Dungeons & Dragons Deluxe Dice – March ’07

Posted by Mike on January 23rd, 2007

D&D Deluxe DiceIt wasn’t that long ago that I gave some tips on pimping out your dice collection. It seems that Wizards has likely taken my advice to heart and is releasing their own Deluxe Dice set.

Here’s a brief description of someone at Wizards that’s had a hands on:

This set of dice makes a quantum leap into the modern world of dice technology, actually being made of high-impact plastic, with a pearlescent, swirling mix of blue, green, and gold (deep, rich colors), and gold-inked numbers. The dice were produced for us by Dice & Games Limited. (I think they’re from the “Gold Mist” series.) They really are sweet-looking dice — I’m going to get a set to replace the dice with which I’ve been killing my characters. The dice bag is a soft, black suede with black drawstrings (that really work). The line art Dungeons & Dragons logo (the one you see as single-color, without the shield device behind it) is nicely embroidered in a vibrant, but not bright, red. The bag is big enough to fit the dice it comes with, plus you can add four more 4-siders (so you’ve got five for your magic missile), 16 more 6-siders (to total the 20 you’d need for a maxed out fireball), a couple minis, an eraser, pencil sharpener, and a small pencil (like you’d get at a miniature golf course). Then throw in a few more dice from your collection, if you have more you wanna cram in there.

That sounds pretty nice! And for some more technical info, here’s the text from the back of the box:

Gather your dice, grab your D&D Player’s Handbook core rulebook, and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. This accessory for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game will help you decide your fate as you battle fearsome monsters, explore ancient dungeons, and claim magnificent treasure.

This box contains a suede dice bag and a complete set of dice for use in the Dungeons & Dragons game:

  • One 4-sided die
  • Four 6-sided dice
  • One 8-sided die
  • One 10-sided die
  • One percentile die
  • One 12-sided die
  • One 20-sided die

I’ll be sure to put up a picture of the dice themselves when I can. If the dice are in fact from the “Gold Mist” collection from Dice & Games Ltd., then you can follow this link to get a decent idea what they’ll look like.

The dice bag seems like it’s going to be way too big for most people’s taste from what I’ve observed. I prefer using the chainmaille dice bag that I made for myself a while back.

Either way, I’m sure this set will start making it’s way to gaming tables all over starting in March.

Magic Item Compendium – March ’07

Posted by Mike on January 21st, 2007

Looks like The Wiz is finally putting out a book that I’ve seen requested more times than I can count – the Magic Item Compendium.

Here’s a sneak peak at the back cover text:

Within this tome you’ll find over 1,000 of the best magic items created for the Dungeons & Dragons® game, including hundreds of new low-cost items. In addition, this supplement contains rules for augment crystals, which grant new abilities to existing magic items, and item sets, which provide collection benefits when you have all the items in a set. This tome also presents new and improved rules for item creation, an updated treasure generation system, and more!

I’m not sure how the crystal thing will work out. Traditionally, when they release a new “magic item type” it kinda sucks, isn’t worth it or is grossly overpowered. We shall see.

Improved rules for item creation is exciting since there are a lot of issues with the current rule set. Hopefully we can find something that helps plug some of the holes and delivers a fair and balanced approach to magic item creation.

I still have my 2nd edition Encyclopedia Magica on my bookshelf. This won’t be able to match it’s faux-leatherbound goodness, but for sheer usefulness, it’s going to get pre-ordered real soon!

Gargantuan Blue Dragon Hands On

Posted by Mike on January 18th, 2007

Gargantuan Blue Dragon - CoverDespite the time since my last post, I haven’t forgotten about you, the loyal readers.

Today I received my Gargantuan Blue Dragon and the first thing I did was take some pictures for those of you that may be waiting for a look before you decide to pick it up yourself.

If you liked the look of the gargantuan black, you’re definitely going to like the gargantuan blue. While neither have anything on the colossal red, the blue has it’s own personality and feel. Be sure to check out the rest of the pics which includes a side-by-side with the gargantuan black.

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Creating Playable Puzzles For Your Games

Posted by Mike on January 2nd, 2007

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii and I’m completely enamored with it. I play through the temples and wonder why none of the dungeons that I’ve played through in D&D have the same feel as they do.

While there’s a few very good reasons why they’ll never be the same (just due to the differences of playing a one person video game and a party-based table-top D&D game), there’s no reason why the same level of enchantment and mystery shouldn’t be able to be captured.

Let’s look at some of the ways we can incorporate different types of puzzles into your games.

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Introducing Wii Support

Posted by Mike on December 28th, 2006

As a proud Wii owner, I’ve been staying up-to-date with all manner of Wii innovations. One that was recently announced is a WordPress plugin that displays a more Wii-friendly theme when you’re browsing through the Wii’s internet channel. I went ahead and enabled that for those users that own a Wii and may be browsing the web.

I have so much to say about the Wii, but this isn’t the right forum for it. I’ll leave you with this – The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess kicks some serious ass.

Last Chance To Pre-Order The D&D Cartoon

Posted by Mike on December 27th, 2006

D&D CartoonI posted about the D&D Cartoon at the beginning of October, but Amazon has done some shuffling and the URL I used is no longer active. So, if you want to pre-order the D&D Cartoon (the full series), you can do so on Amazon now. In fact, today’s the last day for the pre-order since it ships tomorrow.

Amazon seems to have a history of offering a great pre-order deal and then on release day, bumps things up to full price for a while. So if you want to save some money, head on over and get it today – especially if you plan on buying it anyway.

I’ll also point out that time is running out to pre-order the Gargantuan Blue Dragon. Mine is already ordered, so I should be able to get some pics up not too long after 1/16 (release day).

Watch this space!

Third Edition Humor

Posted by Mike on December 18th, 2006

I came across a page that outlines some of the oddities in the 3.0 rule set. For some of you that didn’t get on the 3.0 bandwagon and skipped right to 3.5, some of the jokes may not make much sense (3.5 got a pretty good make-over to fix odd inconsistencies).

Here’s the sort of thing that you can enjoy:

“We don’t need thumbs here in the Abyss”

By the MM errata, all outsiders with an Int of 6 or higher are proficient with all martial weapons. This includes Hellhounds, Howlers, and Nightmares, among other quadrapeds.

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