Archive for 5e Unearthed Arcana

Modern Magic and a New D&D Movie(s?) Announced

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, D&D Next, Wizards of the Coast with tags , , , , , , , on August 4, 2015 by boccobsblog

Two D&D 5e updates from Wizards of the Coast:

Modern Magic

Wizards released the latest Unearthed Arcana article yesterday and the topic is modern magic. The UA Modern Magic PDF (also archived in our 5e resource page) outlines content needed to adapt D&D casters to a modern or futuristic setting. The article contains a new cleric domain (city), a new warlock patron (The Ghost in the Machine), the Technomancy tradition for the wizard, hacking tools, and 14 new spells.

All in all it looks pretty cool. The info could be used to make a neat time travel quest, but if I want to play D&D set in the future, I’ll probably stick with Shadowrun.

A New D&D Movie Announced

A press release posted yesterday by Warner Brothers details a partnership between Warner Brothers Pictures, Hasbro, and Sweetpea Entertainment to create a new D&D movie (franchise?) set in the Forgotten Realms. According to the release, a script has already been written by David Leslie Johnson.

From the press release:

“We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen,” said Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. “This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property.”

“This is such an enormous opportunity to bring the rich fantasy setting of the Forgotten Realms to life and, together with the creative powerhouse of Warner Bros., use movies to tell the stories that have enchanted passionate D&D fans for decades,” said Stephen Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer of Hasbro, Inc. “D&D is the role-playing game that started it all and now we have the opportunity to ignite a franchise for its legions of avid fans in a way never done before.”

I remain hopefully optimistic.

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5e Psionics Playtest Released

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, Dungeons and Dragons with tags , on July 6, 2015 by boccobsblog

Wizards just released a new Unearthed Arcana article containing rules for fifth edition psionics. The article contains a new base class, the Mystic, (that only goes to level five) and two psionic orders (Order of the Awakened, and Ordered of the Immortal). Wizards is asking for playtesters to download the new rules, use them in their home game, and fill out the next survey.

Love em or hate em, here are the 5e Psionics.

UA Psionics

5e Resource Archive Added

Posted in D&D 5e, D&D Fifth Edition, Dungeons and Dragons with tags , , on July 1, 2015 by boccobsblog

We’ve just added an archive page for official 5e resources released by Wizards. The archive will house the actual PDF’s released by Wizards, not just links to the documents because in the past we’ve linked to free materials only to have them removed from Wizards.com. If there is a resource missing from the page, please let us know and we’ll add it.

D&D 5e Eberron Conversion

Posted in D&D 5e, Dungeons and Dragons, Wizards of the Coast with tags , , , , , on February 4, 2015 by boccobsblog

I am thrilled to see that Wizards and the D&D team are posting content to the official site again. There has been a bit of an article drought while we waited for 5e. A new monthly series entitled,”Unearthed Arcana“, will, in R&D’s Mike Mearls words,”range from mechanics that we expect one day to publish in a supplement to house rules from our home campaigns that we want to share, from core system options such as mass combat to setting-specific material”.

The first installment Mearls converts some beloved Eberron material, specifically rules for adding:

  • Changeling as a playable race
  • Shifter as a playable race
  • Warforged as a playable race
  • Artificer as a wizard tradition
  • Action Points
  • Dragonmarks

While I was never a big fan of Eberron, (I met Keith Baker at Gen Con two years ago and told him that his world appeared to have been designed by drunk twelve-year-olds with its dinosaurs and magic-monorails) Unearthed Arcana is exactly the rich, free content we were seeing before Fourth edition made the baby Jesus cry and forsake mankind. I suggest you download and save these free PDF’s while you can because as we saw with 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, Wizards is notorious for removing archived materials. That said, we will start our own archive in the Pages section of B3 to house as many of the 5e PDF’s as we can (not just links to their current spot on Wizards.com).