RAGE OF DEMONS! New D&D Storyline Features Drizzt, Underdark, & Demon Lords!
  • [UPDATED] RAGE OF DEMONS! New D&D Storyline Features Drizzt, Underdark, & Demon Lords!


    Following Elemental Evil this fall, Rage of Demons will launch a new storyline featuring Drizzt Do'Urden, the Underdark, and various demon lords from the Abyss including old favourites like Demogorgon, Orcus and Graz’zt. This will feature on tabletop, console, and PC. "The demon lords have been summoned from the Abyss and players must descend into the Underdark with the iconic hero Drizzt Do’Urden to stop the chaos before it threatens the surface." It begins with the adventure Out of the Abyss, which releases on September 15th for $49.95, and is being designed for WotC by Green Ronin Publishing. (Thanks to Charles Akins for that last scoop!)




    Drizzt? WotC's Chris Perkins says: "Drizzt's role in the RoD story varies depending on the platform. In the TRPG adventure, the PCs are the stars."

    Inspiration: "My inspirations for RAGE OF DEMONS were Lewis Carroll's Wonderland stories and EXILE, by R.A. Salvatore." [Perkins] So this is the Alice in Wonderland inspired story that's been previously alluded to.

    Here's the full announcement.

    "Today, Wizards of the Coast announced Rage of Demons, the new storyline for Dungeons & Dragons fans coming in Fall 2015. The demon lords have been summoned from the Abyss and players must descend into the Underdark with the iconic hero Drizzt Do’Urden to stop the chaos before it threatens the surface. Rage of Demons is the story all D&D gamers will be excited to play this fall, whether they prefer consoles, PCs or rolling dice with friends.

    Following on the critically-acclaimed Tyranny of Dragons and Elemental Evil stories, Rage of Demons will transport characters to the deadly and insane underworld. Rumors of powerful demon lords such as Demogorgon, Orcus and Graz’zt terrorizing the denizens of the Underdark have begun to filter up to the cities of the Sword Coast. The already dangerous caverns below the surface are thrown into ultimate chaos, madness and discord. The renegade drow Drizzt Do’Urden is sent to investigate but it will be up to you to aid in his fight against the demons before he succumbs to his darker temptations.

    Dungeons & Dragons fans will have more options than ever to enjoy the Rage of Demons storyline. The themes of treachery and discord in the Underdark are in Sword Coast Legends, the new CRPG (computer role-playing game) coming this fall on PC from n-Space and Digital Extremes. The epic campaign that drives Sword Coast Legends' story forces players deep into the Underdark and continues well after launch with legendary adventurer Drizzt Do'Urden.

    For fans of Neverwinter, the popular Dungeons & Dragons-based MMORPG will bring a new expansion – tentatively titled Neverwinter: Underdark – in 2015. The update will see adventurers travel with Drizzt to the drow city of Menzoberranzan during its demonic assault as well as experience a unique set of quests written by the creator of Drizzt, R.A. Salvatore. The expansion will initially be released on PC and will come out on the Xbox One at a later date.

    Players of the tabletop roleplaying game can descend into the Underdark in Out of the Abyss, a new adventure which provides details on the demon lords rampaging through the Underdark. Partners such as WizKids, GaleForce 9 and Smiteworks will all support Rage of Demons with new products to help bring your tabletop game to life. To really get in the mind of Drizzt, fans will have to check out Archmage, the new novel by R.A. Salvatore, scheduled for release in early September.

    “Rage of Demons is a huge storyline involving all expressions of Dungeons & Dragons, and we’re excited to bring players this story in concert with all of our partners,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director at Wizards of the Coast. “I can’t wait to see everyone interact with one of the world’s most recognizable fantasy characters: Drizzt Do’Urden. Descending into the depths won’t exactly be easy for him, and D&D fans will get their mettle tested just like Drizzt when they come face-to-face with all the demon lords.”






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    1. ExploderWizard's Avatar
      ExploderWizard -
      Oh wow. They are actually going to produce a mega-adventure that features the PCs having to put up with Drizzt as a mary sue.

      That should go over well.....
    1. Trickster Spirit's Avatar
      Trickster Spirit -
      Ha, my take is that that's more Sword Coast Legends cutscenes and the R.A. Salvatore novel. PotA has been praised for making it easy to migrate to non-Realms settings, and the Underdark is one of the most generic of D&D regions - they have to be counting on people setting it outside of the Realms which means Drizzt has to be excisable / replaceable.
    1. Patrick McGill's Avatar
      Patrick McGill -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trickster Spirit View Post
      Ha, my take is that that's more Sword Coast Legends cutscenes and the R.A. Salvatore novel. PotA has been praised for making it easy to migrate to non-Realms settings, and the Underdark is one of the most generic of D&D regions - they have to be counting on people setting it outside of the Realms which means Drizzt has to be excisable / replaceable.
      That's kind of my take as well, but the use of Drizzt is most definitely a calculated marketing move. He's the most iconic D&D character as of right now, so he's definitely there as a draw.

