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Gaming News Flash: Think March Madness… but for Gamers!

march madness batmanSure, sure.  Everyone’s all into March Madness this year, like every other year, and the fevered rush of “picking brackets” seems to be a central topic of conversations, whether around the water cooler at work, or at your local coffee shop.

But this year, Fellow Gamers, we have a bit of March Madness of our own, and there’s a ton of cool gaming news, press releases, products, and events in the last couple weeks of this blustery Spring month!

And best of all, it doesn’t require any “brackets” to get in on the fun…

Classics never die… but they do sometimes get a Re-Release!

I was very excited last week when I got an email from the Wizards of the Coast PR Team informing me about the re-release of not one, but all four of the classic AD&D S-Series modules!  dnd_products_s-series_coverLast Wednesday, WotC packed S1: Tomb of Horrors, S2: White Plume Mountain, S3: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, and S4: The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth up into one big compilation volume entitled Dungeons of Dread – and the designers even included the original black-and-white interior art!

I’ll freely admit to having many fond memories of these classic modules, from both the player and DM sides “screen”.  And although I own all four of the S-Series, it would be great to have a nifty compilation book to peruse now and then, without worrying about damaging the original and now delicate paper bindings.

So if you’re a fan of OSR D&D, or just want to revel in a bit of AD&D nostalgia, be sure to check out the Dungeons of Dread on the official Wizards of the Coast website!

The best Dungeon Crawls in life are free

This past Sunday, Goodman Games made an appeal to promote its Facebook page, and its goal of reaching 1500 “likes” by the end of March.   In return for piling on the “like” button, the publishers of Dungeon Crawl Classics announced it would release the module DCC #65: Doom of the Savage Kings for the low cost of FREE to all gamers!  DCC RPG Homepage imageThis module was heretofore only released to gamers who bought the hardbound version of DCC RPG – which I might add has sold out now – so now we have a great chance to pick up an OSR compatible adventure module that only saw limited release.

As it turns out, the response to their appeal was rather astounding, and they have already met their goal, and then some!  And so, Goodman Games have promised to post a link on FB next week to get the free download of DCC #65.  So if you haven’t done so, go on over to Goodman GamesDCC RPG Facebook page, and drop some more “likes” on them to show your support for OSR gaming.

And don’t forget to check back next week to download the free module!

Anyone up for an All Day Gaming Marathon?

TableTopDay_300x250Just want to remind gamers everywhere that this coming Saturday, March 30th, is officially International Tabletop Day!  This worldwide gaming event is sponsored by the Queen of the Geeks Herself, Felicia Day and her Geek & Sundry YouTube channel, as well as inspired, of course, by the TableTop web-series, hosted by the undauntable Wil Wheaton.  The International Tabletop Day Official site has links to point you to events held in your area at gaming stores, libraries, and community centers, and even some events sponsored by gamers in their homes.  I myself am planning a get-together with friends to play games like Lords of Waterdeep, Dungeon!, Betrayal at House on the Hill, and hopefully a few more if time permits.  Those participating in International Tabletop Day are encouraged to share pics and comments about their gaming day activities to social media sites, and to tweet about their events using #TableTopDay to mark their posts.

So remember to get out there and “Play More Games” on this coming Saturday, March 30th!

Convention Season Cometh!

For me, the summer gaming convention season always begins with a trip to attend the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio – and this year will be no exception!  OriginsLogoRunning June 12th to June 16th this year, this long established gaming convention has offered a great mix of board games, miniatures games, and role-playing games for many years now.  And I received word that this year, for the third straight year in a row, the admission rate to this awesome convention is not increasing even one penny, making it probably one of the most family-friendly gaming events in the Midwest.

I got a press release a few days ago with a list of all the amazing Guests scheduled to be at this years’ Origins:

(Did I mention the theme at this years’ Origins is SUPERHEROES?)

  • Special Guests:  Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules”) and Ioan Gruffudd (“Reed Richards”)
  • Guests of Honor: Steve Jackson (Founder of Steve Jackson Games), Steve Kenson (Game Designer for Green Ronin), Patrick Rothfuss (Author of The Kingkiller Chronicles), Charles Urbach (Fantasy Artist for MTG & L5R)

[I also have another reason to be excited to attend Origins this year, but I’ll have to reveal that later on in a blog closer to June, once certain obligations to my keeping secrets have been lifted…]

With so much going on, I’m certainly looking forward to Origins Game Fair this year, and I hope to see many members of the gaming community as well as gaming bloggers come out to Ohio and attend one of the all-time great gaming conventions this coming June!

So until next blog… I wish you happy gaming!

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Michael is an Adept of a Secret Order of Dungeon Masters, and dwells in a hidden realm with his two evil cat-familiars, deep within the Vale of Wolverines, called by some "Michigan". He has been esoterically conjuring D&D Campaigns for nearly a Third of a Century, and has been known to cast ritual blogs concerning Dungeons & Dragons every few days with some regularity. Michael has freelanced for Wizards of the Coast, and writes reviews of D&D and other Role-Playing Game products on EN World News.

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