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Dungeons & Dragons at PAX East 2013

WilliWilli Registered User regular
edited February 2013 in PAX East
We will be running D&D Next, as well as the D&D Board Games and Dungeon Command at PAX East.

D&D Board Game Open Play
Want to play a D&D game without a DM? Do you like cooperative games? How about head-to-head Euro-style games? Or casual dungeon delves? Come with your friends to play any of our D&D themed board games all weekend long! Stop in anytime to select from Dungeon, Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, The Legend of Drizzt, or Lords of Waterdeep!
Friday & Saturday 11 am – 11 pm; Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

D&D Next: Danger at Darkshelf Quarry
Play the D&D Next adaptation of a new adventure that serves as a prequel to the classic Slave Lordsseries! Darkshelf Quarry holds more than limestone and granite. Whispered rumors abound that the quarry’s dwarf overseer isn’t really a dwarf at all, and that he makes most of his money selling slaves, not stone. Investigation is the only way to learn the truth, but beware! The quarry is well defended, and danger lurks within its dark tunnels and hidden chambers. Play this adventure multiple times for a different experience each time! 2nd-level D&D Next characters are provided and rules will be taught as you play.
Friday & Saturday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm; Sunday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm

D&D Next DM’s Challenge: Mines of Madness

Play in this D&D Next prequel to the classic Slaver series. All of our Dungeon Masters are great, and will be competing against each other running this event. They'll be pulling all the stops out and will be at their best. Help pick our best Dungeon Master. A four hour play experience.
Friday & Saturday 7 pm

Dungeon Command Constructed Tournament
Bring your best Dungeon Command warband to compete in a four-round tournament, with the winner crowned PAX East champion! Build your warband containing exactly 12 Creatures with appropriate cards and miniatures, at least 30 Order cards (no more than 4 of any one Order card allowed), a Commander, and 4 battlefield tiles. Free to enter, and prizes abound!
Sunday 11 am

Dragon Rampant judges will next be judging at PAX East, March 22nd -24th, 2013 in Boston MA.

Additional judges are needed. Judges who run 12 or more hours can receive a three day badge for the convention. Judges will receive swag for juging, including a free download of "Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil" from dndclassics.com.

To sign up to judge, or to receive more information, contact Willi Burger (WKBurger @ aol.com).

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    HalfazedninjaHalfazedninja Author of Jake Howard: Multiverse 101! Behind YouRegistered User regular
    How have I never heard of Dungeon Command?

    So it looks like I'm interested in the ENTIRE D&D schedule. :)

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    coconutcrowcoconutcrow Massachusetts, USARegistered User regular
    edited October 2017
    Last PAX East, one of the biggest regrets I had was not giving D&D and tabletop a shot.

    I haven't done much with it in the past, except for making a character sheet at a bud's house over a year ago for a game that fell through.

    That said, would your games be new-friendly? It sounds like it's more for people who've played past editions learning the rules for Next. If that's the case, no biggie.

    I'm sure there'll be plenty of games across the tabletop hall, but it'd be nice to know ahead of time if I can jump into a game.

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Last PAX East, one of the biggest regrets I had was *not* looking into Dungeons and Dragons.

    I really haven't had a lot of experience with it, just making a character sheet at a bud's house over a year ago.

    That said, would your games be newbie-friendly? From the sounds of things, they're gonna be more catered towards people knowing what they're doing. If that's the case, no biggie.

    I'm sure there'll be plenty of games across the tabletop hall, but it'd be nice to know ahead of time if I can jump into a game.

    This reads to me as a learn to play style event. Considering it says "rules will be taught as you play."
    Willi wrote: »
    D&D Next: Danger at Darkshelf Quarry
    Play the D&D Next adaptation of a new adventure that serves as a prequel to the classic Slave Lordsseries! Darkshelf Quarry holds more than limestone and granite. Whispered rumors abound that the quarry’s dwarf overseer isn’t really a dwarf at all, and that he makes most of his money selling slaves, not stone. Investigation is the only way to learn the truth, but beware! The quarry is well defended, and danger lurks within its dark tunnels and hidden chambers. Play this adventure multiple times for a different experience each time! 2nd-level D&D Next characters are provided and rules will be taught as you play.
    Friday & Saturday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm; Sunday 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm


    One thing to keep in mind is that D&D Next hasn't been fully released yet, so I don't think there can be too much expectation of prior knowledge. Also the crew that has run these events for PAX in the past have always had a focus on getting new people into the game.

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    AsmodeusLoreAsmodeusLore Registered User regular
    edited February 2013
    Zerzhul is correct.
    The Danger at Darkshelf Quarry adventure is very New-Player friendly. It is also very replayable, so you can play it multiple times and get a different adventure each time.
    We'll have everything you need on hand, and teach you the rules. I'm one of the judges, so feel free to come by and say hi, see how things look, and sign up for a game.

