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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus
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Dungeons & Dragons: Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus
Hardcover
D&D Accessory
Wizards Of The Coast
Release Date: September 17, 2019

Well, what in the Nine Hells has Wizards Of The Coast released now, you might ask. Okay, so if you literally phrased it like that, then you pretty much answered your own question. Because the newest Dungeons & Dragons release is called Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus and it is all about making your way from one of the most notable cities on the prime Material plane to the first layer of the Nine Hells. This journey is obviously dangerous, but few understand exactly how perilous it can be!

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Game Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Essentials Kit
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Dungeons & Dragons: Essentials Kit
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Boxed Set
Wizards Of The Coast
Release Date: June 24, 2019 (Target exclusive release) September 3, 2019 (worldwide release)

So, truthfully, this is less of a review and more of an alert. The Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Kit is effectively what it says it is, the essentials to play the game. Is it everything you will ever need? Probably not for most of us. But for the casual player, perhaps. Wizards Of The Coast seems to be doing everything they can to make the world’s greatest roleplaying game accessible to everyone. And for a game that has always been diverse, this inclusiveness is heartwarming.

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Book Spotlight: Magic: The Gathering: Rise Of The Gatewatch: A Visual History
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Magic: The Gathering: Rise Of The Gatewatch: A Visual History
Hardcover | Kindle
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Abrams ComicArts and Wizards Of The Coast
Release Date: July 23, 2019

I try to be upfront with everything I write, folks. So when I say I have never in my entire life played Magic: The Gathering, I hope you know I am not kidding. When it was first coming out, I was well aware of it but only because at that time I was living above a comic shop and found myself constantly in there for one reason or another. This now defunct but eternally glorious shop was my refuge, just as it was for so many others. I saw the fervor with which newcomers took to the game but it sadly held no allure for me. I was and still am a diehard tabletop role-playing fan, but the entire concept of a trading card game just did not appeal to me. And until quite recently I had no idea there was more to it than the simple mechanics of gameplay. This is in no small way because of Magic: The Gathering: Rise of the Gatewatch.

The book itself is a fairly straight forward homage to the game with elaborate backstories and beautiful art for each of the eight planeswalkers, plus the added bonus of one of the most evil beings in the multiverse! The histories included show the planeswalkers in a variety of lights. Not every one of them is heroic, though most are to be sure. And while I may never play a single round of the game, I now see what appeals to those who do. It is just as gripping as what I would consider traditional gaming, though this has been around long enough that I must give it the due it deserves.

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Monsters & Creatures (Young Adventurer’s Guides)
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Dungeons & Dragons: Monsters & Creatures
Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer’s Guides
Hardcover | Kindle
D&D Accessory
Wizards Of The Coast
Release Date: July 16, 2019

I am of the opinion that Wizards Of The Coast is doing something amazing these days. Access to Dungeons & Dragons was so restricted when I was growing up due to the stigma it held at the time. But now that everyone has (finally) realized that playing is not going to damn their souls, Wizards has opened the floodgates of marketing and has begun creating some amazing books for younger potential gamers. You may even have seen my review of the The A*B*Cs Of D&D and The 1*2*3s Of D&D that I wrote earlier this year. The newest releases are focusing on the intermediate age bracket with the Young Adventurer’s Guides, one of which is Monsters & Creatures. So let us discuss it, shall we?

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors & Weapons (Young Adventurer’s Guides)
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Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors & Weapons
Dungeons & Dragons Young Adventurer’s Guides
Hardcover | Kindle
D&D Accessory
Wizards Of The Coast
Release Date: July 16, 2019

I can barely contain the excitement that this series causes me. The Young Adventurer’s Guides are aimed at the intermediate level readers and are definitive primers for the world’s greatest role playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. The book I am reviewing today, Warriors & Weapons, is geared towards character creation for these younger readers. These are more advanced than The A*B*Cs Of D&D and The 1*2*3s Of D&D, which I reviewed back in February, but are not quite at the level of the core rule books. That said, this book was quite informative and a fun little read. Allow me to elaborate!

