News Archive | 10/29/2010
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October News
Bart Carroll

Friday, October 29

Happy Halloween, everyone. At Wizards of the Coast, this day means our halls are festooned (I have to walk through Wonderland—or is it Dungeonland—to get to the bathroom), and the costumes are on full display (our producer just came over dressed as Kick-Ass). To summarize, we like Halloween.

We’ve brought the holiday to our website as well, as always with special thanks to our developer, Mark Jindra—who decided Acererak would make a pretty compelling costume (we suppose his bejeweled skull could be a new type of monster: the eye of tricks and treats).

From the Monster Vault, you’ll also see our version of Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman. Hmm—I suppose we could have added the Mummy as well. I’ve been a big fan of the colorful tweaks being made to the monsters, and this goes for mummies as well. Vulnerable 10 fire, for example, has become: Flammable Corpus: When the mummy takes fire damage, it also takes ongoing 5 fire damage (save ends). And yes, that’s corpus, not corpse.

We’ve also launched our Castle Ravenloft contest. You come up with a new scenario, and we’ll choose our favorite 3. They’ll be published on the website for everyone to try themselves, and the winners will each receive a copy of the Wrath of Ashardalon game when it comes out in February.

Until next year!

Thursday, October 28

Authors at Barnes & Noble/Borders

Next week, R.A. Salvatore stops by the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi/Fantasy Boards.
11/1—11/5: R.A. Salvatore

Following that, fantasy superstars Ed Greenwood, Jeff Mariotte and Bill Slavicsek chat with Borders Babel Clash.
11/9: Ed Greenwood, Jeff Mariotte, and Bill Slavicsek
11/10 and 11/11: Bill Slavicsek
11/12 and 11/13: Ed Greenwood
11/14 and 11/15: Jeff Mariotte

And finally, R.A. Salvatore and his son, Geno Salvatore, will be chatting with Borders Babel Clash.
11/16—11/22: R.A. Salvatore and Geno Salvatore

Saturday, October 23

And here's the final clue from the Gauntlgrym Scavenger Hunt

Friday, October 22

Following up on the R.A. Salvatore tour, there are additional interviews with the author following some of these events. The first can be viewed over at, and the second at

In addition, we have the clues you may need to solve the Gauntlgrym Scavenger Hunt, currently underway! Check back for the final clue, to be published here tomorrow.

And—there's one more Gamma World article we hasten to point out—this one over at (courtesy of Jared von Hindman). “Gamma World: Over 30 years of I have no idea what is going on” does a comprehensive job chronicling the various editions… strange foibles and all (and that’s saying a lot for a game like Gamma World). Next month, we’ll also quickly add, we’re privileged to have an interview with the Gamma World’s original co-designer, James M. Ward, coming to the site.

Before we go, one quick reminder: our DM Hotline is underway. If you have questions about your game, here’s your chance to ask! Over these last couple of days, you might talk to R&D’s Chris Perkins, James, Wyatt, Steve Winter, or Mike Mearls.

Wednesday, October 20

The R.A. Salvatore blog tour is underway! So is the Gauntlgrym Online Scavenger Hunt, with a chance to win a trip to D&D Experience 2011. As part of the live, in-person Salvatore book tour, the following videos have also come our way:



Wednesday, October 13

Announcing the D&D Class Compendium

A new Dungeons & Dragons player-focused character class book debuts in February, 2011 with the release of Class Compendium: Heroes of Sword and Spell. This product compiles information and important rules updates for the original Player’s Handbook versions of the Cleric, Fighter, Rogue, Warlord, and Wizard. Utilizing the new 6x9 digest-sized Essentials-style presentation format, new players looking for more options beyond Heroes of the Fallen Lands and Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms can easily dive into this Class Compendium. It incorporates the original class builds, which have been totally updated and recast in the new presentation format, along with feats that allow the original class builds and the new class builds to work together. It also features more feats, rituals, and rules for multiclassing.

Going forward, we want to ensure that players using either the printed products or the D&D Insider Digital Tools have the same access to rules updates and other game material. Class Compendium: Heroes of Sword and Spell helps us achieve that goal while also making it easier to expand your options for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game.

Penny Arcade Takes on Gamma World

In case you missed today’s Penny Arcade comic, well—we feel downright obligated to point you to their Gamma World goodness. Your own chance to play, if you haven’t picked up a box yet yourself, takes place next week: Gamma World Game Day hits stores Saturday, October 23rd.

All Things Gauntlgrym

Also out this month: R.A. Salvatore’s Gauntlgrym. Next week, there will be a Gauntlgrym Webinar taking place Tuesday, October 19th at 8:00PM Eastern time (5:00PM Pacific). What’s a webinar, you ask? A free 1.5 hour chat session with R.A. Salvatore, where fans can submit their questions and hear him discuss the characters and plot of the novel, his experiences writing Gauntlgrym, and plenty more!

If you’d like to participate or listen in, you’ll just need to register at:

There’s also even more taking with Gauntlgrym here on the website. Bruce Cordell’s Dragon article recently explored this lost dwarven city (and its dire corby denizens). And, our Neverwinter section (seeing as how Gauntlgrym is the first book in the new Neverwinter trilogy) hosts a huge amount of information—including the incredibly detailed Road to Neverwinter guide. Just take a look:

The Road to R.A. Salvatore's Neverwinter, Book 1

Finally, our Online Scavenger Hunt is about to kick off Sunday, October 17th. Solve the final riddle, and you could win a trip to D&D Experience 2011 in Fort Wayne Indiana!

Thursday, October 6

For those of you who missed the recent updates, we’ve posted the latest round of rules updates, courtesy of R&D's Greg Bilsland. New books covered include:

  • Demonomicon
  • Dark Sun Campaign Guide
  • Dragon and Dungeon Magazine
  • Monster Manual 3
  • Psionic Power
  • Plus, one teensy little update to the Tomb of Horrors.

Oddly enough, this update to Arcane Power affects my character personally: Garret the archlich is no longer sent back to his phylactery at 0 hit points. Huzzah!

We’ve also posted videos of the PAX Celebrity Game, featuring Chris Perkins running Mike Krahulik, Jerry Holkins, Scott Kurtz, and Wil Wheaton through “Prisoners of Slaughterfest”. You can preview the first video below:

And, with the release of Gauntlgrym, R.A. Salvatore recorded a podcast interview at the Free Library of Philadelphia. On a related note, Bruce Cordell’s article on Gauntlgrym appeared today as well, featuring the return of the dire corbies!

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