    All of the Board Game events are also New-Player friendly. I highly recommend Lords of Waterdeep, if you like Eurostyle board games.

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    PainePaine Registered User regular
    How will signups work this year, particularly for the Darkshelf Quarry and DM Challenge events? Previous PAXs have alternated between signup sheets available from the start of PAX and first-come first-served lines for each event.

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    AsmodeusLoreAsmodeusLore Registered User regular
    edited February 2013
    Willi will have to answer this one definitively, but I believe we are going with the Line(first come, first serve) as we did in 2012. The sign-up sheet (from 2011) was a bit of a disaster, and was modeled off of more traditional gaming conventions. PAX is not a traditional gaming convention, so the Line system worked better here. I believe they are sticking with that system this year.
    I'll see if I can get that confirmed and report back.

    Edit: Confirmed. We will be doing lines again. Sign-Up sheets will not be returning.

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    HalfazedninjaHalfazedninja Author of Jake Howard: Multiverse 101! Behind YouRegistered User regular
    Willi will have to answer this one definitively, but I believe we are going with the Line(first come, first serve) as we did in 2012. The sign-up sheet (from 2011) was a bit of a disaster, and was modeled off of more traditional gaming conventions. PAX is not a traditional gaming convention, so the Line system worked better here. I believe they are sticking with that system this year.
    I'll see if I can get that confirmed and report back.

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    coconutcrowcoconutcrow Massachusetts, USARegistered User regular
    edited October 2017
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    coconutcrowcoconutcrow Massachusetts, USARegistered User regular
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    WilliWilli Registered User regular
    ALL events will be New-Player friendly. Please come by, no matter what your experience. And, as has been pointed out, lot's of folks are learning D&D Next since it's still in playtest. If you want to check it out before the con and haven't yet, pop over to www.wizards.com/dnd and do so. No pre-knowledge required though.

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    Black Flame ZealotBlack Flame Zealot D&D Program Manager Renton, WARegistered User regular
    Also, just to supplement what Willi posted....

    You WILL want to play (or DM) Mines of Madness. It will be one of the best tabletop RPG experiences you'll have at the show. I can't go into too many details yet, but we are so excited about it that we're featuring it both Friday and Saturday night to accommodate as many players as we can. Special guest appearances, swag, and Dungeon Masters competing for this year's title of PAX East DM Champion are going to make this event a can't-miss game for D&D fans of all stripes.

    Hope to see you there!

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    HalfazedninjaHalfazedninja Author of Jake Howard: Multiverse 101! Behind YouRegistered User regular
    Sounds awesome!

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    KrisstaKrissta New HampshireRegistered User regular
    I seriously can. Not. Wait. Every year I kick myself for not playing more games. I'm going to make sure I do way more D&D and tabletop this year!

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    HalfazedninjaHalfazedninja Author of Jake Howard: Multiverse 101! Behind YouRegistered User regular
    Krissta wrote: »
    I seriously can. Not. Wait. Every year I kick myself for not playing more games. I'm going to make sure I do way more D&D and tabletop this year!

    Same here!

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    ZoraZora CTRegistered User regular
    Are you going to have Learn to Play sessions in 4e this year?

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    Black Flame ZealotBlack Flame Zealot D&D Program Manager Renton, WARegistered User regular
    Learn to play will be in D&D Next this year via Danger at Darkshelf Quarry.

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    CryptiksCryptiks Beardmaster Montreal, QcRegistered User regular
    Also, just to supplement what Willi posted....

    You WILL want to play (or DM) Mines of Madness. It will be one of the best tabletop RPG experiences you'll have at the show. I can't go into too many details yet, but we are so excited about it that we're featuring it both Friday and Saturday night to accommodate as many players as we can. Special guest appearances, swag, and Dungeon Masters competing for this year's title of PAX East DM Champion are going to make this event a can't-miss game for D&D fans of all stripes.

    Hope to see you there!

    Seems very interesting!

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    gonexallgonexall PhiladelphiaRegistered User regular
    Zerzhul is correct.
    The Danger at Darkshelf Quarry adventure is very New-Player friendly. It is also very replayable, so you can play it multiple times and get a different adventure each time.
    We'll have everything you need on hand, and teach you the rules. I'm one of the judges, so feel free to come by and say hi, see how things look, and sign up for a game.

    All of the Board Game events are also New-Player friendly. I highly recommend Lords of Waterdeep, if you like Eurostyle board games.

    Are you implying that Mines of Madness is not for new players? If I were to learn with Danger at Darkshelf Quarry would that be enough to play Mines of Madenss the next day?

