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Winter Wonders, Upcoming Events
RPGA Report
by Chris Tulach

While the weather outside might be cold, nasty, or just plain dismal, here in Organized Play, we’re huddled around our heaters and computer screens, planning, plotting, and scheming up our 2010 offerings. Here’s some of the latest developments and news!

Weekend in the Realms Recap

This past November 6-8, Living Forgotten Realms gamers participated worldwide in Weekend in the Realms, a celebration of the largest D&D shared-world campaign (now about 16 months old) and an opportunity to play an exclusive adventure! “The Icy Queen’s Crossing” was the first LFR adventure to offer a tie-in with a Forgotten Realms novel – specifically, The Fall of Highwatch. Characters journeyed to the cold lands of Narfell, encountered the tribal Creel, and dealt with demons in the aftermath of the events detailed in the novel. Look for more tie-ins with novels and other products in the future, as LFR continues to take you on a journey throughout the Realms. Keep an eye on the Living Forgotten Realms Community page for future information.

Get Social! Official D&D Twitter Channel & More

Social networking tools are growing at a phenomenal pace, and we’re trying to keep up with the latest and greatest here at Wizards. In fact, we’ve just launched an official Twitter channel, or if you’re already on Twitter, simply hit up @Wizards_DnD to follow hot news and spur-of-the-moment discussions. You can bet that Organized Play updates will occasionally flow through there as well.

Can’t keep up with what’s where? Here’s a list of where you can find D&D Organized Play information on various social networking platforms:

  • Twitter: A place for quick, real-time news and discussion parsed out in 140-character “tweets,” our official Twitter channel will give you hot updates, news and musings about the D&D game, upcoming products, events, and interesting “slices of life” of the folks working on the game. Head to the page to see recent tweets or follow through your own Twitter account by checking out @Wizards_DnD.
  • Facebook: Friend us today and keep up with D&D news and talk through our official Facebook page. With over 20,000 fans at last count, our Facebook page is a great place to get updates on our upcoming products and events and to interact with other Facebook friends who play D&D. You might even find an exclusive spoiler or two from time to time!
  • Wizards Community: Our official network of groups, forums, blogs, and more that give you the depth of information you want when you want it. Visit our official groups for detailed information about our Organized Play programs, including Living Forgotten Realms and Worldwide D&D Game Days. You can also search for stores and play locations near you, and even find people, including Wizards staff. If you really want to find the answers to tough questions, you can hit up the forums. The community is there to help!

LFR Adventures Premiere in Public

Starting in January, new Living Forgotten Realms adventures will be available first to those running public games scheduled through the Wizards Play Network. It’s our hope that local organizers will find this of great benefit, as game stores and conventions will now be able to premiere almost all LFR adventures approximately 3 months before these adventures become available for home play. So, head to your local game shop or convention to try out the hottest new offerings for Living Forgotten Realms!

D&D Experience: January 28-31

Just around the corner is our feature D&D convention for the year – D&D Experience! Taking place in Fort Wayne, Indiana January 28-31, D&D Experience will be your place to get the inside track on what’s going on with the game for 2010. We’ll have a detailed breakdown of (most) everything to expect at the show in the January column, but you can see a full schedule over at the D&D Experience website and register for games. Run by our go-to big show organizer David Christ, here’s just a short list of some of the exciting activities we have in store this year:

  • Dark Sun Sneak Peek. You want to know about the world of Athas in 4th Edition? There’s no better place to be than D&D Experience! We’ll have a special preview adventure using monsters and characters from the upcoming Dark Sun products so you can have a hands-on experience with the new rules. In addition, we’ll be offering a seminar discussing Dark Sun hosted by lead designer Rich Baker.
  • Player’s Handbook 3 Preview. If you check out the Dark Sun adventure at the show, you might see some flashes of more Player’s Handbook 3 content that has yet to be spoiled anywhere else. In addition, we’ll have a 2010 Product Preview seminar where we’ll discuss Player’s Handbook 3 and give more details on what you can find within its pages.
  • Other Upcoming Surprises. More than just our big early releases during the year, we’re going to save a few surprises for show time. You can expect to have close encounters with products releasing in the first half of 2010 during the show in various places. If you’re going to the show, keep your eyes peeled!
  • Seminars Galore. We’re expanding our seminar content this year with at least a half a dozen seminars and workshops taking place, including the return of the ever-popular Annual Product Preview (get ready to tweet and blog) and the DM-troubleshooting workshop Save My Game! In addition, seminars on D&D Organized Play (another good one for spoilers), Dark Sun, Adventure Design, and D&D In the Digital Realm will be offered during the show. A complete seminar schedule with descriptions will be available soon on the D&D Experience website, but as a heads up, all seminars will take place during the afternoon gaming slot (starting at 1 PM) each day.
  • Access to Wizards Staff. D&D Experience is one of the best places to meet and greet the staff that work on the D&D game. This year we have a number of guests who will be running games, hosting seminars, and signing autographs throughout the entire weekend. Staff confirmed as of early December include Mike Mearls and Rich Baker, two prominent D&D RPG designers, as well as Bart Carroll from the D&D Insider team, Chris Champagne from our digital department, Trevor Kidd from the community team, and Chris Tulach from D&D Organized Play. Get your book signed, play a game with us, listen to us exchange witty banter at seminars, or just bend our ear to let us know what you think about the game.
  • Living Forgotten Realms and More. Lest we forget, D&D Experience is also about playing the hottest new adventures in Organized Play, including a bunch of great new Living Forgotten Realms adventures. This year, all of the LFR core adventures and specials tie together to create an incredible story arc set in Elturel and present the first-ever battle interactive for the campaign! If you’re an LFR player, you won’t want to miss this. If you’re new to LFR, D&D Experience is a great place to start playing with some great exclusives.
  • Vendors for Your Gaming Needs. Once again, D&D Experience will have a number of vendors available where you can pick up the latest RPG releases, grab some dice, or get the tool you need to play or DM your game. Don’t fret if you forget a rulebook or your dice bag; we’ll have you covered at the show.
  • Cool Takeaways. If you preregister for the show, you’ll receive a cool D&D backpack (while supplies last), and there will be some great new D&D Rewards cards in addition to other goodies. If you want to commemorate your time spent in beautiful Fort Wayne, we’ll even have a great-looking “rock concert” style D&D t-shirt for sale at the show!

