Explore the history of D&D with Lore & Legends this October!
An illustrated guide to Dungeons & Dragons’ beloved fifth edition told through interviews, artwork, and visual ephemera from the designers, storytellers, and creators who bring it to life.
When the reimagined fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons debuted in the summer of 2014, tabletop roleplaying games were on the brink of obsolescence. But within a few short years, D&D found greater success than it ever enjoyed before, even surpassing its 1980s Golden Age. How did an analog game nearly a half-century old become a star in a digital world? For the first time, Lore & Legends reveals the incredible ongoing story of Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition from the perspective of the designers, creators, and players who bring it to life. This comprehensive visual guide illuminates contemporary D&D—its development, evolution, cultural relevance, and popularity—through exclusive interviews and more than 900 pieces of artwork, photography, and advertising curated and analyzed by the authors of the bestselling and Hugo-nominated Art & Arcana.
THE VERY FIRST 5TH EDITION D&D ADVENTURE RETURNS, AND FINALLY FINDS ITS CONCLUSION IN THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED PHANDELVER & BELOW: THE SHATTERED OBELISK!
In Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk, journey to the beloved town of Phandalin, where a malevolent cult threatens to overtake the region. Together with your party, solve mysteries and stamp out growing corruption as you uncover more about the peculiar happenings plaguing the town.
Discover what lurks below in this high-fantasy adventure that begins with the familiar story of Lost Mine of Phandelver and then delves into the perilous Underdark.
DROPPING THIS SUMMER, THE ULTIMATE HANDBOOK TO EVERY DRAGON YOU CAN THINK OF IN THE WORLD OF DUNGEONS & DRAGONS!
Discover the terrifying monsters and fascinating beasts of Dungeons & Dragons with this A-to-Z illustrated guide to all the creatures you might encounter during your adventures. In this single-volume collection of all the creature profiles from the first six books in the Young Adventurer’s Guide series, you’ll find the wild and wondrous creatures that populate the world of Dungeons & Dragons.
Pore over profiles of dragons (from chromatic to metallic), owlbears, unicorns, and more, each accompanied by vivid illustrations. Narrative encounters and storytelling prompts help you strategize so you can make sure to best these beasts in your own campaigns.
With beautiful illustrations and advice on what to do should you come across these magical and terrifying creatures, The Monsters & Creatures Compendium provides the perfect guide for young fans and new players traversing the worlds of D&D.
THE DOPEST STAR WARS MINI GAME YET ARRIVES WITH STAR WARS SHATTERPOINT!
Iconic characters from across the Star Wars galaxy clash in this new miniatures skirmish game! Star Wars: Shatterpoint invites players to collect, assemble, and paint their own squads of heroes, villains, and their allies and pit them against one another in tense duels to control key battlefield objectives.
Focusing on dynamic fights between key characters and a unique combat system that brings the feel of epic Star Wars duels to the tabletop, Star Wars: Shatterpoint gives players 16 characters to begin building their squads along with a selection of terrain to begin constructing their battlefields.
Rounding out the set are all the cards, dice, movement tools and accessory players need to leap into the tactical combat of Star Wars: Shatterpoint!
SO MUCH WARHAMMER AGE OF SIGMAR SERAPHON 🔥 COMING THIS SATURDAY 6/3/23!
After an auspicious first outing in the Seraphon Army Set, Battletome: Seraphon is being made available to all. This book contains everything you need to play armies of Coalesced reptiles and celestial Starborne. It contains new and updated rules, warscrolls, and pitched battle profiles for every last Seraphon unit and sub-faction, plus fresh Path to Glory rules.
All Seraphon operate under the command of the Slann Starmasters. These ancient amphibian augurs were created by the Old Ones to ensure the cosmic equation known as the Astromatrix is not unbalanced and the Great Plan comes to pass. Their mastery of cosmic energies and spellcasting prowess make them powerful linchpins for any Seraphon host.
The skink priesthood are the devoted attendants of the Slann Starmasters, interpreting their croaked pronouncements into prophecy and plans of action, while making certain the temple-cities continue to operate. Starseers are the most powerful skink wizards, second only to their slann superiors, and they read the heavens during battle to predict the future and bestow blessings upon their allies.
