Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 the Best Casual Magic Computer Game Yet

June 20th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Duels of the Planeswalkers lets you play Magic: the Gathering on your computer or gaming console, against the computer or online friends. It’s a standalone game — no card collecting — and it gets updated every year. It’s sort of the Madden of strategy/puzzle games, and this year’s edition is fantastic.

Into the Unknown: Dungeon Survival Handbook Tries to Bridge the Gap

June 15th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Into the Unknown is a book in a strange place. The edition it’s part of is on it’s way out the door. All the attention is on D&D Next, but 4E books are still coming out. The last one wasn’t so hot. This one is much better by virtue of being less about 4E and […]

Mike Mearls Talks to Robot Viking About D&D Next Playtesting

June 13th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Now that the D&D Next playtest has been released into the wild, there’s no shortage of talk about the future of the new edition. Who better to ask about it than the lead designer himself, Mike Mearls?

The One Thing D&D Next is Absolutely Getting Right, Whatever Else Happens

June 7th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

D&D Next is still in the testing phase, so we don’t know how the final version will look. One thing seems pretty concrete though — a concept called “bounded accuracy.” What the heck is bounded accuracy? Nothing much. Just the solution to the biggest flaw that’s existed in every edition of D&D so far.

Magic Cookout II (and Planechase II Review)

May 29th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Once upon a time, we had a cookout at my house, tried out the new (at the time) Archenemy multiplayer format, grilled food and generally had a good time. So we decided to do it again! This time, Planechase 2 was being tested.

D&D Next Open Playtest Starts Tomorrow

May 23rd, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

A closed “friends and family” playtest of the new D&D edition has been going on for a few months. Only certain <ahem> select people and sites were allowed to participate. But now they’re throwing the gates open and letting any old riff raff try out the new rules and offer comments and suggestions. Are you […]

Garruk Wifebeater

April 24th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

This is an image from one of the cards in the upcoming Magic set, Avacyn Restored. Does it make you uncomfortable?

A Gruesome Mystery Haunts the Dwarves of Eberron in The Shard Axe

April 13th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Sabira d’Deneith is a Sentinal Marshal in the city of Stormreach, spending her days dragging criminals in to face justice and drowning her sorrows at the local tavern. A series of horrific serial killings sends her back to the dwarven holds to catch the killer, and she thinks she knows who’s responsible – the same […]

Avacyn Restored Preview — Ghostly Flicker

April 12th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

The upcoming set for Magic: the Gathering tells the last chapter in the story of Innistrad, a plane that seemed doomed to despair as it was overrun by vampires, zombies and werewolves. Now it seems their angel protector, Avacyn, will be released from the Helvault — along with one seriously wicked demon. Our exclusive preview […]

Rise of the Underdark Set to Infest All of D&D in 2012

April 9th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

A massive new storyline will creepy-crawl across every aspect of the D&D landscape this year, as the Demon Queen of Spiders and her drow minions rise from their underground domains to take on the surface world. Rise of the Underdark will impact D&D RPG books, organized play, novels, a new miniatures game and even D&D […]

IDW’s Magic Comic Series Buckles Swashes, Offers Promo Cards

March 21st, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

We’re halfway through the new 4-issue Magic: the Gathering series by IDW, and it’s been chock full of stunning spells and bloody vampires. The likely-to-be-rare promo cards are a nice touch, too.

Lords of Waterdeep — D&D-themed Euro Board Game Hits All the Right Notes

March 14th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Wizards of the Coast’s board game department has a pretty solid batting average, and Lords of Waterdeep is another home run (but not quite a grand slam). As one of the masked lords, you’ll work through your agents to hire adventurers, complete quests and secure your political power within the City of Splendors.

Heroes of the Elemental Chaos Review

March 13th, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Viewed on its own merits, Heroes of the Elemental Chaos is an adequate 4E book with a lot new class options and a grab bag of other stuff, and some pretty cool fluff about a new magical power source that isn’t really a power source, or maybe it’s the only power source. In the context […]

New D&D Website, New D&D Gear

February 23rd, 2012 by Ed Grabianowski

Wizards of the Coast has been doing some work on the D&D website lately, hopefully making it easier to navigate and use. There’s some interesting new D&D swag up for purchase too.