Two new adventurers have joined the party as New York Times bestseller and former WWE superstar AJ Mendez and actor Aimee Garcia are announced as co-writers for the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World comic book from IDW Publishing!
Based on the massively popular game and featuring a cast of brand-new characters, the four-issue At the Spine of the World storyline launches in late summer with artwork by IDW mainstay Martín Cóccolo.
In At the Spine of the World, the never-ending winter’s night is slowly driving an isolated town in the depths of Icewind Dale to the brink of insanity. To save them all, a perilous journey awaits a band of adventurers as they battle a furious icy god and uncover the plot of an ancient primordial evil.
Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Martin Coccolo, a roleplaying game-style Character Sheet design by Max Davenport as Cover B, and two Retailer Incentive editions by Catherine Nodet and Max Davenport, respectively.
Wizards of the Coast has made an announcement that they are taking a look at the cards from Magic: The Gathering for depictions of racism. They have announced numerous cards whose images will be removed from the database.
The company has announced they are changing the multiverse ID and removing the Gatherer card image for the card Invoke Prejudice which was originally released in 1994. The company has described the card as racist and there is no place for racism in the game, community, or anywhere.
The following cards will also have their images removed from the Magic database:
Instead a statement will be in place of the images:
We have removed this card image from our database due to its racist depiction, text, or combination thereof. Racism in any form is unacceptable and has no place in our games, nor anywhere else.
Those cards will also be banned in all sanctioned tournament play.
They said there is more to come and this is just a first pass of cards. This is a good start for the company but there’s much work to do behind the scenes with hiring and more.
Wizards of the Coast has announced Double Masters for Magic: The Gathering. The set is filling with “powerful and popular reprints” and there are two mythic rare cards in each pack.
Double Masters is a 332 card set launching August 7, 2020. The booster box features 24 packs per box. Each pack has 15 cards with two rares and two foil cards (and the foils can be up to two additional rares). There’s two non-foil borderless showcase box topper cards included in each booster box. The set will be available in English, French, German, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese.
Check out Wizards’ live stream for more details about this upcoming set.
Wizards of the Coast brings the stars to a virtual table with D&D Live 2020: Roll w/ Advantage. An amazing cast of characters led by expert storytellers previews the latest D&D storyline with live gaming sessions, all while raising money for Red Nose Day to help the most vulnerable children across the US and around the world, who have been so affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The adventure begins 10:00am PT on June 18, 2020 and will run through June 20, 2020 at dungeonsanddragons.com.
People all over the world continue to stay safe by staying home, but that doesn’t mean the adventuring has stopped. Dungeons & Dragons is more popular than ever because it allows people to weave compelling stories together even when they’re physically apart through online videoconferencing.
D&D Live 2020: Roll w/ Advantage features big personalities playing elves, wizards and fighters to accomplish quests using their imaginations. Funny people like Brian Posehn, Kevin Sussman and Thomas Middleditch will work together to solve problems or, more likely, cause some hilarious new ones. WWE Superstars Xavier Woods, Tyler Breeze, Ember Moon, Alexa Bliss, and Dio Maddin will contend with beefcake destroyer Jeremy Crawford, a.k.a. Principal Rules Designer for D&D. Deborah Ann Woll will lead a group of actors in improvising a way to help people in a fantasy world not that different from ours. And principal D&D writer Chris Perkins takes players new to D&D, including Brandon Routh and David Harbour, through adventures sure to de-mystify the hobby for all who tune in.
Fans of D&D will learn all about the new setting and storyline as well as accompanying new products plus tons of unique gameplay available on June 18, 2020. D&D Adventurers League has four new short adventures everyone can enjoy. By donating a small amount to Red Nose Day, fans will have access to sign up for D&D sessions with players around the world! During #DnDLive2020, fans will also be able to choose the character best suited to help the region through Reality RP, a mashup of fantasy storytelling, community engagement, and reality television.
All proceeds from D&D Live 2020: Roll w/Advantage will benefit Red Nose Day.
T-shirts commemorating D&D’s partnership with Red Nose Day are available for purchase right now here, along with a custom-designed adventure families can easily play together available here.
Watch the latest D&D storyline come to life at D&D Live 2020: Roll with Advantage!
Wizards of the Coast has announced that the company will distribute 2,000 digital kits to schools and libraries in the U.S. and Canada to provide educators and librarians with resources to engage their communities with Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering virtual play while many are practicing social distancing.
Each kit will include a “Legendary Bundle” for D&D Beyond that unlocks access to all current rules and adventure content for D&D as well as a 15% discount on future D&D Beyond purchases and 30 Magic: The Gathering Arena digital codes, which can be redeemed for three Ikoria booster packs. The kits will also feature tips to help teachers and librarians engage their audiences in a virtual play environment.
Kits will be available upon request through the Wizards of the Coast customer service request portal to organizers over the age of 18 who are employed by or official volunteers at enrichment organizations, such as a schools, libraries, community centers, and scout troops, and represent the organization’s gaming programming.
