(W) Sam Maggs, David M. Booher (A/CA) George Kambadais In Shops: Mar 29, 2023 SRP: $3.99
Long before the world turned upside down and new generations discovered D&D, six kids boarded a magical roller coaster and were transported to the Forgotten Realms! Noble ranger Hank, intrepid acrobat Diana, quiet thief Sheila, impulsive barbarian Bobby, fearful cavalier Eric, and uncertain magician Presto only want to get back to their own world. But escaping the Realms has turned out to be much harder than getting there! Danger lurks at every turn, the enigmatic Dungeon Master is less than helpful, and Venger, the force of evil, will stop at nothing to get his hands on the magical weapons the kids have come to rely on. To top it off, Hank has made a startling discovery: Despite the dangers, Sheila, Bobby, Diana, and the others aren’t so sure they want to go home after all!
Wizards of the Coast held their D&D Direct 2023 Showcase today focusing on things spinning out of Dungeons & Dragons. During the presentation, Wizards of the Coast announced new partnerships that expand the breadth of the D&D brand from digital games to physical collectibles from top toy manufacturers Hasbro and WizKids. The first of these new partnerships is with Minecraft and the launch of a new Minecraft D&D DLC, available on the Minecraft Marketplace Spring 2023!
In this new Minecraft D&D DLC, players choose among classes like barbarian or wizard and explore five iconic Forgotten Realms locations such as Candlekeep and Icewind Dale while defeating classic baddies like beholders, mimics, mindflayers and, of course, dragons! This new, original adventure allows players to customize their characters’ stats and roll 20-sided dice to determine how to proceed in fully-voiced dialogue. Play with friends and get a unique D&D experience in the world of Minecraft.
Hasbro is all in on D&D and has been creating amazing figures fans will love. Not only are there the previously announced Dicelings and 6” figures of the characters from Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves and the classic D&D cartoon, but Hasbro showed off the Golden Archive releases of the Xanathar, an owlbear, and the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves displacer beast.
For Magic fans, Wizards also announced a special Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves Secret Lair drop for Magic: The Gathering. This pack features six cards based on the characters of the film including Edgin, Larcenous Lutenist; Forge, Neverwinter Charlatan; and Holga, Relentless Rager all bearing the likeness of the actor playing the role. Pre-orders for Secret Lair x Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves are open today!
The writing of R.A. Salvatore in the Legend of Drizzt has become synonymous with many D&D fans’ vision of the Forgotten Realms. With the release of Dao of Drizzt this fall and the upcoming conclusion to the latest trilogy featuring the drow ranger,Lolth’s Warrior, Salvatore looked back on the character that has meant so much to fans. Wizards’ partners at Gearbox Publishing and Cryptic Studios have teamed up with Salvatore to create Menzoberranzan, the 25th expansion for the popular MMO Neverwinter. The new expansion is available now on PC, Xbox, and Playstation, and lets players explore the dangerous city for the first time in the game.
WizKids has brought to life hundreds of D&D creatures over the years but none as gruesome – or adorable – as the D&D Replicas of the Realms they introduced during D&D Direct. The mimic may look like a treasure chest on the outside, but its purple tongue and vicious teeth will make any adventurer lose their lunch, and their hands, pretty quickly. The 20-inch-tall mimic is no match for the cuteness of the 11” baby owlbear figure with its “puppy dog” eyes.
D&D Direct rounded out with details on the upcoming documentary from Joe Manganiello celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the game in 2024. Chris Perkins and Jeremy Crawford from the D&D studio also dropped hints at what’s to come with previews of upcoming books, story hooks involving fan-favorite characters and villains, and a deeper look at pre-alpha gameplay footage from the D&D virtual tabletop (VTT) that’s currently in development at Wizards of the Coast.
Dungeons & Dragons: Ravenloft – Orphan of Agony Isle
(W) Casey Gilly (A/CA) Bayleigh Underwood In Shops: Mar 15, 2023 SRP: $17.99
DISCOVER the Demiplane of Dread! In her castle laboratory, D&D’s own mad scientist, Dr. Viktra Mordenheim, performs experiments testing the bounds of science and magic! THRILL to a Castle of Horrors! Following a terrible accident, Miranda awakens in Schloss Mordenheim under the questionable care of the definitely-not-lawful-good doctor, with no memory of who she is. Desperate to learn about her past, she soon begins to question what she is told and test the strictures placed upon her. Gentle Reader, the truth she uncovers will shock and disturb you! SHUDDER at a Menagerie of Monsters! A collection of lab notes detail the tragic fates of Ravenloft’s unfortunate inhabitants, in a collection of supplementary stories by writers Casey Gilly, Ryan Cady, and Ro Mediavilla, and artists Corin Howell, Vincenzo Riccardi, and Kayla Felty. We must caution you, Dear Reader, these are not tales for the faint of heart!
