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    Yeah, the two other minions are a tough fight -...

    Yeah, the two other minions are a tough fight - but then again, this is supposed to be the climactic encounter for the 1st level party, so it's presumably designed to be tough.

    But as for the big...
  2. I imagine that since its going to cover 23...

    I imagine that since its going to cover 23 levels, we're going to get a theme for each level, some areas in each fully detailed, and then some guidance for deatailing the remaining sections of each...
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    I know which encounter you are taking about - so...

    I know which encounter you are taking about - so how did they force that NPC to fight? The entrance is fairly distant from where the NPC is trying to escape, and there are two other NPCs available to...
  4. One of his kin, at the very least.

    One of his kin, at the very least.
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    Nimblewrights as well (CR 4). I imagine...

    Nimblewrights as well (CR 4).

    I imagine Dungeon of the Mad Mage is where we're likely to see a good amount of new monsters though...
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    One thing I like about the NPCs in the book is...

    One thing I like about the NPCs in the book is that we finally get some examples of non-monster NPCs of CR 13+. We have three wizards, a rogue, and a monk-cleric mutilclass within that CR range...
  7. I'm not gyor, but the distinction may be a...

    I'm not gyor, but the distinction may be a non-standard deity she worships, which immediately brings the Old Empires (and their unique pantheons) to mind. Perhaps an ancient Egypt-themed adventure in...
  8. While I agree that MtoF had a higher percentage...

    While I agree that MtoF had a higher percentage of "filler monsters" than VGtM, it definitely wasn't to an intolerable level (like the later 3.x Monster Manuals were), and I believe there are enough...
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    You want a heist? Or maybe more than one? It's...

    You want a heist? Or maybe more than one? It's pretty simple - the wording of the adventure gives you free reign to do so. In Chapter 4, in the Vault Keys section, it says: "The three keys needed to...
  10. This. They drop hints years in advance. Unlike...

    This. They drop hints years in advance. Unlike most, the Cormyr LYSK came out of the blue and wasn't connected to any then-current (or then-known-to-be-coming-up) product. It really stood out because...
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    Ah, I tried and and it didn't work, so I didn't...

    Ah, I tried and and it didn't work, so I didn't know the secret code to create the spoiler text. Thanks! I'll go and edit it now.
  12. When talking about Lantan being shown on the map...

    When talking about Lantan being shown on the map in ToA, it was the fact that Lantan was actually being mapped out which was important. So it sounds to me that we'll be visiting Lantan in some sort...
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    As I mentioned on the D&D Beyond thread, I very...

    As I mentioned on the D&D Beyond thread, I very much like what I have read so far, and am very much looking forward to the upcoming Undermountain sequel, so we can at last run a full 1 - 20 5e...
  14. I'm really enjoying what I've read so far, as the...

    I'm really enjoying what I've read so far, as the adventure involves a lot of side plots and factional involvement and conflict. Given player choices should they align with one or more factions, the...
  15. Dragon Heist now available on D&D Beyond

    Reading through it now, and it looks pretty interesting so far...
  16. I would be very surprised if there isn't a fairly...

    I would be very surprised if there isn't a fairly substantial section on converting Dragon Heist and Dungeon of the Mad Mage material to both Sharn and Greyhawk City, as both are large cities for...
  17. Thread: 25 years

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    If you want something old school, I'd go with...

    If you want something old school, I'd go with Tomb of Annihilation. Going through a massive, deadly jungle filled with undead, dinosaurs, undead dinosaurs, and a multitude of other dangerous animals...
  18. They've just (through the help of divination...

    They've just (through the help of divination magic presumably) pre-planned for the day the High Road will need to be a 20-lane freeway.
  19. Honestly, they should go the Volo's route and...

    Honestly, they should go the Volo's route and have both Tasselhoff and Raistlin comment in character in sticky note asides. Tasselhoff himself would be hilarious, and watching (in note form) Raistlin...
  20. I was wondering that last too. Other than the...

    I was wondering that last too. Other than the fact it's not a traditionally published book, it's no different than, say, SCAG (and arguably better).
  21. I think the introduction on what sets a setting...

    I think the introduction on what sets a setting apart from other worlds should be mandatory in future releases like this, as it's really helpful and informative.

    Honestly, this may be the way...
  22. This thread contains a poll. Well, we'll be getting Waterdeep updated in a few...

