Dungeons and Dragons and Magic The Gathering Have Finally Crossed Over

After so many years of both Magic and Dungeons and Dragons being around, these two worlds are finally coming together in the form of a new book, entitled Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica.

In this book, D&D players will have access to everything they need to know in order to play in the world ow Ravncia.  This setting has been deemed a "fan-favorite" Magic setting.

"Fans of Dungeons & Dragons and Magic The Gathering have been asking for years when these two amazing brands would play together," said the director of D&D, Nathan Stewart, "With the huge surge in popularity of D&D and Magic's commitment to bring the lore and storytelling to life, the timing seemed perfect.  Ravnica is full of adventure possibilities and I can't wait for fans to jump in to embody a member of one of the iconic guilds.  I will personally be making a new character for Rakdos."

Aaron Forsythe, Senior Design Director for Magic The Gathering said this:

"We're excited for fans to dive deeper into the robust world of Ravnica as they adventure as a member of their favorite guild.  Picking up Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica is a great way for D&D and Magic fans alike to tell a part of Ravnica's story with their friends around the table."

The release date for Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica is November 20.  Keep a look out for it!

Demystifying the Clunky Episode 1 Shadowrun The world

Thread Raiders has a new video out for you all today!  Hot off the presses is the first of a three part series from Thread Raider, TK (@Kanthos88 on Twitter), where he takes a look at the tabletop RPG, Shadowrun.

We've all heard that Shadowrun is a clunky system to play, but here, TK demystifies the system, and shows us how the game is supposed to be - fun.

Fallout 76 Is Coming!

Ever since its reveal at the Bethesda presentation this year at E3, Fallout 76 has been getting a lot of buzz around the title.  For those who don't know, Fallout is a series that centers around what would happen if America went through nuclear war, and the residual fallout taking place afterwards.

Fallout 76 is the first game in the series since its inception that is going to be an online MMO.  Now, you can survive the wasteland together with friends.  And I have been able to get the game pre-ordered, and now I'm waiting to get into the beta of the game.

As you can see, after completing my order, I received an email from Amazon, where I ordered the game from, and I followed the instructions.  Now, I'm simply waiting for the time in which I can finally get further instructions on how to get my hands on the juicy little beta of Fallout 76.

For a while after the presentation, there had been rumors and speculations on the game, such as the spamming of the new nuke option, which allowed other players to destroy other player's hard made settlements.  Bethesda came out and said that that shouldn't be an issue, as it would take those players a while to find the code necessary to detonate the nuke anywhere on the map.  On top of that, if by chance a player or a group of players discovers that their settlement was destroyed while they were away, rebuilding will be easy.  The settlement will be blueprinted, and the cost to replace your settlement will be cheap.

The map of Fallout 76 is, according to Bethesda, four times larger than that of Fallout 4.

UPDATE: As of July 3, I got an email with the following message:

Bill And Ted Fans Rejoice! The Most Excellent Duo WIll Face The Music

According to an announcement today, Keanu Revves and Alex Winter will finally reunite on the same screen after 27 years after they last appeared as Bill and Ted in a third installment of the Bill & Ted series entitle, Bill & Ted Face the Music!  There's even the possibility that William Sadler could reprise his role as Death.

Here's the official synopsis:

"When we last met Bill and Ted they were time-traveling teenagers trying to pass history class and win the battle of the bands.  Once prophesized to save the universe with their rock and roll, middle age and the responsibilities of family have caught up with these two best friends who have not yet fulfilled their destiny.  They've written thousands of tunes, but they have yet have to write a good one, much less the greatest song ever written. With the fabric of time and space tearing around them, a visitor from the future warns our heroes that only their song can save life as we know it.  Out of luck and fresh out of inspiration, Bill and Ted set out on a time travel adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe as we know it.  Together with the aid of their daughters, a new crop of historical figures, and some sympathetic music legends, Bill and Ted find much, much more than just a song.  The film is currently in pre-production."

Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, the original creators of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, have returned to pen the script, while Dean Parisot was confirmed to direct the film.


Micrsoft, Nintendo and Sony Get A Warning From FTC Regarding Warranty-Voiding Restrictions

You know those little stickers that you see on the back of your consoles that warn you that sending it in for third party repair voids the warranty of the system?

Well, it turns out that, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned companies, some that include the likes of Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony that this policy is actually illegal.

According to a Freedom of Information Act request from Motherboard found that six different companies were given letters on April 9.  Other than the three companies mentioned above, the three other companies sent these letters were Asus, HTC and Hyundai.

