WotC's upcoming Temple of Elemental Evil storyline for D&D 5e

WotC has announced the new storyline event for Temple of Elemental Evil. 

There's a board game, there's minis, the whole nine.
January 20, 2015 – Renton, WA – Today, Wizards of the Coast announced the newest Dungeons & Dragons storyline and accompanying product offerings for both digital and tabletop RPG players. Coming off of the biggest and most exciting year yet for Dungeons & Dragons, the Elemental Evil storyline starts in March and runs through mid-summer. During that time, heroes are needed in the Forgotten Realms to discover and defeat secret cults that threaten to annihilate the Sword Coast by harnessing the powers of the elements of fire, water, air, and earth. 
The product line-up includes the release of a new downloadable module—Neverwinter: Elemental Evil—for the highly acclaimed free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG from Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment. Serving as an additional way for fans to experience the storyline, Neverwinter: Elemental Evil brings a new playable class—the Paladin—and increases the game’s level cap to 70. Neverwinter is set in the Forgotten Realms, and the new expansion launches in early 2015. Cryptic also recently announced Neverwinter on Xbox One will be available in early 2015 as well. 
Characters in the D&D tabletop roleplaying game can help prevent devastation to the lands and people of the Forgotten Realms in the Princes of the Apocalypse adventure by Wizards of the Coast and Sasquatch Game Studio. Princes of the Apocalypse is available on April 7, 2015 and includes an epic adventure for characters levels 1–15 as well as new elemental spells and the element-touched genasi as a new playable race. In addition, a free download will be available in mid-March that includes more new races plus the player content available in Princes of the Apocalypse, just in time for the start of the Elemental Evil season of the D&D Adventurers League. 
Other products tied into the Elemental Evil storyline include the Temple of Elemental Evil Adventure System Board Game and pre-painted collectible miniatures, both from WizKids Games. WizKids has also partnered with Perfect World Entertainment to bundle in-game items for Neverwinter with the Temple of Elemental Evil Adventure System Board Game and miniatures boosters. Rounding out the tabletop RPG game products is Gale Force Nine’s new Dungeon Master’s screen featuring Elemental Evil art, as well as unpainted, resin miniatures that tie into the adventure, all slated to release beginning in March.

If you're curious what the big deal is about the Temple of Elemental Evil you might wanna check out the retrospective from the Grognardia blog from 2009.  It's a storied megadungeon from the Gary Gygax, one of the creators of D&D, and it's roots run deep into the could-have-beens of early development on the game. Just by mentioning Hommlett in a game I recently ran caused talk of the Temple even though I had no intention of introducing it into the game.

The Gravy Age Podcast!

Friends of The Launchpad, Chris and Kris do an excellent podcast called The Gravy Age! And I don't know about you, but I find everything goes better with Gravy.

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Night of the Bloody Hooks Kickstarter launched!

(This is KS of two Launchpad stalwarts)

January 19th, 2015: Michael Todd and Isaac Beach have launched their month-long Kickstarter campaign for Night of the Bloody Hooks.

Night of the Bloody Hooks is a system agnostic collection of short adventure hooks and ideas suitable for modern horror tabletop rolplaying games. Each entry is short, usually no more than a paragraph, containing only the strange premise, the hook, designed to spark a gamemaster's imagination and inspire a suitably diabolical and horrific scenario for the game's players.

"Fear has always intrigued me by being one of the truly universal experiences," said Isaac Beach, one of Night of the Bloody Hooks' writers. "Studying the 'whats' and 'whys' of horror created a need to express the budding scenarios that before only had homes in my notebooks or on my tabletop."

The campaign's $500 goal will allow for the completion of the writing and layout of the project. At that point Night of the Bloody Hooks will be released as a pdf through the popular epublishing sites RPGNow and DriveThruRPG.

"Horror has been my go-to genre in film, video games, and tabletop games for years," said Michael Todd, one of the collection's writers. "I find it creeping along the edges of the games I run in other genres as well, so Night of the Bloody Hooks is a great outlet for all my unused ideas." Michael has been writing for pen and paper roleplaying games since 1992 and self-published the first two Bloody Hooks releases as Big Finger Games. The previous releases and their reviews can be found at RPGNow: http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/603/Big-Finger-Games/subcategory/1604_4396/Horror.

The Kickstarter campaign for Night of the Bloody Hooks runs until February 17th, 2015 and can found here.


HeroClix Justice League Trinity War Preview - SHAZAM!

Earth's Mightiest Mortal appears in the upcoming HeroClix set, Justice League Trinity War! Check out the preview here!


Attack on Titan for Weiss Schwarz announced!

Singapore (January 16, 2015) – Bushiroad announces the addition of hit anime series “Attack on Titan” to its lineup of anime titles in its popular trading card game Weiss Schwarz during the Chaos Festival held at Akihabara UDX from December 28, 2014 to December 30, 2014.

“Attack on Titan” is slated for release in the English Edition and Japanese Edition Weiss Schwarz in the middle of 2015 and will be available as a trial deck as well as in a booster pack. The English Edition will also precede the Japanese Edition, making it the first title to be available in the English Edition Weiss Schwarz before its Japanese counterpart.

“Attack on Titan” started as a manga published by Kodansha in the Bessatsu Shounen Magazine in Japan, and received an anime adaptation in 2013 that brought it mainstream popularity and critical acclaim. Kodansha credited the series for its first revenue increase in 18 years. The first 10 volumes of the manga sold out after the airing of the anime in Japan. The series has also spawned numerous spinoff light novels, manga and short stories, video games, as well as two anime film adaptations and two live-action films. The first season of the anime concluded in September 2013, and a new season will air in 2016 in Japan. As of November 2014, more than 40 million copies of the Japanese manga are in print.

Attack on Titan synopsis from FUNimation: When the man-eating giants called Titans first appeared, humans retreated behind massive walls. After a hundred years of safety, a colossal-sized Titan smashes through the defenses, unleashing a flood of giants and carnage in the streets. Eren Jaeger watches helplessly as one of the creatures devours his mother.

He vows to kill every Titan walking the earth.

Eren and his surviving friends enlist to fight against the insatiable monsters. The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity’s last hope against extinction.

About Weiss Schwarz Weiss Schwarz is a popular card gaming system in Japan, and features various licensed anime characters, including those from “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” and “Fate/Zero.” Bushiroad began offering organized play support and expanded English product offerings since June 2013.