

New release for fall 2016: VILLAIN CODEX - villains broken down into 20 groups, including Arcane Society, Carnival Troupe, Death Cult, Fanged Monastery, Merry Outlaws.

Next new hardback - Encounter Codex!!!! - Uses flip mats for instant set ups and encounters. The plan is to have dozens of vastly customizable encounters giving GMs the settings, foes, and options necessary to run campaign-ready encounters for heroes of level 1 to 20 – with no prep! Each encounter uses Pathfinder Flip-Mats and pawns to create truly immersive came experiences. The techniques and magical traditions of sages and master trainers will be included in the book.

Next 2 Adventure Paths:
1. Strange Aeons - Lovecrafty from start to finish. The characters have Amnesia and start in an asylum. Paizo is working with Chaosium.

2. Ironfang Invasion - Fantasy going back to classic monsters like hobgoblins, minotaurs, and medusa! The PCs are all "Robin hoods" - very Kind to animal companions and Druids.

Also announced: Curse of the Crimson Throne AP Hardcover - There will be some changes to some things compared to the original. Including: Blackjack will be a vigilante, lots of new art (all the good art from the AP stays), new content, and rebuilt encounters. The team looked back at feedback and changed the AP so you don't leave Korvosa.

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There are a few more things that they talked about - including the PF Society Academy and the Card game. If you'd like to know more, go to this link: Know Direction Post.
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Paizo Announces Pathfinder 2e with Mike Mearls joining team as lead designer!!!!!

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Holy Design-Confluence Batman! This is possibly the most exciting news in Fantasy RPGs since Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) was announced! Over on the Paizo Forums Lisa Stevens, CEO of Paizo Publishing, announced that Jason Bulmahn has given the go-ahead to allow Mike Mearls, widely lauded as the man who saved modern D&D, to join the team developing and designing Pathfinder 2nd edition!

Here is a link to the Paizo Announcement!

Here is a link to Mike Mearls' blog confirming the news!



Wow - Such news on a Friday!




I wonder if Pathfinder fans will embrace the changes Mearls will inevitably make... What do you think? Post your opinions/comments below!





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Ennie Award Winners!

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The Ennie Awards ceremony was held tonight (7/31/2015) at GenCon.

Wizards of the Coast looks to be the big winner this year, taking home 13 GOLD Ennies and 1 SILVER Ennie for a variety of Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) products, including Fan Favorite Publisher. Modiphius Entertainment's Terrors of the Secret War also had a good showing, along with The Strange by Monte Cook Games, and A Red & Pleasant Land by Lamentations of the Flame Princess.


Here is a rundown of the winners:

Best Adventure
Silver: A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
Gold: Horror on the Orient Express (2nd Edition) (Chaosium)

Best Aid/Accessory
Silver: Black Green Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition RPG Dice Set (Q-Workshop)
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Masters Screen (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Cover Art
Silver:Achtung! Cthulhu: Terrors of the Secret War (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
Gold: Rise of Tiamat (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Interior Art
Silver: The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Blog
Silver: Gnome Stew
Gold: ConTessa Tabletop Gaming by Women for Everyone

Best Cartography
Silver: The Guide to Glorantha (Moon Design Publications)
Gold: Ninth World Guidebook (Monte Cook Games, LLC)

Best Electronic Book
Silver: Ken Writes About Stuff Volume 2 (Pelgrane Press)
Gold: Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Family Game
Silver: Atomic Robo The Roleplaying Game (Evil Hat Productions)
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Free Product
Silver: 13th Age The Archmages Orrery (Pelgrane Press)
Gold: Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Game
Silver: The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Miniatures Product
Silver: Pathfinder Pawns Inner Sea Pawn Box(Paizo Inc.)
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons Icons of the Realms Elemental Evil Boosters (WizKids)

Best Monster/Adversary
Silver: Achtung! Cthulhu: Terrors of the Secret War (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Podcast
Silver: Miskatonic University Podcast
Gold: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff

Best Production Values
Silver: Horror on the Orient Express (Chaosium)
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast)

Best RPG Related Product
Silver: Temple of Elemental Evil (WizKids)
Gold: Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry (Evil Hat Productions)

Best Rules
Silver: MUTANT Year Zero The Roleplaying Game (Modiphius Entertainment Ltd)
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Setting
Silver: The Strange (Monte Cook Games, LLC)
Gold:A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)