    Also, perhaps you can't make a good guess, but any idea how early we would need to show up for this (ratio of games going to players waiting in line)?

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    Kiki_louKiki_lou Registered User regular
    Will there be any 4e games going on? Or is there anyone planning on running one on their own?

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    Black Flame ZealotBlack Flame Zealot D&D Program Manager Renton, WARegistered User regular
    gonexall wrote: »
    Are you implying that Mines of Madness is not for new players? If I were to learn with Danger at Darkshelf Quarry would that be enough to play Mines of Madenss the next day?

    Also, perhaps you can't make a good guess, but any idea how early we would need to show up for this (ratio of games going to players waiting in line)?

    I would say that if you learn at Darkshelf, you'll be good to go at MoM.

    We have no clue exactly how popular it will be, but we've budgeted two premium slot times instead of one like in years past for this special event. We will probably open up the line about 90-120 minutes before the event start time.

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    Black Flame ZealotBlack Flame Zealot D&D Program Manager Renton, WARegistered User regular
    Kiki_lou wrote: »
    Will there be any 4e games going on? Or is there anyone planning on running one on their own?

    We (Wizards) are not running any official 4th Edition events at the show. Our focus is on getting folks to try out the playtest right now. There might be other 4th Edition games going on during the con, but those are separate from what we're doing.

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    ArcadiaExeterArcadiaExeter Boston MARegistered User regular
    normally the panels take over most of my Pax time, but i may have to forget about some panels and instead check out D&D Next. ive heard a lot about it but havent tried it yet.

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    DolarrahDolarrah New JerseyRegistered User regular
    D&D Next sounds interesting on Saturday Night. I have not played PnP since 1980 something, but have played every D&D computer game (yes even Daggerdale) since. How easy is it to adapt to and do I need reservations ?

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    WilliWilli Registered User regular
    Dolarrah wrote: »
    D&D Next sounds interesting on Saturday Night. I have not played PnP since 1980 something, but have played every D&D computer game (yes even Daggerdale) since. How easy is it to adapt to and do I need reservations ?

    You should have no problem at all adapting to it. We will have lines for all the events.

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    XirycXiryc Middleburg Hts, OHRegistered User regular
    normally the panels take over most of my Pax time, but i may have to forget about some panels and instead check out D&D Next. ive heard a lot about it but havent tried it yet.

    Yeah, I've spent 3 years going to panels and missing out on some tabletop goodness. This year I'll be playing some D&D.

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    antheremantherem Registered User regular
    Willi wrote: »
    We will be running D&D Next, as well as the D&D Board Games and Dungeon Command at PAX East.

    D&D Board Game Open Play
    Want to play a D&D game without a DM? Do you like cooperative games? How about head-to-head Euro-style games? Or casual dungeon delves? Come with your friends to play any of our D&D themed board games all weekend long! Stop in anytime to select from Dungeon, Castle Ravenloft, Wrath of Ashardalon, The Legend of Drizzt, or Lords of Waterdeep!
    Friday & Saturday 11 am – 11 pm; Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

    Aw, no Conquest of Nerath?

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    coconutcrowcoconutcrow Massachusetts, USARegistered User regular
    edited August 2015
    Xiryc wrote: »
    normally the panels take over most of my Pax time, but i may have to forget about some panels and instead check out D&D Next. ive heard a lot about it but havent tried it yet.

    Yeah, I've spent 3 years going to panels and missing out on some tabletop goodness. This year I'll be playing some D&D.

    Last PAX, I spent most of my time in the tabletop area learning Magic with some guys. This year, I was gonna focus on DnD, too!

    It's great how cool and patient folks are at PAX.

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    CoanCoan TorontoRegistered User regular
    With Darkshelf, are you looking at 2 hours per playthrough based on the times or is that start times for multiple groups? I'd like to see how Next is coming along and figure i'll try to slot it in sometime once schedules are up for the entire con.

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    AsmodeusLoreAsmodeusLore Registered User regular
    edited March 2013
    Sorry for the slow response.
    gonexall wrote: »
    Zerzhul is correct.
    The Danger at Darkshelf Quarry adventure is very New-Player friendly. It is also very replayable, so you can play it multiple times and get a different adventure each time.
    We'll have everything you need on hand, and teach you the rules. I'm one of the judges, so feel free to come by and say hi, see how things look, and sign up for a game.

    All of the Board Game events are also New-Player friendly. I highly recommend Lords of Waterdeep, if you like Eurostyle board games.

    Are you implying that Mines of Madness is not for new players? If I were to learn with Danger at Darkshelf Quarry would that be enough to play Mines of Madenss the next day?