    Well, we'll be getting Waterdeep updated in a few weeks at least. And I wouldn't be surprised to see if they start ranging further and further away from the Sword Coast as time goes by. Both Lantan...
  23. This thread contains a poll. Until last week, I might have agreed with you....

    Until last week, I might have agreed with you. Now we need to wait and see how the Ravnica and (possibly) Eberron hardcovers do. If they prove wildly popular, they may revisit the Realms with a more...
  24. If I may ask, why single out gnome paladins in...

    If I may ask, why single out gnome paladins in particular? Surely there are followers of Gaerdal Ironhand who could combine the holy and martial in the defense of the home burrows from outside...
  25. That's actually a pretty interesting proposition....

    That's actually a pretty interesting proposition. Dust, Ash, and Salt thematically fit in quite well with the whole Dark Sun "feel" (Vacuum less so, but it could be made to work). Philosophically,...
  26. Two points here - in the Eberron PDF, the setting...

    Two points here - in the Eberron PDF, the setting being part of the standard D&D Multiverse is only one of several options available, and it's specifically left for the DM to decide. So, officially,...
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    If there's a decent selection of interesting...

    If there's a decent selection of interesting subclasses, like the Order Cleric (which is one I really do want to see), and some intriguing monsters, I will at least be buying some of the crunch parts...
  28. Actually, Dragonlance's stars that moved were...

    Actually, Dragonlance's stars that moved were explained in Spelljammer, as it was stated that what exactly the stars were varied from sphere to sphere. In some spheres (like Realmspace) they were...
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    Ever since drow, kuo-toa, and svirfneblin were...

    Ever since drow, kuo-toa, and svirfneblin were reprinted in the original Fiend Folio.
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    I doubt that's coincidental. Dragon Heist states...

    I doubt that's coincidental. Dragon Heist states that it will have lots of urban setting rules and fluff, so that sort information should be able to be translated to Sharn and Ravnica with presumably...
  31. Crawford has apparently said there will be nearly...

    Crawford has apparently said there will be nearly as many monsters as in MToF.
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    I imagine that if we don't get an official gnoll...

    I imagine that if we don't get an official gnoll PC race for 5e, the version you come up with will be "unofficially official" for most people, Eberron players or not.

    Also, a very minor request -...
  33. Sigh, now I'm hungry! :D

    Sigh, now I'm hungry!

    :D
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    Interesting, there's a section on gnolls in the...

    Interesting, there's a section on gnolls in the PC race section, both detailing and posing questions on how to play a gnoll in Eberron. Given that it was said after Volo's that we wouldn't see...
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    Well, the Ravnica book may indicate that's...

    Well, the Ravnica book may indicate that's changing.
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    Both Mearls and Baker said that it's because it's...

    Both Mearls and Baker said that it's because it's still not be complete - the artficer is still missing for example. Once everything is updated and playtested, a print option is possible.
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    I was about to come here and say something very...

    I was about to come here and say something very similar. I've been reading my D&D Beyond version for the past couple of hours or so, and I have been deeply impressed so far. I love that it's...
  38. True (and I've already gotten that), but I was...

    True (and I've already gotten that), but I was thinking more along the line of an overview product for the setting, and then drill down for more detail afterwards...
  39. I'd be happy to have this template repeated for...

    I'd be happy to have this template repeated for the Realms - they could release something similar to the Eberron PDF, detailing lands and things that weren't covered in SCAG. Preferably written by Ed...
  40. That sounds very well done, especially for the...

    That sounds very well done, especially for the "Interesting Things" part. I can only hope they get Greenwood to write up something similar for the non-Sword Coast areas of the Forgotten Realms...
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    Or Hedomismbot from Futurama...

    Or Hedomismbot from Futurama...
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    Eberron still needs official rules for psionics...

    Eberron still needs official rules for psionics and artificers, so this is likely a placeholder until those are thrashed out and the remaining rough edges in this are smoothed out for an actual hard...
  43. Well, as it's already on the DMs Guild and...

    Well, as it's already on the DMs Guild and available on D&D Beyond, I think it's been confirmed lol.
  44. (Knowing that I'm not the specific "you", but...

    (Knowing that I'm not the specific "you", but still responding anyway :D )

    It now appears we'll be seeing Eberron in some fashion, and although that's not on my 1st tier of settings I'd like to...
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    As I said in the other thread, the question is...

    As I said in the other thread, the question is now whether we're just going to see DMs Guild and PDF support, or whether, once the psionic and artificer rules are set, we'll be seeing something more...
  46. Same here! The question is now whether it's...

