Major Twitter Update for GameMasters

Major Twitter Update:

After 3 YEARS of trying to get the correct name on Twitter for this site, I finally have the correct name back!

I am unsure of exactly what happened, perhaps it was an ex-employee that registered the name (gamemasters) on Twitter thus preventing me from really being able to brand myself and this website over there, or perhaps it was a random namesake.  Regardless, I finally have it secured!

Current followers won’t see too much of a change, but for new ones, please head over to:  https://twitter.com/gamemasters and give me a follow!

You’ll love the game news we bring you!

 

-GameMasters.com

Dungeon Masters Guild Opens as a Marketplace for D&D Creations

I remember back when Dungeons & Dragons came out with the Forgotten Realms gray boxed set.. I also remember submitting an original adventure to the publisher based on an area in the Forgotten Realms.

I was about 14 at the time and was rejected (this was back when TSR ran D&D).  My adventure was rejected that is.  Well, as a kid I was rejected too but that’s for a different post at a different time.

They cited that I was too young to enter into a contract and they had to reject the adventure based on that.  That was kind of them, but I’m sure there were other reasons (like maybe it wasn’t that good of an adventure, but they didn’t want to flat out state that)..

Anywho…

That didn’t stop me from creating my own adventure to run my friends through.  I was obsessed with D&D and role playing games and the thought of creating an entire world was cool.  The thought of being able to share that world with others was, well, the thought of it was out of this world!

I never did try to resubmit it, but I did polish it and perfect it.  In fact, it was a launch pad that branched off into a 9 year campaign.

Thanks to an email I received today, however, I may very well brush it off and update it and resubmit my adventure.  First off, Wizards of the Coast ROCKS, I think that they have done wonderous things with Dungeons & Dragons.  Second off, What I’m about to reveal will change the game, literally, for ever, again all thanks to Wizards of the Coast.

The email?  Oh, I’ll talk about that in a moment.  First, however, know that you too can create an original adventure based in the Forgotten Realms setting and make money off of it!

Ahhh, now it sounds like I’m making a sales pitch!  Not at all.

Now for the email:

It starts off:

Dungeons & Dragons is all about creativity. For more than 40 years, the folks who spent the bulk of their time creating amazing adventures, those noble Dungeon Masters, did not have a convenient outlet to share them with the gamers who weren’t sitting at their table. You either had to raise money to publish a physical book or zine on your own, or convince a publisher you had the chops. Now, the Dungeon Masters Guild puts the power to share that creativity firmly in the hands of the DM.

Oh this is sounding mega-wicked-cool!

It continues:

The Dungeon Masters Guild is a collaboration between Dungeons & Dragons and our friends at DriveThruRPG, and it is designed to support and reward you – whether you’re an experienced DM or just starting out. Today, you can upload your creations to the

DMs Guild website, as well as browse submissions from some of gaming’s most esteemed designers.

Are you starting to see the Oh-Crap-This-Is-Sweet element yet?

The email continues:

For the first time ever, you’ll be able to self-publish material set in the Forgotten Realms using monsters, spells, characters, and locations previously unavailable. Set your side trek in Neverwinter or Baldur’s Gate, have your characters go toe-to-toe with the Xanathar, the beholder crime lord of Waterdeep, or fall in with some traitorous drow in Menzoberranzan. With some exceptions noted on the DMs Guild website, the Forgotten Realms is at your fingertips.
You can set whatever price you like for your creation; you can give your new monster away for free or charge a few gold coins. If you do decide to ask for money, you’ll get half of the revenue while DriveThruRPG and Dungeons & Dragons will split the other. We care about our creators and that’s why they get the biggest cut!
Did you see it??  Did you???  YOU can make money off of your home brew Forgotten Realms creations!
The email also delves into a little bit of detail:
Creators can upload whatever kind of Forgotten Realms material they’d like to the Dungeon Masters Guild, but we’ll be featuring side treks, monsters, and backgrounds on the site. For now, the Guild is only accepting Forgotten Realms material that uses the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons rules. For everything else, we’ve updated the Open Gaming License so that publishers can continue releasing their own material. Read more about the updated OGL here.
Head to dungeonmastersguild.com to see what’s available to download right now.
Yeah, my mind is exploding with adventures now.  I’m seriously excited to try my hand at creating some new adventures and making some cash in the process!
To read up on more details about what all the “fine print” is check out this link:
Once you have set up an adventure and have it listed, let me know!  I’ll be among the first to buy it and recommend it to others!

