Tabletop roleplaying games are a hot social activity. Many have played for decades, but some have always wanted to try but haven’t found a group to join yet. This episode features a diverse crew of TTRPG experts answering your questions on everything from how to get started, how to make your games more inclusive, how to adapt your offline games to online AND recommend awesome games you haven’t heard of yet (those may involve neither dungeons nor dragons).
Jess Ross is an editor, writer, and podcaster. She plays D&D with the d20 Dames, a family-friendly actual play podcast https://d20dames.com/ You can find all of Jess’ writing on their website http://writejess.com
Mike Kelly is a cohost of the One Shot Test Kitchen podcast https://anchor.fm/one-shot-test-kitchen, which is a real-play podcast of different indie pen-and-paper RPGs. He is a game designer/writer and public speaker about games based out of Brooklyn
April-Lyn Caouette is a cohost of the One Shot Test Kitchen. She’s a cofounder / Chief Resource Nerd at Love Thy Nerd, a nerd culture ministry that exists to love and serve their nerdy neighbors through thoughtful content, intentional community, and relational outreach. lovethynerd.com.
Hasbro has officially revealed its programming slate of immersive fan experiences for the first ever Hasbro PulseContoday, featuring a dynamic panel lineup, top celebrity guests, and must-see music appearances all free of charge. Top stars including John Cena (Bumblebee), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Matthew Lillard (D&D Fan, Scooby Doo), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters: Afterlife), Jason Reitman (Ghostbusters: Afterlife),Dee Bradley Baker (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and more will make appearances during the course of the two-day event, along with a special message from Henry Golding (Snake Eyes) and unique experiences from musical guests including Fall Out Boy, Lights (featured artist from eOne’s roster) and Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D. The event will be available exclusively through the Hasbro Pulse YouTube Channel on September 25-26, 2020.
Attendees can expect one-of-a-kind access to their favorite franchises during Hasbro PulseCon, and interactive experiences connecting fans with the creative talent that help bring them all to life. Brands including Dungeons & Dragons, G.I. Joe, Magic: The Gathering, Power Rangers, Transformers as well as premiere partner brands Marvel, Star Wars™, Ghostbusters, and more will be featured in an exhilarating panel and activity lineup that spans two days, giving fans a livestream experience to celebrate with special guests, receive exclusive access to exciting brand reveals, purchase Hasbro PulseCon merch, and participate with interactive elements such as live Q&A, trivia and even virtual ‘ghost hunting’ in celebration of National Ghost Hunting Day! For every viewer of Hasbro PulseCon, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots up to 100,000 pieces. Through the gift of a new toy, Marine Toys for Tots helps bring hope and joy to America’s less fortunate children.
While the 2-day virtual event hosted by SYFY Wire on-air correspondent, writer, and producer, Jackie Jennings, begins on September 25, fans can expect a few fun surprises leading up to that date – including an advance sneak peek on the Hasbro Pulse YouTube Channel September 22 at 12pm EST. In addition, Hasbro and eOne are thrilled to be launching a PulseCon Spotify list which will be available on Friday 25th and consists of a number of songs from eOne artists, including The Lumineers, Powfu, Brandy, Alice Ivy and Lights.
Included below is a peek inside the programming that will be available exclusively on the Hasbro Pulse YouTube Channel. Programming takes place on Friday, 9/25 at 11am EST and Saturday, 9/26 at 10am EST, with each day ending around 5pm EST for exciting musical experiences with its lineup of artists.
Tune-in for unique musical experiences from top billing artists Fall Out Boy, Lights and Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D throughout Hasbro’s 2-day virtual pop culture event, Hasbro PulseCon. You can expect energetic musical moments starting with Lights closing out Day 1 on Friday, 9/25. Then, on Day 2 on Saturday, 9/26 a Tenacious D concert will take place at 1:30pm EST, where attendees can watch them perform and participate in a live Q&A hosted by John Cena! Finally, Hasbro PulseCon will come to a close on Saturday evening with a special performance from Fall Out Boy.
Panels – Day 1: Friday, 9/25 at 11:00am-5:00pmEST
WIZARDS MAGIC: THE GATHERING PRESENTS: ZENDIKAR RISING LIVE!
Panelists: Wizards Magic: The Gathering Brand Team
Join Magic: The Gathering head designer Mark for a special PulseCon panel, where he’ll discuss behind-the-scenes stories and details about the newest Magic card set, Zendikar Rising. From the origins of the set’s design and the beginnings of his favorite set mechanics to the history of the fan-favorite world of Zendikar, this live event is the best place for exclusive insight on how Magic’s latest set was created. Moderated by Wizards of the Coast’s Blake, the panel will also include a short virtual Q&A for any burning questions about Zendikar Rising.