    Same here!

    The question is now whether it's going to just be DMs Guild and PDF support for Eberron, or whether there's going to be an actual published book (presumably in the style of the Ravnica...
  47. That's true for Eberron, and to a point Greyhawk,...

    That's true for Eberron, and to a point Greyhawk, but for the Realms, the fluff's been torn apart, aged, and put back together in a form we're not quite sure of since the last time we saw it (and...
  48. Actually, he was at first adamant there was...

    Actually, he was at first adamant there was definitively not going to be a "fourth book", then backtracked to the art book and/or coloring book. Now that that "fourth book" has been pretty...
  49. And your reasoning for that is...?

    And your reasoning for that is...?
  50. I agree - presumably any other setting book would...

    I agree - presumably any other setting book would be next year, hopefully in the first half (which during that span this year there was a dearth of books). Would it being released early next year be...
  51. How have they trolled us? This leak was...

    How have they trolled us? This leak was presumably unintentional, and we know from previous statements that we'll be seeing news on more than one setting tomorrow. So, presumably, all the classic...
  52. So, this clears up two mysteries that have been...

    So, this clears up two mysteries that have been hanging over us recently.

    One: this is the legendary "fourth book" long rumored and hinted at.

    Two, the fact that they would be announcing...
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    If he sells the Volo's cover as a poster, I...

    If he sells the Volo's cover as a poster, I imagine these will follow in time. They were just announced, after all...
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    Just gorgeous. Hydro74's style really works well...

    Just gorgeous. Hydro74's style really works well with D&D monsters.
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    You don't need to pay a subscription to access...

    You don't need to pay a subscription to access what you've purchased on D&D Beyond. You only need to do so if you want to share your purchases with others, remove ads from the site, or add more...
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    Those special edition covers look so nice, but...

    Those special edition covers look so nice, but man, that price, especially for something I already own. If only I had some excuse for buying them...

    *Notices that the special edition cover set...
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    Is derro calculus different because of their...

    Is derro calculus different because of their insanity? If we're worried about their derivatives, should we also be worried about their integrals as well?
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    The half-covered letter in your first...

    The half-covered letter in your first illustration isn't an "N", as it has two parts sticking out. So it's far more likely to be an "R", for "Necromancer"
  59. I really like the Hydro74 minimalist/Art Nouveau...

    I really like the Hydro74 minimalist/Art Nouveau style for the special edition covers, and hope they stay with that style.
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    It's funny, but a week ago, even the minimum what...

    It's funny, but a week ago, even the minimum what they could announce, that other settings will become available on the DM's Guild or otherwise available electronically, would have been greeted with...
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    You don't hype up an announcement for something...

    You don't hype up an announcement for something that has already been announced, and, in the case of the Border Kingdoms guide, is already available!
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    Unfortunately, in the responses, he says that...

    Unfortunately, in the responses, he says that it's just the end of "summer". Unless it's a double-trolling attempt!
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    https://mobile.twitter.com/NathanBStewart/status/1...

    https://mobile.twitter.com/NathanBStewart/status/1014196339368812544

    Definitely looks like we'll be getting news on Friday, and that very much looks like a PHB with a special edition cover there...
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    Hopefully now that it's July, we'll be getting...

    Hopefully now that it's July, we'll be getting some info over the next week or two (hopefully the next few days, although the July 4th holiday may keep that from happening), instead of them dragging...
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    Well, until such time as we get some sort of...

    Well, until such time as we get some sort of guide for the region for 5e, it's really the best we've got.
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    Judging a book by its cover much? When one...

    Judging a book by its cover much?

    When one island in the table of contents is noted as "reclaimed by the fey" and another as "perilous moorland", and with all the references to the Ffolk and the...
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    ToA isn't really very high fantasy - in fact it...

    ToA isn't really very high fantasy - in fact it can be pretty gruelling both in the jungle exploration section and in the (quite deadly) tomb itself. And you aren't really saving the world, just the...
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    While good in theory, and an excellent idea if...

    While good in theory, and an excellent idea if they hadn't defined planes for this edition, now that the Astral and Material planes have been defined as separate in this edition, it won't work. If...
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    As much as some may think it's unfair, for FR...

    As much as some may think it's unfair, for FR fans, it's a real boon. Even if they aren't "officially" canon, they are all but official, and I (and I assume others) would consider them so, especially...
  70. This is the case even in 5e, as MtoF states that...

