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War Rocket Ajax Interview – D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides

I spoke to my pals Chris Sims and Matt Wilson from the War Rocket Ajax podcast all about the brand new D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides, the wild resurgence of D&D, working with Wizards of the Coast, comics, conventions, and more.

Give it a listen at their site or the embedded audio below.
My interview starts at the 34-minute mark of the podcast.

Checking back through my archives, this is my fifth time on the show. Here are the older appearances:
Episode 058 – Embrace the Kookiness
Episode 179 – Not a Robot Ghost
Episode 223 – Bummed Out in the Waffle House
Episode 421 – His Stats are Ridiculous

SyFy Wire Exclusive D&D Young Adventurer’s Previews


SyFy Wire has two exclusive previews of the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides –
one for Monsters & Creatures and another for Warriors & Weapons.

Click on through and check them out!

D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide Launch Party in Toronto on July 30th!

Thrilled to announce that Storm Crow Manor in Toronto will be hosting a launch event for the first two D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides: MONSTERS & CREATURES and WARRIORS & WEAPONS!

These new books are the perfect way to introduce new players and young readers to the magic of the world’s most famous role-playing game!

Authors Jim Zub, Stacy King and Andrew Wheeler will be in attendance and books will be available for purchase. All attendees can be entered into a draw for a chance to win cool prizes, and a deluxe edition of Art & Arcana: A Visual History of Dungeons & Dragons!

PLEASE NOTE: The book launch event will be followed by a D&D themed Trivia Night. No cover! Teams of up to 6 people!

Talking D&D with Dynamic Forces

I spoke to Byron Brewer at Dynamic Forces all about Dungeons & Dragons, my love of the game and the slate of comic and game projects I’m working on right now for D&D. Give it a read!

D&D Live: The Descent On Stage!

Over the weekend at D&D Live in Los Angeles a star-studded cast of D&D Dungeon Masters and players took the stage to play through wild scenarios loosely inspired by the upcoming Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus sourcebook.

I was thrilled to take on the role of Minsc, the legendary ranger from the Baldur’s Gate video games (and the D&D comics I write) as part of Session 4.

All four live sessions are linked below:

Session 1:

Session 2:

Session 3:

Session 4:

D&D: Infernal Tides Arrives This Fall!

IDW Publishing reunites the Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate creative team of writer Jim Zub and artist Max Dunbar for an all-new adventure: Dungeons & Dragons: Infernal Tides! Debuting in November 2019, the five-issue miniseries delves into the mythology established in the highly-anticipated Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus D&D sourcebook arriving later this year.

In Infernal Tides, fan-favorite Minsc and his friends are caught in the middle of devil-tainted corruption that has taken hold of Baldur’s Gate. Unraveling the secret of its source will take the heroes to unexpected places and threaten the sanctity of their very souls. Even if they survive this perilous journey, there will be Hell to pay!

Infernal Tides, while an accommodating entry point for intrepid new readers, rewards longtime fans as the continuation of Jim Zub’s epic comic book storyline which began with Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate and continued into Shadows of the Vampire, Frost Giant’s Fury, and Evil at Baldur’s Gate.


Here’s Jim Zub introducing Infernal Tides at D&D Live in Los Angeles:

Zub at D&D Live: The Descent!

I’m a guest at the upcoming D&D Live: The Descent event in Los Angeles! This is where the Wizards of the Coast crew will be unveiling their new D&D storyline adventure (that I helped consult on back in 2017) along with other exciting new project announcements, signings, live games, interviews, and a whole lot more!

While I’m there, I’ll be promoting the Dungeons & Dragons comic series, Rick and Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons, and Stacy will be there too to help promote the upcoming D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides we worked on together.

On Saturday May 18th, I’ll be one of the player cast on the Descent-themed live game alongside an all-star gaming crew:

Here’s my schedule of appearances for the weekend:


Friday May 17
4:00-6:00pm PST – D&D Live: The Descent: Opening Ceremonies

Saturday May 18
10:30-11:20am PST – D&D Beyond Interview with Todd Kenreck, Adam Lee, and James Haeck
7:15-9:00pm PST – D&D Live: The Descent: Game Session

Sunday May 19
8:30-8:40am PST – Dragon Talk Live Interview
10:00-11:00am PST – Signing with Max Dunbar and Adam Lee


If you’re not attending the event in person, you can follow along all weekend by watching the streams on Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, or Mixer!

