James Haeck on D&D Writing

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Breaking into freelance D&D writing is tough, but James Haeck (@jamesjhaeck) joins us to tell us how his talents were discovered with a little help from a Critical Role. Greg Tito (@gregtito) is joined by co-host Bart Carroll (@bart_carroll) to chat about superheroes and kids puking. Sage Advice – Jeremy Crawford speaks about stealth, but you need to roll Wisdom (Perception) check to determine if you can hear him.

Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:

00:00 – Intro with Greg Tito and Bart Carroll (and James Haeck!)

08:58 – Sage Advice – Stealth

47:48 – Interview with James Haeck

01:31:30 – Outro with Greg and Bart

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James Haeck

James Haeck loves telling stories, making new friends, and growling out the gnarly voices of chromatic dragons to his terrified players. He’s always working on the next D&D project, whether it’s editing EN World EN5ider magazine, designing for the D&D Adventurer’s League, starting kobold revolutions at Kobold Press, or even collaborating with Matthew Mercer on the Critical Role Campaign Guide. He’s been in the Plane of Fire (Southern California) for the past four years, and is overjoyed to return home to Seattle.

About the Hosts

Greg Tito has had weird and long career as an Off Broadway stage manager, a playwright, a theater carpenter, a secretary, an RPG designer, a games journalist, and now a PR/Marketing person. He has loved Dungeons & Dragons ever since 1985 when he found an old copy of the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide on his brother’s bookshelf and he honed that love of fantasy storytelling in the dark streets of Sasserine by way of the Upper West Side gaming group he joined in 2004. He moved his family (wife + two young kids) to Seattle in 2015 to work on D&D and he’s never looked back. You can find Greg on Twitter.

Bart Carroll has been a part of Wizards of the Coast since 2004, having worked with the Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Magic: the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons brands through the years. He’s also been a D&D player since 1980 (with fond memories of coloring the illustrations in his 1st Edition Monster Manual), and is thrilled that his current role includes the D&D website and Dragon+. His favorite monster is the brain in a jar. You can find Bart on Twitter.

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Blizzard Posts: Group Finder Addons Changed, Brewmasters and Discipline in 7.2.5

For today’s Blizzard roundup, we have news on a performance fix to resolve latency and disconnect issues, as well as more class discussion on Brewmaster Monks in 7.2.5.

Volunteer Guard Day is now live on EU realms and earlier today we liveblogged the 7.2 Q&A.

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Since the release of Patch 7.2, we’ve been working to resolve issues with realm performance that were causing players to experience heavy latency and/or disconnects on the Broken Isles.

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Volunteer Guard Day Now Live in EU and US

The Volunteer Guard Day micro-holiday is now live on EU and US realms! On this day we take time to celebrate the hard work that city guards perform. Salute them and show them you care!

/salute a Guard
When this micro-holiday is in effect, there is no quest leading to it. Simply go to a major city in Azeroth, and /salute a guard. Doing this will transform you to match the appearance of the guard you saluted.

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Live Developer Q&A for April 27th

The Live Developer Q&A with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas took place at 11am PST. We have liveblogged the highlights below.

Watch live video from Warcraft on www.twitch.tv

Highlights

Currently no plans to stop the periodic Legion zone assaults.

Focus on separate class questing will be lessened in future patches but class identity is still a big theme for the expansion.

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Lost Emberspit Scorpion and Mask of Artful Dodging Updates

Several more exciting secrets were discovered today: the hunter tame Lost Emberspit Scorpion coming in 7.2.5 and the Rogue transmog item Mask of Artful Dodging was fixed and made available on live servers.

Lost Emberspit Scorpion

Lost Emberspit Scorpion was discovered by Valnaaros from Petopia.

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Lost Emberspit Scorpion and Mask of Artful Dodging Discoveries

Several more exciting secrets were discovered today: the hunter tame coming in 7.2.5 and the Rogue transmog item Mask of Artful Dodging available on live servers.

was discovered by Valnaaros from Petopia. Formerly there was a bug which allowed hunters to tame this fiery scorpion through other means, and it seems Blizzard has fixed the bug but given players a permanent way to attain this fiery pet in Patch 7.2.5.

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Patch 7.2.5 PTR Build 23993 – Cage Helm, Priest/Brewmaster Updates, Magni Voice Over

The weekly 7.2.5 PTR build is on the way! There are new Tier 20 set bonus changes and significant updates to Discipline Priest, Affliction Warlock, and Brewmaster Monk. There are also voiceover files for Chromie, Magni, Ephemeral Dread, and more!

The Moonkin Festival is also open for testing on the PTR, which we previewed yesterday.

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Work on Patch 7.2.5 is continuing to progress, and this week’s PTR update reflects that.

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April 26th Hotfixes – Prot Paladin Artifact Challenge Nerf

April 26th hotfixes include health reductions to Inquisitor Variss and Highlord Kruul’s health pools in the Protection Paladin Artifact Challenge. Check out our Challenge Tips and Spec Guides if you need help with these encounters!

