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Kobold Press Designed Tyranny of Dragons Adventures for the New Edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Tabletop Roleplaying Game

Dragon Attack

Somehow, words like “happy,” “pleased” or even “excited” don’t do this announcement justice. So just imagine the dazed grins on our faces when we say…

…Kobold Press, working as a design studio for Wizards of the Coast, has designed two adventures to support the upcoming Tyranny of Dragons storyline—Hoard of the Dragon Queen (out in August) and The Rise of Tiamat (October). These adventures are the first to work with the new rules set.

Veteran D&D designers Wolfgang Baur and Steve Winter are combining forces to provide fans of the tabletop roleplaying game with two dragon-packed adventures that takes your band of brave adventurers into the Forgotten Realms to do battle with the Cult of the Dragon and its dread queen, Tiamat herself.

Rath Modar“Wolfgang Baur was at the top of our list for a reason,” said Mike Mearls, Senior Manager at Wizards of the Coast. “Between his work on Dungeon magazine in the 1990s and at Kobold Press today, he’s shown a keen eye for adventure design that few can match. What I love about Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat is how Wolfgang and Steve Winter have approached the traditional adventure format. While the episodic structure makes it easy for DMs to trace the campaign’s humble beginnings to its epic conclusion, within those episodes is a level of flexibility and freedom for DMs and players that places this among the great D&D campaigns.”

We’re honored that Wizards invited us to be such an integral part of a new era in D&D history, and we can’t wait to share what we’re doing. From now until Hoard of the Dragon Queen is released to coincide with Gen Con, we’ll post more info about the adventures—plus artwork and designer notes—on the Kobold Press blog as a new series we call Tiamat Tuesdays. We look forward to telling you more about this amazing project.

For more information about the Tyranny of Dragons storyline and the products that support it, visit DungeonsandDragons.com.

And now, to answer some of your no-doubt burning questions…

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D&D’s 40th Anniversary: Words to Celebrate, Part Four

Red Box D&D; TSR, Inc.It’s hard to believe that Dungeons & Dragons is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week! To help commemorate this most glorious occasion, we asked several folk who are working in or who have worked in the RPG industry to share their memories of the game with us. Due to more such folk wishing to share their memories, we have a final part to this series. Enjoy!

Leonard Balsera

What was the first edition of D&D you played?

Lenny: Moldvay’s 1983 red box basic set. I originally got into fantasy gaming through Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf books, a kissing cousin to the Fighting Fantasy books. I learned shortly thereafter that I could do the same kind of stuff with other kids, and pretty much that was that.

What’s your favorite piece of crunch, flavor, art, or text from that edition?

Lenny: The cover. That image is so iconic to me, cutting right to the heart of the game’s premise. I remember thinking of it as a promise and a siren call. “This, right here. If you’re into this, open the box.” I still feel that way, twenty-something years later.

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D&D’s 40th Anniversary: Words to Celebrate, Part Three

Expert - Blue Box - TSR, Inc.It’s hard to believe that Dungeons & Dragons is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week! To help commemorate this most glorious occasion, we asked several folk who are working in or who have worked in the RPG industry to share their memories of the game with us. Due to more such folk wishing to share their memories, we have another part to this series. Behold!

Steve Kenson

What was the first edition of D&D you played?

Steve: Um…technically, AD&D 1st Edition, because our Gamma World characters arrived via Dimensional Portal in the Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, fought our way out of the dungeon, and found ourselves stranded on Greyhawk and… What…? We’d run out of Gamma World modules!

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D&D’s 40th Anniversary: Words to Celebrate, Part Two

In Search of the Unknown; TSR, Inc.It’s hard to believe that Dungeons & Dragons is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week! To help commemorate this most glorious occasion, we asked several folk who are working in or who have worked in the RPG industry to share their memories of the game with us. Come see how they answered four questions we posed in part two of this two-part celebratory series.

Wolfgang Baur

What was the first edition of D&D you played?

Wolfgang: I played the blue box with my sister and a neighbor, and later tried it out on my parents (they didn’t quite get it, but seemed to sense my enthusiasm for it). I was a DM from the start, and really only got to play an adventurer a year later.

What’s your favorite piece of crunch, fluff, art, or text from that edition?

Wolfgang: It’s impossible to pick from the blue box, but my favorite art from that edition is the cover of B1 In Search of the Unknown. I loved the adventure by Mike Carr, and I think the simple sense of newness and exploration was what drew me into the game. It’s impossible to capture that wonder in a bottle, but exploration and strange sights have remained my favorite parts of D&D. Dave Sutherland and Trampier were the defining artists of my first impression.

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D&D’s 40th Anniversary: Words to Celebrate, Part One

In Search of Adventure; TSR, Inc.It’s hard to believe that Dungeons & Dragons is celebrating its 40th anniversary today! To help commemorate this most glorious occasion, we asked several folk who are working in or who have worked in the RPG industry to share their memories of the game with us. Come see how they answered four questions we posed in part one of this two-part celebratory series.

David “Zeb” Cook

What was the first edition of D&D you played?

“Zeb”: The first edition of D&D I played was the original white box (not the woodgrain box, though). Actually at first I think I was playing from bad photocopies. That was back in about 1974-1975, I think, definitely when I was in college. Eventually I found a copy of the box (and had the money to buy it!) at a local campus bookstore. It’s a classic early adopter story for D&D.

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