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Attention Artists! Design the Next Dungeons & Dragons T-Shirt for Wizards of the Coast


TyrannyTempleHave you got a way with art? Love gaming (and money)?

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RIP Dungeons & Dragons Artist Dave Trampier: 1954 – 2014


Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 10.27.09 PM Slowly but surely, we’re losing the men and women who brought us Dungeons & Dragons. The game’s co-founders, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, passed away in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Now comes more sad news: Artist David Trampier died on the morning of March 24 at Helia Healthcare in Carbondale, Illinois. He was 59 years-old, and allegedly in poor health.

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Dan Harmon’s ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie Pitch


tumblr_mpt9zlgq7n1rai9pto1_500The What’s Trending video crew sat down for a few questions with Dan Harmon at the South by Southwest music and culture festival. Among the things that they asked him about was if he’d ever direct a Dungeons & Dragons movie. Harmon, best known for his work with the television series Community, his podcast Harmontown, and his Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty (I highly recommend it!), is a big fan of the game and has made numerous references to it throughout his comedy career. He also runs a regular game as part of his podcast. Here’s what he had to say:

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Iconic Fantasy Game Dungeons & Dragons Turns Forty


Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 4.51.04 PMThe iconic tabletop fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons is forty years-old this month, and more and more people are coming out of the gaming closet to identify as fans – and sometimes avid players – of the game. Action movie hero Vin Diesel, Dame Judi Dench (She dungeon masters the game for her grandchildren!), basketball player Tim Duncan, “Jay and Silent Bob” actor Kevin Mewes, and Stephen Colbert are among the growing number of celebrities who love the game.

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How Tabletop RPGs Helped Video Game Designers With Their Careers


How Tabletop RPGs Helped Video Game Designers With Their Careers

Polygon has an awesome story on how Dungeons & Dragons enabled computer game creators to have the careers they enjoy now.
Here’s an cxcerpt. Read the rest here!
Kim Pittman started playing D&D at the age of six, inviting herself along to her older brother’s games. She has maintained the hobby and organizes a regular [...]

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New Edition of ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Due in 2014


dndlogoWizards Of The Coast just announced that the newest iteration of the venerable fantasy role-playing Dungeons & Dragons will be released next year.

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Make Dungeons On The Fly With Adventurer Dungeon-Building Dice


f3c4_adventurer_dungeon-building_dice_setThose uninitiated into the pleasures of tabletop role-playing – especially fantasy games like Dungeons & Dragons - might hear the word “dungeon” and think “torture chamber”, but in a gaming context, a “dungeon” means any labyrinth-like environment populated with monsters, traps and other challenges for player characters to overcome. Adventures set largely in and around a dungeon is called a “dungeon crawl”.

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Epic Level TV Explains ‘Attacks of Opportunity’


Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 12.32.59 PMAlright, this one is strictly for my D&D nerds: Youtube channel Epic Level TV explains how “Attacks of Opportunity” work in Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder. Not only is it funny, I think that I actually understand the rules better now. Good work, guys.

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‘The 13th Age’ RPG Brings Balance to d20


Cover_500px1Pelgrane Press’ new tabletop fantasy role-playing game ‘The 13th Age’ comes with impressive credentials: Its creators are Jonathan Tweet (’Ars Magica’, ‘Talislanta’, ‘Over the Edge’, ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ 3E) and Rob Heinsoo (Lead designer, ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ 4E). ‘The 13th Age’ could be informally described as a 5th edition of D&D, as it seems to be a reconciliation of the baked-in balance of 4E and the character customization of 3E. Both of these system’s strong points had their negatives – 4E’s balance was achieved at the expense of player customization, and 3E’s customization was achieved at the expense of balance – and in their ‘13th Age’ system Tweet and Heinsoo have tried to utilize the best of both while avoiding the negatives.

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David M. Ewalt’s ‘Of Dice and Men’ Explores the Business of the Dungeons & Dragons Game


of-dice-and-men-coverAs the men and women who played Dungeons & Dragons during the games heyday have entered middle age, there’s been a growing number of them who have chosen to write about the game. Some, like Ethan Gilsdorf’, author of the highly-recommended Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, focus on the game’s role in their own lives and that of other enthusiasts. Others, like Mark Chadbourne, author of The Elfish Gene, revisit their years with Dungeons & Dragons in the form of cringe-worthy bildungsromans. Until now, there hasn’t been a serious exploration of the business side of the game, from its birth on a Wisconsin card table to its eventual transformation into a cultural phenomenon. Forbes writer David M. Ewalt (a gamer himself) has taken up this challenge in his book Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play it.

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