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Published on August 6th, 2020 | by gareth


Manticore Games is challenging Dungeons & Dragons fans to build the ultimate fantasy adventure with Core

PAX West is going online this year and now we have a look at what to expect from Manticore Games.


Updated from the show.

Manticore Games Launches 100+ Free New D&D-themed Games Following Star-Studded PAX Online Panel

Core’s multiverse continues to expand as Manticore Games revealed more than 100 new free games created for their Dungeons & Dragons Design-A-Dungeon Contest today during its D&D panel at PAX Online, “PANEL OF LEGENDS — Great D&D Tales Brought to Life in Core”. These games, along with celebrity-inspired content from the panel, are available now for free on Core, a new platform for creating and playing games.

At the panel, moderator Todd Kenreck of D&D Beyond brought together some of D&D’s brightest stars—comedian, musician, and voiceover artist Reggie Watts, WWE® Superstar Xavier Woods®, Critical Role’s Sam Riegel, Deborah Ann Woll of Relics and Rarities, and Penny Arcade’s Jerry Holkins—to relive some of the funniest, strangest, and most unforgettable moments from their own personal D&D campaigns. Each of these stories was brought to life as an interactive experience through Core, which players can check out now through portals in the special D&D hub world here.

In addition to the celebrity experiences, more than a hundred free new D&D inspired RPGs and action-adventure games launched exclusively on Core today as part of the Dungeons & Dragons Design-A-Dungeon Contest. Over 150 submissions were received and Core players can find the winning games in Core’s D&D hub world, where they can use portals to jump back and forth between experiences, including:

  • Overall Winner: Forgotten Cisterns by Keppu

    • As an initiate in the Heroes Guild, you are tasked with a mundane errand – to clean the castle’s sewers. But the simple task quickly reveals something more sinister, a plague of undead who have clogged the castle’s plumbing with the bones of their victims. Fight, loot, and level up to clean out the pipes and take out the boss.

  • Best Strongholds and Towers: Best Little Horror House by CircleToons

    • You begin your quest on a dark and stormy night at the Frank ‘n Stein Inn. There’s a castle outside Luskan that’s been overrun by minions of evil and a dungeon master with a sick sense of humor. With writing so good you’ll actually read the dialogue boxes, dozens of Easter eggs, and homages to cult horror classics, you’ll want to explore all of the hidden areas in this horror-comedy adventure.

  • Best Dungeons Caves and Caverns: Treasure of Baland-Ur by CardinalZebra

    • Roll your stats and choose your class then enter the ancient dungeon of Baland-Ur. Legend says a cultist of the Bone god built it to store their treasures. Many brave adventurers have failed to loot the subterranean lair. Will you survive and return with unimaginable wealth? Secret rooms, traps, magical cauldrons, and monsters await the intrepid adventurer.

  • Best Wilderness: New Lumeria: Stillwater by BryceLovesGaming

    • Explore the area around the Village of Stillwater, a small mining round nestled in a forested valley. Uncover the secrets of the Mysterious Spire, a strange structure that radiates magical energy. Complete quests, solve puzzles, and help a dragon with a fox problem in this open world adventure.

  • Best Elemental Planes: Corruption of Aurealis by kelseru

    • The Aerie, a cacophony of mysterious floating islands, is in peril. Eerily beautiful crystals plague the once sacred lands, disturbing the magical balance and corrupting the colossal guardians of the elements with malevolent power. On top of this sudden emergence, the Goddess Kasura has vanished, leaving the realms vulnerable and in chaos. Join Atro, a quirky wisp, as you uncover what lies beneath the corruption and restore the magical balance to the Aerie!

Assets for Core and the newly-launched D&D themed experiences are available here, and in case your readers missed it, the PANEL OF LEGENDS is available to view here in its entirety.

For more details about Core and to sign up for its Open Alpha, please visit and follow @CoreGames on Twitter.

The full release is below.


We’re excited to share the news with you today that Manticore Games is launching the Dungeons & Dragons Design-A-Dungeon Contest on Core, with contestants being eligible for $20,000 in prizes for creating games and adventures based on Dungeons & Dragons. For every entry, Manticore Games will be donating $100 to Extra Life up to $10,000.

Winners will be revealed during a special PAX Online storytelling and gameplay panel featuring celebrity Dungeon Masters including Acquisition Incorporated’s Jerry Holkins, Relics & Rarities’ Deborah Ann Woll and more. They will reveal and play the winning D&D creations from the contest and tell their own personal tales of their most epic D&D adventures live from inside Core.

Manticore Games Launches D&D Game-Building Contests in Core

Celebrity Dungeon Masters Including Acquisition Incorporated’s Jerry Holkins, Relic & Rarities’ Deborah Ann Woll, and More to Reveal Winning Creations, Recount Legendary Adventures During PAX Online D&D Storytelling and Core Gameplay Panel

Design-a-Dungeon Contests to Reward $20,000 to Winners and to Raise Up to $10,000 for Extra Life

Manticore Games is challenging Dungeons & Dragons fans to build the ultimate fantasy adventure with Core, the new User Generated Content (UGC) platform for playing and creating games. Contestants will be eligible to win $20,000 in prizes for creating games and adventures in four themes: strongholds, the wilderness, elemental planes, and of course dungeons. For every entry, Manticore Games will be donating $100 to Extra Life up to $10,000. The Dungeons & Dragons Design-A-Dungeon Contests will run until September 6.

All of the games and explorable worlds created during the contests will be revealed live and playable for free during a special PAX Online storytelling and gameplay panel. Some of D&D’s most notable adventurers and experienced Dungeon Masters—including Acquisition Incorporated’s Jerry Holkins, Relics & Rarities’ Deborah Ann Woll and more—will reveal and play the winning D&D creations from the contests and tell the tale of their most epic D&D adventures live from inside Core.


Currently in Open Alpha, Core is already leading a disruption in game creation, much in the same way YouTube and Twitch changed video and streaming. Core’s multiverse of games is growing daily, as a new generation of creators, many without prior game development experience, contribute multiplayer games and beautiful explorable worlds that are connected through portals. Now with Core creators turning their attention to the world of D&D, all fans of fantasy and adventure will be able to embark on grand quests when a wave of new D&D inspired games and worlds arrive on Core this September.

To learn more about the contests and sign up, please visit this link and check out the official blog post here. To sign up for Core’s Open Alpha, please visit and follow @CoreGames on Twitter. More details about Core’s D&D PAX Online panel will be revealed soon.

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