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS PRESENTS: DRAGON TALK
Panelists: Matthew Lillard, Dungeons & Dragons Brand Team
Join us for a special episode of Dragon Talk, the official Dungeons & Dragons podcast. Hosts Greg and Shelly welcome back actor and D&D aficionado Matthew Lillard to chat about playing Dungeons & Dragons for decades and how it inspired him to co-found an exciting, immersive D&D game accessories company, Beadle and Grimm’s, with his gaming group.
JOE MANGANIELLO’S GUIDE FOR DUNGEON MASTERS
Panelists: Joe Manganiello & Kyle Newman
Joe Manganiello (actor, director, writer, producer) will give players of all skill levels his advice on how to be a great Dungeon Master. Joined by Filmmaker Kyle Newman, one of the authors behind Dungeons & Dragons’ Art & Arcana as well as the upcoming Heroes’ Feast and a regular player in Joe’s home game, the two of them will give you a peek behind the DM screen of Joe’s long running “War of Dragons” campaign as well as other fun insights and stories ranging over their long history with the game.
HASBRO STAR WARS PANEL
Panelists: Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team
Join members of the Hasbro Marketing & Design teams and Lucasfilm Product Development team as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line, including The Black Series and The Vintage Collection. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure and premium roleplay offerings from throughout the saga. Word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises. This is the way!
HASBRO STAR WARS HASLAB PANEL
Panelists: Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team
In 2018, we launched HasLab with a dream: make the biggest Vintage Collection vehicle ever, the ones fans had been requesting for years, Jabba’s Sail Barge, the Khetanna. Join members of the Hasbro Marketing & Design teams as they reveal the next Star Wars HasLab Vintage Collection dream project!
STAR WARS ENTERTAINMENT PANEL
Panelists: Ashley Eckstein, Dee Bradley Baker, Patrick from the Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team
Join Ashley Eckstein, aka Ahsoka Tano, and the Captain himself, Dee Bradley Baker, from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels to discuss both shows as well as new and exciting Hasbro product inspired by the series. Moderated by Patrick from the Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team, you’ll get the inside scoop on their personal Star Wars collections and a first look at their reactions to seeing their characters come to life in figure form.
HASBRO MARVEL PANEL
Panelists: Jesse Falcon, Hasbro Marvel Brand Team
The Hasbro Marvel product experts will discuss some exciting news around Hasbro’s ever popular Marvel LEGENDS action figure line! Viewers will also get a sneak peek of upcoming, never before seen Marvel action figures plus some special surprises as well.
Panels – Day 2: Saturday, 9/26 at 10:00am-5:00pm EST
G.I. JOE PANEL
Panelists: Hasbro G.I. Joe Brand Team
Even more news and reveals are waiting for you during the G.I. Joe event at Hasbro’s PulseCon! Tune in and be the first to see new items, find out which characters will be launched next, and get a peek inside our development process directly from our team. And if knowing is half the battle, you’re going to want to join in for G.I. Joe trivia and show off your expertise. Plus a special message from Henry Golding, star of the upcoming film Snake Eyes. Don’t miss all this plus other fun surprises we’ve got up our sleeves! YO JOE!
THE VOICES THAT INSPIRED GENERATIONS OF TRANSFORMERS FANS!
Panelists: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Ben from Hasbro Transformers Brand Team
The powerful voices behind many of the most iconic characters – the heroic Autobot Optimus Prime and the villainous Decepticons Megatron & Soundwave – come together as friends and share stories around the legacy they have helped create. With more than 30 years of Transformers voice acting history and decades of friendship, this talented duo will fill the air with untold stories and glimpses behind the microphone of some of the most memorable recording sessions.
TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON KINGDOM TOY REVEAL!
Panelists: Hasbro Transformers Brand Team
Join the Hasbro Transformers team as they officially reveal toys from the third and final chapter of the War for Cybertron trilogy, KINGDOM, including the entire first wave of the product line. You won’t want to miss it; it’s going to be a beast! Special guest, John, will share the inspiration behind the collection and give his final farewell to the Transformers brand! The celebration will continue with the 2020 Transformers Hall of Fame and a well-deserved induction of the newest human honoree… ME excited! Be prepared for huge surprises, a 10-year anniversary celebration, and exclusive reveals seen first here! We can’t wait to share it all with you.
Join us as we celebrate the Ghostbusters franchise in a three-part panel filled with HUGE surprises and reveals!
Part 1: Classic Ghostbusters
Panelists: Ernie Hudson, Hasbro Ghostbusters Brand Team
We’ll begin by celebrating the iconic 1984 film. Tune in for ghostly surprises, classic toy news, and a visit from a very special guest: Ernie Hudson, otherwise known as Winston Zeddemore from Ghostbusters! Get ready to hear him answer your fan questions!