The letter stated that the companies have 30 days to change the warranty policies on their websites, or else legal action will be taken by the FTC.

Reportedly, the letter said,

"Warranty language that implies to a consumer acting reasonably under the circumstances that warranty coverage requires the consumer to purchase an article or service identified by brand, trade or corporate name is similarly deceptive and prohibited."

In the letters, it was cited that specific language that violates the law warns against using a sticker as a "seal" to prevent users from opening up the console.  This method, according to the FTC, is particularly concerned" about it.

The FTC is specifically citing the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which doesn't all repair restrictions n warranty for any manufacturer that charges over $5 for a product.


Retroverse Released And In The Wild!

Last week, we interviewed Chris Lock, of Lasers and Liches, who bought the Tales of the Retroverse to us, a retro 80's style twist to the D&D universe.  The details of Kickstarter campaign setting can be found by going here.

Following the initial interview, which took place on Twitch on April 7th, and can be watched in the video below, the Kickstarter was then launched on April 10th, and within just a few days, got over 60% funded!
Stop on by the Kickstarter and join the world of Retroverse!

34 Things I Learned From Video Games

  1. There is no problem that cannot be overcome with violence.
  2. You can overcome most adversaries simply by having enough quarters.
  3. If it moves, KILL IT!
  4. Piloting an vehicle is simple and requires no training.
  5. One lone “good guy” can defeat an indeterminate number of “bad guys.”
  6. “Bad guys” move in predictable patterns.
  7. Except for “Bosses,” most “bad guys” can be dispatched with one hit.
  8. You often fair better against a large mob of “bad guys” then against a “boss” in one on one combat.
  9. “Bosses” always hire henchmen weaker then they are to do their ‘muscle work’.
  10. If you see food lying on the ground, eat it.
  11. You can smash things and get away with it.
  12. Smashing things doesn’t hurt.
  13. Many nice things are hidden inside other things.
  14. Cybernetics are our friends.
  15. When driving, you can knock other vehicles off the road and get away with it.
  16. If someone dies, they disappear.
  17. Money is frequently found lying on the streets.
  18. All shopkeepers carry high-tech weaponry.
  19. If you get mad enough, you can fight even better than normal.
  20. If it’s on the ground, you should get it.
  21. Repulsive ugly, cannibalistic, evil beings have just as much right to be loved as heroic fighters.
  22. The operation of a weapon is a simple and obvious procedure.
  23. You never run out of ammunition, just grenades.
  24. No matter how long you fight, you can always fight again.
  25. Death is reversible (but only for you).
  26. Ninjas are common, and fight in public frequently.
  27. Whenever huge fat evil men are about to die, they begin flashing red or yellow.
  28. When you are born, you drop out of the sky (a stork?) and are completely invincible for a short time.
  29. Although the enemy always have more aircraft than you, they fly in elaborate patterns which make it easier for you to shoot them all down.
  30. All martial arts women wear revealing clothes and have great bodies.
  31. All martial arts men have rippling muscles and angry expressions.
  32. The enemy always leaves weapons or power ups lying around for no reason other than so their bitter enemy can pick them up and defeat them with it.
  33. Shoot everything.  If it blows up or dies, it was evil.  If it doesn’t, try and pick it up…it was probably a power up or bonus.
  34. Carpe diem!  You only live three times!
  35. The most powerful fighters always wait until you have achieved a near impossible, flawless win record and/or killed a certain number of opponents before they appear in your presence and beat the crap out of you.
  36. You sustain injury if you shoot the innocents.
  37. 200-1 odds against you is NOT a problem.
  38. Gang members frequently all look the same, and often have the same names.
  39. When racing vehicles, do not worry if your vehicle crashes and explodes.  A new vehicle will appear in its place.

ThreadReview: Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realm

ThreadReview: Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realm

Note: At time of review this game is still in early access, so some of the criticisms and features may not be reflective of the final product.

I currently live in rural England. Rural England, for those who do not know, is deprived of some of the now basics of modern life; such as a solid internet connection, cash machines and public transport that arrives more than once a month. Among many things it means the ability for me engaging in online games is utterly limited. I saw a few developers playing through Idle Champions and thought it might be a good game to download and play on my own.

