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*Dungeons & Dragons Meets Magic: The Gathering In Mythic Odysseys Of Theros*

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*RENTON, WA -- March 2, 2020 -- *Get ready to clash with the gods of Theros!

Wizards of the Coast is combining the world’s greatest roleplaying game with the world’s greatest strategy game to create one amazing adventure! *Mythic Odysseys of Theros* is a Dungeons & Dragons campaign sourcebook set in the Magic: The Gathering world of Theros where players can wield god-weapons and select new races to indulge in a challenge fit for the gods. *Mythic Odysseys of Theros* will be available everywhere on June 2, 2020!

Walk the lands of Theros and choose a supernatural gift that sets players on the path of destiny, aligning with one of Theros’ fifteen gods and carving a tale of odysseys and ordeals. The new sourcebook introduces several new races and subclasses, including the Bard’s College of Eloquence and Paladin’s Oath of Heroism, presenting players with challenging mythic monsters. Destiny and immortal schemes will lead players to unknown challenges, leaving behind tales that are celebrated in the pantheon of myths and writ among the eternal stars.

*Mythic Odysseys of Theros* will be available everywhere on June 2 and will retail for $49.95. An alternative cover with a distinctive design by Kevin Tong is available exclusively in game stores on June 2. For more information about *Mythic Odysseys of Theros* and Dungeons & Dragons, please go to dungeonsanddragons.com.
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Roleplay in the Magical World of the *Wardlings* This Spring

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Jump into this 5th Edition-compatible campaign guide!

In case you missed our announcement last year, we partnered with our friends at WizKids to transform the world of their popular miniatures line, *Wardlings* , into a 5th Edition-compatible roleplaying supplement.

Designed by industry veteran Elisa Teague, this campaign book gives players a chance to create and explore stories centered around young heroes embarking on enchanted adventures, along with their favorite, mystical animal companions.

Step into a world of wonder and magic, sparked by the innocence of humanity’s most important heroes: the children.

The *Wardlings Campaign Guide* brings an enchanted new campaign setting to life, where the minds of the youth, uncorrupted by the vices and responsibilities of their elders, are able to perceive magical creatures and events in the world around them, where adults cannot. Here, children are the saviors of the land who venture on epic quests to protect their realm; holding on to the virtues of youth has never been more imperative!

This book contains character creation guidelines for your *Wardlings* character, new core class options, a magic system for your Wardling’s familiar, an overview of the lands of Or’Mya and its inhabitants, new backgrounds, powerful spells, whimsical monsters, and more – all fully compatible and customizable with the 5th Edition of the “world’s greatest roleplaying game.” The world of Or’Mya awaits its mighty champions. What kind of hero will you be?

Come explore the world of Or’Mya when the game releases in May for Gamers 10+. Pre-order at your friendly local game store and learn more about *The Wardlings Campaign Guide* on the Renegade Game Studios website.
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There are a number of different bundles for Brushfire Relief being offered on www.drivethrurpg.com

The bundles are somewhat thematic which is a nice tough since you won't have to purchase bundles where you have less interest. Some of the bundles titles include:

AU Charity - Capes, Grit, and Gunsmoke
AU Charity - Fantasy Core & Settings
AU Charity - Fantasy Supplements
AU Charity - Modern & Urban Horror
AU Charity - Starships & Posthumanity
Fight Fire with Games - Adventurers League (DM Guild)
Fight Fire with Games - Community Creators (DM Guild)
Fight Fire with Games - Wizards of the Coast (DM Guild)

A list of all the bundles can be found here.
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Press Release: The Setting Behind Critical Role Comes to Life in The World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game

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Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount Coming in March

RENTON, WA – January 13, 2020 – When Critical Role debuted in March 2015, no one predicted the success of a Dungeons & Dragons liveplay show starring prominent voice actors. Not only has the show inspired a vast fan community of “Critters” to create fan art, cosplay, and even musicals based on Critical Role’s adventures, but the stories crafted by Matthew Mercer and his friends have encouraged droves of new players to try D&D for the first time. The D&D Team at Wizards of the Coast is excited to officially collaborate with Mercer by publishing a brand new tabletop roleplaying book detailing the continent explored in the second campaign of Critical Role, complete with player options such as subclasses, magic items, and more. Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount will be available in stores everywhere on March 17, 2020!

“Critical Role is a great example of why Dungeons & Dragons has been popular for over 45 years: a group of friends getting together, telling stories, and making each other laugh. In this case, the friends are talented performers playing live on camera, but the fun’s the same. We’re thrilled D&D fans and Critters alike can now enjoy playing in Matt’s world, as brought to fifth edition in this lovingly-crafted book,” said Nathan Stewart, VP of Franchise for Dungeons & Dragons.

