Crime, political scandal and murder are running rampant in Baldur’s Gate, a city on the verge of war, in the newest D&D Encounters season beginning today! Murder in Baldur's Gate takes place during The Sundering, a world-shattering event that, for the first time, invites fans to help define the future of the most popular setting in the Dungeons & Dragons universe – the Forgotten Realms.
In this first D&D Encounters season of The Sundering, danger lurks in the city of Baldur’s Gate and the plot of a murdered deity finally comes to fruition, resurrecting the god of assassins. Bhaal will live again. And in the city that once thwarted his rebirth, can the heroes keep Baldur’s Gate from tearing itself apart? And how will these events affect the Forgotten Realms?
Throughout the Murder’s in Baldur’s Gate season, which begins today and extends through November 13, players will be encouraged to use the Sundering Adventurer’s Chronicle, an online tool that will collect and tally their play experiences to ultimately help affect the fate of the Forgotten Realms. In the end, the results from all of the D&D Encounters season of The Sundering will help to provide a landscape for future D&D offerings.
Adventurers can also now play the latest D&D Encounters adventure from anywhere in the world – at the same time as the in-store program! Murder in Baldur's Gate includes a harrowing 32-page adventure in which the player characters defend Baldur's Gate against an ancient evil long thought slain, along with 64-pages containing in-depth information on the city and its inhabitants. It is currently available for a suggested retail price of $34.95.
For more information on all of the products and in-store play programs related to The Sundering, visit www.DungeonsandDragons.com/Sundering.
Following Wizards of the Coast’s recent news at Gen Con of the yearlong Dungeons & Dragons event “The Sundering” in the Forgotten Realm’s setting, DeNA has released the debut trailer for its future mobile game release of Dungeons & Dragons: Arena of War.
Arena of War Trailer
View and embed the Arena of War trailer from this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AdNhczUDKI
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About Arena of War
Arena of War, the first ever free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons game for mobile, is a 3D battle-RPG developed by DeNA in partnership with Wizards of the Coast. Set in the Forgotten Realms, Arena of War features iconic D&D locations such as Baldur’s Gate and monsters such as the Beholder. The live events in the yearlong Sundering event will evolve in the game giving an ever-changing experience to players.
Arena of War will be available soon for free on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android.
Game News: Lords of Waterdeep
Are you ready for TWO new ways to play Lords of Waterdeep, the award-winning game from Wizards of the Coast?
This last Thursday at Gen Con Indy, Wizards of the Coast announced an all-new way to play Lords of Waterdeep – on iPad! With the upcoming digital version developed by Playdek, players will be able to dive into Lords of Waterdeep anytime, anywhere! This high-quality faithful adaptation of the popular board game is designed for 2-4 players and supports online play asynchronously or in real time, and offline play against others and/or included computer opponents.
In addition, the highly-anticipated Scoundrels of Skullport expansion for the Lords of Waterdeep board game is available beginning today! Scoundrels of Skullport adds not one, but two, complete expansions filled with brand new content for the best-selling Lords of Waterdeep board game, including the sprawling dungeon of Undermountain and the criminal haven of Skullport. Each thrilling location has unique characteristics and offers new play options, including new Lords, Buildings, Intrigue and Quest cards.
Scoundrels of Skullport adds brand new content for the award-winning, bestselling board game, Lords of Waterdeep. It’s not one, but two, complete expansions; the sprawling dungeon of Undermountain and the criminal haven of Skullport. Each thrilling location has unique characteristics and offers new play options, including new Lords, Buildings, Intrigue and Quest cards.
Owners of Lords of Waterdeep can use one or both of these new subterranean locations to add depth to their game experience. There’s also a new faction, the Gray Hands, so now a sixth player can join in the fun!
· The Skullport Module
The Skullport module includes a new resource: Corruption. Unlike Adventurers and Gold, having Corruption in your tavern penalizes you at the end of the game. Each Corruption token in your Tavern at the end of the game is worth negative Victory Points. The exact negative value depends on how much Corruption has been collected throughout the game; the more corrupt you and your fellow Lords are, the more Corruption hurts your score
· The Undermountain Module
The rumored wealth of Undermountain entices adventurers to brave the mysteries and monsters beneath the City of Splendors. The risks and the rewards are greater for undertaking Quests that require more Gold and Adventurers.
The 12th Doctor Revealed!!
After much anticipation it has finally been revealed who the 12th Doctor will be. There has been much speculation as to who will be playing this iconic role. BBC America did a great job with setting this announcement up quite well by playing the final episode of the 10th Doctor, David Tennat. It was a very emotional way to get this started.
All of us have our favorite Doctors. I am sure there are many of you who are sad to see Matt Smith go. However, if you recall, there was quite a bit of backlash over the choice of Smith 4 years ago. I am interested in see what the overall reaction is to the new Doctor.
With no further ado, the 12th Doctor is………..
For those of you who don’t know, Peter has been in many British shows including Torchwood and a previous Episode of Doctor Who. Show runner, Steven Moffat, said that Peter was up for the role of 11th Doctor, but it just didn’t feel right. Now is Peter’s time.
Interesting side note... Peter Capaldi, was in World War Z and played a doctor for the World Health Organization.... Doctor W.H.O. love it!
