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Gen Con 2014 report: D&D Doc, Saving Throw debut, and 5th Edition sells out

Corruption in Kryptgarden.  Completely sold out.
Corruption in Kryptgarden. Completely sold out.
Michael Tresca

Saturday began with DDEX1-3 at 8 a.m., Shadow on the Moonsea. Playing at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning is different from playing at other times during Gen Con because the players really want to be there – most Gen Con attendees play late into the night, so the number of fully awake attendees who are ready to game is low. The adventure involved not one but three mysteries and was generally confusing for most parties who played it, but with a good mix of players and characters it was surmountable:

Gen Con Cosplay
Michael Tresca

Life on the Moonsea isn’t easy. Bandits, pirates, and cruel lords dominate the land, threatening those who make an honest living there. Now, a new scourge is prowling the waters: A ghost ship has been striking small coastal villages, leaving its victims whispering about the “eye of the dracolich.” Join the adventure and learn the truth behind this threat!

Next up was the Q&A and 10 minute sneak peek of the Dungeons & Dragons Documentary. The attendees were a veritable who’s who of the gaming industry, including the producers of the film, Tim Kask, Frank Mentzer, George Strayton, and a bunch of other gaming luminaries. The clip looks very promising and, barring legal complications, the team hopes to have the film released by the end of the year.

In the same room a few hours later, Dom Zook and Ivan Van Norman debuted the world premiere of the Saving Throw web series. The Saving Throw gang is launching a web series dedicated to teaching role-playing from the ground up, one race and class at a time. The first season will cover Pathfinder, and viewers can choose which video they’re interested about each race, class, alignment and more.

Corruption in Kryptgarden was the finale of the 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League scenarios. It was arranged in the same format of what the RPGA called a “Battle Interactive” with several tables of players all participating in real time against a common threat. Gen Con continues to grow at a phenomenal rate that’s starting to stretch the limits of the convention center’s physical boundaries, as evidenced by Corruption in Kryptgarden – it was completely sold out.

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