Part 2: The Making of Kenner The Real Ghostbusters Toys
Panelists: Mark Boudreax, Hasbro Ghostbusters Brand Team
We’ll continue our journey through the 80’s with an inside look at the making of The Real Ghostbusters toys from original Kenner toy designer, Mark Boudreaux. Next, you’ll see behind the scenes of sculpting with Dave. Finally, meet the Hasbro team that relaunched the Kenner Real Ghostbusters toys in 2020. Hear about how they answered the call to bring this beloved toy line back for the fans and be the first to see the next Kenner Real Ghostbusters toy to hit shelves!
Part 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife
Panelists: Jason Reitman, Hasbro Ghostbusters Brand Team
We’ll end our celebration with a nod to the future… the new Ghostbusters Afterlife feature film, coming to theatres in March 2021. Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning filmmaker Jason Reitman, director of Ghostbusters Afterlife, will take you on a tour of the Ecto-1 that was used in the new film. He’ll end his tour with an exciting reveal! You’ll then hear from the Hasbro team about the next toy inspired by the Ghostbusters Afterlife film to hit shelves!
HASBRO POWER RANGERS PANEL
Panelists: Hasbro Power Rangers Brand Team
Join us for the Power Ranger Brand Panel, featuring morphinomenal news and brand announcements across new Power Ranger’s product. Be the first to see new Power Rangers Lightning Collection figures and other products yet to hit shelves, as well as sneak peeks of upcoming items. All of this exciting news will be followed by a Q&A with the design, sculpting, creative, and marketing teams from Hasbro. Go Go Power Rangers!
POWER RANGERS ENTERTAINMENT PANEL
Panelists: Andre Meadows (@BlackNerd), Power Rangers Beast Morphers Cast
Unleash the Beasts! The cast of Power Rangers Beast Morphers will be reuniting live at PulseCon sharing behind the scenes stories from the set and talking about what life has been like being a Power Ranger! The panel, moderated by Andre Meadows (@BlackNerd), will feature never before seen footage and a live Q&A. If that’s not enough, we’ll be making a historic announcement….or should we say PREHISTORIC! Ranger Nation, if this panel could be summed up in one word, it would be MORPHINOMINAL!
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) today announced the first-ever Hasbro PulseCon, a 2-day virtual event that gives fans unprecedented access to their favorite Hasbro brands, music & entertainment. Taking place on September 25-26, 2020 exclusively on the Hasbro Pulse YouTube Channel and hosted by SYFY Wire on-air correspondent, writer, and producer, Jackie Jennings, Hasbro PulseCon promises fans in the US and Canada a front row seat to panels, talent appearances, brand reveals, product giveaways and more; connecting consumers to their favorite brands in an immersive, one-of-a-kind setting that, along with the eOne portfolio, will bring fans the best in entertainment, music, and toys. Announcements for new innovations and product reveals will take place for brands including Dungeons & Dragons, G.I. Joe, Magic: The Gathering, Power Rangers, Transformers as well as premiere partner brands Marvel, Star Wars, Ghostbusters, and more.
Hasbro PulseCon delivers the experience and connection of conventions for free and right from the comforts of fans’ homes. Highlights from the virtual event will consist of live unboxings, over 50 new product reveals and pre-orders, coveted Hasbro PulseCon exclusive merchandise, livestream panels featuring celebrities and audience Q&A, and surprise experiences. “To be a part of this new virtual experience that celebrates fan culture and incorporates so many different iconic entertainment properties is truly a thrilling opportunity and I can’t wait for fans to check it out,” says Jackie Jennings, Hasbro PulseCon host.
Fans will also be able to get their hands on Hasbro PulseCon exclusive items, available only at Hasbro PulseCon in the US & Canada, including:
Ghostbusters Plasma Series Tully’s Terrible Night (Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $49.99 / Available: September 2020)
G.I. Joe Classified Series Snake Supreme Cobra Commander Action Figure (Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $29.99 / Available: September 2020)
Power Rangers Lightning Collection Mighty Morphin Lord Drakkon Evo III Figure (Ages 4 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $49.99 / Available: September 2020 )
Transformers: Generations War for Cybertron Trilogy: Quintesson Pit of Judgement 5-Pack (Ages 8 and Up / Approx. Retail Price: $69.99 / Available: September 2020)
Marvel Legends Series 6-Inch Hellfire Club Collection (Ages 4 years and up / Approx. Retail Price: $79.99 / Available: September 2020)
Marvel Legends Series 6-Inch X-Men Marvel’s Logan & Charles Xavier Figure 2-Pack (Ages 14 years and up / Approx. Retail Price: $49.99 / Available: September 2020)
Star Wars: The Vintage Collection Star Wars: The Clone Wars 501st Legion ARC Troopers Figure 3-Pack (Ages 4 years and up / Approx. Retail Price: $49.99 / Available: September 2020)
Star Wars: The Black Series Heroes of Endor Figure Set (Ages 4 years and up / Approx. Retail Price: $109.99 / Available: September 2020)
Star Wars: The Black Series 6-Inch-Scale Hoth Wampa Figure (Ages 4 years and up / Approx. Retail Price: $29.99 / Available: September 2020)
Writer Cullen Bunn has announced a new fantasy adventure comic, Deepest Catacombs. The story, which will feature dozens of artists, is inspired by the one-page advertisements for Dungeons and Dragons that appeared in comics in the 80s.