Also check out the recent news on Lalathin and the Tiller’s Dog, Traveler Pepe for Sale, and the Weekly Events including new Broken Shore Quests and a new Mythic+ Affix.

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Dragonfire

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Dragonfire is a 3 to 6 player deckbuilding game set within the world’s greatest roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons. Players choose from several classic fantasy races, from dwarf to elf, half-orc to human, and assume one of the quintessential roles of cleric, rogue, fighter, or wizard. Equipped with weapons, spells, and magic items, players begin their adventure along the famed Sword Coast, then journey to other Forgotten Realms locales, such as Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter, and Waterdeep, in future expansions. Along the way, they can level up their characters, find additional equipment, learn new feats, and much more.

Join the quest, and build your own legend!

Deckbuilder Game

A deckbuilder game starts each player with a small deck. Then, during the game, players acquire cards—usually from a large, common selection—that build their deck during play. This provides a dynamic, changing style that makes each game experience new.

Contents

The following is scheduled for this box set (contents subject to change):

  • Dungeon 1 Encounters Deck
  • Dungeon 2 Encounters Deck
  • Wilderness 1 Encounters Deck
  • City 1 Encounters Deck
  • Adventurers 2 Encounter Deck
  • Market Deck
  • Magic Items Deck
  • Character cards
  • Adventure cards
  • Adventure booklet
  • Sticker Sheets
  • Tokens
  • Plastic Clips
  • Rulebook
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About Catalyst Game Labs

Catalyst Game Labs is dedicated to producing high-quality games and fiction that mesh sophisticated game mechanics with dynamic universes—all presented in a form that allows beginning players and long-time veterans to easily jump into our games and fiction readers to enjoy our stories even if they don’t know the games.

Catalyst Game Labs is an imprint of InMediaRes Productions, LLC, which specializes in electronic publishing of professional fiction. This allows Catalyst to participate in a synergy that melds printed gaming material and fiction with all the benefits of electronic interfaces and online communities, creating a whole-package experience for any type of player or reader. Find Catalyst Game Labs online at www.catalystgamelabs.com.

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Lalathin Hippogryph Tame and Garrison Dog in Dalaran Discoveries

After the big discoveries earlier in Patch 7.2 like the Riddler’s Mind-Worm Mount and hidden spectral hunter pet tames, there are even more secrets for the community to discover in Patch 7.2!

Today two discoveries were made: Lalathin and Dog. Thanks to the Secret Finding and Petopia communities for leaving comments on the Wowhead database pages!

Lalathin

With The Nighthold:

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Traveler Pepe Plush Available in Blizzard Gear Store

The latest addition to the Blizzard Gear Store is Traveler Pepe! You can buy this famous Warcraft bird for $20 USD on the Blizzard Store page.

Don’t forget that we have a special Blizzard Gear Code from now through May 31st! Use code WOWHEADMAY for 15% off any Warcraft item from the shop!

Traveler Pepe was added in-game at the start of Legion and can be found at multiple points in the Broken Isles Dalaran. Finding him will grant you the The Tangerine Traveler achievement!

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New Events in WoW for April 25th: Mark of the Sentinax, Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking, Bursting Affix

New World of Warcraft Legion Events for the week of April 25th includes the next quest in the Breaching the Tomb quest chain and the Northrend Timewalking Dungeon Event. The new Bursting affix is active in this week’s Mythic+ as well.

For the day-to-day updates on Emissary quests, Xurios, Mythic+ Affixes, Violet Hold Mythic and more, please visit the Today in Broken Isles section of Wowhead’s front page.

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Feats for Races

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Today we’re offering another batch of feats to playtest. This time, the feats are associated with the races in the Player’s Handbook. We invite you to read them, give them a try in play, and let us know what you think in the survey we release in the next installment of Unearthed Arcana.

The material here is presented for playtesting and to spark your imagination. These game mechanics are in draft form, usable in your campaign but not refined by design iterations or full game development and editing. They are not officially part of the game. For these reasons, material in this column is not legal in D&D Adventurers League events.


The Final Month of the Current UA Series

For a while now, we’ve been releasing Unearthed Arcana multiple times a month as part of a special series of articles. That series wraps up at the end of April 2017. After that, we’ll return to releasing Unearthed Arcana once, sometimes twice, a month, and the Sage Advice column will return. In the meantime, Jeremy Crawford will continue to provide official rules answers on Twitter (@JeremyECrawford), as well as in the Sage Advice segment in the Dragon Talk podcast.


Downtime Survey

Now that you’ve had a chance to read and ponder the skill feats from last week, we’re ready for you to give us your feedback about them in the following survey. This survey will remain open for about three weeks.


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Moonkin Festival Micro-Holiday on Patch 7.2.5 PTR

The adorable Moonkin Festival Micro-Holiday is open for testing on the 7.2.5 PTR! Visit Moonglade and celebrate all things Moonkin!

Moonkin Monitoring: Observe baby moonkin dancing, napping, and moonfiring! Completing this quest awards Moonkin Hatchling who is a temporary companion for 24 hours.

