Posts Tagged ‘Wizards of the Coast’

Wizards Releases OD&D PDFs

January 26, 2016

od&dWizards recently released the 3 Little Brown Books from Original D&D as PDFs.  I take it these are the versions from the premium reprint they did a couple of years ago.  You can get them here, if you’re interested.

Presumably, the other supplements will also be released, in due course.  Personally, I hope this means they’ll release a PDF for Chainmail, as well.


WotC Releases 5th Edition SRD & OGL

January 12, 2016

On the off chance you haven’t seen it elsewhere already, here’s the link:

They’re also offering something called “Dungeon Masters Guild.”  Not having really looked into it yet, it sounds like a way for people to sell 5E material through WotC.

So, I wonder if there’ll be a 5E version of Pathfinder?  Also, I wonder if the 5E OGL can be legally combined with the 3E OGL to, say, meld aspects of the PFBB and 5th Edition?

It’ll be interesting to see what third party publishers do with the 5E rules.


Lords of Waterdeep

July 7, 2013

lowdpicLast night I had a chance to play WotC’s new eurogame, Lords of Waterdeep and had a great time, finishing our game in about 2 hours.

The object is to score the most Victory Points within 8 rounds of gameplay, a fairly typical eurogame setup.

Each player represents one of the secret lords of waterdeep, represented by a card kept face down until the end of the game.  Lords enact their will through the use of ‘agent’ tokens.  Each round players take turns playing agent tokens on various buildings in the city.  Buildings grant resources which in turn are used to score Victory Points.  Agent tokens, in effect, limit the number of actions you can take each round.

There are a number of basic public buildings, but players may also purchase and own additional buildings drawn from a stack.  Anyone may place an agent on these privately owned buildings, but when an opponent does so the owner of the building gains a small benefit as well.

The primary resources are gold and adventures, of which there are four types (fighters, rogues, wizards and clerics) represented by colored wooden cubes.  Adventurers are ‘spent’ to complete various quests, which grant Victory Points (and sometimes other resources or ongoing benefits).

You can also play intrigue cards to either enhance your position or mess with your opponents.  It seemed that intrigue cards could provide a nice bonus, but rarely were powerful enough to dramatically change the course of the game in a single play.

The rules are well-written and clear; we had very few questions and when a question did come up, we were able to find an answer fairly quickly.  The back of the rule book contains a nice errata section covering various contingencies that could come up during gameplay, a nice touch demonstrating a well-tested game.

All-in-all LoW is a solid euro-style boardgame.  There’s nothing revolutionary here; if you’re a fan of eurogames you’ve probably seen most of the concepts and mechanics in one form or another in other eurogames.  LoW is probably a bit on the light side, as eurogames go.  But the rules are easy to learn, it has solid mechanics and you can finish a game in just an hour or two.

WotC to reprint OD&D

February 19, 2013

You’ve probably already heard about this, but I need something for a lazy post, so here we go:

oddreprintApparently WotC is going to release a special “collectors” reprint of Original D&D, including fancy dice and a wood box.  Here’s the link.  I think the photo shown is just a mock up for promotional purposes and probably not representative of the final product.  At least, I hope it’s not because $150 is an outrageous sum for what’s shown there.  If this came out a couple of months from now, I’d be calling it an April Fool’s joke.

While it’s exciting that WotC is doing an OD&D reprint, this particular product feels more like OSR-nostalgia exploitation.  Unfortunately, there are probably a lot of people who’ll pay that ridiculous price anyways, so I guess I can’t fault Wizards for getting their marketing right.  Hopefully they’ll also release more reasonably priced PDFs at some point.


Official WotC D&D PDFs

January 22, 2013

Well, I’m a bit late to the table on this, so you may have already heard.  But WotC has released (or re-released) some of the older D&D material in PDF format.  There’s stuff from B/X, 1E, 2E and even some 3E stuff.  They haven’t released all the old material yet, but hopefully they’ll add more over time, especially the 0E books.

The PDFs are available from the following sites:


D&D Classics


Another Cheap Post – 5E D&D

January 10, 2012

So, if you follow RPGs at all you probably heard yesterday that WotC officially announced that they’re working on 5th Edition D&D.  We don’t know too much yet, other than that they’re trying to cater to fans of every version of D&D, by which they presumably mean old schoolers, 3E/Pathfinder and 4E players.  There were vague words about using a modular system that allows players to add as much complexity to the game as they like, but no specifics on mechanics as yet.  They also announced public playtesting as well (see here if you’re interested).  It sounds like they already have a rough draft of the rules, as some journalists got to playtest it a bit a few weeks ago.

If they can pull this off, more power to them.  I’d probably buy it, so long as I don’t have to subscribe to anything and they don’t churn out endless rulesbooks, ala DMG 1, 2 and 3 or PHB 1, 2 and 3 (multiple Monster Manuals are fine by me though).  Just one DMG and one PHB.  I understand splat books are part of the business model – they gotta pay the bills – just so long as they don’t become anything approaching mandatory to play the game.

Anyways, I signed up for the public playtesting so I’ll give my thoughts on it here when I’m able.  Cheers.

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