Jeremy Crawford, lead rules designer and managing editor on Dungeons and Dragons at Wizards of the Coast, will give the “Storytime” keynote at PAX Unplugged 2018, taking place Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2018 at Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA.
The lead designer of Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook (5th Ed.), the definitive ruleset for “D&D” players, Crawford joined Wizards of the Coast in 2007 before going on to contribute to many crucial tomes for players and dungeon masters, such as the Dungeon Master’s Guide, Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, and Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes. He then leveled up to become the company’s lead rules designer on the renowned tabletop game.
Badges for PAX Unplugged 2018 are on sale now. Three-day badges are currently available for $65, while single-day badges cost $30. Families can pick up Sunday kids badges (for children age 7 – 12) for $10 apiece. Exclusive PAX Unplugged 2018 pre-sale merchandise, including branded blankets, socks, and dice are now available for purchase as well.
Established in 2017, PAX Unplugged delivers the PAX experience fans know and love, but with a focus on celebrating card, board, and tabletop games. The second year of PAX Unplugged will build on the inaugural event’s success by featuring more exhibitors, new game reveals, hands-on opportunities, tournaments, and panels with industry leaders than ever before.
The Forgotten Realms, the fantasy setting beloved by Dungeons & Dragons fans the world over, is the centerpiece for IDW Publishing’s all-new comic book miniseries, subtitled A Darkened Wish. Debuting in February 2019, the five-issue series will be written by B. Dave Walters with art by Tess Fowler.
In A Darkened Wish, years of hard-fought peace in the Sea of Swords are rent asunder, and legendary heroes must return to the region to defeat an unconceivable foe! Join Helene, a young wizard from the streets of Mintarn, and her friends as they grow from raw recruits to battle-honed warriors.
Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #5
Jim Zub (w) • Francesco Mortarino (a) • Max Dunbar (c)
Brave Boo—Hamster Quest
Boo has traveled far and wide as companion to Minsc the Beloved Ranger, but there comes a time in every hamster’s life when they must stand alone and face the darkness. If you read only one comic about a miniature giant space hamster this year, make sure it’s this one!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1
(W) Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Zub
(A) Troy Little
(C) Leonardo Ito
(CA) Troy Little with Leonardo Ito
Age Rating: Teen, 16+
Genre: Sci-Fi, Humor, Fantasy
Page Count: 32
When Morty needs to learn how to play D&D to keep up with the cool kids, his hard-drinking, old school-gaming, mad science-making grandpa is happy to teach him how to roll the dice, but neither of them is prepared for the saving throws they’re about to fail or the true quest yet to come. Strap on a +1 longsword and grab your 10-foot pole, because this is going to be a gaming gauntlet like no other!
Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #4
Jim Zub (w) • Ramon Bachs (a) • Max Dunbar (c)
Nerys Kathon—Beyond Death
The Baldur’s Gate heroes return to the city at last, but their time adventuring in Ravenloft and the frozen northern reaches of the Realms has changed them. Each of them must face great trials ahead before they’ll be ready to embrace their destiny.
The beast within Nerys Kathon has lain dormant for weeks, but now its hunger must be satiated. Can the Baldur’s Gate heroes save their friend or is death the only answer for one of Kelemovor’s chosen?
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Syrinscape has announcesd its lineup of activities for Gen Con, the Best Four Days in Gaming (Indianapolis, Aug. 2 – 5).
Syrinscape has announced the addition of Dungeons & Dragons to its extensive library of custom-made sounds for the world’s greatest games. Gen Con attendees will have the opportunity to become immortalized in the Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game as Syrinscape’s famous Sound Cave returns to record attendee voices for the Dragon Heist SoundSet, the first official sounds of the legendary RPG that started it all.
In addition to the Sound Cave, the Syrinscape booth in the Exhibit Hall (#343) will also feature previews of Syrinscape’s latest releases for the Pathfinder RPG, Curse of the Crimson Throne, as well as the debut of the first official SoundSet for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. Syrinscape is celebrating 10 years of making noise at the gaming table with The Year of Atmosphere. Stop by the booth to ask Team Syrinscape about pro-tips for creating glorious, dynamic sound environments for any tabletop game.