D&D Beyond is a web tool and online repository for all officially published fifth edition D&D rules and adventures that provides players access to their characters and rules right at their fingertips. Magic: The Gathering Arena is the free-to-play digital version of Magic, and an exciting, feature-rich experience for anyone with a PC including tutorials to onboard players into the game and free starter decks.
Dungeons & Dragons offers additional resources on the Stay at Home, Play at Home portal, including new, free content released on a daily basis at 5pm PT, as well as tips and tricks for families and children to master remote play. Even more content is available on the DM’s Guild, a PDF web store containing thousands of D&D adventures and supplements for all editions of D&D, and the home to all official organized play content for the D&D Adventurers League.
Netmarble has launched a new update to Magic: ManaStrike, the mobile game based on Wizards of the Coast‘s franchiseMagic: The Gathering. Today’s update introduces a new storied Planeswalker, Huatli, to the game, along with an Ikoria-themed season of Magic Pass and additional offers and enhancements that are now available for players.
The new White/Red Planeswalker coming to Magic: ManaStrike as part of today’s update is Huatli. When summoned, Huatli’s passive effect offers sustained recovery to the player’s summoned unit with the highest HP. Huatli’s skill also delivers both damage and a knockback effect to enemy units within range of the Planeswalker’s attack. A new Magic Pass skin is also available for Nahiri, an ancient Kor warrior and Planeswalker who has a special power over stone. Nahiri’s skin is only available as a Magic Pass skin unlockable.
Other additions to Magic: ManaStrike as part of the new update include:
New Ikoria dimension: After Rank 6 is achieved, players can look forward to an Ikoria-themed lobby background, an Ikoria map and other thematic content
Magic Pass Exclusive Rewards: This month’s rewards include a Level Boost Voucher, a Skin Selection Ticket, an Emoji and a Player Icon
Magic: ManaStrike takes the excitement of Magic: The Gathering’s vast lore in a whole new direction with a fast-paced PVP strategy game. After losing a war with the Planeswalkers, Magic: The Gathering’s most powerful villain Nicol Bolas creates a parallel universe to find the Planeswalkers’ weaknesses.
Players enter a contract with Nicol Bolas to provide combat data by controlling Planeswalkers and units in his universe. Fast-paced and easy to learn, fans can experience dynamic real-time battles with anyone from around the world in three-minute matches. During the battle, players summon units, cast spells, and command powerful Planeswalkers with a simple tap and drag gameplay and iconic Magic: The Gathering cards re-envisioned through high-quality 3D.
By collecting new cards from Magic’s five unique Mana colors – White, Blue, Black, Red and Green, players learn to understand each color’s traits, and create unique strategies that lead the way to victory.
This week, Wizards of the Coast launched a new online resource offering free Dungeons & Dragons materials. The content is designed for both new and seasoned adventurers, with new content added daily (Mon-Fri) at 5:00PM PT.
With schools closed around the world and so many people working from home right now, playing games like Dungeons & Dragons can keep you connected to friends and family, while offering fun and educational material to share and/or play with your kids. For younger gamers, resources to make it even easier to get into D&D are also available. At its core D&D is about great storytelling — the game provides a framework that sparks creativity and imagination and brings people together from all walks-of-like to embark on epic adventures.
In addition to the free content, a round-up of resources for remote D&D play – many of which are also free – can be found here.
Jinkies!, the Mystery Inc. gang is about to face the ultimate betrayal! Designed by the team behind the critically acclaimed Betrayal Legacy, Betrayal at Mystery Mansion lets players take on the role of Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, and Fred, as they explore the mysterious mansion to find clues, run away from (or toward) scary noises, and maybe even catch sight of a monster. Or was it a g-g-g-g-ghost? Zoinks! Betrayal at Mystery Mansion will be available in stores everywhere on May 15, 2020, the same day the new SCOOB! movie hits theaters, creating a perfect day of solving mysteries.
Betrayal at Mystery Mansion is jam-packed with more goodies than a Super Shaggy Sandwich, including all new tiles, tokens, cards, and 25 haunts based on popular Scooby-Doo episodes and movies. Once players find enough clues to learn what’s really going on, the haunt begins and one player switches sides to play the role of the Monster. Those meddling kids then try to stop them before they carry out their sinister plan, hopefully pulling off the mask to reveal it was Mr. Wickles all along!
Betrayal at Mystery Mansion will be available everywhere on May 15 and will retail for $35.
Explore the realms! Wizards of the Coast once again is presenting new dice and miscellany for the world’s greatest roleplaying game. Forgotten Realms Laeral Silverhand Explorer’s Kit builds on the success of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. Forgotten Realms Laeral Silverhand Explorer’s Kit will be available in stores everywhere on March 17, 2020!
Let Laeral Silverhand – Open Lord of Waterdeep, centuries-old archmage, and daughter of the goddess of magic – guide you on your path to adventure. The new kit includes eleven dice placed in a durable, felt-lined box that functions as two dice trays. Fans can also enjoy the twenty illustrated, double-sided cards detailing Laeral’s expert insights on key characters, locations, and lore from across the Forgotten Realmsand a foldout double-sided map of the Sword Coast and city of Waterdeep.
Forgotten Realms Laeral Silverhand Explorer’s Kit will be available everywhere on March 17 and will retail for $29.99.