News Archive | 1/26/2010
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D&D Experience
Convention Coverage

Wizards of the Coast’s officially sponsored all-D&D show is D&D Experience. Held January 28th-31st this year, the show gives you exclusive sneak peeks, amazing access to Wizards D&D staff members, and in-game previews of the hottest D&D products months before their release! Visit the D&D Experience website for more information

For those unable to attend the show, we'll be providing a full suite of coverage right here on the website. Check back for information as it becomes available; also be sure to find further news and announcements from D&D Experience at the following places:

Dark Sun

While final Dark Sun material continues to be developed, we wanted to give convention goers a first shot at playing within this setting. Chris Tulach wrote the preview adventure, "Death in the Arena", wherein "a templar holds a relic believed to be the key to unlocking a site of ancient power. Can you convince an agent of the sorcerer-king to relinquish the Seal of the Seven Winds without paying the ultimate price?"

This Dark Sun preview adventure, set in the city-state of Tyr, provided 1st-level characters. Curious about these characters? We've included their complete PDF, for your enjoyment.

(406 Kbs PDF)

D&D Seminars and Signings

2010 D&D Product Overview
Find out what the year has in store for the D&D game, as we give an overview of the year’s upcoming releases. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A on the products.
Scheduled Guests: Mike Mearls and Rich Baker
Thursday 1 PM

Click on the link to listen to the file in your browser, or right-click Save As to download to your computer. (23.2 Mbs, 48:17 minutes)

2010 D&D Play and Community Overview
If you want to know what’s going on in 2010 with D&D Organized Play, including Living Forgotten Realms and our new D&D Encounters program, this is the seminar to attend. In addition, we’ll talk about D&D communities and how you can get involved! The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.
Scheduled Guests: Chris Tulach and Trevor Kidd
Thursday 3 PM

Click on the link to listen to the file in your browser, or right-click Save As to download to your computer. (23.5 Mbs, 50:09 minutes)

Save My Game!
Have a rules question or a problem at your table? Keep the action flowing and get DM tips as we troubleshoot your gameplay and DMing questions. The Wizards staff takes on all questions and gives you answers.
Scheduled Guests: Wizards Staff
Friday 1 PM

Click on the link to listen to the file in your browser, or right-click Save As to download to your computer. (31.7 Mbs, 1:07:36 minutes)

Adventure Design Workshop
Go beyond the Dungeon Master’s Guide as Wizards staff gives you a hands-on interactive workshop, discussing adventure design principles while leading the attendees through an audience-created adventure!
Scheduled Guests: Mike Mearls and Robert Schwalb
Friday 3 PM

Book Signing with Wizards Designers
Mike Mearls and Robert Schwalb will be available to sign D&D books they’ve designed. Stop on by and bring your books!
Scheduled Guests: Mike Mearls and Robert Schwalb
Friday 5 PM

D&D: Beyond the RPG
Dungeons & Dragons is more than just a roleplaying game, and in 2010, we’re expanding the experience even further. Join us as we discuss new expressions for D&D and give updates on some current favorites.
Scheduled Guests: Mike Mearls and Rich Baker
Saturday 1 PM

Click on the link to listen to the file in your browser, or right-click Save As to download to your computer. (26.9 Mbs, 57:24 minutes)

Athas Unveiled: Dark Sun Returns!
Join Dark Sun lead designer Rich Baker as information on the upcoming Dark Sun Campaign Setting is revealed. The harsh world of Athas updates to 4th Edition this August, but D&D Experience is your first opportunity to get details about the setting’s update and the new character options presented in it.
Scheduled Guests: Rich Baker and Robert Schwalb
Saturday 3 PM

Click on the link to listen to the file in your browser, or right-click Save As to download to your computer. (21.1 Mbs, 44:54 minutes)

Book Signing with Rich Baker
Author and D&D Game Designer Rich Baker will be available to sign copies of the latest books in his series Blades of the Moonsea. Receive a free novel while supplies last!
Scheduled Guests: Rich Baker
Saturday 5 PM

2010 D&D Product Overview
Find out what the year has in store for the D&D game, as we give an overview of the year’s upcoming releases. The presentation will be followed by a short Q&A on the products.
Scheduled Guests: Mike Mearls and Rich Baker
Sunday 1 PM


Wizards of the Coast Attendees

Chris Tulach, D&D Organized Play Content Developer
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 RPGA Content Designer, responsible for the development and deployment of Dungeons & Dragons organized play programs.

Richard Baker, Senior RPG Designer
Richard Baker is the New York Times bestelling author of Swordmage, the Last Mythal trilogy, and Condemnation. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech. He served as a deck officer on board the USS Tortuga and qualified as a surface warfare officer before becoming a game designer in 1991. Rich has designed, written, or contributed to over 70 game products during his career, including Dungeons & Dragons (3rd and 4th Edition), Alternity, Axis & Allies Miniatures, Axis & Allies Naval Miniatures: War at Sea, and numerous Dungeons & Dragons adventures and sourcebooks. In 1995 he won an Origins award for Best New Role-Playing Supplement for the Birthright game setting.

Richard is also one of the masterminds behind the new Dark Sun setting coming out in the summer of 2010. He will be bringing all kinds of sneak peeks with him to the show so be ready with your questions.

Mike Mearls, Senior RPG Designer/D&D Lead Designer
Mike Mearls is the Lead Developer for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. His recent credits include H1: Keep on the Shadowfell and Player's Handbook II (v.3.5).

Chris Champagne, D&D Digital Studio Director
Chris Champagne has been playing D&D since the 1970’s, recently leaving the casino gaming industry for the bright lights and festive costumes of hobby gaming. He leads the digital studio for D&D Insider, shepherding the development of great applications like the Character Builder, Monster Builder and the Compendium. Born and raised in sunny Nevada , he’s lived all over the country, often explaining "While my resume might read like a rap sheet, not all those who wander are lost!"

Robert J. Schwalb, D&D Freelance Writer
Robert has contributed design to such books as the Forgotten Realms Player’s Guide, Draconomicon I: Chromatic Dragons, Manual of the Planes, P2: Demon Queen’s Enclave, Martial Power, Player’s Handbook 2, Eberron Campaign Guide, Eberron Player’s Guide, Divine Power, Adventurer’s Vault 2, Draconomicon 2: Metallic Dragons, Primal Power, as well as numerous articles for D&D Insider. Robert lives in Tennessee.

Bart Carroll, Editor-in-Chief, D&D Website
Bart generates website content in support of the 4th Edition line of products, online magazines, and the gamer lifestyle—of which he is an extremely proud adherent.

Trevor Kidd, Wizards Community Lead
Trevor manages the Community Team at Wizards of the Coast and can freqeuntly be found in the D&D Community areas.

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