Regional Coordinator for the US Plains Region needed

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The current regional coordinator for the Plains region (Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas) has moved outside the region and stepped down from the position.  We wish Adam luck in his new endeavors and we doubt it’ll be the last we hear of him.

If you’re interested in becoming part of the D&D Adventurers League as the US Plains Regional Coordinator read the details of the position then fill out the form below to apply. We’ll be accepting applicants until next Friday 10/3. If you’ve already applied, no need to reapply Continue reading

New Page: MANAGING D&D ENCOUNTERS IN-STORE

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With the recent In Store or Store Affiliate Play Options page we described how to start organizing the D&D Adventurers league at your store. This article explains how to manage D&D Encounters and gives you a few options in order to make it work well for your store.

Previously D&D Encounters was the only in-store program available, as such the new direction of D&D Adventurers League play, which includes D&D Encounters as well a D&D Expeditions and Casual D&D Events takes some getting used to.

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Frequently Asked Questions for 9/12/14

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Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions, pulled together by the Far West Regional Coordinator, Arthur Severance. These questions deal with the faction kits from Encounters, Magic Items, & Official Rules answers.

I did not get a faction kit. The store where I play ran out of kits. Will Wizards make more kits? Where do I get a kit? What is in them?

Unfortunately, many people did not get kits; supplies were limited. Fortunately, although kits are cool, you do not need one to play in the Adventurers League.

Wizards produced a very limited number of kits that it gave to stores to promote the start of the current D&D Encounters season. Stores that ordered D&D Encounters for August 2014 got about 20 player’s kits and four Dungeon Master’s kits. Wizards does not have any more and does not plan to make any more for this season.

However there will be kits next season! The best way to get one is to play in the Encounters program on Wednesdays. Wizards gets the reporting data from Encounters and uses it to decide how many magic item certificates to give stores each month. It will also use that data to determine which stores should get next season’s kits and how many the stores will need. The more people who play now, the more kits Wizards will know to make for the next season!

While the kits are certainly cool, you do not need them to play. They contained a folder, a sticker, a table tent, a welcome certificate, a consumable magic item, and a code for use in the online game Neverwinter Nights. The Dungeon Master kits also contained a certificate on which a Dungeon Master could start a character with extra gold, a set of armor, or a magic item.

Do I need a certificate to use a magic item, and can I get one for an item I got in a home game or at a convention?

No, and generally no. Page 6 of the Adventurers League Player’s Guide clearly states that you do not need a certificate to use a magic item. You only need them if you want to trade a magic item.
Stores or conventions that have certificates may give them to players at in-person, public games to players that already earned the associated magic item, but did not get a certificate for it.
Note that certificates are very limited, and most locations will not have access to extras or may reserve them for play at their in-person, public events.

Will there be official rulings on ambiguities in the D&D rules? Where should I to find official rulings?

You can always contact Game Support for guidance on a ruling in the D&D rules, but the Dungeon Master is the final arbiter of rules at your table. The basic rules and Player’s Handbook are the go-to sources for all gameplay-related questions (most questions can be answered with the basic rules); the basic rules, Player’s Handbook, and any other player-oriented reference materials should be used for character-specific rules.

Dungeons & Dragons & Extra Life

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The Dungeons & Dragons team is leading an effort to help children through the Extra Life event. Find out how to participate!

In addition for raising money for a great charity you can help out your D&D Adventurers League character with great rewards.

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For those gamers who help on this quest, we have a special reward. Participating members of the D&D Extra Life team who raise $50 or more will receive some promotions to be used in the D&D Adventurers League and in the Neverwinter MMORPG. Like last year, we’ll also be supporting our donors with periodic rewards during the livestream. More details will be available in October.

