Gaming company Wizards of the Coast have announced that the latest edition of their flagship game Dungeons and Dragons will launch with a Starter Set this July. The game will contain rules from the D&D Next rule-set, which is the result of two-year public playtest that included over 175,000 participants. There will be no character creation rules in the Starter Set; gamers will have to wait for the The Players Handbook to come out in August. Other rules supplements and adventures to come out in the autumn.
This announcement also coincides with Konami’s launch of two new Dungeons and Dragons themed slot machines. The machines will include glowing runes, faux stone design elements, hand painted 3D dragon toppers and the usual sort of glitz and glamour that you expect from slot machines.
In related news, there is a strong indication that Wizards of The Coast’s parent company, Hasbro, are planning to produce a 3D printer, capable of producing “hobby models” suitable for D&D. The toy manufacturing giant have registered the trademark “All Spark”, which is a clear reference to their popular Transformers line of toys.
According to information provided by Hasbro’s Global Director of IP and Enforcement Paul N. Vanasse, the trademark is for "computer software for creating, designing, modifying, customizing, sharing and saving computer generated representations capable of being printed by a three-dimensional printer to create physical objects, namely, jewelry, ornaments, art objects, artifacts, household goods, toys, games, hobby models, accessories, office products, and various other consumer products."
This product could change the entire toy market, or it could simply be a very complex toy for rich children. Once we know more, we’ll let you all know.
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