Archive for Neverwinter

Neverwinter Campaign Setting Drops Tomorrow

Posted in D&D 4e Content, Dungeons and Dragons, Gaming News, Product Review with tags on August 18, 2011 by boccobsblog

Made popular by a string of video games (including the first ever MMORPG), and  a series of books by R.A. Salvatore, the city of Neverwinter is now its own campaign setting.  According to Wizards.com:

A heroic campaign set in one of the most popular regions of the Forgotten Realms world.

Reduced to ruins by supernatural cataclysms, Neverwinter rises from the ashes to reclaim its title as the Jewel of the North. Yet even as its citizens return and rebuild, hidden forces pursue their own goals and vendettas, any one of which could tear the city apart.

Neverwinter has long been one of the most popular locations in the Forgotten Realms campaign world. This book presents a complete heroic-tier campaign setting that plunges players into the politics, skullduggery, and peril of a city on the brink of destruction or greatness. A wealth of information about Neverwinter and its environs is provided: maps, quests, encounters, and statistics — everything a Dungeon Master needs for his heroic tier adventures.

If you didn’t snag a prerelease copy at Gen Con, Neverwinter drops tomorrow and retails for 39.95 USD

 

Gen Con 2011 Highlights

Posted in Gen Con 2011 with tags , , , , , , on August 9, 2011 by boccobsblog

Well another amazing Gen Con has come and gone. Here are some of the highlights that I witnessed:

Costumes

There is always an endless sea of costumed gamers at the con, and this year was no different.

Wizard’s of the Coast

The Neverwinter display was amazing. Wizard’s really stepped up their game this year with a large castle-ruin motif complete with orcs. I was however disappointed with the mass adventure that consisted of scanning QR codes at various spot around the con to gain points for your faction (my Thayans got stomped).

Also, the statues this year were the best I’ve ever seen. Outside the SagamoreBallroom stood an awesome sculpture of  Do’Urden and Guenhwyvar.

 

Geek Chic

The display of Geek Chic tables was unbelievable. I truly believe that Gary Gygax is gaming on this setup in heaven.

Fantasy Flight Games

Fantasy Flight makes the best board games on the market, hands down. Their games look amazing and are made of the highest quality materials. This year they debuted the beta test of an X-Wing miniature game that will be huge.

Magic the Gathering Online

Wizard’s had a very nice play-testing area set up to demo their latest Duel of the Planeswalker game. Weary gamers could crash out in bean bags and try the game for free.

Tilt Studios

While technically not part of the Con, Tilt Studios is located above the food court at the Circle Centre Mall where most people eat at Gen Con. Tilt Studios is a massive video arcade where you can find all of your old favorites.

Lego

The Lego play area was huge this year. Players could demo (for free) the new line of adventure board games like, Heroica, Ninjago, and Minotaurus. There were also some excellent Lego sculptures; one of a dungeon and one of a minotaur.

Steve Jackson Games

Mr. Jackson, the creator of GURPS and Munchin (just to name a few), was present at the STG booth signing autographs for fans. He seemed very kind and friendly, posing for pictures and signing games for hours.

Who North America

WHONA had one of the best booths complete with a life-sized TARDIS, and K-9 air fresheners.

Worldwide D&D Game Day

Posted in D&D 4e Content, Dungeons and Dragons, Gaming Culture, Gaming News with tags , , on August 1, 2011 by boccobsblog

August 6th is D&D Game Day. Every year Wizards of the Coast celebrates Dungeons and Dragons and debuts a new product, this year that product is the Neverwinter Campaign Setting. According to Wizards.com:

D&D Game Day is a one day event spotlighting a key product release in an exclusive adventure. This year, D&D Game Day spotlights the Neverwinter Campaign Setting with an exclusive adventure entitled Gates of Neverdeath. Hired on as caravan guards to protect precious cargo bound for the city of Neverwinter, the characters are introduced to the intrigues and danger that await in this fabled Forgotten Realms locale. For the first time, players will create their own D&D characters at the event and play in a prelude adventure to the upcoming D&D Encounters season!

What Do I Need to Play?
Just bring your dice and a copy of either Heroes of the Fallen Lands or Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms (or both if you’d like). Character sheets and other materials will be provided. At the store, you can pick up your copy of the Neverwinter Campaign Setting if you want additional options for your character. You’ll make a 1st-level character as a part of the D&D Game Day experience, and will be able to continue to play your character in the new D&D Encounters season, the Lost Crown of Neverwinter!

So if you’re unable to attend Gen Con this year you can still head to your local game store and join in on the action.

Need to know where the nearest participating store is? Click here

Wizards Transforms Indy into Neverwinter

Posted in Dungeons and Dragons, Gaming Culture, Gaming News, Gen Con 2011 with tags , , on July 8, 2011 by boccobsblog

At this year’s Gen Con Wizards of the Coast will be transporting fans to the fabled city of Neverwinter. According to Wizards.com:

This year, Wizards of the Coast is taking Dungeons & Dragons fans back to the iconic, fan-favorite city of Neverwinter with a robust offering of Neverwinter-related products and programs. Gen Con attendees will find themselves fully immersed in the city with hundreds of gaming sessions in the Sagamore Ballroom, a life-sized encounter in the Wizards booth, and the largest Dungeons and Dragons event of the year, D&D Neverwinter Game Day, taking place on Saturday. Fans will also get the chance to experience Neverwinter by participating in the first-ever “mass adventure” happening throughout the show with a chance to earn fun prizes and swag items. A full schedule of seminars and special guests is also planned, including New York Times Best-Selling author R.A. Salvatore.

I’m not sure what a “life-sized encounter” is, but I will be sure to find out and report back live from the con.

We are less than a month away from the 42nd Gen Con!

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