The premise of the game is simple: It’s an idle clicker game set in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons and Dragons. You recruit champions such as Bruenor Battlehammer, Minsc and Nayeli Goldflower to go through side-scrolling adventures in the Forgotten Realms. Defeated foes yield gold that is used to recruit new champions and level up the existing parties’ abilities. Like in adventure parties around the world, your champion’s abilities can impact the damage of fellow champions. That, however, is dependent on where they are positioned in the battlefield in a system called “Formation Strategy”.

Despite the game being in early access there are frequent events and content updated weekly: from damage bonus weekends to special events to earn new champions. In particular, there have been a few events based around recruiting members of Force Grey, with only at the time of writing there being hints that you’ll be able to recruit Strix from “Dice, Camera, Action” in the near future. There is also some DLC already available on the Steam Store for more champions, equipment and chests (This games version of loot crates).

Yes…there are loot crates. These chests can be purchased for gems, which can be found in game as rewards for defeating bosses (every 5 levels) and from completing quests. There are two levels of chests, silver and gold, which drop gold, consumable items and equipment for your champions. 
While I do have issues around the use of loot crates in games, the way they are implemented in this game if fairly balanced and doesn’t enter into any kind of pay to win formula.

Since starting this review there has been a major update of sorts to the game. Familiars are basically auto-clickers that can be assigned to fulfil three different tasks: Clicking Monsters, Levelling up Champions and Click damage and finally using Ultimates. There are six different familiars currently available to buy and use; three of which are only available to be purchased with actual money.

I’ve logged over 224 hours into this game already and loved every second of it. The only issues I’ve encountered have been down to connecting to the server for online save. That is something I hope 
may change down the line as this game develops. Bottom line: If you love Dungeons and Dragons, free games and new content uploaded weekly then this is a game you must play!


#Retroverse! The 80's Is Invading Dungeons and Dragons On April 10th!

Have you ever played Dungeons and Dragons and thought, "Man, this normal fantasy stuff is getting old.  I need something new, something fresh!  I need something radical!"

Well, you're in luck!  Introducing Retroverse, a D&D 5e universe from Lasers & Liches, that "resides in a place of half faded memories, barely remembered songs, lost childhood friends, outdated styles, abandoned dreams, lost playthings, vapor ware, and time corroded nostalgia," and is "a place both strange and familiar. A place for adventure, friendship, chaos, and the magic of yesteryear."

For those of us who lived though the 80's, this is a great idea for those who love playing D&D, and want to relive their childhoods through their imaginations.

Check out the trailer for it here:

This setting includes brand new monsters, races and classes!  The classes are:

1. Synthweaver
2. De-Fragger
3. Code Warlock
4. Goreangyr
5. Holo Knight
6. Glitch Hunter

The new races include:

1. Ceran
2. Wo-nari
3. Raich
4. Trog
5. New dragonborn variants (Neon, Laser, Tesla and Xenon)

On April 7th at 8:30 EST, myself Daquine, and two other fellow Thread Raiders, Thymbraeus, and Kanthos88 will interview Chris Lock, who is the lead designer of the Retroverse and Lasers and Liches on the Thread Raiders Twitch channel!  He can be found as Snickelsox on Twitter, so go visit him and give him a follow!  We'll also be playing a game of Retroverse the following Tuesday, April 10th, at 8pm EST on the same channel! 

Also, go check out the Lasers and Liches website!

Get ready to mingle with the past in a brand new setting!

Paizo Announces Pathfinder Second Edition For Summer 2018

As many of us tabletop gamers know, Pathfinder began as a refinement of Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 edition.  Somehow, it grew to rival that of the original fantasy tabletop game it sought to both replicate and divide from.  After 10 years of Pathfinder goodness, Paizo announce that they were going to release a second, updated version of their popular system.

In the first part of August of this  year, a free PDF version of the documents will be released to all the players around the world so that they can test the next version of Pathfinder.  The Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook will contain 400 pages of brand new rules to check out and play.  there will even be an accompanying adventure called Doomsday Dawn.

There are some bits and that can be previewed while the August 2 (the launch day of the playtest rules) looms closer and closer.

The basics are the same, but there will be plenty of cool changes.  Ancestry is an example of one of the new things found within the second edition of Second Edition  There will still be a plethora of choices that you can make when leveling up.

Rules have been streamlined for GMs, making monster designing on the fly easier than before.

If you want physical copies of the playtest material, it's possible to purchase them.  Paizo will offer the Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook, Doomsday Dawn, as well as a two-pack of Paizo's Flip-Mats from game stores or from the Paizo website on May 1.  During Gen Con, there will be limited quantities of them for sale, which takes place on August 2 to August 5 in Indianapolis this year.