As you may know, the licensed electronic tools suite for D&D 5th Edition, originally called Codename: Morningstar
and then renamed Dungeonscape
, was being produced by a company called Trapdoor Technologies. A couple of weeks ago, WotC ended their relationship with Trapdoor. No explanation was forthcoming.
Something has happened, though. If you go to the old Dungeonscape site, you see a message. It's redirected to a page named Codename: Morningstar
(does that mean the name is no longer in use?) and the following cryptic message can be seen. [85 comments]
The workers at the Trapdoor Forge and Magicworks are sitting around the table at the local pub.
For months, they had been working on a wonderful new artifact - a mithril and elf-glass tome of storytelling. It was to be a gift to the village for the holidays - a source of imagination for the dark, cold nights of winter!
Early this morning, when they went into their shop - they discovered that the magical tools they had been using to craft the storyteller's tome are missing. The only clue is a single piece of seaweed lying nearby.
Over their beers, they commiserate. They were so close, and the holidays are coming. What happened? What can be done?
Surely, they can find magical tools beyond the walls of their village. An adventure!
A tale to tell, but all great adventures must have a name. Looking about for inspiration, all eyes fall to the party's lone magical item, a morningstar which glows in the darkness. Smiling, the lanky form of Newtonian the Rogue whispers, "Let's call this quest "Codename: Morningstar".
And the adventure begins...
So. Dungeonscape lives on, kinda. It's called Codename: Morningstar again (which, frankly, was a much better name).
That said, it isn't explicit that it's still for D&D 5E. The message is flavourful, but vague. It'll be interesting to hear exactly what it is the Trapdoor folks have in store.