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D&D Will Showcases the Disability Community of Wizards of the Coast In ‘Galesong: Dragons’ Convergence’, A New D&D Actual Play Special Event

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Everyone loves to experience stories of heroes doing their thing, but not everyone in the ever-growing D&D community consumes content the same way. Dungeons & Dragons is excited to present Wizards’ first official actual play event featuring American Sign Language interpretation and focusing on characters and performers with disabilities. Galesong: Dragons’ Convergence will be presented on Thursday, December 15th at 4pm PT on youtube.com/dndbeyond, with additional content shown throughout the week.

Promo graphic.

Mostly white text on a dark blue background resembling stormy skies.

Text: D&D Beyond and the Disability Community of Wizards Present Galesong: Dragons’ Convergence. 6 headshots of performers are labelled Makenzie De Armas, Aliza Pearl, Angel Giuffria, Jennifer Kretchmer, Rogan Shannon, & Quincy of Quincy’s Tavern.
Under the photos, text reads: With special guests Aabria Iyengar, Sam de Leve & More!

Coming soon on D&D Beyond

“With a phenomenal cast gathered this past October for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, this game features disabled players and characters adventuring and thriving in the world of Dungeons & Dragons,” said Makenzie De Armas, game designer for D&D Studio & co-lead for Disability Community for Wizards (DCW). “My journey as a D&D creator is irrevocably entwined with my own disability journey, and I’m so excited to showcase my fellow D&D fans and performers in the vibrant disabled community!”

The adventure, written and DMed by De Armas, features the setting presented in the most recent D&D Starter Set: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle. This fantastical island off the Sword Coast is a center of magical energy that has been shaped by the lives and, especially, the deaths of dragons. When a ceremony on Stormwreck Isle takes an unexpected turn, five heroes must try to weather the resulting storm and prevent a disaster that could threaten the multiverse! 

Galesong: Dragons’ Convergence features an adventuring group that includes creator and performer Quincy of Quincy’s Tavern on TikTok, performer, consultant and writer Jennifer Kretchmer (Candlekeep Mysteries, Children of Earte), actor, consultant and self-proclaimed cyborg Angel Giuffria (Good Trouble, Chicago Med, Nerdist), actor & TTRPG streamer Aliza Pearl (NCIS: Los Angeles, Ripley Improv) and YouTube creator & freelance Deaf interpreter Rogan Shannon (“Queer Signs”).

The adventure rolls out over a week of content. Starting on Tuesday, 12/13, see how it all begins when guest players Aabria Iyengar (Dimension 20, Battle for Beyond, Critical Role) and Sam de Leve (Geek & Sundry, D&D Live) task two groups of adventurers with two very unusual missions in Galesong: Before the Storm!

Then fans can see it all come together on Thursday12/15in Galesong: Dragons’ Convergence with special appearances by Iyengar and de Leve. Fans will catch a quick glimpse of a few more friends including Taliesin Jaffe, Matthew Mercer, Brennan Lee Mulligan, Amy Dallen and Robbie Daymond.

Finally, on Saturday 12/17, fans can go behind the scenes for some Galesong secrets in a video of conversations with the creators and performers to learn about our players, how they worked with Makenzie to bring their personal visions of their characters to life in D&D, and what it means to them to say that D&D is for everyone!

More information on the Galesong: Dragons’ Convergence can be found here: http://www.dndbeyond.com/posts/1404-join-us-for-galesong-dragons-convergence-an-actual/

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