See the Wizards website article for full details:

How a store can start hosting D&D Adventurers League games

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Where once D&D Encounters was the only option for local game stores to run D&D organized play, the D&D Adventures League program has expanded public play options. D&D Adventurers League is the overarching program that includes D&D Encounters, D&D Expeditions, and D&D Epics, of those three D&D Encounters & D&D Expeditions are complimentary programs available to stores from Wizards of the Coast. In addition to D&D Encounters & D&D Expeditions stores can schedule Casual D&D events for events that don’t quite fit into D&D Encounters or D&D Expeditions.

Continue reading the In-store and Store Affiliated Play Options page

Gen Con’s “DM of the Year” goes to David Stark!

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Man, I wish I had more time at Gen Con – and not just for the very limited-edition swag that the Adventurers League admins managed to hide in their luggage (seriously; just ask Robert about his airline story sometime).  One of the main reasons that I wanted more time at Gen Con this year was to get to know David “Oak” Stark a bit better.

 

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Why should you know who David is?  Because David is the winner of the very first “DM of the Year” award, thanks to Wizards of the Coast and Baldman Games.

As an all-around good guy (I checked, his tables loved him and I even made him run in circles during the Saturday night Corruption in Kryptgarden special adventure), David proved himself to be an awesome DM amidst a sea of incredibly talented folks – including a fair number of DMs that I look up to myself!

The blue box that he’s holding isn’t a TARDIS, but rather a crystal d20 with some special messages inscribed on it.  I don’t want to ruin the surprise of it, but suffice it to say that it’s equal parts sappy and respectful.

When I reached out to David for some comments, he was kind enough to respond with these words:

“I am David “Oak” Stark. I Live in Oklahoma City where I am actively involved at my FLGS with Encounters. 
I also wanted to say thanks to all of you for giving me an incredible weekend. If not for the hard work all of you put forward, it would have been impossible to win that award.”
Congratulations, David!  Keep up the hard work and please accept the gratitude of Adventurers League admin staff!
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(Robert Adducci, David “Oak” Stark, and me)

 

Regional Coordinators Announced

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We’ve assembled our party, before you stands the Regional Coordinator team for the D&D Adventurers League! We’ll be adding RC bios and information on how to get a hold of them soon. For now, if you see them online or at GenCon congratulate them.

Thank you to everyone who applied the decisions were tough and we have put together a great team. If you weren’t chosen, fret not, the RC’s will need a good support staff and more local coordinator help. They’ll be in touch. Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions for 8/8/14

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With  the release of the D&D Adventurers League Player’s Guide there have been plenty of questions, here are a few answers to those questions:

How much Renown and Downtime do characters gain for each Part of the Starter Set adventure, Lost Mine of Phandelver?

In Lost Mine of Phandelver each Part is equivalent to the Episodes from Hoard of the Dragon Queen, thus each Part that is completed rewards characters with 1 Renown point for their faction and 10 Downtime Days.

How do DMs log rewards for running games and then apply those rewards to their PCs?

DMs fill out a D&D Adventurers League Logsheet as if they were the player and they fill in the store organizers DCI# as the DM with notes of what adventure they ran. DM rewards include downtime and experience only, no gold or renown.

How do DMs handle characters who have started D&D Encounters and want to play a D&D Expeditions game but have not finished an Episode/Part of Lost Mine of Phandelver or D&D Encounters.:

Players recieve XP/gold, etc as normal for each session, but do not recieve the episode/part rewards, Renown/Downtime.

Hoard of the Dragon Queen online supplement

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DnD_HOD_300x300 The Hoard of the Dragon Queen online supplement has been released!

Fight the war against draconic oppression in this adventure for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

In an audacious bid for power, the Cult of the Dragon, along with its dragon allies and the Red Wizards of Thay, seek to bring Tiamat from her prison in the Nine Hells to Faerun. To this end, they are sweeping from town to town, laying waste to all those who oppose them and gathering a hoard of riches for their dread queen. The threat of annihilation has become so dire that groups as disparate as the Harpers and Zhentarim are banding together in the fight against the cult. Never before has the need for heroes been so desperate.

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