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Trial to Decide ‘D&D’ Movie Rights Begins

The trial to decide who owns the movie rights to Dungeons & Dragons opened in federal court in Los Angeles last week, with the two sides introducing their cases, as reported by Deadline and The case, which began in May 2013, will turn on the question of whether Sweetpea Entertainment, which had the D&D movie license since TSR was an independent company (two acquisitions ago), satisfied the “use it or lose it” clause in the contract with its 2010 Syfy movie based on Book of Vile DarknessDungeons & Dragons owner (Hasbro subsidiary) Wizards of the Coast moved to suit when it looked like Sweetpea was going to make a film with Warner Bros. based on Chainmail, a precursor to D&D.

The judge ruled that Chainmail would have been an infringement had it been made, but in the meantime Sweetpea signed a multimillion dollar deal with Warners to make a new D&D movie this summer.  Warners even kicked in around a million dollars for legal fees in the battle with Hasbro, which wants to make a movie with Universal, making this what Deadline called a “proxy war” between Warner Bros. and Universal.

It looked for a while like the two sides were moving toward a settlement, but talks apparently broke down and the case was scheduled for trial.

The two sides presented their positions on last Tuesday (i.e., Book of Vile Darkness is/was not a film sequel), and in the process got in an exchange about Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast’s plans for the property if it prevailed.  Hasbro wants the rights back so it can “sell it to their new best buddy, Universal,” Sweetpea’s attorney argued; but “Hasbro has no agreement with Universal,” Hasbro’s attorney replied.  That’s surprising, given that Hasbro said back in 2013 that it had a D&D movie set up at Universal with Chris Morgan to direct.  Hasbro does have an umbrella deal with Universal.






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Wizards of the Coast Announces Delay to ‘D&D: Dungeon Master’s Guide’

After making the dates on most of its long-planned rollout of the new edition of Dungeons and Dragons, Wizards of the Coast has announced that the last of the first range of releases will be delayed, as first reported by  Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Master’s Guide, originally planned for November release, will now ship in December.

The delay is blamed on “an entire additional cycle of design and editing to ensure that the books were as close to perfect as humanly possible” introduced with this new edition of the game.  While this effort is touted as a boon for the quality of the Player’s Handbook and Monster Manual, which are releasing on schedule, it has pushed the production schedule back on the Dungeon Master’s Guide.  For stores participating in WotC’s early release program, the book with have an on sale date of November 28th, with general release following on December 9th.






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D&D 5th Edition Player’s Handbook Has Arrived!

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The wait is over! The highly anticipated ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ 5th Edition Player’s Handbook has arrived at Battleground Games & Hobbies! This brand new D&D products is “…everything a player needs to create heroic character for the world’s greatest role-playing game [‘Dungeons & Dragons’].”



From the Wizards of the Coast official product page:


The Player’s Handbook is the essential reference for every Dungeons & Dragons role-player. It contains rules for character creation and advancement, backgrounds and skills, exploration and combat, equipment, spells, and much more. Use this book to create exciting characters from among the most iconic D&D races and classes.

Dungeons & Dragons immerses you in a world of adventure. Explore ancient ruins and deadly dungeons. Battle monsters while searching for legendary treasures. Gain experience and power as you trek across uncharted lands with your companions.

The world needs heroes. Will you answer the call?”



All you have to do to answer the call is visit your local Battleground Games & Hobbies in either Abington, MA or Plainville, MA and pick up your copy today; or visit us online and have a copy of this amazing new book delivered right to your front door!





Plus, please don’t forget to join us at Battleground Games & Hobbies on August 9th for the D&D 5th Edition Release event beginning at 10:00 AM and celebrate the release of the brand new Player’s Handbook!










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WizKids Announces Update to ‘Attack Wing: D&D’

Last week, WizKids (Heroclix) updated its solicitation information for the second wave expansions for their highly anticipated miniatures game Attack Wing: D&D, according to hobby news website


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All three releases were previously listed as releasing on December third. However, now they are moved to a November fifth release.  Configuration and pricing for both the Black Shadow Dragon and Movanic Deva Angel Expansion Packs will remain the same, but the Aarakocra Expansion Pack will now contain a troop of six miniatures. instead.