 

2016 Video Game Master List (release dates)

Let’s start off the New Year of 2016 by showing you guys a list of all the major games coming out this year! I have scoured the web, cross referenced with my contacts, and in some cases confirmed with my list of publishers the release dates of the following games. Keep in mind that this list may change over the course of the year (hey, delays happen, and as Alpha testing moves to Beta testing things can pop up that force the publisher to change release dates), but for the most part this list should be fairly accurate. Keep in mind too that the further we look into 2016, the more “wiggle” room there may be for the dates listed.

Feel free to bookmark this post (and let your gamer friends know too) and check back so you can plan to make your purchase when the games are released! Also note that as I find more games and as games get solid and confirmed release dates, I’ll be updating this master list!

With that, let’s see what video games are coming out in 2016!

2016AC

January

4th
Shooting Stars (PC)

5th
Amplitude (PS4)
Hardware: Rivals (PS4)
Volume (PSVita)

6th
Lovely Planet (XB1)

12th
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India (XB1, PS4, PC) Read more »

Star Wars Force Awakens Who Is Rey Theory

Star Wars Spoilers Ahead!

There have been lots of theories spring up about who Rey is…

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One states she is the daughter of Luke Skywalker.

Another states that she is an abandoned daughter of Han and Leia.

And yet another states that she may be Obi-Wan Kenobi’s granddaughter.

but… I have another…

JJ Abrams is a HUGE fan of Howard Stern…..

I theorize that Rey and Kylo are not related in any way, and by the 3rd movie Rey redeems Kylo bringing him back to the name Ben and they get married.
Knowing that the galaxy is probably looking for Ben (because they don’t realize he’s turned good now), they change their last names to Stern and have a child.
They name this child Howard.
Howard Stern’s parents names are Ray and Ben Stern.

And Howard brings peace and balance to the Galaxy…

DRAGON+ APP Now on the Web!!! (Dungeons and Dragons)

Back in May I wrote a small blurb up about Dragon+, the App from Wizards of the Coast, that essentially put Dragon Magazine back on the map.

Well, they went and did it again and upsurged the Dragon+ App and made it available online and accessible on your computer!

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Getting it’s debut on the web, Issue #5 rolls out with a new cover designed by former graffiti artist, Todd James.  He will also be making a public appearance at the Twenty-Sided Store in Brooklyn on December 20th to sign posters of his Dragon+ cover and will also debut his new D&D T’s that will be sold via Mishka, a born in Brooklyn, raised in Hell, alternative t-shirt company.  You can see more info about them, this special event, and how to order Todd’s shirts at https://mishkanyc.com/

New stuff in issue 5 of Dragon+:

Celebrity Guest:

Interview with Rainn Wilson (we also posted a podcast interview with him here: Rainn Wilson Podcast Interview).

Digital Games Behind-the-Scenes:

10 killer things you need to know about Neverwinter MMO’s deadliest locations and details from the creative teams behind Sword Coast Legends and Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.

Tabletop & Novels:

Jeremy Crawford gives advice on how to convert elements from previous editions of the game to 5th edition; Erin M. Evans gives a psychological breakdown of the demon lord Graz’zt from her latest novel, Ashes of the Tyrant; and Peter Lee talks about how being bad in the newest D&D board game, Tyrants of the Underdark, is a good thing!

Issue #5 of Dragon+ is not limited to just those three things, there is much much more!  Even more if you have not checked out issues 1 through 4!

To get Dragon+ is super easy!

To access issue #5, simply visit dragonmag.com (when you go there, it should automatically default to the latest issue, but you can select older ones) or download the free app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play.  Dragon+ also aggregates D&D content across Facebook, Tumblr, and the Dungeons & Dragons website, making it a one-stop-shop for all the latest D&D news.

 

Game on and may your die roll nat 20’s!

 

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