On June 18, Acquisitions Inc. fans can dive head-first into the world of this long-running Dungeons & Dragons live-play game. That’s right: Wizards of the Coast has teamed up with Penny Arcade to produce a sourcebook featuring the most notorious retrieval agency in the Forgotten Realms. Players can attempt to climb the corporate ladder as they join Acquisitions Inc. CEO Omin Dran, Jim Darkmagic, Môrgæn, and the chandelier-riding Viari around the table as one of two character types: an intern or a freshly-minted franchisee.
The Acquisitions Inc. campaign has been played by Penny Arcade’s Jerry Holkins and his group of friends for 10 years, with regular appearances at PAX conventions across the country. Holkins plays Omin Dran and is joined by Mike Krahulik as Jim Darkmagic, Patrick Rothfuss as Viari, Morgan Webb as Môrgæn and Xavier Woods as Bobby Zimeruski. Jerry Crawford is the game’s Dungeon Master.
“To tons of people around the world, the flavor of D&D played by the Acquisitions Incorporated crew was their first taste of just how much fun a Dungeons & Dragons game could be,” said Nathan Stewart, D&D senior director at Wizards, in a statement. “We wanted to start experimenting with presenting different playstyles to fans entering the D&D community, and it made sense to start with a group who has spent ten years at a table with Chris Perkins entertaining hordes of fans.”
“I’ve played Dungeons & Dragons my entire life, so collaborating with the team on this project has been surreal,” said Holkins. “Acquisitions Incorporated is the game my friends and I have been playing for 10 years, and I’m so honored to invite players to our table.”
Per a press release, this new Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook will feature 224 pages of options to help players make their came feel like an Acquisitions Inc. campaign. Options include: start up a franchise somewhere in the multiverse, recruit a scion of the Beestingers to complete a messy task only a cunning halfling could accomplish, or stumble upon Jim Darkmagic’s clone burning with viridescent flame. There is an adventure module included.
There’s an adventure module included, and when they run it, Dungeon Masters are encouraged to act like Jeremy Crawford calling for a deception check from WWE Superstar Xavier Woods, while simultaneously channeling Chris Perkins to let dashing characters like Viari, played by fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss, get away with ANYTHING that sounds cool.
At PAX East last weekend, Holkins and Grant spoke on a panel moderated by D&D game designer Kate Welch to talk about the new book. Check out the video here.
D&D: Acquisitions Incorporated hits stores June 18 and is currently available for pre-order. Check out the cover art below.
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