April 11, 2009

Word of Wizards - 11/4/09

It's must have been a busy week over at Wizards. With the recent pulloff of their PDFs from sales and filing law suits against 8 pirates, it invoked quite a wrathful backlash from fans, forums and blogs alike for their indiscretion.

Wizards' stance on this issue appears to be 2 fold; to make it harder for pirates and to support their retail base. Both of which would lead up to a strong hobby gaming industry that Wizards sees it as necessary to protect and to nurture.

In terms of freebie content, it has also been quite a fulfilling week with excerpts, previews, advice and a special tribute to Dave Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, bursting from the seams. This week is the last of the Arcane Power excerpts and the Penny Arcade/PvP live play podcast, so be sure to catch those from the links below.

So here's the week's rundown on everything that's been going on at Wizards.

Monday (6/4/09)
Previews for April and Beyond
Arcane Power Excerpt: Gravecaller
Tell Us What You Think!
Wizards of the Coast Sues Eight for Copyright Infringement and Halts PDF Sales

Wednesday (8/4/09)
Success Along the Adventure Path
D&D Podcast: Penny Arcade/PvP Ep8
Arcane Heroes

Friday (10/4/09)
P3 Assault on Nightwyrm Fortress Art & Map Gallery
P3 Assault on Nightwyrm Fortress Excerpts
Dave Arneson
Arcane Power Excerpts: Archlich
Primal Heroes
Interviews with Greg Leeds on Suspension of PDF Sales

Next week, we'll start seeing excerpts from Monster Manual 2 but also E1 Death's Reach. There will be a Vicious Venues podcast which I'm quite excited about, a Spotlight Interview and maybe some advice on how to use the Dungeon Delve.

Insiders can look forward to more familiars, orcs and a design and development article, probably on Arcane Power.

Enjoy your weekend and share any thoughts that have about this or next week.

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