While mages and sages sling spells from the back lines, the Saurus Scar-Veterans launch themselves headlong into combat on the back of alpha predators – like the supremely savage aggradons. Possessed of a barely-restrained savagery, rider and mount alike surge into enemy lines with a ferocious roar.
PLUS TONS MORE SERAPHON MODELS DROPPING THIS WEEK!
IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD DELIVERS AN ALL NEW RELEASE THIS WEEK!
It’s a Wonderful World is a card drafting and engine building game for 1 to 5 players. Each round, draft 7 cards and decide which ones to recycle for Resources and which ones to keep for construction to gain victory points.
This expansion introduces six scenarios and hidden content for the campaign. Add this content to the base game for future playthroughs. It’s not a legacy game, but surprises await during the first play. Reset the cards to play the campaign again.
NEW YU-GI-OH WILD SURVIVORS HITS THIS FRIDAY 6/2/23!
This 60-card set brings three new captivating strategies that can dominate Duels! Each theme has a unique gameplay style to discover, so find the one that fits you best!
HOW’S IT WORK & WHAT ARE THE FREE RPGs WE’RE GIVING AWAY?
HOW’S IT WORK?
OK, so first off: since this is our first FREE RPG DAY, and for many of you, yours as well, you’re probably wondering: how’s it work?
It’s pretty simple: first come, first serve, 2 FREE RPG items per person. We’ll have the goodies on a table in participating stores, with some signs letting you know “hey — these are FREE!”
Now, that’s just the first part of the fun! In addition: we’re also hosting a huge 20% OFF sale on TABLETOP RPG games & accessories, and we’ll be giving out a FREE Third Eye D20 Tabletop Sticker with every purchase on FREE RPG Day!
CHECK OUT A FEW OF THE MANY FREE RPGs WE’LL HAVE AVAILABLE! QTY ARE LIMITED! 1ST COME 1ST SERVE!
PATHFINDER A FEW FLORES MORE
A hero’s work is never done! Especially when strange new plants start appearing in the woods—plants whose presence draws all manner of trespassers eager to take advantage of the sudden, mysterious bounty. But where are these plants coming from, and what sinister development in the heart of the forest does their arrival signify? Could it be the beginning of an invasion from another dimension… or something worse?
STARFINDER OPERATION SEASIDE PARK
SAVE THE DAY! When a derelict ship infested with dangerous, hostile aliens comes crashing into an amusement park in the heart of the Pact Worlds, it’s up to the heroes to protect their planet from the worst the Swarm has to offer! Play as one of five unique heroes battling against a dire threat to the galaxy in an unlikely place. You’ll be up against the Swarm, a species of adaptable, buglike aliens that devour everything in their path. Happy bug hunting, heroes!
ROOT RPG: HACKSAW DELL QUICKSTART
Root FRPGD 2023: Hacksaw Dell: The Hacksaw Dell Free RPG Day Booklet is a quickstart rules guide and standalone clearing for Root: The Roleplaying Game. In this scenario, your vagabonds visit Hacksaw Dell, a clearing recently freed from the Marquise de Cat and now trying to determine what its own government and future should be!
AVATAR LEGENDS RPG: MOVERS & SHAKERS QUICKSTART
Avatar FRPGD 2023: Movers & Shakers: The Movers & Shakers Free RPG Day Booklet is a quickstart rules guide and standalone adventure for Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game. In the adventure Movers & Shakers, you and your companions must safeguard the production of a new mover—Sengo: Lady of the Winds—from the Creeping Crystal Triad!
GI JOE / TRANSFORMERS RPG: COBRA/CON FUSION
Cobra/Con Fusion is a cross-over adventure for the Transformers and G.I. JOE Roleplaying Games, best suited for 10th-level characters. With Cobra and the Decepticons teaming up, G.I. Joe and the Autobots will need to work together to stop their dangerous scheme.
VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE: A TASTE OF THE MOON
A Taste of the Moon is a story for Vampire: The Masquerade best suited for a coterie of 4-6 neonate Anarchs. A new type of blood has created buzz among the local Kindred: Cherry Moon. Time to get your fill.
HECKIN’ GOOD DOGGO: SOMEONE’S LAST DAY AT THE TRACK!