The first Attack Wing: D&D releases will appear in October and will be coming to a Battleground Games & Hobbies near you!




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Wizards of the Coast to Publish Free ‘Basic D&D’ PDF




Popular hobby industry new website reported yesterday that Wizards of the Coast announced plans to release Basic D&D as a free PDF downloadable from its website in July, coinciding with the release of the D&D Starter Set.

In an article on their website, Mike Mearls, senior manager for the Dungeons & Dragons research and design teamoutlined the material that would be included in the Basic D&D download, comparing it to the D&D Rules Cyclopedia of previous editions, but without as much detail.  “We want to put D&D in as many hands as possible, and a free, digital file is the best way to do that.”


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The release will cover the basic core of the game, including material needed to create characters and advance to 20th level.  It will cover basic classes (cleric, fighter, rogue, wizard) and essential subclasses, as well as basic race options (dwarf, elf, halfling, human).  The introduction is positioned to steer players toward purchasing more extensive material in the Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide.  But, Mearls also states, “Basic D&D is the true heart of the game and could easily provide a lifetime of gaming.”

When the Player’s Handbook releases in August, Basic D&D will expand to include essential monsters, magic items and DM rules to run the game, as well as rules for different settings (wilderness, dungeon, urban).  When storylines like Tyranny of Dragons launch, Wizards will make new PDF’s available that provide the rules and stats to run the adventures tied to the story.  This way, Mearls says, players are not required to purchase any of the core rulebooks or the Starter Set to participate in adventures.


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The free distribution of rules is another example of WotC’s strategy of free sampling to get people involved in the new Dungeons and Dragons; the company is also making the first part of the adventures in its D&D Encounters organized play storyline events free.

For more information on the upcoming D&D releases and organized play, see “Wizards of the Coast Announces Changes to D&D OP.




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Wizards of the Coast Released Changes to D&D Organized Play



Wizards of the Coast has released details for changes coming to the Dungeons and Dragons Organized Play program, now titled the D&D Adventurers League which will accompany the release of Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition according to hobby news website  In addition to the new name, Wizards has announced a new three-part program with overarching storyline themes (D&D Encounters, D&D Expeditions, and D&D Epics), as well as a new monthly scheduling and reporting structure for stores.


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Each storyline event, in this case, The Tyranny of Dragons, will begin with a D&D Epics kickoff event hosted by Wizards at a select major conventions.  For Tyranny of Dragons, this event will take place at Gen Con Indy in August.  The goal of the event is to create buzz about the new season of OP, and get players excited to head back to stores to participate in the weekly D&D Encounters or D&D Expeditions sessions.

D&D Encounters will be the baseline store events, presenting the first portion of each storyline published adventure in an organized play kit.  The kits, which are free to participating Wizards Play Network (WPN) retailers at Gateway level or above, will introduce players to the main storyline and provide enough play to get players from 1st level to about 5th level.  Afterwards, players may continue by purchasing the rest of the adventure from stores, or participate in other play programs.  For the first season, the adventure will lead to a purchase of Hoard of the Dragon Queen, the first adventure published for the new edition of D&D.

The redesigned kits support up to 20 players and four Dungeon Masters, and will include gameplay aids and new components like certificates for special items or awards, table tents, blank character sheets, and more.  The adventure portion will be available as a complimentary PDF from Wizards.

D&D Expeditions play is intended for higher-level character play, either for experienced players or those that have completed the D&D Encounters portion of OP.  The organized play kits are available free to any WPN retailer at Core level or above.  Each month, these smaller monthly kits will contain a series of “convention-style” adventures, usually one-offs (about 4 hours), and certificates for special items in the adventure.  Stores are encouraged to use these kits to support local convention events, and contact Wizards’ retail support team if they require more than one kit.

Scheduling and reporting will be updated for the August D&D Encounters session, and qualifying stores can begin scheduling on June 8.  On July 8, scheduling opens for the September D&D Expeditions sessions, as well as that month’s D&D Encounters.  The process for reporting D&D Play has been simplified as well:  stores only need to enter their DMs and add players as a list now, rather than table by table.


What do you think gamers? Do these changes to the Dungeons & Dragons organized play program sound interesting? Let us know in the comments below!



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