Marathon, Broadway, and Catacomb: Upcoming D&D Products?
  • Marathon, Broadway, and Catacomb: Upcoming D&D Products?


    WotC has been using codenames for its upcoming products for some time, mainly to stop anybody figuring our what's in the pipeline. Those codenames end up as placeholders on bookstores and the like. Eagle-eyed reader Sean spotted some upcoming items on McNally Robinson, a Canadian bookstore's website.



    The items spotted were a 192-page hardcover accessory codenamed "Marathon" (May 2018); a 256-page hardcover adventure codenamed "Broadway" (September 2018), and another 256-page hardcover adventure codenamed "Catacomb" (November 2018). There's also a set of "Broadway" dice.

    Past codenames have included "Labyrinth", which turned out to be Tomb of Annihilation, and "Dust", "Midway", "Cloak", and "Dagger".

    Let the speculation begin!

    D&D "Marathon" HC
    By Rpg Team Wizards
    ISBN: 9780786966240
    format: Hardcover
    series: D&D Accessory
    pages: 192
    publisher: Wizards of the Coast
    pub. date: 2018-05-29

    D&D "Broadway" Dice
    By Rpg Team Wizards
    ISBN: 9780786966288
    format: Game
    series: D&D Accessory
    pages: n/a
    publisher: Wizards of the Coast
    pub. date: 2018-09-18

    D&D "Broadway" HC
    By Rpg Team Wizards
    ISBN: 9780786966257
    format: Hardcover
    series: D&D Adventure
    pages: 256
    publisher: Wizards of the Coast
    pub. date: 2018-09-18

    D&D "Catacomb" HC
    By Rpg Team Wizards
    ISBN: 9780786966264
    format: Hardcover
    series: D&D Adventure
    pages: 256
    publisher: Wizards of the Coast
    pub. date: 2018-11-20
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    Comments 254 Comments
    1. GarrettKP's Avatar
      GarrettKP -
      Marathon is the first Adventure of the year (Modron March?), Broadway is the big Adventure in the fall, and Catacomb seems to be the "Player Supplement" book.

      Edit: Marathon seems to be a supplement and Catacomb an Adventure. But the release dates are backwards?
    1. Kramodlog's Avatar
      Kramodlog -
      An adventure in September and in November, and the supplement in May? How... odd.
    1. pukunui's Avatar
      pukunui -
      @Morrus: "Dust" was Tomb of Annihilation. I think "Labyrinth" must have been Tales from the Yawning Portal.


      Midway = Xanathar's
      Cloak = Curse of Strahd
      Dagger = Storm King's Thunder
    1. Omega9999's Avatar
      Omega9999 -
      2 adventures, one in september and one in november? I hardly think this is correct
    1. LordEntrails's Avatar
      LordEntrails -
      How do the page counts compare to previous products?
    1. GarrettKP's Avatar
      GarrettKP -
      My Guesses:

      Marathon = Planar Supplement
      Catacomb = Undermountain Adventure
      Broadway = Lantan Sea Adventure
    1. clavejones's Avatar
      clavejones -
      I made my best guesses last week: https://nerdsonearth.com/2017/11/evi...ks-storylines/


      I was merely speculating based upon my research (and my gut), so please don't jump on me. Just feel free to let us know your guesses!


      Regardless, I'm super excited for whatever they release. They are on fire right now, so I don't suspect that will change.
    1. FallenAkriel's Avatar
      FallenAkriel -
      Nov = Campaign Setting? Dark Sun? Eberron?
    1. clavejones's Avatar
      clavejones -
      Quote Originally Posted by GarrettKP View Post
      My Guesses:

      Marathon = Planar Supplement
      Catacomb = Undermountain Adventure
      Broadway = Lantan Sea Adventure
      I like where your head is on a sea adventure. I was thinking Moonshae Isles though. Undermountain hadn't occurred to me as I didn't recall many breadcrumbs for it in previous products. Regardless, I like your thinking!
    1. Dried's Avatar
      Dried -
      Two adventure products so close? It's strange to say the least...
      But if it's true it must have a good reason. Maybe the two adventures are different adventures but can complete each others?

      Maybe something like "The Gread Modron March" and "Dead Gods"?
    1. clavejones's Avatar
      clavejones -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dried View Post
      Two adventure products so close? It's strange to say the least...
      But if it's true it must have a good reason. Maybe the two adventures are different adventures but can complete each others?