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Acquisitions Incorporated
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Dungeons & Dragons: Acquisitions Incorporated
Hardcover
D&D Accessory
Wizards Of The Coast with Penny Arcade
Release Date: June 18, 2019

“Well met, fellow adventurer!” says the odd-looking little human in front of you. “Are you tired of always risking life and limb in dark, dank dungeons with little return? Do you spend countless hours at the local tavern waiting for quests to turn up? Or perhaps you have been swindled by stingy town folk after purging their hamlet of its evil denizens? Well, my friends, you are in luck! Acquisitions Incorporated is a playbook for those adventurers who want to not only make their lives better financially, but also improve their home/work balance. Sound great? Well then, just keep listening, for it gets even better!

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Ghosts Of Saltmarsh
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Dungeons & Dragons: Ghosts Of Saltmarsh
Hardcover
D&D Accessory
Wizards Of The Coast
Release Date: May 21, 2019

It was just yesterday that I was making pirate jokes and telling my wife she needed to get an eyepatch (full disclosure, she had allergy issues). But today I am all about the seafaring adventures detailed within Ghosts of Saltmarsh, sans pirate jokes. In fact, this compilation holds the keys to almost endless possibilities.

When we talk about Dungeons & Dragons we seldom think of anything on the high seas, but the modules have long been available for play. Dungeon Masters the world over have delighted in sending player characters to their doom, er, I mean on adventures.

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Book Review: The A*B*Cs Of D&D and The 1*2*3s Of D&D
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A*B*Cs and 1*2*3s of D&D

The A*B*Cs of D&D and The 1*2*3s of D&D
A*B*Cs Hardcover | 1*2*3s Hardcover
Written by Ivan Van Norman
Illustrated by Caleb Cleveland
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Release Date: November 13, 2018

When I found out that Wizards of the Coast was releasing some awesome little storybook style Dungeons and Dragons primers for kids, I had to reach out to them and have some sent so I could review them. For you see, I just became a grandparent!

My little grandson, Braxton, absolutely had to help me with The A*B*Cs of D&D and The 1*2*3s of D&D. I mean, I have to start him off on the right path, right?

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Mordenkainen’s Tome Of Foes
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Mordenkainen’s Tome Of Foes
Hardcover
D&D Accessory
Wizards Of The Coast
Release Date: May 29, 2018

As almost any tabletop gamer will tell you, game changes and additions will please some and anger others. This is true of technical expansions as well. Knowing this, I took to the shops and chatted with friends regarding the newest Dungeons & Dragons source book Mordenkainen’s Tome Of Foes. I had already heard from a couple of buddies that impressions were polarized after the exclusive release at hobby and game shops on May 18th, with the rest of the merchants shelving it on May 29th. With that in mind, I wanted to take a more critical look at it from the eyes and mouths of other gamers, but of course I will add my own impressions to the review.

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Xanathar’s Guide To Everything
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Dungeons & Dragons: Xanathar’s Guide To Everything
Hardcover
D&D Accessory
Wizards of the Coast
Release Date: November 21, 2017

Creating magic as they always do, the creative team at Wizards of the Coast has deemed the world worthy of a new guide book. Xanathar’s Guide To Everything is an essential addition to the world’s greatest roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons! And better yet, at least for me, these great folks sent me not just an advance copy but they, in fact, sent me two! One of each cover. But enough of my shameless bragging, let me tell you about this newest release!

This tome is comprised of almost 200 pages of lore, ranging from arcane spells and items to specialization and options within character classes. This is in addition to the additional material presented for Dungeon Masters. In fact, the supplemental book is broken into three primary parts with two additional appendices. So much is packed within these pages that I will probably not even begin to do it justice. Nevertheless, I will do my best.

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