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D&D Next

  1. Review: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Is the Most Newcomer-Friendly Version Yet

    "I'm attacking the darkness!"

    Dungeons and Dragons is one of those ur-pillars of geekdom, like classic Doctor Who or original flavor Star Trek, which everyone associates with being a geek. Unfortunately, like classic Who and its incredible backlog of seasons, D&D's steep learning curve can be discouraging for new players. The complexity of previous D&D editions can make starting out prohibitively overwhelming. But not anymore.

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  2. The Mary Sue Exclusive Interview: Mike Mearls and Jeremy Crawford on Acknowledging Sexuality and Gender Diversity in D&D

    Dungeons and Literally a Five-Headed Dragon

    Mike Mearls and Jeremy Crawford, lead designers of the latest edition of Dungeons & Dragons, out this summer, talk about the mechanics of inclusive gaming, Gen Con diversity panels, realistic artwork, and the decision to "look at the wonderfully diverse group of people who play the game and say, 'There’s a place for each of you at the game table'" with the system's new suggestions for roleplaying gender and sexuality.

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  3. What’s in a Name? The Wizard/Sorcerer Split In Dungeons & Dragons

    Is the sorcerer an endangered species?

    The latest playtest for the upcoming fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons, known as D&D Next, made a minor but significant change to the Wizard class: its name. It's now the Mage. Aside from the fact that it's gender-neutral and not alphabetically last, what does this say about the future of the D&D wizard and its marginalized sibling, the sorcerer?

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  4. D&D Next and Why it is Your Duty to Play it

    You and your fellow adventurers are standing in a dimly lit dungeon. Through the mist, you see the silhouette of something the likes of which you have never seen. Emerging from the grey dungeon mist, you finally catch sight of it: It's D&D Next! Roll for initiative.

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