      Maybe something like "The Gread Modron March" and "Dead Gods"?
      During their panel at Gamehole Con, both Mike Mearls and Chris Lindsay hinted at an adventure that worked independantly but also might span two books. They referenced Hoard and Tiamat as a template.

      High page counts though, so a pretty robust adventure. You might be on to something with Modron March.
    1. Quickleaf's Avatar
      Quickleaf -
      I wonder if "Marathon" (192-page D&D Accessory coming out in May 2018) will be another adventure compilation like Tales From the Yawning Portal (248-pages, came out in April 2017, but NOT described as an adventure, like other hardcover modules released so far)... drawing inspiration from the Extra Life 24 Hours of D&D events?
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by LordEntrails View Post
      How do the page counts compare to previous products?
      192 pages is comparable to SCAG and XGtE, 256 is comparable to the other APs, aside from Tyranny of Dragons.

      Dunno how much stock to put in the designations at this point, but the release dates and page counts sound legit. They have said they are moving to one big Adventure product a year, though, and away from any level of interbook dependency...
    1. clavejones's Avatar
      clavejones -
      Quote Originally Posted by Quickleaf View Post
      I wonder if "Marathon" (192-page D&D Accessory coming out in May 2018) will be another adventure compilation like Tales From the Yawning Portal (248-pages, came out in April 2017, but NOT described as an adventure, like other hardcover modules released so far)... drawing inspiration from the Extra Life 24 Hours of D&D events?
      I think you are on to something. Development time on something like Yawning is less and D&D always has a nostalgic thread. So it would be leaving money on the table not to do another book like that at some point.
    1. Charlaquin's Avatar
      Charlaquin -
      If thereís one thing I learned from my days as an MTG player, itís that WotCís code names for upcoming products cannot be relied upon to hintvat the contents of the actual product.
    1. Juomari Veren's Avatar
      Juomari Veren -
      I'm fairly certain Labyrinth turned into Tales from the Yawning Portal actually, and Dust was Tomb of Annihilation (Because dust is what a sphere of annihilation turns you into). Midway was most definitely Xanathar's Guide (a lot of the surveys from the UAs leading up to it were titled MidwaysurveyX on release in the url and then quickly changed after a day, like this happened multiple times), but I've no idea what Cloak and Dagger are or were - where did those ones come from? They may be new ones as well.


      As for the names given here, I'm excited for Broadway - I hope it's devil-themed. Devils and the stage go so well together (As Pathfinder discovered with Chelaxian Operas). I'd love a melodramatic adventure with fiends that plays out like an opera. There's also been an excessive amount of references to fiends across all of the adventures (and in places like Dice, Camera, Action!) that are supposedly culminating in something story-related. I'm also expecting a Planescape supplement soon - maybe Marathon. The codenames usually lend a vague idea of what the book is about to players, and at 192 players it probably isn't a full adventure, which usually strike out past the 250 page mark.


      Catacombs kind of worries me because we just had two adventures that were dungeon-centric, and one that was very heavily themed around death and undeath. I personally don't mind it, but I don't want the market to be saturated with adventures of people going into dungeons and fighting undead at the same time. Someone mentioned Undermountain - a couple years ago they had a special adventure at Origins that was an Adventurer's League exclusive - people said it was an adventure into Undermountain to resurrect Halaster Blackcloak. I've been longing to hear what came of that adventure, as Undermountain is one of my favorite aspects of the Forgotten Realms. I wqould pay good money for anything Undermountain related, though I'll pay good money for anything 5e because I've got a solid track record of collecting every book so far.
    1. Mercurius's Avatar
      Mercurius -
      Didn't Mearls say there were four books coming out in 2018? Or is the fourth product the dice?
    1. vpuigdoller's Avatar
      vpuigdoller -
      I would love if Catacomb was related to Thay and the Red Wizards we have seen some of them lately, even in the shores of Chult. I believe Mearls had said he wanted to revisit Thay at some time?

      broadway might be some city centric adventre?
    1. jimmifett's Avatar
      jimmifett -
      I don't really care unless it's Eberron material.
    1. vpuigdoller's Avatar
      vpuigdoller -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimmifett View Post
      I don't really care unless it's Eberron material.
      Man... at this point I already lost all hope of anything Eberron related. I wish, really wish the D&D gods hear you though.
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