All around Gen Con, Syrinscape will be bringing live RPG events to life with epic sound and music, including the legendary 1200-player Friday night Pathfinder Special in the Sagamore Ballroom and the 1000-player Gamers Live events. Join Syrinscape creator Benjamin Loomes as he hosts Music & Ambiance in Gaming in the Paizo Seminar Room. Finally, Syrinscape and Adventure Scents are partnering to level up the tabletop gaming experience using custom soundscapes, scent effects, maps, recipes and other accessories in the Total Immersion Workshop.
Syrinscape’s Fantasy Player, Sci-Fi Player and Board Game Player apps are free to download, come with free SoundSets and are compatible with nearly any mobile device or computer. Syrinscape can also be completely unlocked for free for 30 days at Syrinscape.com/freetrial. For $11 a month, SuperSyrin Subscribers gain full access to Syrinscape’s library, permanent ownership of new sounds released while subscribing, access to Syrinscape’s SoundSet Creator and Syrinscape Online Play tools and more.
Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #3
Jim Zub (w) • Harvey Tolibao (a) • Max Dunbar (c)
Delina—The Wild Way. The Baldur’s Gate heroes return to the city at last, but their time adventuring in Ravenloft and the frozen northern reaches of the Realms have changed them. Each of them must face great trials ahead before they’ll be ready to embrace their destiny.
Delina searches for something to cure her wild magic, but the solution she seeks plunges her into danger unlike anything she’s faced before.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Wizards of the Coast has announced the first collaboration on a major product between Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering with Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica releasing everywhere on November 20. The book will contain everything fans need to play D&D in the world-spanning city of Ravnica, the fan-favorite Magic setting populated by ten rival guilds, each with its own ethos and agenda. Wizards is also announcing D&D fans can now return to a magic-heavy noir setting with Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron, a new document written by Keith Baker available online now. The exploration of these settings is a testament to how fan excitement can shape where D&D travels to next.
More enfranchised D&D fans may know that Keith Baker created the Eberron setting as part of the Fantasy Setting Search conducted in 2002, and the D&D team has been working with him to update the setting. The first step is the Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron, a digital release in the Dungeon Masters Guild online marketplace, which will serve to collect feedback on adjusted races, dragon marks, new backgrounds and more. Fans can also use this document as a jumping off point to create their own monsters, adventure modules, and other tabletop content set within Eberron and put it up for sale on the Dungeon Masters Guild.
Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #2
Jim Zub (w) • Steven Cummings (a) • Max Dunbar (c)
“Krydle & Shandie: Honor Among Thieves.” The Baldur’s Gate heroes return to the city at last, but their time adventuring in Ravenloft and the frozen northern reaches of the Realms have changed them. Each of them must face great trials ahead before they’ll be ready to embrace their destiny. Krydle thought he’d left behind his past as a thief and brigand, but his former allies have come to collect old debts—the kind that can only be paid in blood…
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
WizKids has announced the upcoming release of the newest addition to its D&D Icons of the Realms line of pre-painted miniatures: Waterdeep Dragon Heist. Based on the newest Dungeons & Dragons story, Waterdeep Dragon Heist is scheduled to release this fall and features exciting and compelling characters, both heroic and villainous, including the Human Warlock of the Fiend, the devilish Pit Fiend, and the founder of the Zhentarim, the mysterious Manshoon.
Also featured among the 44 figures from Waterdeep Dragon Heist are several popular animals for all your Wild Shape needs, such as the tactical Dire Wolf and the vicious Brown Bear. Icons of the Realms: Waterdeep Dragon Heist standard edition boosters will contain 4 figures: 1 Large or 1 unique Huge figure, and 3 Medium or Small figures.
Additionally, customers who pre-order an Icons of the Realms: Waterdeep Dragon Heist standard booster case will have the opportunity to purchase the City of the Dead Statues & Monuments case incentive promotional set while supplies last. This gorgeous set of miniatures includes several beautifully carved statues & monuments as well as several coffins that can be used in a variety of locations!
Experience the bustling city of Waterdeep, get to know its thrilling characters, and immerse yourself in the adventure with D&D Icons of the Realms: Waterdeep Dragon Heist, releasing September 2018.