Preview of Halflings And Gnomes From Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes Surface Online
  • Preview of Halflings And Gnomes From Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes Surface Online


    Over at Polygon they have some interesting preview images from the upcoming Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes from Wizards of the Coast. Among the things that we will see in the new book will be some expansions to halflings and gnomes. The word is that there aren't any major revisions to the races, but that the new content will build upon what is already in the Player's Handbook.


    They say about the book "Tome of Foes is narrated by Mordenkainen, a wizard created by D&D co-creator Gary Gygax for his World of Greyhawk campaign. It will contain lots of new content for the 5th edition, including a lengthy investigation of demons, devils, several kinds of elves and duergar, the infamous dark dwarves."

    "Also included in the book will be new tools for building player characters, including halflings and gnomes. Both races of tiny folk were included in the 5th edition Player’s Handbook, which was published in 2014. Tome of Foes doesn’t revise them, but simply adds more depth and color to each race’s backstory."









    The release date for Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes is May 29, 2018.
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    1. Jeff Carpenter's Avatar
      Jeff Carpenter -
      Not a fan of the halfling art in 5e so far and this doesn't help. The dude in the rocking chair is all head.
    1. lall's Avatar
      lall -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Carpenter View Post
      Not a fan of the halfling art in 5e so far and this doesn't help. The dude in the rocking chair is all head.
      It's embarrassing.
    1. vpuigdoller's Avatar
      vpuigdoller -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Carpenter View Post
      Not a fan of the halfling art in 5e so far and this doesn't help. The dude in the rocking chair is all head.
      I hate it too!
    1. Satyrn's Avatar
      Satyrn -
      I like it. It feels like a halfling Norman Rockwell painting his own people.
    1. DMMike's Avatar
      DMMike -
      Badgers?

      Badgers?

      ...anyway. Halflings obviously have huge brains, since they have "found niches for themselves away from the battles and rivalries" of the big folk. Hence, huge heads.
    1. Yaarel -
      The descriptions of the halflings describe an emotional intelligence and an ability to read people, that some would associate with a Wisdom improvement, and insight skill proficiency.

      However, I want Charisma to handle *all* social skills, including empathy and emotional insight, so I am fine with the Charisma improvement that the halflings have − at least the lightfoot halfling.

      So, in order to mechanically back up the flavor of the halfling, the race needs a Charisma boost as well as a proficiency/expertise in an insight skill that keys off of Charisma (not Wisdom).

      I also see Charisma associating with an archetypal presence that is larger than life, along with uncanny fate and destiny, so the Charisma flavor works well with the ‘luckiness’ of the halfling as well.

      When it is possible to back up flavor with mechnics, it is important for the game design to make an effort to do so. Mechanics ensure that a flavor actualizes substantially during gameplay.
    1. gyor's Avatar
      gyor -
      As I said in the other thread about this, the big thing to me is that it confirms Greyhawk Halfling Goddess of warnings Charmalaine is in the book. I don't know if they will be expanding the FR Halfling Pantheon to include her, but I hope so as she seems interesting.
    1. Pokelefi's Avatar
      Pokelefi -
      Uh nice more racial feats and more things to inspire stories and new pcs
    1. mach1.9pants's Avatar
      mach1.9pants -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Carpenter View Post
      Not a fan of the halfling art in 5e so far and this doesn't help. The dude in the rocking chair is all head.
      That's just what halflings look like, see photo of real halfling below
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    1. Elderbrain's Avatar
      Elderbrain -
      Quote Originally Posted by gyor View Post
      As I said in the other thread about this, the big thing to me is that it confirms Greyhawk Halfling Goddess of warnings Charmalaine is in the book. I don't know if they will be expanding the FR Halfling Pantheon to include her, but I hope so as she seems interesting.
      Embarrassed to say I don't recall that deity - where is she mentioned?
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by Satyrn View Post
      I like it. It feels like a halfling Norman Rockwell painting his own people.
      I wondwr about the actual statistics no for people reacting the Halflings art, because I've seen a few people get cranky about it online, but no indication of this disapproval in broader society.
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by gyor View Post
      As I said in the other thread about this, the big thing to me is that it confirms Greyhawk Halfling Goddess of warnings Charmalaine is in the book. I don't know if they will be expanding the FR Halfling Pantheon to include her, but I hope so as she seems interesting.
      The book has a Greyhawk/Planescape basis, we'll probably get some information for generic D&D racial foods and some brief notes how they fit into other worlds as relevant.
    1. Ath-kethin's Avatar
      Ath-kethin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Parmandur View Post
      The book has a Greyhawk/Planescape basis, we'll probably get some information for generic D&D racial foods and some brief notes how they fit into other worlds as relevant.
      Has the Greyhawk/Planescape angle been officially confirmed, it is it still just speculstion/implication?
    1. Parmandur's Avatar
      Parmandur -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ath-kethin View Post
      Has the Greyhawk/Planescape angle been officially confirmed, it is it still just speculstion/implication?
      Well, it is written in persona Mordenkainen, with additional notes but Shemeska, which can be seen in the previews. It is certainly very much in the 5E metasetting.
    1. Gothstaff's Avatar
      Gothstaff -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Carpenter View Post
      Not a fan of the halfling art in 5e so far and this doesn't help. The dude in the rocking chair is all head.
      Yup! and those tiny feet, I like the Tolkieneske Halfling better... with big hairy feet as opposed to those thumbs for feet...
    1. SkidAce's Avatar
      SkidAce -
      Good thing the epic necromancer Notorus Gib cast the 10th level ritual "Genocide" way back in prehistory.

      Alfaysia has been halfing free ever since.
    1. Patrick McGill's Avatar
      Patrick McGill -
      that dude in the rocking chair looks like JRR Tolkien. I imagine this is on purpose.
    1. mach1.9pants's Avatar
      mach1.9pants -
      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick McGill View Post
      that dude in the rocking chair looks like JRR Tolkien. I imagine this is on purpose.
      Who knew good old JRR had such a huge head!? All that language brain I guess
    1. Charles Rampant's Avatar
      Charles Rampant -
      Everyone talking about the Halfling picture, but no chat about the amazing Gnome picture!
    1. dungeonguru's Avatar
      dungeonguru -
      Quote Originally Posted by Elderbrain View Post
      Embarrassed to say I don't recall that deity - where is she mentioned?

      In the Living Greyhawk Journal #3 - she was a hero-god sponsored by Brandobaris. This was a short-lived Living Greyhawk 3.0 thing. They revisited a ton of hero-gods for Greyhawk specifically (like Daern, Kelanen) and then expanded for each of the Greyhawk human racial factions and even had new gnome and half-orc hero-gods.
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