Best Software
Silver: HeroLab (Lone Wolf Development)
Gold: Roll20 (Roll 20)

Best Supplement
Silver: Pathfinder RPG: Pathfinder Unchained (Paizo Inc.)
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Website
Silver: Tabletop Audio
Gold: The Escapist

Best Writing
Silver: Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook by Jeremy Crawford, James Wyatt, Robert J. Schwalb, Bruce R. Cordell (Wizards of the Coast)
Gold: A Red & Pleasant Land by Zak S (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)

Fan's Choice for Best Publisher
Silver: Paizo Inc
Gold: Wizards of the Coast

Product Of The Year
Silver: A Red & Pleasant Land (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
Gold: Dungeons & Dragons Players Handbook (Wizards of the Coast)

2016 ENnies Judges
Jakub Nowosad
Kayra KeriKupcu
Kiel Cheiner
Kurt Wiegel
Stacy Muth

Read more at ENWorld: Official ENWorld Announcement

Congratulations to all who won!
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Happy 40th Birthday D&D!!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY D&D!


According to the best guesstimate of respected game historian Jon Peterson, the official release date of Dungeons & Dragons (Original Edition) is Jan 26th, 1974. Read the research that led him to this conclusion here: Playing at the World: When Dungeons and Dragons turns 40. Many people across the internet, from players to GMs, to industry leaders and companies have agreed on this date and are sharing memories and wishing D&D a Happy Birthday.

Here is a run-down of some events and articles in which you may be interested:

Ethan Gilsdorf, of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks fame, has written an article for Salon.com entitled All I need to know about life I learned from Dungeons & Dragons. It is a fun romp that includes 14 things he learned playing the game. The list includes "Diversity Rocks!," "Collaboration is better than Competition," and the iconic "Never Split the Party."

In honor of the 40th Anniversary, Jon Peterson posted a short video about the history of D&D using 12 artifacts - have a look here: The History of D&D in 12 Treasures.

Wisconsin Public Radio has posted a short audio interview about the influence of D&D on Wisconsin (and vice-versa) - the guest is John Kovalic. Listen here: Influence and Wisconsin Origins of Dungeons & Dragons. Note that you have to press the blue 'listen' button in order to hear the audio file.

Gygax Magazine is hosting an Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Jon Peterson. Keep an eye out for that here: Gygax Mag Jon Peterson AMA. The AMA will take place at 4 pm EST (1pm PST), today, Jan 26th, 2014, and the linked page will re-direct to the AMA once it begins.

New York Magazine has posted a tribute to D&D to honor the 40th anniversary of the release of the game: D&D Anniversary at NY Mag. The article includes lists of fan-favorite monsters, famous celebrities who play(ed) D&D, and a short vocabulary lesson, among other D&D pop-culture tidbits.

The creators of The Community television show are producing another episode that features D&D. Apparently the main characters play
Spokesperson for The Community wrote:
...the second most important game of Dungeons & Dragons ever.
That should be interesting.

The Guardian has posted a happy birthday wish - Happy Birthday D&D. This article, more than most others, puts a focus on the fact that D&D is, at its heart, a social experience:
The Guardian's Mary Hamilton wrote:
The core of tabletop games is always the other players. In the wake of D&D’s popularity, games have been designed to tell simple or complicated stories, with different emphases on setting, chance, improvisation or achievement. But every system is only as good or as bad as the people you play with. At its core, like every social hobby, it’s all about people.


USA Today even mentions the 40th anniversary of the release in this article: D&D Anniversary & News, which gives a very brief overview of the initial meeting of the minds between Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson. A great quote in the article, by Jon Peterson, mentions the influence of D&D on modern computer gaming:
USA Today, Jon Peterson wrote:
"D&D taught us how to be a character in a game and to make choices for them," says Peterson. "They inform virtually all the video games that we play today."

Popular D&D site ENWorld has a nice tribute thread posted to their news module, which you can see here: Happy 40th Anniversary D&D. There are nearly 5 pages with anecdotes about the first D&D game played by people posting on the site.

Even other companies are getting in on the celebration! Pelgrane Press is temporarily reducing the price of the 13th Age pdf in honor of D&D's anniversary - the pdf is 40% off! Here is a link to the announcement: 13th Age PDF now 40% off - This is fitting since the lead designers of 13th Age, Jonathan Tweet and Rob Heinsoo, were also designers on Dungeons & Dragons (3rd Edition) and
Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition), respectively.

