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Gygax Memorial Honors the “Father of RPGs”

Gary Gygax forever changed the world when he brought us Dungeons & Dragons back in 1974. Forty years later, we are his legacy — every one of us who partakes in the world’s best hobby. As Wizards of the Coast prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the brand in 2014, the “Father of Roleplaying Games” will be honored with a memorial statue in his hometown of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin via a partnership between WotC and the Gygax Memorial Fund.

To further honor the memory and work of Gygax, WotC created limited edition premium-covered reprints of his original three D&D tomes that were released over the course of the last year. A portion of the proceeds from the sales was set aside as a donation to the Gygax Memorial Fund, in addition to a sizeable contribution from WotC to help further the development of the memorial.

More information about the memorial can be found here.

Roll20 Passes 250k Users, Wins ENnie

The Roll20 dev team attended this year’s Gen Con in late August, during which it hosted panels and even live-recorded an episode of the Orr Group Podcast.

Based on community votes, the virtual tabletop application won an ENnie award for Best Software in the RPG industry. You can check out the presentation here.

Coincidentally, on the last night of the gaming convention, Roll20 hit a milestone: 250,000 registered users.

While our Virtuous Tabletop group uses MapTool as a virtual tabletop application, we’ve been keeping a close watch on Roll20′s development and may make the switch for Season 3.

Wizards Announces The Sundering: 6 Novels, Mobile Game & More

The Forgotten Realms campaign setting will be completely reshaped by a year-long event – The Sundering – which kicked off earlier this week by Wizards of the Coast. Fans have the opportunity to impact the fate of the world through tabletop adventures, in-store play experiences, digital offerings including the first D&D free-to-play mobile game, six novels, digital reporting tools, comics, accessories and more. When the Sundering is complete, the results of these events will have reshaped the Forgotten Realms forever, providing the landscape for future D&D stories.

Key milestones in the year-long Sundering storyline will take place in iconic locations like Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter and Icewind Dale, to name a few.

Tabletop gamers can experience The Sundering first-hand at weekly D&D Encounters in-store play events, where they will utilize a digital tool, the Sundering Adventurer’s Chronicle, to report the outcomes of their play experiences, connect with other players, and participate in activities designed to enhance their Sundering experience.

More information on the Sundering can be found here.

In a way, this Sundering sounds similar to what we’re doing with the campaign setting for Virtuous Tabletop — giving players the ability to exert their influence on the world. I look forward to seeing how this pans out for WotC.

Virtuous Tabletop 2: Session 2 Is Live; Point Lottery

Session 2 of the second adventure of Virtuous Tabletop is now live on YouTube. Watch it now to see our brave adventurers handle social interactions — with hilarious results.

We’ve also started a point lottery that takes place at the end of every live-streamed session. Stick around for your chance to win the pot and get a huge advance toward your next submission to the campaign setting!

Virtuous Tabletop 2: Session 1 Is Live

The season premiere of the second adventure of Virtuous Tabletop is now live on YouTube.

While Murphy’s Law was hard at work on the live stream night, causing delays and technical hiccups during the stream, I’d say our first session post-hiatus was a success. There was a huge number of live viewers — we’ve never seen the stream chat so active! — and we’d like to sincerely thank everyone who attended.

In this session, we hold a funeral for brave, brave Sir Liam, and our introduced to our new player, Bunkitia, and her character, Anael Surion.