Two New Settings For D&D This Year
  • Two New Settings For D&D This Year


    According to ComicBook.com, WotC's Brand Director, Nathan Stewart, told them that WotC plans to open up a couple more D&D settings for play later this year. He said "It's going to be more like at the level of how Barovia [introduced in the Curse of Strahd adventure storyline] is in terms of stuff. Here's a thing that's going to give you a taste of the setting, but we're not going to that setting yet, we're just letting you get in there and start doing it."





    Stewart didn't say which settings would be revealed, but did say that it would appeal to "hardcore" fans. Could it be Spelljammer (from recent clues at GAMA and in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes), or Dark Sun (from Mike Mearls' psionics previews on his video series)? It should be noted that Chris Perkins said that Dungeon of the Mad Mage would include a spelljammer helm. Spelljammer and Dark Sun don't sound like bad guesses, and Planescape seems like a strong contender. But these are just guesses.

    There are no vacant "placeholder" slots for WotC at Amazon and the like, so it's a reasonable guess that these offerings will be digital in nature. It could be anything from an Unearthed Arcana article to a full PDF like the Magic: the Gathering crossovers WoTC has released. Time will tell!

    And when will this happen? Stewart says "We have two surprises that I think hardcore D&D fans are really going to love coming this summer, and then I think we got one surprise that's going to release later this year that we've not told anyone about. We're going to announce it in July."

    Quote Originally Posted by kbrakke
    I didn't see this anywhere else, but it looks like we might be getting official support for other settings soon. My guess would be open up DMs guild support and a SACG style book but with a multitude of settings (Or at least, that's what I want. Small primer on the plane, discussions on how the races and classes fit in there, a new race or archetype. Repeat for 200 pages, add 50 pages of monsters). If the announcement is coming in July and we get an extra 4th book this year it could be a big year for 5e.
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    1. TheSword's Avatar
      TheSword -
      if it comes out this year i would agree with you. Possibly published by a third party company that has a good reputation (Green Ronin etc)

      However if itís coming next year I would stake all the money in my pockets that it will be a Curse of Strahd style book. Campaign with background and new monsters etc. Curse of Strahd was too successful not to repeat!
    1. xanstin's Avatar
      xanstin -
      This is very exciting, was this brought up at all on the SOME?
    1. xanstin's Avatar
      xanstin -
      It feels like their newer books are like this and I love it. OotA 1/2 Underdark Setting , CoS 1/2 Barovia, SKT 1/2 Savage Frontier Guide, ToA 1/2 chult guide. I think its all we will get as far as full fledged settings go. I don't see them doing a full size Underdark book for example when they can combine it with a pre-made story/module and sell 1 book to various audiences.
    1. Aldarc's Avatar
      Aldarc -
      So what settings and associated campaign "guides" do you think we will get?

      Planescape/Sigil (1/2 Planar Guide) seems like an obvious one.
    1. akr71's Avatar
      akr71 -
      @TheSword
      "It's going to be more like at the level of how Barovia [introduced in the Curse of Strahd adventure storyline] is in terms of stuff. Here's a thing that's going to give you a taste of the setting, but we're not going to that setting yet, we're just letting you get in there and start doing it."
      They've been dancing around Planescape and for a while now. As Astral Sea primer would be my guess - from there all other settings are just destinations in the Astral Sea.
    1. Bitbrain's Avatar
      Bitbrain -
      Quote Originally Posted by kbrakke View Post
      http://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/06/...aign-settings/

      I didn't see this anywhere else, but it looks like we might be getting official support for other settings soon. My guess would be open up DMs guild support and a SACG style book but with a multitude of settings (Or at least, that's what I want. Small primer on the plane, discussions on how the races and classes fit in there, a new race or archetype. Repeat for 200 pages, add 50 pages of monsters). If the announcement is coming in July and we get an extra 4th book this year it could be a big year for 5e.
      Awesome!

      Mearls did say a few months ago that they were planning to release a fourth book this year . . .

      My guess? They'll probably start with Spelljammer or Planescape.
    1. nicolas.carrillos's Avatar
      nicolas.carrillos -
      I really really hope Eberron is among the settings to be supported soon
    1. gyor's Avatar
      gyor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bitbrain View Post
      Awesome!