Introduce yourself to Heckin’ Good Doggos, the game about dogs doin’ dog stuff with this complete all-ages adventure. It’s the day of the State Derby! Meet other dogs at the track. Find out what happens behind the scenes. Show everyone who’s a good doggo! Contains: Quickstart rules for the +One System, 6 ready-to-play doggos, and a full adventure for Heckin’ Good Doggos RPG!
DUNGEON CRAWL CLASSICS: PIERCING THE DEMON’S EYE
The clock is ticking! The Demon’s Eye is a vault which appears only once every ten years – and you are at the right place at the right time! If your wits, spells, and sword arm are strong enough to survive its deadly traps, there is more wealth here than you can carry. But beware! Centuries ago, the Old Serpent was imprisoned beyond Outside, and now waits for foolish mortals to provide the key to his release. Others have fallen before you. Will you join them? Or will your party succeed in Piercing the Demon’s Eye?
ANIMAL ADVENTURES: THE FARAWAY SEA APOCALYPSE MIAOW
Journey to the Heart of Barkness! A legendary lost hero, a crazed cat king, and a desert island… it’s a call to adventure few can resist, and your characters are no exception! Bring your own animal adventurers, or download one of our adorable pregenerated characters, and set sail for exploration in this new adventure based in Steamforged Games’ new Animal Adventures setting: The Faraway Sea. So get your crew together, and head to the floating city of Flotsam. Heroes are needed!
WARHAMMER 40K DELIVERS MORE KILL TEAM GOODNESS WITH WARHAMMER KILL TEAM: ASHES OF FAITH!
Slinking in the shadows, countless heinous, warp-worshipping Chaos Cults corrupt the weak of mind and soul across the Emperor’s realm. One of Humanity’s strongest lines of defence against such insidious threats is the Inquisition – a clandestine organisation that can call on the most zealous and feared operatives in all the Imperium. Their endless task is to root out and crush any sign of heresy they uncover – and on the world of Exhalus, blighted by war and warp alike, Inquisitorial Agents and mutated Chaos Cults stalk one another through gloomy underhive crawlways, steaming sumps, and rusting industrial ruins.
Kill Team: Ashes of Faith is a campaign expansion box for Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, the ultimate sci-fi skirmish game. It includes 40 plastic miniatures to create extensive rosters for two new Kill Teams – the relentless Inquisitorial Agents and their Ancillary Support operatives, up against the sinister heretics of a Chaos Cult, who mutate into powerful new forms mid-game – as well as two books full of background material, rules for both kill teams, a new campaign system and missions, plus new campaign cards, game tiles, and reusable stickers.
THE NEW ARMY PAINTER SPEEDPAINTS 2.0 SET ARRIVES THIS WEEK!
ALL Speedpaints in one place! This set comes with 90 Speedpaint colours in total, including the 10 ground-breaking Metallic Speedpaints. Also included is a large 100ml bottle of Speedpaint Medium as well as three essential brushes that works well with Speedpaints. Every bottle comes pre-loaded with mixing balls.
NEW STAR WARS X-WING STARTERS DELIVER A PERFECT PLACE TO JUMP INTO THE STAR WARS X-WING MINIATURES GAME!
Players will jump right into the action with this new Starter Set for Star Wars: X-Wing. The Rebel Alliance Squadron Single Player Starter contains everything a new player needs to fly into battle alongside the heroes of the Rebel Alliance. From miniatures to measurement tools to dice to tokens, the core components of Star Wars: X-Wing can be found in this set. The four iconic Rebel Alliance ships included in this starter are the perfect tools to return peace to the galaxy in the name of the Rebel Alliance!
PLUS: we’ll be getting the GALACTIC EMPIRE starter set as well, which is the perfect companion to the REBEL starter!
THE WORLD OF STRANGER THINGS GETS AN AMAZING BOARD GAME COURTESY OF CMON THIS WEEK!
The town of Hawkins is under siege from the Upside Down!
Hawkins, Indiana seems like an average town. However, underneath the exterior lurks a secret. The Hawkins National Laboratory has been doing experiments that have unleashed the horrors of the Upside Down. It’s up to the kids in the town to save it.
In Stranger Things: Upside Down, players take on the role of the kids of Hawkins who are trying to stop the operatives of the Hawkins National Laboratory and the evils from the Upside Down. Players must work together to clear stacks of tokens before time runs out. The game offers 2 seasons of play.