The 12 finalists for induction into Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York are bubble wrap, Care Bears, Clue, coloring books, Dungeons & Dragons, Fisher-Price Little People, Nerf, pinball, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, swing, Transformers, and Uno. Only two to three finalists will join other toys in the hall and sit alongside past inductees such as Barbie, Monopoly, Star Wars action figures, and Mr. Potato Head. [Read more...]
Warner Bros. Pictures, Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures, and Sweetpea Entertainment are launching a feature film franchise based on Dungeons & Dragons, the world’s most popular role-playing game. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment, as well as Roy Lee (The LEGO Movie, How to Train Your Dragon) are attached as producers.
Following the initiative with Hasbro Inc. on the release of Transformers: Legends, DeNA Co. Ltd. will collaborate with Hasbro on two new free-to-play mobile games tied to the company’s intellectual properties G.I. Joe and the Wizards of the Coast LLC brand Dungeons & Dragons.
In G.I. Joe: Battleground, players lead and assemble teams of G.I. Joe heroes and Cobra villains to battle against each other. Arena of War puts players in the Forgotten Realms for a battle roleplaying game that combines questing, character leveling, and small team collaboration, with in-game events and massive multiplayer competitions. Both mobile games are being developed and published by DeNA and they will be available on the company’s Mobage mobile social games platform later this year for Android, iPhone, and iPad devices.
To pre-register for G.I. Joe: Battleground and receive a free exclusive in-game Storm Shadow collectible character to join your team, players enter their email addresses on the game’s website.
Players can also upgrade their characters with a free Ultra Rare Power when they pre-register for Arena of War.
Wizards of the Coast is releasing a new Dungeons & Dragons board game: Conquest of Nerath. Designed for strategy gamers who want to immerse themselves in the world of D&D, Conquest of Nerath has players gather armies of footsoldiers, and siege engines, monsters, and dragons in an effort to protect the fate of the fragile League of Nerath against the undead.
The Conquest of Nerath board game includes a rulebook, a game board, dice, 110 cards, and 252 plastic playing pieces representing champions and the armies of Nerath, Karkoth, the Iron Circle, and Vailin.
For more games & puzzles, read The Toy Book‘s July/August issue. Click here to read!
Susan J. Morris has released The Heroes of Hesiod: A Monster Slayers Adventure, aimed as a more engaging way to develop reading, math, cooperation, leadership, and problem-solving skills. Based on the novel Monster Slayers by Lukas Ritter (as well as being the companion guide to the New York Times best-selling book, A Practical Guide to Monsters), Morris’ pamphlet breaks down the fundamentals of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise for those ages 6 and up.
Published by Wizards of the Coast Books for Young Readers (WOTC), The Heroes of Hesiod combines action-adventure game play and subvert education to expand the world of Dungeons & Dragons to young players. Ritter’s book is available now. Morris’ The Heroes of Hesoid can be downloaded free from the WOTC website here.