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Ashes of Athas now available for home play

Wizards of the Coast has allowed Baldman Games to distribute their Ashes of Athas convention games to the non-convention crowd. You’ll be able to sign up to receive the chapters over at Baldman’s site.

[update: the forum page has gone offline; to request a copy of the adventure, send an email to thebaldman@baldmangames.com ]

Some important information from their announcements page:

  • No one (not even us) can host the adventure files anywhere.
  • Only the admins and Baldman Games can provide adventures.
  • When you e-mail us (or send us a message via these forums), we will send you adventures, one chapter at a time.
  • When contacting us, please include your e-mail so we can send you the files and the chapter(s) you need.
  • You can run those adventures, or if you are a convention organizer, you can provide them to your DMs for use at the convention.
  • You cannot otherwise redistribute or share or post the files anywhere. If you do, this will likely result in Ashes of Athas distribution being closed down!
  • Adventures you received from us can be run anywhere you please (home play, stores, conventions, desert caravans...). You can run them multiple times - whenever you please.
  • When you request adventures we will provide a link to pregens, maps, and campaign rules.

I suspect that, by having everyone request directly from the source, Wizards is looking to easily gauge the interest in the game; this is a good thing.

Ashes of Athas news from the Going Last podcast

Today on the Going Last podcast, blogger and Ashes of Athas OP author/admin, Teos announced that the complete Ashes of Athas campaign will be available for home play.

Listen to episode 94 of Going Last at about the 52 minute mark for details.

As mentioned in the podcast you can also watch Teos talk to Mike Shea of Sly Floursh in their Looking Back on Dark Sun Organized Play Campaign video on Mike's youtube page.

EDIT: More information can be found on the BaldmanGames website in the Ashes of Athas Forum

Ashes of Athas distribution petition

If you’re wondering what’s happened with the Ashes of Athas home / non-convention play, it seems there’s been some kind of snag with distribution permission.

There’s a thread on the WotC site acting as a sort of petition, asking Wizards to prioritize resolving the confusion. If you’re interested in playing Ashes of Athas, and you can’t make the conventions, this is where you want to weigh in. Please remember that hostility just makes the overseers mad.