D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide: Warriors & Weapons Samples

Last week we announced the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide series coming from Ten Speed Press. This week I’m happy to show you some of the interiors and new artwork being produced for Warriors & Weapons, the second book in the series.

Here’s the introduction to D&D’s major fantasy character races:

Since this book is aimed at younger readers, we added in some of the animal races as well – the Tabaxi, Kenku, and Tortles.

The profile on elves:

The illustrated section on Medium Armor:

and Minsc, our legendary Ranger:

The first two D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides arrive in stores on July 16th.

You can find out more details here:
http://www.jimzub.com/the-dd-young-adventurers-guides-launch-july-16-2019/

D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide: Monsters & Creatures Samples

Last week we announced the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guide series coming from Ten Speed Press. This week I’m happy to show you some of the interiors and new artwork being produced for Monsters & Creatures, the first book in the series.

Here’s the book’s introduction giving you an overview of what you’ll find inside:

Monster profiles for the Beholder, Black Dragon, and Demogorgon.

As you can see, there aren’t any creature stats or game rules, just lore and information presented in an easy to understand way for people coming into D&D for the first time.

Here’s an example of a creature encounter, where we have a short fiction piece with a decision for our young readers to think about, similar to the kind of decision-making they might make at the gaming table:

The first two D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides arrive in stores on July 16th.

You can find out more details here:
http://www.jimzub.com/the-dd-young-adventurers-guides-launch-july-16-2019/

D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides FAQ

I received a ton of excited messages about the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides announced yesterday from Ten Speed Press and Wizards of the Coast.

I’ll answer some of the most common questions I received about them here in this post…

Q: Are these Basic RPG rule books for young readers?

A: No. These books do not replace the D&D Player’s Handbook. They’re rules-free illustrated guides to the core concepts of D&D, built so the reader can discover the lore without being overwhelmed by the rules.

As experienced DMs/players, it’s easy to forget how intimidating tabletop RPGs can be for people who haven’t played before. These guides lay out the major concepts (class, race, equipment, creatures) in a way anyone can understand and encourages them to create their own stories. Readers can use the material in these books to brainstorm a character and imagine their role in an adventuring party. Get them excited about the possibilities, and then bring them to the gaming table to show them how those initial ideas can really flourish with a roll of the dice.

Q: Do these books just re-purpose content from the Player’s Handbook?

A: No. The writing and artwork are all new and they’re organized so readers can either absorb it from start to finish or skip around and focus on the material they think looks most interesting.

For example, the Monsters & Creatures book isn’t organized alphabetically. It starts thematically with underground creatures, moves to the surface (bodies of water, fields, graveyards, forests, mountains) and then soars into the sky to finish with airborne monsters.

Q: New artwork? How much new art are we talking about?

A: Almost every single illustration in the Young Adventurer’s Guides was made specifically for this series, so even if you have the D&D core rules you’ll get 60+ images per book you can use for inspiration or visual reference.

Q: I already own the D&D core books. Should I get these?

A: If you’re already an avid D&D player, they’re not necessary. There’s no new info here you don’t already have, but you might enjoy the new creature art and weapons/armor illustrations to help visualize aspects of D&D lore.

In addition, there are new “legendary” characters developed specifically for this series you might enjoy adding to your game. As we get closer to launch, I’ll reveal some of them and talk about their development.

Q: What’s the intended age for the Young Adventurer’s Guides?

A: They’re for middle-grade readers (ages 8-12) by design (book trim size, font size, etc.). Older readers can certainly get something out of them, but the core of it was built to inspire young players.

Q: What’s the release date?

A: Monsters & Creatures and Warriors & Weapons both arrive in stores on July 16th, 2019, but they’re available for pre-order now from your favorite book outlet. There are two more books in development that will be released in the Fall and, if they’re popular enough, there may be more beyond that in the future.

Q: Are there preview pages we can check out?

A: Yes! Head over HERE and HERE for preview pages from Monsters & Creatures and Warriors & Weapons.

Q: Do Minsc and Boo make an appearance?

A: Absolutely! Minsc is our legendary Ranger example in the Warriors & Weapons guide and his particular brand of chaotic courage is a fun way to show new players the possibilities in D&D.


Here’s my interview with Dragon+ all about how these guides came to be and what’s inside:
Dragon+ #26: The Experience of Youth

I also spoke to Id the DM as length about the development and purpose of the D&D Young Adventurer’s Guides: Id the DM interview.

Here’s co-writer Stacy King talking about the Young Adventurer’s Guides at D&D Live in May 2019: