D&D Experience: January 28-31
Just around the corner is our feature D&D convention for the year – D&D Experience! Taking place in Fort Wayne, Indiana January 28-31, D&D Experience will be your place to get the inside track on what’s going on with the game for 2010. We’ll have a detailed breakdown of (most) everything to expect at the show in the January column, but you can see a full schedule over at the D&D Experience website and register for games. Run by our go-to big show organizer David Christ, here’s just a short list of some of the exciting activities we have in store this year:
•Dark Sun Sneak Peek. You want to know about the world of Athas in 4th Edition? There’s no better place to be than D&D Experience! We’ll have a special preview adventure using monsters and characters from the upcoming Dark Sun products so you can have a hands-on experience with the new rules. In addition, we’ll be offering a seminar discussing Dark Sun hosted by lead designer Rich Baker.
•Player’s Handbook 3 Preview. If you check out the Dark Sun adventure at the show, you might see some flashes of more Player’s Handbook 3 content that has yet to be spoiled anywhere else. In addition, we’ll have a 2010 Product Preview seminar where we’ll discuss Player’s Handbook 3 and give more details on what you can find within its pages.
•Other Upcoming Surprises. More than just our big early releases during the year, we’re going to save a few surprises for show time. You can expect to have close encounters with products releasing in the first half of 2010 during the show in various places. If you’re going to the show, keep your eyes peeled!
•Seminars Galore. We’re expanding our seminar content this year with at least a half a dozen seminars and workshops taking place, including the return of the ever-popular Annual Product Preview (get ready to tweet and blog) and the DM-troubleshooting workshop Save My Game! In addition, seminars on D&D Organized Play (another good one for spoilers), Dark Sun, Adventure Design, and D&D In the Digital Realm will be offered during the show. A complete seminar schedule with descriptions will be available soon on the D&D Experience website, but as a heads up, all seminars will take place during the afternoon gaming slot (starting at 1 PM) each day.
•Access to Wizards Staff. D&D Experience is one of the best places to meet and greet the staff that work on the D&D game. This year we have a number of guests who will be running games, hosting seminars, and signing autographs throughout the entire weekend. Staff confirmed as of early December include Mike Mearls and Rich Baker, two prominent D&D RPG designers, as well as Bart Carroll from the D&D Insider team, Chris Champagne from our digital department, Trevor Kidd from the community team, and Chris Tulach from D&D Organized Play. Get your book signed, play a game with us, listen to us exchange witty banter at seminars, or just bend our ear to let us know what you think about the game.
•Living Forgotten Realms and More. Lest we forget, D&D Experience is also about playing the hottest new adventures in Organized Play, including a bunch of great new Living Forgotten Realms adventures. This year, all of the LFR core adventures and specials tie together to create an incredible story arc set in Elturel and present the first-ever battle interactive for the campaign! If you’re an LFR player, you won’t want to miss this. If you’re new to LFR, D&D Experience is a great place to start playing with some great exclusives.
•Vendors for Your Gaming Needs. Once again, D&D Experience will have a number of vendors available where you can pick up the latest RPG releases, grab some dice, or get the tool you need to play or DM your game. Don’t fret if you forget a rulebook or your dice bag; we’ll have you covered at the show.
•Cool Takeaways. If you preregister for the show, you’ll receive a cool D&D backpack (while supplies last), and there will be some great new D&D Rewards cards in addition to other goodies. If you want to commemorate your time spent in beautiful Fort Wayne, we’ll even have a great-looking “rock concert” style D&D t-shirt for sale at the show!