Archive for Mike Mearls

D&D 5e Eberron Conversion

Posted in D&D 5e, Dungeons and Dragons, Wizards of the Coast with tags , , , , , on February 4, 2015 by boccobsblog

I am thrilled to see that Wizards and the D&D team are posting content to the official site again. There has been a bit of an article drought while we waited for 5e. A new monthly series entitled,”Unearthed Arcana“, will, in R&D’s Mike Mearls words,”range from mechanics that we expect one day to publish in a supplement to house rules from our home campaigns that we want to share, from core system options such as mass combat to setting-specific material”.

The first installment Mearls converts some beloved Eberron material, specifically rules for adding:

  • Changeling as a playable race
  • Shifter as a playable race
  • Warforged as a playable race
  • Artificer as a wizard tradition
  • Action Points
  • Dragonmarks

While I was never a big fan of Eberron, (I met Keith Baker at Gen Con two years ago and told him that his world appeared to have been designed by drunk twelve-year-olds with its dinosaurs and magic-monorails) Unearthed Arcana is exactly the rich, free content we were seeing before Fourth edition made the baby Jesus cry and forsake mankind. I suggest you download and save these free PDF’s while you can because as we saw with 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0, Wizards is notorious for removing archived materials. That said, we will start our own archive in the Pages section of B3 to house as many of the 5e PDF’s as we can (not just links to their current spot on

D&D 5th Edition?

Posted in Dungeons and Dragons, Gaming News with tags , , , on January 9, 2012 by boccobsblog

Wizards of the Coast is moving forward with the next edition of D&D. As seen in several places, to include The New York Times, The Escapist, and WotC’s website, the next edition of D&D will be a collaboration with fans of the game. Mike Mearls, new Senior Manager of D&D, (congrats to Mike on the promotion) writes that weekly adventures featuring new material will be released each week to participating game store (much like the weekly D&D Encounters) and gamer feedback will be taken into account.

Mearls is the greatest resource that WotC has at its disposal and I feel confident the next edition of the game will be strong. Mearls has played every edition of D&D and intends to make the next version something any D&D gamer will recognize.

Also, Monte Cook has been re-hired. This is a great move of Wizard’s part, as Cooke is one of the most imaginative D&D writers/DM’s working today.

I know many people (myself include) have become jaded with D&D in the last few years, but I truly believe the next version will be the best yet.

Now lets hope they bring back Dave Noonan.

Read up:

Times Article

Mearl’s Article

Escapist Article