      Mearls did say a few months ago that they were planning to release a fourth book this year . . .

      My guess? They'll probably start with Spelljammer or Planescape.
      Makes sense, maybe they will combine the two, Planejammer ;p

      Still it does make sense, easiest transition for parties already in FR.

      Then next year maybe Greyhawk, Darksun, Dragonlance, and Eberron. 2020 Mystara and Birthright.
    1. Bitbrain's Avatar
      Bitbrain -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicolas.carrillos View Post
      I really really hope Eberron is among the settings to be supported soon
      Me too. Eberron is an awesome setting.
    1. gyor's Avatar
      gyor -
      Quote Originally Posted by xanstin View Post
      It feels like their newer books are like this and I love it. OotA 1/2 Underdark Setting , CoS 1/2 Barovia, SKT 1/2 Savage Frontier Guide, ToA 1/2 chult guide. I think its all we will get as far as full fledged settings go. I don't see them doing a full size Underdark book for example when they can combine it with a pre-made story/module and sell 1 book to various audiences.
      And Waterdeep Books 1 and 2, 1/2 Waterdeep/Skullport Urban adventure guide and half Megadungeon. This is really the first WotC adventure I've been excited about.

      And I'm excited about the new Setting whatever it is (I too am betting its Planescape/Spelljammer).
    1. xanstin's Avatar
      xanstin -
      I'm leaning towards a planar travel guide which folds in basics of planescape and spelljammer as the method of transportation for planar travels. Maybe the location will be sigil as a crossover point from Faerun to a port city.
    1. TheSword's Avatar
      TheSword -
      My money is on either Dark Sun or Planescape. As being the two most unique and different to Forgotten Realms. I will be disappointed if itís Greyhawk or Mystara. I can live with Eberron.

      If itís Birthright, I will fall off my chair, do a little cartwheel, sing a hosanna and then sacrifice my first born child to the gods of Olympus for the joy of it!
    1. TwoSix -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bitbrain View Post
      Me too. Eberron is an awesome setting.
      While I would love that too, I think they'll go for settings that are more thematically different than Eberron is from FR. Eberron is obviously different from FR, but it's still a large, relatively generic fantasy world.

      My guess would be Dark Sun and either Planescape or Spelljammer (or maybe something that ties them together into an overarching world-transit setting).
    1. Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
      Ralif Redhammer -
      Nothing directly, at least that I saw. But in Mearlsí Jocks Machina session, Paul (the Big Show) Wight was playing a half-giant from Athas, so thereís that.

      Quote Originally Posted by xanstin View Post
      This is very exciting, was this brought up at all on the SOME?
    1. gyor's Avatar
      gyor -
      Thought maybe its Dragonlance first, they did just playtest Minotaurs. If we see Kinder as the next UA we will know.
    1. gyor's Avatar
      gyor -
      I wonder how AL plans on handling the new settings and any player material within.
    1. TDarien -
      Personally I would love an Omnibus-type book, ~600pp, that includes several different settings. It would be expensive, but I think it would be the best way to put all the most wanted sections in DMs' hands.
    1. Remathilis's Avatar
      Remathilis -
      Hmm, either a single hardcover covering several settings in light detail (with a few races and such to round them out) or a series of Planeshift like Pdfs that do the same thing.
    1. Dire Bare's Avatar
      Dire Bare -
      Quote Originally Posted by TDarien View Post
      Personally I would love an Omnibus-type book, ~600pp, that includes several different settings. It would be expensive, but I think it would be the best way to put all the most wanted sections in DMs' hands.
      I think they could do the idea justice in 256 pages, if they skip less popular settings like Birthright and Mystara. Focus on Dark Sun, Spelljammer, and Eberron, it would fit. We're definitely not getting a 600 page monster.
    1. Paul Farquhar's Avatar
      Paul Farquhar -
      I suspect it will be a merged Spelljammer/Planescape setting, with ties to Skullport.

      My personal preferences would have been Dark Sum or Star Frontiers 5e, but I will be happy with that. But anything different is welcome.
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