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves – The Feast of the Moon
(W) Jeremy Lambert, Ellen Boener (A) Eduardo Ferigato, Guillermo Sanna In Shops: Mar 08, 2023 SRP: $14.99
The world’s most popular tabletop roleplaying game is coming to the big screen March 31, 2023! Before you catch Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves in theaters, make sure to pick up this must-read prequel graphic novel! A party of unlikely heroes must brave the dangers of the Sword Coast in a quest for the ultimate prize! What brought them to this point? Find out in this graphic novel featuring the cast of D&D: Honor Among Thieves: Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Hugh Grant, Sophia Lillis, Justice Smith, and Regé-Jean Page!
A Diamond Select Toys release! Diamond Select Toys returns to the animated world of the D&D cartoon of the 1980s with an all-new deluxe box set of 2-inch Minimates! This new set includes an array of villains: Venger, Warduke, Dekkion the Skeleton Warrior, a Shadow Demon, and Night-Mare, Venger’s horse that he can really ride! Plus, get a figurine of the Dungeon-Master, with a removable ice crystal prison! Each Minimate features multiple points of articulation and character-specific accessories, and all parts are fully interchangeable! They come packaged in a full-color, book-styled window box with a fifth-panel cover. Designed and illustrated by Barry Bradfield! (SRP: $50.00)
D&D players are not strangers to impossible missions. A perilous heist requires careful strategizing followed by daredevil antics when something unexpected happens and the players’ plan goes sideways. Dungeons & Dragons invites players to experience the thrill, drama, strategy, and intrigue of the heist genre in Keys from the Golden Vault, the latest Dungeons & Dragons book of adventures. Keys from the Golden Vault will be released in North America on February 21, 2023 and on March 24, 2023 in the UK/EMEA.
The Golden Vault is rumored to be associated with metallic dragons and based on one of the good-aligned Outer Planes. Its operatives help the downtrodden and innocent when the law can’t. The organization’s motto is: “Do good, no matter the cost.”
D&D players can live out their fantasies of running a caper like one they might have seen on the silver screen in movies such as Mission: Impossible;Ocean’s 11; or even The Great Muppet Caper. The thirteen adventures in Keys from the Golden Vault range from levels 1 to 11. They can be played as one-offs dropped into ongoing campaigns, or run as a campaign of heists perpetrated by the same crew.
Keys from the Golden Vault has an alternate cover by Simen Meyer, available only through game stores, and an evergreen cover by Anna Podedworna, available in North America on February 21, 2023. Fans who pre-order the digital/physical bundle at dndstore.wizards.com will be able to access the digital release on February 7, 2023.
The feedback was clear, players want their OGL1.0a. Wizards of the Coast has a new update about the future of Dungeons & Dragons concerning their Open Game License (OGL).
To catch people up, a draft version of an updated OGL was leaked causing an uproar in the Dungeons & Dragons community over changes that included fees and restrictions. Recently, the D&D team has walked it all back promising a “working conversation” that included feedback before anything new was released. Well, the responses are clear with over 15,000 overwhelmingly against changes.
The big takeaway is that 88% do not want to publish TTRPG content under the proposed OGL 1.2. 89% of those who answered would be dissatisfied if OGL 1.0a was deauthorized. When it comes to Creative Commons and Systems Reference Document (SRD), 69% were satisfied and those who aren’t want more SRD in Creative Commons.
The results are pretty clear and the Dungeons & Dragons team seems to be listening. In a blog post, the team stated:
They are leaving OGL 1.0a in place, as is. Untouched.
They are also making the entire SRD 5.1 available under a Creative Commons license.
The Nerf Dungeons & Dragons Rakor Blaster brings together the fantasy of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves and the D&D roleplaying game. The dart blaster launches 2 Nerf Elite foam darts in a row for active play in outdoor games. It is inspired by the black dragon Rakor, who unleashes acid breath upon any adventurer in the Forgotten Realms who dares challenge him for his treasure.
We open up and show off the new Nerf blaster and take a few shots.
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