Part of the reason Dungeons & Dragons has maintained its dominance in the tabletop gaming scene is not just because it was one of the first to arrive there but because it allowed anyone to use its ruleset and adapt their games to work with it. It’s part of a long-standing agreement called the Open Gaming License (OGL) that has spawned hundreds of third-party and independent TTRPG productions that run off the D&D engine.
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Dungeons & Dragons hasn’t been very lucky in getting Hollywood adaptions, with only a handful of productions carrying the official D&D brand in existence (if we threw in material INSPIRED by D&D, though, the list would be a long one). That is rapidly changing now that Wizards of the Coast owns D&D, Hasbro owns Wizards of the Coast, and Hasbro is hungry to get its recognizable IP churning out material.
Before Baldur’s Gate III is released, publisher IDW will reveal what’s been happening to its heroes in Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker. The story, which will be told over five issues, is both a prequel to Baldur’s Gate III and a sequel to Baldur’s Gate II.
G4 has announced a partnership with streaming channel Peacock to present D&D Live 2021 to viewers of both channels. For those unfamiliar, D&D Live is an annual livestream of tabletop gaming where familiar humans step into fantasy roles. The event lasts just two days, but there will be a ton of dungeon crawling packed into those 48 hours, most of it done by geeky celebrities. This year’s roster includes Tiffany Haddish, Jack Black, Kevin Smith, Seth Green, several members of the WWE, and much of the cast of AP Bio including Patton Oswalt, plus much more.
As they promised, a 4K version of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance appeared on consoles last weekend — but not all of them. The game launched on time for Playstation and XBox, but the Switch version was hit with a strange delay and did not appear.
One of the most fondly remembered action games of the Playstation 2 era is coming back — and sooner than you expected. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, a hack-and-slasher set in the D&D universe, has been remastered in 4K for modern consoles…and it’s coming tomorrow!
The residents of Equestria have been getting around lately. They met the Transformers in an IDW comic earlier this year, and now the worlds of My Little Pony are colliding with Dungeons & Dragons in a new series of collectible figures.
Yesterday, Larian Studios announced that they will be unveiling the gameplay for Baldur’s Gate 3 at PAX East! For those unaware, it is the third installment in a series of video games based off Dungeons & Dragons. In addition, the game was officially announced at last year’s E3.
The success and popularity of Critical Role has resulted in a lot of livestreams and podcasts where friends get together, play D&D and record their adventures. A new group, D&D Cast Party, is about to launch and their first live D&D event is coming up later this month.
You know you’ve made it big as a tabletop RPG livestream when D&D starts taking cues from YOU as opposed to the other way around. So it has come to pass with Critical Role, arguably the most popular RPG gaming livestream on the Net right now — D&D’s next campaign sourcebook is based around the world of Wildemount and its characters.
Some of the most beloved D&D-branded video games are heading to a new audience this fall as Skybound Games and Beamdog prepare packaged deluxe editions of Baldur’s Gate, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, and Neverwinter Nights for a rerelease on new consoles.
One of the most loved elements of Dungeons & Dragons, even among those who have never played the game, is the art created for the series. An upcoming documentary called Eye Of The Beholder: The Art Of Dungeons And Dragons covers the history and humans behind the phenomenon. It’s informative, fascinating and entertaining even if you know nil about D&D.