A new post on the Wizards of the Coast page has comments by D&D icons Troy Denning and Ed Greenwood. Here's a link:
Greenwood and Denning comments on D&D and the Wizards of the Coast team asks for your videos of personal D&D stories! Head over that page to post them.

Kobold Press now has a D&D Tribute page up, featuring D&D memories from David "Zeb" Cook, Bruce R. Cordell, Jeff Grubb, Colin McComb, Wade Rockett, Robert J. Schwalb, and Margaret Weis. Here is a link to the mini interviews: D&D’s 40th Anniversary: Words to Celebrate, Part One - the title suggests a part 2 is forthcoming, so I will post that when it goes live.

Prolific contributor to many editions, boardgame designer, and BGG/RPGG user, Mike Selinker, has written a personal Love Letter to D&D - it's worth a read.

And last, but not least...
RPGG members are paying tribute to D&D throughout the week by writing and submitting reviews of iconic/important D&D products. Here are a few of the reviews already posted:
The Short Version? This book breathed new life into AD&D 2nd Edition at a time when I really needed it. (sdonohue reviews Player's Option: Skills & Powers)
The Short Version? The least useful of the Player's Options books provides rules for grids, critical hits, and sieges. (sdonohue reviews Player's Option: Combat & Tactics)
OD&D. A game of imagination and wonder. (bryce0lynch reviews a new adventure - with some great commentary on what made OD&D sing)
A paean to the glory of D&D (vestige reviews Of Dice and Men)
And look for more throughout the week!

You can find all of the tribute reviews by searching for the tag happy_40th_birthday_d&d. For your convenience, here's a link happy_40th_birthday_d&d

And today's Question of the Day is: QOTD Jan 26: What, if anything, does the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons mean to you? Head on over to that thread and tell us how D&D impacted you!
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In a press release dated today, December 19, 2013, Wizards of the Coast announced that the Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) rules are complete and will be released in the Summer of 2014. Yes, I said the rules are complete... Here is the text of the press release:

Wizards of the Coast Press Release wrote:
Wizards of the Coast today announced that the highly-anticipated new rules system for Dungeons & Dragons will release in summer 2014. After nearly two years of an open public playtest and more than 175,000 playtest participants, the rules are complete. Players will be immersed in rich storytelling experiences across multiple gaming platforms as they face off against the most fearsome monster of all time.

“Just like a perfectly balanced party, Wizards has worked cohesively with fans, designers and partners to create the next generation of D&D,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director for Dungeons & Dragons. “We whole-heartedly thank all of the play test participants, whose feedback has proven instrumental in shaping the future of Dungeons & Dragons.”

More information about the exciting Dungeons & Dragons entertainment offerings will be available in early 2014. To learn more about D&D, visit dungeonsanddragons.com.

And a link if you would like to read it on the Wizards Community site: WotC Press Release RE D&DNext

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DnD Next Playtest to be unavailable after Dec 15

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In September (with a short update in October), Wizards of the Coast released the final packet of the Public Playtest portion of Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition). The development of the game will now consist of the in-house crew and some chosen alpha playtest groups.

That's old news... but just yesterday Wizards of the Coast sent a message to registered playtesters:
Wizards of the Coast D&D Team wrote:
We want to let you know that December 15th, 2013 is the last day to access the playtest materials online. After that date, they’ll no longer be available, so we encourage you to download the latest packet if you haven’t done so already.

So, to be clear, if you want to see the most recent version of the Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) Beta/Public game, you need to download it by December 15th, 2013. Here is a link to the download page in case you want to go and DL the packet right this moment: D&D Next Playtest Packet Page

The email also suggested:
Wizards of the Coast D&D Team wrote:
Until the next edition of the D&D tabletop roleplaying game officially releases, you can continue to play D&D Next adventures at home and at stores participating in D&D Encounters™. Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle™ is available now for purchase on www.dndclassics.com, and coming early next year are two more D&D Next adventures. These Sundering-themed adventures include the supplementary rules material from the D&D Next Playtest necessary for play. Visit DungeonsandDragons.com for more information.


There you have it - the end of availability for the D&D Next Playtest - get it while it's there!

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