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An Official D&D Acquisitions Incorporated Sourcebook is On the Way

January 20, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Acquisitions Incorporated

An officially-licensed Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook for the popular Acquisitions Incorporated series is on the way. The announcement was made on Saturday morning at PAX South in San Antonio, as noted by Geek Wire. The new source will allow fans to, as the announcement notes, “franchise their own branch of the famous finders collective.”

The book will include new character positions and more, and will be sold in brick-and-mortar stores as well as digital storefronts starting this summer.

Acquisitions Inc. is the D&D podcast-turned-YouTube show hosted by Wizards of the Coast’s Chris Perkins and starring Penny Arcade co-creators Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Initially created in 2008 to help promote D&D’s Fourth Edition, the show has grown into a popular phenomenon in its own right with a variety of guests including author Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle), Wil Wheaton, Morgan Webb, and more. Holkins and Krahulik play regular roles as Omin Dran and Jim Darkmagic in the series, which has expanded over the years and incorporates live performances at most PAX events.

The site spoke with Holkins about the new book; highlights are below:

On how long they’ve been working on the book: “We’ve been wanting to do it forever. In fact, that was originally the whole reason we hired Elyssa Grant – to project manage the book! Of course that was a couple years ago, and on the way to getting it done Elyssa essentially owns Acquisitions Incorporated as a project now. Bringing the book across the finish line is only one of the things she’s doing.”

On who initiated the book: “We told [Wizards of the Cosast] we were about halfway done with the book, just to let them know what’s going on over on our side – we’ve worked on tons of stuff over the years. We’d shipped everything from our previous Kickstarters, so the deck was clear, and we thought this might be a cool way to use the platform. We were surprised when Wizards said, well, what would it look like if you didn’t Kickstart it? What would it look like if we put it out together? I think I died very briefly but I came right back.”

On his favorite part of working on the book: “Having a chance to codify a decade of public play. Getting to put our stamp on a little corner of the Forgotten Realms. Working with great artists. Making cool tools for players and DMs. I think I like all of it.”

On the possibility of additional books down the road: “If it does okay, I hope they ask us back! There are a few things hinted at in this book faction-wise that, well… hm. How much to say. Recall that it began life as a Kickstarter – of course, you have to plan for things to go well in those, and if they do you want to have more stuff ready to go. So I already know exactly what the second book could be because we already have an outline and the guts of the book complete. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.”