That’s all for this month. Have a warm and festive holiday season, and we’ll see you in 2010!

New Living Forgotten Realms Adventures Releasing This Month

Check out the latest adventure offerings for December!

December 2, 2009

IMPI1-7 Masquerade
A scheming noble’s plan may have placed his only daughter in danger, forcing the desperate man to plead for help from outsiders. But political intrigue is not the only game in Impiltur — nor the most dangerous. A Living Forgotten Realms adventure set in Impiltur for characters levels 4-7.

TYMA1-7 Stolen Cargo
There are many dangers on the open sea — and beneath the waves. Adventurers are able to defend themselves, but the rest of your ship’s crew is not so fortunate. Now it falls to you to rescue them from the drowned city of Messemprar. A Living Forgotten Realms adventure set in Tymanther for characters levels 7-10.

December 9, 2009

CORE1-17 Stumbling Toward Harmony
A prophet and his followers are leaving Thesk and looking to start a new life. Heroes are needed to protect them on their travels and aid them in finding a new home. A Living Forgotten Realms adventure set in the Hordelands for characters levels 4-7.

LURU1-7 Demonic Dealings
Deep in the Glimmerwood, the Uthgardt Barbarians keep the orcs of Luruar in check. A new ally to the orcs changes the balance of power. House Itharwen, unfortunate victims of the new alliance, are seeking heroes to recover their losses in this battle. A Living Forgotten Realms adventure set in Luruar for characters levels 7-10.

MOON1-7 Treasure Hunt
An old bard’s tale, a sunken ship, and a foreign captain: Secrets lost for decades may come to light if you embark on this treasure hunt. You may find riches or be the main course on some beast’s table. A Living Forgotten Realms adventure set in The Moonshae Isles for characters levels 7-10.

December 16, 2009

AKAN1-7 Faint Hope
When antipathy prevents an old man from getting an escort to the south, you are his last resort. Can you help him reach the jungles and a possible cure for his ailing adopted daughter? A Living Forgotten Realms adventure set in Akanûl for characters levels 1-4.

EAST1-7 Right of Passage
The dwarves of Eartheart have delved into the wrong cavern and offended a colony of myconids. Apologies must be made or the price for the dwarves could be steep. A Living Forgotten Realms adventure set in the East Rift for characters levels 4-7.

MINI1-5 Pyrophobia
Lone survivors. Run. Flames. Madness. Run. Trails of Smoke. Watching eyes. RUN! You have thwarted the fire cult's summoning, but at what price? Can you escape the fire cult's advances and reveal their true leader? A double-length Living Forgotten Realms adventure that is part of the Embers of Dawn mini-campaign set in Tarmalune for characters levels 1-4.

December 23, 2009

AGLA1-7 Twilight Ambitions
Aldaron the Loremaster has continued to delve into the mysteries of the ancient Tome of Twilight Boughs. But some of the book’s mysteries seem far from ancient, and Aldaron needs the help of adventurers to figure out why. A Living Forgotten Realms adventure set in Aglarond for characters levels 7-10. This adventure concludes the Major Quest involving the Tome of Twilight Boughs (which begins in AGLA1-1 Lost Temple of the Fey Gods and continues in AGLA1-4 Through Twilight Boughs).

MYRE1-4 My Realms Adventure P1 2009
A My Realms adventure is the DM’s chance to shape the fate of a group of characters. Are you up to the challenge? A Living Forgotten Realms adventure set in the DM’s imagination for characters levels 11-14.

December 30, 2009

No adventures this week. Happy Holidays and have a great New Year!

About the Author

Originally thought to have been raised from a humble Midwestern family, Chris Tulach actually fell to Earth in a meteorite-shaped capsule flung from a planet far outside our galaxy. While under the yellow rays of Sol, Chris’s nerdity far surpasses that of any normal human. Using this precious gift only for good, he has become the D&D Organized Play Content Developer, responsible for the development and deployment of Dungeons & Dragons organized play programs. He is also the co-author of E2 Kingdom of the Ghouls.

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