I’m a little ambivalent about this. On the one hand, yay, more fantasy movies. On the other hand, the D&D movies were… bad. I guess I’m more optimistic. Cautiously optimistic. Cauptimistic.
Warner Bros has acquired rights to make a movie based on Dungeons & Dragons, the perennially popular role-playing game fantasy game. The studio is actually quite far along in the development of the project, as it will use a script by Wrath Of The Titans and Red Riding Hood scribe and Frank Darabont protege David Leslie Johnson. That script, Chainmail, was acquired last year as a free-standing project, based on an obscure game that was also hatched by D&D designer Gary Gygax before he and Dave Arneson launched D&D. It is being retro-fitted to fit the much bigger game creation. The film will be produced by The Lego Movie producer Roy Lee and Courtney Solomon. The latter actually directed a 2000 Dungeons & Dragons feature, a film that starred Jeremy Irons and did not do well.
Well thanks to EN World for finding this one out. Apparently over at the internet archive you can now download all Dragon magazine and most Polyhedron newszines for free from the archive. This is pretty awesome as it would be nice to have a way to access this incredible database of information. While the internet archive site is a bit rough around the edges it’s all there. First link I clicked brought me to a Ravenloft themed issue. A sign me thinks..
Well this looks very nice and for those who like lavish collectibles then this will be right up your alley . Wizards of the Coast will release a premium reprint of the white box however there is obviously no standard box here. We are talking a wooden coffer engraved with epic imagery and of course fancy dice. But again not only do we not just have the reprint, the fancy coffer but also prints of Greyhawk, Blackmoor, Eldritch Wizardry and God, Demi Gods and Heroes.This awesome set will unfortunately be a tad pricey at $149.99 US and $172 Cdn.
Well in a strange twist of fate, Wizards of the Coast has partnered with DrivethruRPG / RPG Now to bring PDF’s back to the market. If you head on over to www.dndclassics.com you will find a bunch of PDF’s already for sale. Of course not everything is in place yet as they are providing updated scans I believe but this is indeed great news for those wanting their books via tablet or laptop.
On the facepalm side of things however I cannot help but think the wait has been for nothing. Moons ago these very same sites were hosting the Dungeons & Dragons books only to have them suddenly yanked and unavailable yet now it’s ok to be selling them again. We got excuses such as piracy back in the day and something would be figured out eventually. During that time countless other companies have managed to figure out the RPG ebook dynamic that us techno hippies have brought to the forefront of traditional roleplaying.
So what changed their minds? Who the hell knows but let’s enjoy this moment and start purchasing books up before they get weary of this future technology and take everything away again.
So, some astute people noticed that there are now placeholder sites for TSR (http://tsrgames.com/) and something called Gygax Magazine (http://gygaxmagazine.com/). As it turns out, it’s exactly what it looks like. Gary Gygax’s children, Ernie Gygax and Luke Gygax are involved in its creation and they launch their first issue of the eponymous magazine next month. I, for one, can’t wait to see it!
Jayson Elliott, the editor of the magazine, posted in the thread:
Hi guys, this is Jayson. I’m the editor for Gygax Magazine.
Gygax Magazine is myself, Ernie Gygax, Luke Gygax, Tim Kask, James Carpio, and Jim Wampler. Our first issue is out in December; since it’s not finished yet, we’ve been pretty quiet about things until it’s ready.
Just to address some of the questions, I thought it was best that I leave a reply. We do own the trademark for TSR, and have since December of 2011. We are a new company, not the old TSR, as they were purchased by Wizards in the ’90s. The trademark was abandoned about nine years ago, and we registered it in 2011.
We decided the best thing to release first as TSR was a gaming magazine, because we wanted a way to bridge the traditions of the old guard with the awesome new games that are out today.
Well I will apologize about this ahead of time….it’s not going to be pretty. I came upon this at EN World and looked upon it in terrible horror. So time to subject you to it as well!! Take a look at the trailer for the new Dungeons & Dragons movies.
There is a very interesting Q&A with Keith Baker on all things Eberron.From races to religion he pretty much covers it all and if your a die hard Eberron fan then this is definitely something to check out.
Over at Wizards of the Coast is an interesting article by Stan! who steps in for this article of The Dungeon Master Experience. It’s all about dealing with characters and death and specifically how the death of Stan! dragonborn was handled.
This is an extremely good read and definitely something worthy of further discussion. So check it out.
So who has been playing the playtest? It’s been available for a little while not and if you haven’t already signed up for it and I really doubt many of you haven’t then you should head on over to the Wizards of the Coast. You can still sign up.
From all my reading of the initial playtest packet I am quite happy about it being more about roleplaying. It had a bit of old school feel to everything as well as keeping a bit of the newness that the more modern editions have. I think in general that there is a happy medium here. It’s definitely on the right path so if the playtests help make it better then even better.
I like how currently there is no tactical combat via a battlemap. While I am not against a battlemap, I want there to be fast and fluid combat. 3rd edition added more time to combat being more tactical but 4th edition seemed to amp it up via maneuvers. At any rate I hope things in combat evolve but keeping things quick.
We will be playing through the playtest packets we signed up for this coming weekend. I can say we are all looking forward to it and will certainly have impressions as things go along. Obviously specifics cannot be posted but there is plenty of discussions to be had.
I highly recommend going over to EN World where there is plenty of discussions going on not to mention of course the Wizards of the Coast boards.