— Wizards of the Coast Global Headquarters, Seattle, Washington
To Loyal Customers and Fans of Wizards of the Coast –
We know you have been waiting for some time to see the results of the private playtest groups eagerly trying the new game mechanics around what we’ve been calling, “DnDNext”. Many rumors have surrounded these playtest sessions, and a lot of speculation has been tossed about, both inside and outside the company. However today, we have been given the go-ahead to pull back the curtain on Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. We’re pleased to announce that the results of those gaming sessions are in and the gamers are in nearly complete agreement.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the 5th Edition of Dungeons and Dragons will be called, Dungeons & Dragons Live™.
That’s right, gamers. Dungeons & Dragons Live™ is to be a LARP, or Live Action Role-Playing Game. Now I know for many of you fans, this will be a bit of a surprise, as many of the earlier playtest rumors seemed to focus on going back to earlier versions of the game. We apologize for that confusion, but allowed it to stand in order to maintain the integrity of the playtest groups.
Why a LARP? Well, after much discussion, it was decided that Wizards of the Coast needed to come on-board with a healthier way of gaming. While every good gamer enjoys salty snacks & generous vats of soda (or for the older crowd) beer, we value the health of our customers and want our customers to enjoy our products throughout their lives. Making gamer health our mission, we decided early on in the development process to incorporate an active component into the newest edition of Dungeons and Dragons.
While some details of Dungeons & Dragons Live™ are still being hammered out in meeting rooms and gymnasiums, we are excited to talk about some of the upcoming features of the game.
Away From The Table – Gamers have been shy of the table for years now, and previously only turned inward towards computer screens and other electronic devices. With Dungeons & Dragons Live™, we dump the table altogether and put the action as close as your own backyard!
A Healthy Gaming Lifestyle – Wizards of the Coast loves our customers and we want you to remain our customers for years into the future. By playing Dungeons & Dragons Live™, not only will you be playing the role of your favorite character, you’ll also be putting yourself physically into the game, a healthy alternative to just sitting around a table.
Gaming So Beyond 3D, It’s LIVE – That’s right. While some sophisticated computer games advertise real 3D style game play, Dungeons & Dragons Live™ puts you in the middle of the scene. Actually dodge that sword, hit an Orc with an axe (NERF axe, of course), or cast a spell. You can even play out shopping for equipment by visiting the local hardware or craft store! Need to take a break to eat lunch? That sandwich now becomes your iron rations. The possibilities are endless!
In the weeks to come, we’ll continue to share the exciting news regarding Dungeons & Dragons Live™ with you as further details are approved for release. We look forward to gaming with you at a park or recreation center soon!
– Bils Gregland, Producer, Wizards of the Coast.
Wow! Well, I for one am quite excited about this announcement. I know I could stand to lose a few pounds, and being able to do so while killing a dragon or two, and physically running my hands through a chest full of treasure really works me up for this edition of the game! You can be sure that as more details of Dungeons & Dragons Live™ come out, we here at This Is My Game will be sharing them with you.
Since the NDA has been lifted for Dungeons & Dragons Live™, I can now share some of the pics that were taken during the playtesting sessions. Hopefully, until we can get some more details on the game, they’ll wet your appetite.
Our names are Randall Walker & Tracy Barnett and This Is Our Game
Parody because, really. You think any company would ask gamers to give up Cheetos & Mt. Dew?
Part idiot. Part old man. All geek. R.M. Walker, who can be found in numerous places on the internet as “DeadOrcs”, is a long time gamer with some 30 years experience playing RPGs. Despite occasional forays into the bizarre, Randall has always come back to Dungeons & Dragons.