“I'm sincerely so honored and excited to be working directly with Chris Perkins and this team of talented D&D writers and designers to bring this book to not just our community, but to D&D players everywhere,” said Matthew Mercer, Chief Creative Officer and Dungeon Master of Critical Role, as well as lead writer on the guide. “Dungeons & Dragons has had such a massive, positive impact on nearly my entire life, and I am ever inspired by the endless creativity I see it spark in so many others across the world. To have been able to work with Wizards of the Coast to bring my world to life as an official campaign book is nothing short of surreal. I can't wait to see what other DMs and players create within my world to make it their own!”

The 304-page Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount invites DMs to start playing in any of Wildemount’s regions using introductory adventures, dozens of story-inspiring plot seeds, and the new heroic chronicle system. Adventurers can also expect to discover countless secrets revealed by Critical Role Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer for the first time. Players and DMs will find new character options available for play in any campaign, like the Echo Knight fighter subclass, spells of dunamancy, numerous new monsters, and more!

For more information about Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount and Dungeons & Dragons, please go to dungeonsanddragons.com. You can download product images here: https://dnd.wizards.com/pressassets



ABOUT WIZARDS OF THE COAST
Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. Wizards' players and fans are members of a global community bound together by their love of both digital gaming and in-person play. The company brings to market a range of gaming experiences under powerful brand names such as MAGIC: THE GATHERING and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. For more information about our world-renowned brands, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com.

ABOUT CRITICAL ROLE
Critical Role is the most popular story-driven and world-building digital media brand in the world. What started in 2012 as a roleplaying game between friends has evolved into a multiplatform entertainment phenomenon with a variety of shows, including the flagship show Critical Role, comic books, graphic novels, animation, live performances, podcasts, fan art, and more. A passionate and engaged community tunes in each week to watch their favorite storytellers take on new adventures led by veteran voice actor Matthew Mercer and composed of other well-known voice actors Ashley Johnson, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Laura Bailey, and Liam O'Brien. Engrossed in the stories, characters, and camaraderie, over half a million regular viewers watch every week and hundreds of thousands more per month continue to discover Critical Role for the first time. For more information on Critical Role go to www.critrole.com.
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Chaosium fundraiser for Australian Bushfire Relief

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The RuneQuest Glorantha Bestiary is 'Pay-What-You-Want' for the next seven days; but don't pay us, donate to Australian bushfire relief.

We're making the RuneQuest Glorantha Bestiary 'Pay-What-You-Want' on DriveThruRPG for the next seven days (regular price is USD$19.99). If you download it, instead of paying us, we encourage you to make a donation to the Australian fire-fighting and recovery effort.

We at Chaosium think Gloranthan beasts are special; however Australian animals are unique and precious - and real. But it is estimated up to half a billion of them have perished so far in the devasting wildfires still raging across the continent. That number is expected to rise dramatically, as vast swathes of habitat have been consumed by flame.

Some places where you can donate:

WIRES is a wildlife rescue nonprofit rescuing and caring for thousands of sick, injured and orphaned Australian native animals.

World Wildlife Fund Australia is directing its efforts towards koala conservation. Thousands have perished so far.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is raising funds to distribute automatic drinking stations in the burnt areas to help in koala and wildlife survival, and sharing the funds with other wildlife organisations in the fire affected regions.

Other places to support:
Australian Red Cross
New South Wales Rural Fire Service
Country Fire Authority Victoria

For more Chaosium news, check out AB CHAOS the Chaosium news volume 120.
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MGM And Wyvern Gaming To Launch Stargate Roleplaying Game Inspired By Hit Television Series

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Fans to Get Sneak Peek at Gen Con in August, with Release to Follow at Gen Con 2020

June 11, 2019 — “Permission to barge in, sir?” Now all Stargate aficionados have “permission to barge in” and take on the bad guys with the Stargate Roleplaying Game. MGM, a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content including major franchises such as Rocky, James Bond, Fargo, Vikings, The Handmaid’s Tale and Pink Panther, and game design company Wyvern Gaming, are collaborating on a new roleplaying game based on the popular Stargate SG-1™ TV series. Fans will be able to get a sneak peek at the game at Gen Con this August, with the launch expected to follow in 2020. MGM’s licensing agency, Brandgenuity, is managing the development and roll out of the Stargate licensing program and brokered the agreement between Wyvern Gaming and MGM.

Brad Ellis, CEO at Wyvern Gaming, said, “We love the Stargate franchise, and we wanted to create a roleplaying game in which fans can become a member of the SGC. Just imagining progressing a character from level 1 to 20 while exploring the universe is a thrilling thought. We’re building on top of the D&D 5th edition Open Gaming License to make this an approachable game for roleplayers while adding the exploration and mechanics necessary for a modern science fiction setting.”

