Does anyone else feel like they batted through a dungeon of ferocious monsters and dastardly traps just to get through this week? Well good news, the exit is in sight! The weekend is here, and means it’s time for another edition of tabletop RPG news!
The moment of truth is here for Hasbro, as the new Dungeons & Dragons movie hit a few theaters before its official March 31 release date. Will it be a hit? Will it make people fall in love with D&D enough to leave the OGL fiasco behind them? And, on a larger scope, will the rising tide of a successful film really lift all boats and be a win for TTRPGs as a whole? The news might just clue us in.
D&D Movie Premieres Early For Amazon Prime Members Amid Good Reviews
Thanks to an early screening at the SXSW festival, we now know that Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves has turned out to be a truly fun action romp through the Forgotten Realms. It looks like Paramount is eager to capitalize on the good word-of-mouth with an aggressive marketing campaign ahead of the film’s worldwide release. One such event is an exclusive early screening on March 19 for Amazon Prime members. You can follow this link to get tickets now and be the first in your party to see the exciting new movie.
Support Trans Rights In Florida And Nab Hit TTRPGs For $5
Many indie creators over on itch.io have put together the TTRPGs for Trans Rights in Florida bundle. For $5, you will get over 500 games from 250 creators. Included are indie hits Wanderhome and Thirsty Sword Lesbians. Giving $10 will net you an additional 5E mod. Proceeds from the bundle will go to Zebra Youth and Transinclusive Group, two groups that are working to help trans people in Florida who may be suffering due to the new bills and bans targeting them. The bundle runs from March 13 to April 7 and is looking to raise $250,000.
Walking Dead RPG Hits Kickstarter To Great Success
The Walking Dead Universe Roleplaying Game is now up on Kickstarter, apparently after much anticipation. The campaign has long passed its $23,879 goal with 19 days still left to go at the time of this writing. Most pledge levels give you the Core Rulebook and Starter Set, either in digital form or physical book. Stretch goals include special dice, new character archetypes, and character sheets for beloved characters from the TV series.
D&D Historian On Why Hasbro Tried To Cancel The OGL
While the OGL is mostly a done topic now, that also makes it a great time to look back with a more objective eye. Enter Ben Riggs, author of Slaying the Dragon: A Secret History of Dungeons & Dragons. By leveraging his many contacts at Wizards of the Coast and in legal circles, Riggs emerges with a pretty clear answer in article form: it’s about the money. While that might not be shocking at all, Riggs breaks down the wording of the OGL, Hasbro corporate actions, and recent PR to form an interesting throughline on how things probably happened on the corporate side.
That’s the end of this encounter. Now for a nice long rest. Hope your weekend is full of good rolls!