Astralaire – Dance Instructor:

Okay everybody, let’s get loose!
Alright everybody, put your hands up!
Dance like nobody is watching!
Are you all ready for this?

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Command Center Active on NA Realms, Blizzard Posts: Patch 7.2 Hotfixes, Developer Q&A on April 27, WoW Arena Cup #2

The Command Center Building is now active on NA realms for the next three days and provides the War Effort buff.

Today’s Blizzard posts include the latest Developer Q&A session, Patch 7.2 Hotfixes, WoW Arena Cup #2 and more comments on the Anduin cinematic.

We found more Wrathion voice lines in the upcoming 7.2.5 Chromie Storyline! Click here to check out our preview!

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Rest in Peace Hayven Games

It is with a heavy heart that we learned that content creator Hayven Games has passed away from a rare form of cancer, epithelioid sarcoma.

From the video description:

Hayven passed away on the 18th of Mars 2017, 26 years old.

He was an inspiration to many and someone who cared immensely about his fans and community.

Hayven had fought epithelioid sarcoma, a rare and severe form of cancer that usually affects teenagers and young adults.

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Warcraft Cooking IRL: Beer Braised Boar Ribs and Cookbook Giveaway!

It’s time for the third installment of our cooking series from the Official Warcraft Cookbook. Every month or so Lulaboo will cook a different Warcraft Cookbook recipe for Wowhead and add her own chef’s tips. Lulaboo runs a regular home cooking stream on Twitch and you may have seen her cooking WoW dishes as part of the cookbook launch celebration.

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Wowhead Weekly #116 and New Blizzard Shop and J!NX Discount Codes

Wowhead Weekly is back with Episode #116 discussing the latest 7.2 events and 7.2.5 PTR discoveries! We also announced several new discount codes on the show, WOWHEADMAY for 15% off any Warcraft item from Blizzard Gear and WOWHEAD for 20% off any Blizzard item from J!NX.

Wowhead Weekly #116

Wowhead Weekly is a World of Warcraft podcast with Wowhead Site Manager Perculia and Video Manager TradeChat where all the recent Blizzard news and Wowhead developments are discussed.

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Warglaives of Azzinoth Transmog Clarifications, April 21 Hotfixes

Blizzard has clarified how to acquire the Arsenal: The Warglaives of Azzinoth transmog in Patch 7.2.5! Players must complete I’ll Hold These For You Until You Get Out, which is to defeat Illidan in Black Temple Timewalking after acquiring the Warglaives of Azzinoth achievement.

For more Timewalking news, check out our Timewalking Lord Kazzak, Azuregos, and Green Dragons Preview.

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Emi Tanji and Kate Irwin on Art Design in TftYP

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Senior Graphic Designer Emi Tanji and Art Director Kate Irwin come to the studio to talk about putting together Tales from the Yawning Portal, a much different book than the D&D team has made in the past. Hosts Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito) talk briefly about headphones, which are called “cans” in the audio business, I swear. Lore You Should Know – Matt Sernett (@Sernett) and Chris Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDND) talk about the funny, wondrous creatures called Flumphs.

Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:

00:00 – Intro with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble (And Kate Irwin & Emi Tanji!)

03:24 – Lore You Should Know – Flumphs (See bibliography below)

16:51 – Interview with Emi Tanji and Kate Irwin

01:01:46 – Outro with Greg and Shelly

Subscribe to the Official D&D Podcast on iTunes, on Google Play, or wherever you get podcasts.

And as Kate mentions on the podcast, if you’re interested in submitting your artwork to be considered for use with D&D, send five images to artdrop@wizards.com.


Emi Tanji
Sr. Graphic Designer at D&D

Emi Tanji stands at 5’1” and is apparently getting shorter every year. The one thing NOT getting shorter is her love for all things fiction and fantasy! She grew up in Hawaii, glued to RPGs on the SNES and in the last ten years has made her way through Wizards working on Magic the Gathering, Maple Story, Duel Masters, Avalon Hill and Dungeons & Dragons. One day she hopes to learn how to become an excellent DM – but for now, will get by as a Sr. Graphic Designer for the best brand in the world (Dungeons & Dragons).

Kate Irwin
Art Director at D&D

Kate Irwin is the Senior Art Director for the D&D studio. She has her fingers in all the brand’s pies, overseeing the TRPG, licensed products, and video games. True to her profession, she has an opinion about most things except where to go for lunch. She is a nearly-native Seattleite and lives there with her husband, 2 dogs, and 2 cats.

Bibliography for Flumphs:

Fiend Folio
Castle Greyhawk
Dragon #246 – “Ecology of the Flumph”
Monster Manual – fifth edition – Flumph p. 135
Greg Tito’s Silly Flumph Adventure in the Underdark – Extra Life 2015

And hey, if you enjoy Dragon Talk, leave us a review and rating. It helps more people discover the awesomeness of D&D and tabletop roleplaying in general. Even if you think we could improve or have ideas for guests, drop us a note on Twitter or in the reviews. Thanks!

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