Our friends at Wizards of the Coast just dropped the news that they’re launching a boatload of product in support of the classic Underdark setting for Dungeons & Dragons. Included are novels, supplements, expansions for the D&D Online video game and perhaps most intriguing of all, a new skirmish game called Dungeon Command: Sting of Lolth. WOTC describes it as “A new head-to-head miniatures skirmish-style game, Dungeon Command™ will have players assembling warbands and choosing their battlefields as they go head to head in all out war.”
D&D fans will remember that this isn’t the first time that the brand has ventured into tabletop skirmish rules, the most recent being the Dungeons & Dragons Miniature Game, and many have observed that the fourth edition core rules themselves are strongly structured around skirmish-style play. Look for Dungeon Command on July 17.
Other confirmed gaming products are Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Handbook (May 15), an as-yet untitled Menzoberranzan Campaign Setting focusing on play within the legendary city of the Drow (August 21), and a new expansion for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Menace of the Underdark (sometime in June).
Non-gamers won’t be left in the cold: there’s a slew of novels coming down the pipes, including Charon’s Claw, the third book of R.A. Salvatore’s Neverwinter™ Saga, available August 7. Here’s the rest of them:
o War of the Spider Queen, Volume I (April 3), Richard Lee Byers, Thomas M. Reid, Richard Baker
o War of the Spider Queen, Volume II (May 1), Lisa Smedman, Philip Athans, Paul S. Kemp
And the following ebooks:
o Spinner of Lies: Sword of the Gods (June 5), Bruce Cordell
o Prince of Ravens (July 3), Richard Baker
o Skein of Shadows (July 3), Marsheila Rockwell
o (December), Jaleigh Johnson