Do you think this a good choice?
Yesterday we learned that The CW was looking to to develop another DC comic TV series based on The Flash. Apparently the character will be introduced in the next season of Arrow before he gets his spinoff series.
Arrow writers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns will be writing the script for the pilot.
We've now got a few more updates on the series. According to Deadline, the character is set to show up in the 8th or 9th episode of Arrow season 2, and they are going to start looking for an actor to take on the role this week. Berlanti had this to say in a statement,
"Barry Allen’s story always has been a favorite of mine, as well as of Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns. We wanted everyone to know about the show as that process commenced. We think it fits well both in terms of Arrow and as a stand-alone series."Kreisberg added in a separate interview with THR:
"When we first meet Barry Allen, he's just a forensic scientist … an ordinary man. Part of the fun for the audience … is to see how we view our Arrow take on the Flash legacy. Some of it will feel very familiar to DC Comics, some of it hopefully will feel different, fresh and exciting. The same way we approached Arrow is the same way we're approaching Barry."He goes on to say that The Flash will be wearing his a version of his classic suit:
"No sweat suits or strange code names; he will be The Flash."As for the Wonder Woman series they were developing, Amazon, that's been put on hold. CW executive Mark Pedowitz explained,
“Amazon is on pause (as) the script is not exactly what we wanted, and with an iconic character like Wonder Woman, we have to get it right.”Hopefully they can take The Flash and turn it into an cool series that we can enjoy!
Wizards of the Coast is celebrating two new digital releases this week: Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, which released on June 18th, and today’s launch of the critically-acclaimed Neverwinter MMORPG. These releases are just two of several exciting Dungeons & Dragons digital games scheduled for release in 2013.
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara from Capcom features up to four players battling against mythical beasts from the D&D universe with a mix of melee, range and magic attacks. The game is available as a digital download on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.
Neverwinter is an action RPG set in an immersive massively multiplayer world that lets players explore and defend one of the most beloved cities in the Forgotten Realms. The MMORPG is free-to-play and can be downloaded at http://nw.perfectworld.com/.
The release of Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara and Neverwinter join many other partnerships and digital releases in the works, establishing D&D as a major force in the digital space. Other upcoming releases include Arena of War, a mobile game for Android, iPhone and iPad devices from DeNA available later this year; Shadowfell Conspiracy, the second expansion pack to the Dungeons & Dragons Online MMORPG releasing on August 19; the upcoming release of Baldur’s Gate on Android followed by Baldur’s Gate II Enhanced Edition; and a yet-to-be-announced game from Playdek.
UPDATE: Confirmed! The Xbox One will only require an internet connection on set up. Virtually everything else surrounding the DRM has been removed. Including regional restrictions. Go here for more information.
UPDATE: Xbox has added an update to the top of their Xbox One FAQ, seen below. Other news sites are reporting from their sources that Microsoft will make an announcement in the next few hours.
It would appear the Xbox One will become the Xbox 180 due to a rumor that holds a lot of weight. Patrick Klepek wrote an article on Giant Bomb earlier today saying just this. His sources informed him Microsoft was going to move away from the controversial DRM announced at E3. This DRM has given the company a lot of bad press.
From Giant Bomb’s article, here is a break down of what these possible changes mean:
What do you think about these possible changes? Does this influence which console you will be buying this fall?
I've been doing some soul searching and coming to grips with the loss of Matt Smith (in spite of it not happening yet) and I think it will weigh up there with the loss of David Tennant. Then I was like, "Wait a minute. They were able to finagle the story to allow for the return of Tennant, could they do it for Smith?!" This launched a theory I have in my head that I have to run by fans that will include some River Song worthy spoilers. If you are familiar with the statements made by John Hurt not too long ago about his character's role in the 50th, then you have nothing to fear. Otherwise, be warned...
Okay, so Hurt spoiled that his character, "The Doctor who broke his promise" will indeed be the "true 9th Doctor" and the storyline will have something to do with the Time War. So what does this have to do with 11 and how can he still appear on the show? Stay with me here because I'm about to pull a lot of Who logic, and it could get wibbly wobbly in this piece.
If I had to guess, I would say the inclusion of Tennant and Rose are specifically to help remove Clara (who is signed on for season 8) from the Doctor's time stream and back in the time line. Simple enough, following that logic you could remove 11, as well, and send them on their way, right? Wrong. Seeing as 11 entered his own time stream (something a time lord must never do) I'm guessing there's a fair bit of nastiness that completely prevents him from leaving his own timeline. Plus, let's not forget that he is regeneration number 12. If you don't hold onto the theories that his regenerations from River passed on, then he is in all respects dead to rights after this death.
So what if 11 wasn't The Doctor who regenerates?! He would forever be trapped within the timeline and able to appear at any moment to save the day (much like Clara). Tennant of course is now half human so he wouldn't be the one to change, but of course who better than "The Doctor Who Broke His Promise" aka true Number 9 with three regenerations on standby to take on the continuation. There are some parts of The Doctor's memories that I haven't quite worked out yet and how that would work...but I'm sure the Tardis holds a memory bank of the Doctor's thoughts so he could be brought up to speed. Ultimately it would ensure Smith would have the option to return if he wanted. I dunno. Is my theory too crazy?