This year's Dungeons and Dragons presentation at Gen Con was kind of a mixed bag. On the one hand they really didn't have anything concrete to drop on us that might get a rise out of the crowd, like say the release date for the new edition of the product. But there was quite a bit of interesting information.
- The Playtest packets have given the Research and Development teams an incite into how actual players and Dungeon Masters are playing Dungeons and Dragons.
- The Final Playtest packet will be done in September of 2013
- The Playtest has been considered wildly successful within Wizards of the Coast with more than 150,000 people sign up and download the rules
- The next edition is entering into the Quality and Assurance process
- The Sundering Event is using a form of player development to determine the outcome of the event and its impact on the Forgotten Realms
- Gale Force 9 will be producing two unpainted miniture figures for each of the six books produced for the Sundering
- The Isteval video (see below) is really interesting and actually has even me interested in the Forgotten Realms
- Balder's Gate Enhanced Edition released
- Kre-O figures are being produced for Dungeons and Dragons (6 as of now, more later)
- Playdek is releasing a computerized version of the Lords of Waterdeep board game
- DeNA is producing a free to play mobile game titled Arena of War (will influence outcome of the Sundering)
- Chronicles of Mystara by Capcom (actually two games but under the same brand)
- Dungeons and Dragons Online Shadowfell Conspiracy released August 19, 2013
- Neverwinter Online released a video to celebrate 2 million players and their video was complete trash due to server issues. Below is what the video should have looked like:
- Wizards is actively trying to expand the Dungeons and Dragons brand to other media in an effort to expand the game's influence
- Why was the crowd so quite throughout the program
Sadly, after watching this video I now know what "Dungeons & Dragons" means - recycled fiction, 2 MMORPGS, lego like ugly ass crap with one recognizable character from the Drizzt series of books and it isnt even him, iOS Battlegames, iOS Boardgames, re-released 20+ year old computer games and if you are lucky there might be an RPG - but that's just to drive sales for all of the previously listed money makers.
Yes, I know this shit is a business, but WotC has gotten so corporate it's scary.
They will never sell the D&D trademark, but perhaps, one day, an RPG titled Dungeons & Dragons will live up to it's heritage in the hands of others. [Dungeons & Dragons the RPG - Alas, I Knew You Well (D&D GenCon 2013 Presentation)]