    Also, perhaps you can't make a good guess, but any idea how early we would need to show up for this (ratio of games going to players waiting in line)?

    Mines of Madness should also be new player friendly, but I think that it would be better to do Danger at Darkshelf Quarry first. Danger is only a 2-hour session. If you don't enjoy it, you only lose 2 hours of your PAX. Not that you won't enjoy it. You'll love it. But Mines of Madness is a 4-hour session, and has a bit more of a competitive edge to it.

    Last year, the lines were long, but we were churning through them at a very good pace. I estimate that during peak times, players waited 1-2 hours in line. During off-hours, wait times were closer to 30 minutes.
    Of course, who knows what will happen. No promises.
    Zora wrote: »
    Are you going to have Learn to Play sessions in 4e this year?
    Kiki_lou wrote: »
    Will there be any 4e games going on? Or is there anyone planning on running one on their own?

    Zora, Kiki, if you guys find 4-6 players, I'll run a 4e Learn To Play game for you. I don't think it can be officially sanctioned though.
    antherem wrote: »
    Aw, no Conquest of Nerath?
    I'm bringing mine, so we'll have at least one copy there.

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    gonexallgonexall PhiladelphiaRegistered User regular
    I'm going to PAX solo, but really want to play both campaigns (Darkshelf and Mines), can I just line up and get in a group with strangers, or do I need to find people for my party before lining up? Thanks.

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    AmberxAltF4AmberxAltF4 Durham, NCRegistered User regular
    Zora wrote: »
    Are you going to have Learn to Play sessions in 4e this year?
    Kiki_lou wrote: »
    Will there be any 4e games going on? Or is there anyone planning on running one on their own?

    Zora, Kiki, if you guys find 4-6 players, I'll run a 4e Learn To Play game for you. I don't think it can be officially sanctioned though.

    ^ I'm definitely in for some 4e action, if this happens.

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    CoanCoan TorontoRegistered User regular
    gonexall wrote: »
    I'm going to PAX solo, but really want to play both campaigns (Darkshelf and Mines), can I just line up and get in a group with strangers, or do I need to find people for my party before lining up? Thanks.

    Pretty sure you can line up solo, if not, a lot of people may be out of luck, myself included.

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    ScorpiusScorpius Registered User regular
    In years past, you didn't need a group even for the special night events. You just get in line and they create groups as best they can.

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    AsmodeusLoreAsmodeusLore Registered User regular
    edited March 2013
    gonexall wrote: »
    I'm going to PAX solo, but really want to play both campaigns (Darkshelf and Mines), can I just line up and get in a group with strangers, or do I need to find people for my party before lining up? Thanks.

    You can just line up. No need to find a party.

    If you have a party, cool. You will be seated together. But it isn't required.
    I believe 6 is the max party size we will seat.

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    DolarrahDolarrah New JerseyRegistered User regular
    Ok, got tickets to Curse for Saturday Night at 9PM as a backup. I will show up at 6:30 and if still in line by 8:00pm, I got a back up plan :)

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    gonexallgonexall PhiladelphiaRegistered User regular
    Now that the schedule is out, what works best for me would be to play Darkshelf from 5-7 on Friday, then Mines of Madness from 7-11, also on Friday. Can I do these back to back? Can I sign up to do this, or will I have to get in line after Darkshelf (which I would totally understand, I just want to know for planning purposes).

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    AsmodeusLoreAsmodeusLore Registered User regular
    edited March 2013
    Gonexall, you will have to get in line after Darkshelf. Sorry. :(
    Dolarrah wrote: »
    Ok, got tickets to Curse for Saturday Night at 9PM as a backup. I will show up at 6:30 and if still in line by 8:00pm, I got a back up plan :)
    What do you mean you got tickets? I don't think this is a ticketed event.
    Edit: Nevermind! I see my mistake now.

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    zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    Dolarrah wrote: »
    Ok, got tickets to Curse for Saturday Night at 9PM as a backup. I will show up at 6:30 and if still in line by 8:00pm, I got a back up plan :)
    What do you mean you got tickets? I don't think this is a ticketed event.

    The Curse party is a ticketed event, that's what Dolarrah was referring to.

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    gonexallgonexall PhiladelphiaRegistered User regular
    Gonexall, you will have to get in line after Darkshelf. Sorry. :(

    I thought so--thank you for confirming. In this case, the second best option for my schedule would be to play Mines of Madness on Friday and then the Darkshelf campaign earlier on Saturday. Everything I read on this thread seems to imply that this is not the ideal order, but I wanted to get your opinion about doing it this way. If I start with Mines of Madness, would I need to do any special prep?

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    GlaiveGuyGlaiveGuy Registered User regular
    For Mines of Madness, are characters provided or can we make our own?

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