Robert Marick, Executive Vice President Global Consumer Products and Experiences at MGM, said, “There’s a passionate fanbase for Stargate SG-1 who are eager to immerse themselves in experiences that extend the brand well beyond the TV screen. Collaborating with Wyvern Gaming on the Stargate Roleplaying Game enables us to give those who continue to watch and re-watch episodes of the hit TV show the opportunity to enjoy the series and its memorable characters in a whole new way.”

The new Stargate Roleplaying Game lets players explore the galaxy and aid in the fight against the Goa’uld System Lords. The core rulebook contains all the information needed to create a character and join the Stargate Command (SGC). Players will choose from a set of playable races and classes as they learn the skills, feats, equipment, and technologies needed to make their character thrive as an SG team member. The book also covers how to be a Game Commander (GC). In the game, Stargate Missions are handed down from Stargate Command. Players may be asked to capture a point of interest, explore new worlds, retrieve important artifacts, rescue important VIPs, or assassinate/capture high-value targets. Stargate Missions will launch the Living Campaign that will allow the players’ characters to advance through the ranks of the SGC. Through an online system, players can track their character’s progression, earn unique items, and become a legend within the SGC. For updates on the Stargate Roleplaying Game, sign-up at https://stargatetherpg.com/

Beyond the Stargate Roleplaying Game, MGM and Brandgenuity continue to grow the Stargate SG-1 licensing program with recent products/partners including an upcoming fan convention from Creation Entertainment, collectible figures from Chronicle Collectibles, and tees from The Forecast Agency and American Classics.
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Good Games Stores to Run Australian National Dungeons and Dragons Day on May 18

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International game store chain Good Games will run Australian National
Dungeons and Dragons day this May, during which people wanting to try D&D can visit any store in the country and get a learn-to-play experience.
Good Games has worked in partnership with Wizards Australia and podcast partners I Speak Giant and 7LandHand to create the day, where anyone can get involved in the cultural phenomenon of D&D. Prospective adventurers will be given a miniature and guidance in painting it, a character sheet that matches it and an adventure to play through. In addition to this, new players will receive a voucher that can be redeemed at each store’s next D&D event for a free dice bag. The entire experience, lasting around 2 hours, provides an introduction to the world’s most popular roleplaying game.

“The whole world is finally discovering what a select few of us have known since the 70s - Dungeons and Dragons is great fun!” said Brand Manager, Jaime Lawrence. “We want to welcome them to our stores to experience everything we love about the hobby - minis, dice, adventure and the incredible sense of camaraderie that comes from telling an epic tale together”.

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Tragic News - Steven D Russell of Rite Publishing has passed

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Apparently Steven D. Russell was in a fatal car accident on the evening of 7/5/2016. The two car accident sent two other victims to the hospital.

Steve Russell is best known as the principle director of Rite Publishing, a small RPG publisher with more than 350 products to their credit. Steve was responsible for publishing a number of products for some of the most popular RPGs in print today (Pathfinder and D&D 5e), as well as some indie and smaller fan-base games (Lords of Gossamer & Shadow).

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While not a close friend, I interacted with Steve on several occasions through social media (twitter/facebook) and on a few podcast episodes. He was always gracious and kind, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about RPGs, and an all around stand-up guy. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and co-workers.

RIP Steve - I hope you are climbing the Grand Stair.
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Greg Bilsland Announces Departure from Wizards of the Coast

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Greg Bilsland, a lead producer/designer for Wizards of the Coast, announced, on his facebook page, his decision to leave WotC. His last day will be June 21st.

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I’ll be leaving Wizards of the Coast on June 21st. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly—working on D&D was my dream job, and it gave my wayward, 24-year-old soul a bit of direction. I came to D&D just before the announcement of D&D fourth edition, and now I leave as the fifth edition tabletop roleplaying game reaches new heights and expands to new horizons. It’s been a wild, crazy adventure (as any good D&D adventure should be), but and now I’m off to pursue new endeavors—including starting my own business. I’m excited for all the unpredictable things that come with that, if a bit trepidatious. I hope to stay involved in gaming as much as possible with writing, editing, marketing—and whatever else may come my way.

Gary Gygax said “random chance plays a huge part in everybody's life.” I think that’s as true about taking chances as it is about a roll of the die. So I’m rolling the die and taking a chance on something new.
Bilsland was a stalwart, popular designer for Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition), working on two of the most popular 4e products (Madness at Gardmore Abbey and Monster Vault: Threats to the Nentir Vale.

Greg stayed on the much-reduced WotC development team throughout the Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition) playtest, and worked closely with Mike Mearls and Christopher Perkins to develop the 5e core books. The already tiny D&D team at WotC is now another person smaller...

I, for one, and sorry to see Greg leave the D&D team, but wish him well in his future endeavors!
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