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Don't just read about D&D's latest news and announcements -- listen to them as well! And where better to find inside information than from the very halls of Wizards of the Coast? Presenting Episode 19: D&D Miniatures: the New Rulebook
The new rulebook for D&D Miniatures has been posted online for your viewing pleasure! We imagine you also have more than a few questions regarding these new rules as well--the decisions that went into their design, and their potential impact on the RPG side of things. To this end, we cornered Stephen Schubert and forced him to reveal the secrets of DDM!
00:55: How did the latest DDM game develop, from concept to a new rulebook?
02:10: How did 4th Edition’s development affect and influence DDM’s development (and which affected which more)?
04:10: A new rulebook means a chance to excise your bogeys and peeves—what did you cut because it didn’t add to the fun of gameplay?
What was your own least favorite rule?
(Just how far is 2nd base from home plate, baseball fans? 127 feet, 3 and 3/8 inches.)
10:25: How are the DDM battle maps creatively, yet evenly, designed?
14:50: What advice would you give to new players?
16:50: What old tricks no longer work?
18:50: When it comes to warband building, how do the factions replace alignment? And will there ever be a new faction?
The four factions (and some examples from each):
- Borderlands (red): dwarves, barbarians, demons, devils
- Civilization (blue): drow, mind flayers, dwarves, humans, devils
- Underdark (purple): drow, mind flayers, demons, devils
- The Wild (green): barbarians, demons, slaad
24:10: What is the process now to properly cost a mini?
28:00: Can you now convert a mini’s point cost to its RPG XP value?
31:40: With the rulebook now out, what reactions have surprised you?
Last question: How can you win every time?
Champion Powers: Every champion has one or more Champion powers that it can use during the battle. A champion can use these powers a total number of times equal to its Champion rating.
We lied, the real last question: Are there any minis coming out that you’re worried about in terms of being “overpowered”?
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