The comic will be released online in one-page installments. Each installment will be drawn by different artists with a mix of long-established pros and up-and-coming talent. When read together, the installments tell a complete story.
The heroes of Deepest Catacombs include Randall, the would-be knight; Kezira, the mage; Annalynn, the far-ranger; Fingerbones, the goblin thief; and Chops, Kezira’s pig familiar.
Art for the first two installments (and the “cover” image And character designs) was provided by A.C. Zamudio and Nick Zamudio. Other installments will be illustrated by a host of surprise artists. The first wave of the project will run 24 pages, though Bunn is already planning a second wave.
Bunn is working with frequent collaborator Anton Kromoff of Old Magic Gaming to release these stories. Kromoff is doing design work on the project, creating the logo, setting up page templates, and lettering the stories. He is also working with Bunn and some of the other creators to develop gaming content set in the world of Deepest Catacombs.
(W) Jim Zub (A/CA) Max Dunbar In Shops: Jul 08, 2020 SRP: $3.99
Delina, Shandie, and Krydle fight to hold back the hordes of devils attacking Elturel while Minsc and Nerys struggle to survive the Blood War raging below! Souls and sanity are set to crumble as the Infernal Tides roll in!
Dungeons & Dragons established the roleplaying game category with great storytelling for both tabletop and video game audiences. It continues to be a cultural force in bookstores and online!
Two new adventurers have joined the party as New York Times bestseller and former WWE superstar AJ Mendez and actor Aimee Garcia are announced as co-writers for the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World comic book from IDW Publishing!
Based on the massively popular game and featuring a cast of brand-new characters, the four-issue At the Spine of the World storyline launches in late summer with artwork by IDW mainstay Martín Cóccolo.
In At the Spine of the World, the never-ending winter’s night is slowly driving an isolated town in the depths of Icewind Dale to the brink of insanity. To save them all, a perilous journey awaits a band of adventurers as they battle a furious icy god and uncover the plot of an ancient primordial evil.
Dungeons & Dragons: At the Spine of the World #1 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Martin Coccolo, a roleplaying game-style Character Sheet design by Max Davenport as Cover B, and two Retailer Incentive editions by Catherine Nodet and Max Davenport, respectively.
B. Dave Walters (Author) Tess Fowler (Artist, Cover Artist) Jay Fotos (Colorist) Ibrahem Swaid (Cover Artist)
An all-new adventure of epic scope and flair that combines the elements of storytelling and action that make every campaign so fun!
When war threatens the Moonshae Isles, legendary heroes return to defeat the forces of an unthinkable foe. The Forgotten Realms are changed forever as young wizard Helene and her friends grow from raw recruits on the streets of Mintarn into powerful warriors.
Jim Zub (Author) Max Dunbar (Artist) Nelson Daniel (Artist) Netho Diaz (Artist) Hydro74 (Cover Artist)
Go beyond your tabletop campaign—or fuel it with new material—in this trio of immersive adventures set in the boundless world of the Forgotten Realms.
A new generation of heroes, led by a revived Minsc and Boo, rises to protect Baldur’s Gate, but they’ll soon find themselves fighting evil forces throughout the Realms and beyond. Whether they’re stopping a plot by the Cult of the Dragon to destroy the city; escaping from the endless night of Ravenloft in the Demiplane of Dread; or facing down frost-giant raiding parties in the frigid Spine of the World, the action never stops! GO FOR THE EYES, BOO!
Collects Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate, Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows of the Vampire, and Dungeons and Dragons: Frost Giant’s Fury.
(W) Jim Zub (A/CA) Max Dunbar In Shops: May 20, 2020 SRP: $3.99
An entire city sent sliding into Hell, and the Baldur’s Gate heroes are trapped along for the ride! With infernal devils attacking from every side and no way home, how will our heroes survive?
Infernal Tides continues the D&D comic odyssey written by Jim Zub (D&D: Legends of Baldur’s Gate, D&D: Shadow of the Vampire, Avengers) with artwork by Max Dunbar (Avengers, D&D: Legends of Baldur’s Gate)!