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February 11th
Idle Champions: Variants Update (February 2020) 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    "Looking for a new challenge? We can arrange that!"

Our latest Idle Champions update introduces eight new variants for the Grand Tour of the Sword Coast, Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, Tomb of Annihilation, and Descent into Avernus campaigns. You will need to have completed the original adventures in order to unlock these variants.

Variants for everybody! You get a variant, you get a variant, and you get a variant!

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Grand Tour of the Sword Coast Variants

  • Excavating History: Frantic Excavation
    • Monsters move twice as fast.
    • Only Champions with a base attack cooldown of 5 seconds or lower can be used.
    • Reach area 300.

  • Towering Expectations: Careful Consideration
    • Only Champions with a WIS score of 13 or higher can be used.
    • Reach area 325.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Tomb of Annihilation Variants

  • Homecoming: Wagon Train
    • A Wagon takes up a slot in the formation in slot 6
    • Every 100 areas, another wagon joins your train.
    • Reach area 350.

  • The Lost Heir of Omu: Taking Responsibility
    • Asharra starts in the formation and can not be removed.
    • Only Asharra and Champions that match Asharra's chosen bond deal damage; other Champions can be placed and will provide formation buffs and other effects, but do 0 damage when they attack (can still proc stuns, slows, etc. with their attacks).
    • Reach area 350.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Variants

  • Lair of the Xanathar: Feigned Weakness
    • Only Champions with a STR score of 13 or lower can be used.
    • Reach area 275.

  • Waterdeep Under Siege: Sober Up
    • Blurry Pink Elephants attack the formation at random in non-boss areas.
    • Every time a Pink Elephant spawns, all Champion damage is reduced by 10%; For each 15 minutes that passes the total number of stacks is reduced by 25%. Using bounty contracts can also reduce the stack amount as if the amount of time on the contract had passed.
    • Reach area 275.


Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Baldur's Gate Descent into Avernus

  • A Tale of Two Cities: A Tale of Two Champions
    • You can only field two champions at a time.
    • Reach area 250.

  • The Dead Three: A Hero's Entourage
    • Minsc starts in the formation in slot 3 (he can be moved but not removed from the formation)
    • Champions can only be placed adjacent to Minsc. If Minsc is moved, any Champions that are not adjacent to him after the move are removed from the formation.
    • Reach area 275.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!
July 27th, 2017
The Beginning: Eric and D&D 

Today is Gary Gygax's birthday. As you may know, Gary created Dungeons & Dragons with Dave Arneson in 1974. In honour of Gary's birthday, I'd like to share how my lifelong love affair with this game began in 1981.

This month marks an important milestone for me... like many people, my journey to discovering Dungeons & Dragons started with theater.

Thirty-six years ago I played Kai in The Snow Queen. I was twelve years old and these performances were the culmination of a theatre camp for kids offered by Bastion Theatre in Victoria.

Eric as Kai (center)




During this camp two of the other kids said, "Have you played this game called Dungeons & Dragons?". They brought in the AD&D books, we rolled up characters and played during our lunch breaks.

From our first game, I was blown away. I knew that this game was fantastic and that I wanted to DM. From that point, I DMed games almost exclusively for the next twelve years. I played as often as I could and by university my love of fantasy RPGs heavily influenced my course selections.

Eric aged 12! He looks like he has walked off the set of Stranger Things!

Some of Eric's cherished Dragon Magazines
(plus a bonus Traps book to kill PCs!)

When I graduated from university, I started my first company and had very little time for anything outside of work. Then I fell in love, got married and had children, plus sold the company to IBM twelve years later.

As my kids got older, a friend of mine (Eshu) mentioned that he had recently started playing D&D with his kids. He said they were having a great time. So in 2008, I got the newest D&D books (4e) and started playing with my kids. The first time my kids rolled initiative, I was so overcome with emotion that I almost cried.

Fast forward nine years and not only have I continued playing D&D, but my kids have picked up the hobby and now play in their own games with their friends.

Film, TV, and stage star Joe Managaniello's Champion announcement.


And then the icing on the cake... we are getting to make a D&D game at Codename! There are so many of us at our company with long histories of playing D&D that it is a treat to be able to pour our love for D&D into one of our games.

We are really looking forward to sharing the Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms with you (Check out the official site at: www.IdleChampions.com).