Posted by : David Guyll December 05, 2010

The previews open up with a reskin of the dehydrated man that you might have gotten from Gamma World Game Day--which I did not. It does basically the same thing, but gives bonuses to other skills.

Next month there's Caverns of Icewind Dale, a winter-themed Dungeon Tile set. I've already got a lot of tiles, but I like the boxes that they're coming in: easier to sort through them all for something I need.

Also next month, Dragon will feature a Channel Divinity article for Vecna. I'm glad to see that they are doing evil deities, as I'd like some more support with my tiefling paladin of Asmodeus. The feat Command Undead is previewed, which grants you a +1 to all knowledge skill checks and replaces turn undead with command undead. The feat power targets all undead in a Close burst 2 and targets Will. On a hit, you slide the targets, immobilize them, and cause them to deal necrotic damage to enemies adjacent to them. On a miss it instead dazes the undead. So, something either way.

Both the new Dungeon Master's Screen and Legion of Gold debut in February. Here's a shot of the screen:


Legion of Gold will--of course--add new origins, including demon, vampiric, and octopoid. Shit yes. During my dark times of playing Rifts, I really dug Splynn Dimensional Market, which had an octoman race that looked badass. If nothing else, there ya go for those wondering how to make the octopus-chick on the Gamma World box. There's also options for vocations, such as soldier of fortune, mad scientist, and bounty hunter.

For monsters, we're going to get more cyborgs, haunts, robots, saurians, and the lornak (a giant land squid). Never played any of the older Gamma World editions, so I don't know if they are throwbacks from an older age.

As for the adventure...well, you start on Gamma Terra, but at some point its bang, zoom, right to the moon. It's both habited and hospitable, assuming you don't count all the monsters that dwell within crystalline ruins, wrecked habitation domes, and "forests of weird plants". Characters start at levels 6 or 7, and should end up at 9 or 10, so combined with previous adventures it would be a simple task of getting from 1 to 10.

The preview for Heroes of Shadow, which comes out in March, gets quite a bit of coverage. The bit on Shadow Magic assures us that, despite all the villainous cliches that typically wield it, its not evil, just easier to get ahold of. Of course, they then preview some flavor text for the new paladin build: the blackguard.

In 3rd Edition, blackguards were a prestige class designed to emulate a fallen paladin. Sith Blackguards are no different, described as shadow warriors that focus divine power through a dark vice or dark emotion, cultivating dominance and fury to fuel their might. "Heroic" blackguards, on the other hand, stem from paladins who tried to exemplify a virtue, but were unable to control their anger (or some other emotion).

Necromancy and nethermancy will also be presented as two new magic schools. Necromancy seems to be more about animating physical undead, while nethermancy focuses more on spirits and ghosts. The spell summon shadow servant is featured, allowing you to conjure up a shadow skeleton (Necromancy) or shadow beast (Nethermancy). 

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  1. loving the new DM screen!! i will need to buy that for my Nordica campaign.

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