      I do think they're smart enough not to write in a ready to use DMPC into the adventure though.
    1. Corrosive's Avatar
      Corrosive -
      Where can I get hold of the critically acclaimed version of Tyranny of Dragons?
    1. Grimjack99's Avatar
      Grimjack99 -
      Sounds like they're finally getting their multi-media marketing plan right this time. Way to go.
    1. Zaran's Avatar
      Zaran -
      My players would kill him and take his stuff.
    1. delericho's Avatar
      delericho -
      Reposting from other thread...

      Underdark-themed story? Yep, quite happy with that. Demon-themed story? Yep, quite happy with that.

      Drizzt front and centre? And, especially, PCs helping Drizzt on his quest? Ick.

      So, I'm torn on this one. I remain cautiously optimistic, but... (Still, hopefully WotC are smart enough to know not to put Drizzt at the centre of the RPG adventure - which is really the one I care about - after all, they've said that often enough!)
    1. chibi graz'zt's Avatar
      chibi graz'zt -
      This is awesome. The Underdark much sooner than expected. Looking forward to more announcements for the table-top products. And best part? We get official stats on the Demon Lords and stats for my daddy Graz'zt!
    1. Patrick McGill's Avatar
      Patrick McGill -
      I wonder what some of the player options might be? We've already for Drow and even Deep Gnomes now.

      Maybe Duergar?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      My guess is that they won't be accompanying Drizzt directly. More that he'll be in the background and have a sort of "quest-giver" status for various missions.
    1. Zaran's Avatar
      Zaran -
      I just want them to give the RPG more focus. I get that they think they can make more money selling to other markets but the brand was created in the RPG and it needs more than a slight nod.
    1. Patrick McGill's Avatar
      Patrick McGill -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zaran View Post
      I just want them to give the RPG more focus. I get that they think they can make more money selling to other markets but the brand was created in the RPG and it needs more than a slight nod.
      A full adventure path for each storyline seems like more than a slight nod to me.
    1. Irennan's Avatar
      Irennan -
      I wonder if this will somehow feature the followers of other drow deities (Eilistraee and Vhaeraun, who have just returned in the Sundering), or other Underdark forces (Illithids and the likes).
    1. ExploderWizard's Avatar
      ExploderWizard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zaran View Post
      I just want them to give the RPG more focus. I get that they think they can make more money selling to other markets but the brand was created in the RPG and it needs more than a slight nod.
      The reality is that when the rpg market starts generating the revenue of other markets then it will get appropriate attention. In other words, unlikely to happen as long as a large publicly traded company owns the IP.
    1. Astrosicebear -
      I hope next year the focus is on something other than FR.... I mean first Tyranny, then the princes of elemental evil, and now Orcus... that seems like a really bad world to be on lately.
    1. Chimpy's Avatar
      Chimpy -
      I think this has the potential to be good, but I'm not sure I want Drizzt stuffed down my throat every session. As an occasional NPC popping up I guess it would be OK.
    1. Kramodlog's Avatar
      Kramodlog -
      I wasn't too far off. Orcus is indeed part of the new AP and the AP will be linked to the video game.

      Steve Holt!
    1. AriochQ's Avatar
      AriochQ -
      Quote Originally Posted by chibi graz'zt View Post
      This is awesome. The Underdark much sooner than expected. Looking forward to more announcements for the table-top products. And best part? We get official stats on the Demon Lords and stats for my daddy Graz'zt!
      Sweet! My current Greyhawk campaign involves Graz'zt! Looking forward to some 5e info on him to see how it compares to what I came up with.
    1. Talmek's Avatar
      Talmek -
      *Speculation Alert*

      Based on 3e and 3.5e release schedules (and my failing memory) didn't they release tons of information on the Forgotten Realms setting prior to going into Eberron and all the associated books? If so I'm wondering if they aren't using that same model again (only releasing books/info in a new setting after reaching market saturation and tapering off releases for the previous one). If so, it doesn't bode well for those groups who enjoy the 5e rule set but don't care for the Forgotten Realms setting. Personally this doesn't matter to my group and I since we just enjoy playing through the adventure paths and make/modify the settings to our own taste anyway.

      In my opinion, (re)building off of the successes of the current releases is a sound (if conservative) business model to use when in the early stages of rebranding/rebuilding.
    1. DEFCON 1's Avatar
      DEFCON 1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Astrosicebear View Post
      I hope next year the focus is on something other than FR.... I mean first Tyranny, then the princes of elemental evil, and now Orcus... that seems like a really bad world to be on lately.
      Heh. You know, I used to think that too before I ran anything in the Realms and knew very little about it. But once I started running Tyranny and starting actually delving into Realms history... fact is the entire world is RIFE with these kinds of events, even single month in every single year. Just looking at each year in the Forgotten Realms Wiki with all the historical information that occurred in RPG setting book, RPG adventures, computer games, and all of the novel lines (which are all theoretically "canon")... the Realms have always been and always will be a chaotic mess of a magical pot that is continually boiling over. Thousands of years of catastrophic events occurring over and over and over again, each and every year. LOL.

      So no... the fact the Realms have dealt with the potential return of Tiamat, the Elemental Lords, and Demon Princes all in the span of like 2 years in the Realms timeline is pretty much par for the historical course.
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