    This is the case even in 5e, as MtoF states that some eladrin have been accepted back on Arvandor by the Seldarine. These would presumably be the celestial versions that were in previous editions,...
  71. "Several thousand" in this case is actually...

    "Several thousand" in this case is actually 25,000 to 30,000 years before the present in the setting. That's several dozen elven generations, so no present day elf's grandparent could have seen it...
  72. A lot of them are from the 2e "Races of..."...

    A lot of them are from the 2e "Races of..." series. Others are from Dragon Magazine or other one-off sources.
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    I don't think these are what they were talking...

    I don't think these are what they were talking about. After all, it's not even July yet!
  74. SCAG has a good run-down of the various and...

    SCAG has a good run-down of the various and sub-races in the setting.
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    While not a full-fledged physical campaign guide...

    While not a full-fledged physical campaign guide book, that's still quite impressive!
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    Oh OK, that makes sense. Well, there goes that...

    Oh OK, that makes sense. Well, there goes that idea then!
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    That was what I'm thinking as well. WotC keeps...

    That was what I'm thinking as well. WotC keeps the core Sword Coast area and maybe a few other regions of interest, and licences other regions for 3rd parties to develop. That's really a win-win-win...
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    Now that is intriguing. Is WotC going to farm out...

    Now that is intriguing. Is WotC going to farm out Forgotten Realms regions to 3rd parties? That would be an interesting and welcome development, as long as that are done well!
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    I'll reiterate my position that the "surprise...

    I'll reiterate my position that the "surprise release" that will be announced in July will be a Planescape and/or Spelljammer book, presumably coming out in December.

    And the "two...
  80. I imagine that there will be directions in the...

    I imagine that there will be directions in the book on exactly this conversion.
  81. I honestly think the stuff for the two settings...

    I honestly think the stuff for the two settings will be in-depth UAs for them, thus getting around the whole book thing, while making it possible, or even likely, that we'll get full-fledged books a...
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    So, our legendary fourth book will be appearing,...

    So, our legendary fourth book will be appearing, and announced in July.

    But as for the two settings, ive just realized a possibility that hasn't been brought up here. As has been mentioned by...
  83. That is becoming the pattern, isn't it? The...

    That is becoming the pattern, isn't it? The rules/monster book hints at what will be released 18 months or so down the line. Volo's had dinosaurs, yuan-ti, vegepygmies, and so on, all hinting at ToA;...
  84. Heh, "Destroying cool stuff needlessly" could...

    Heh, "Destroying cool stuff needlessly" could have been the by-line for 4e as a whole...
  85. I do hope so. There are rumors over on Reddit...

    I do hope so. There are rumors over on Reddit that Cubicle 7 may still have something up their sleeve...
  86. To go a bit deeper into this, only the giants...

    To go a bit deeper into this, only the giants section in Volo's draws heavily on Forgotten Realms lore (and even then there's a sidebar on how to adapt it), everything else is pretty much setting...
  87. The first book will have a poster map of...

    The first book will have a poster map of Waterdeep.

    The second book is apparently going to have a separate poster map pack of the various levels of Undermountain for purchase:
    ...
  88. They did say the maps would be in the book,...

    They did say the maps would be in the book, presumably shrunk down to page size. This, I imagine, would be a pack of poster-sized maps that would be rather difficult to ship with a book. So you would...
  89. Just thinking - now that we have an official...

    Just thinking - now that we have an official dungeon going to level 20, will we finally see some high-level creatures specific to the Forgotten Realms setting like sharn or phaerimm?
  90. I have to believe that since we'll just have...

    I have to believe that since we'll just have gotten a huge book on everything about Waterdeep that they will expect people to head back up to the city from time to time for downtime activities (which...
  91. And the D&D Beyond video is up now: ...

    And the D&D Beyond video is up now:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbVRQIOuI8s
  92. I'm not seeing it - I was on their YouTube...

    I'm not seeing it - I was on their YouTube channel watching the other videos I mentioned in my previous post, but I'm not seeing it there. Did someone jump the gun, and they immediately redact it I...
  93. So... to get away from the current route of the...

    So... to get away from the current route of the conversation and back on track with the original subject...

    D&D Beyond just released a glut of short videos with Mearls and Crawford concerning some...
  94. I mentioned this a few weeks ago when the...

    I mentioned this a few weeks ago when the two-part structure came into focus - perhaps this is how they will give us setting guides that aren't really setting guides in the future. Basically a...
  95. My thoughts exactly (other than I think there...

    My thoughts exactly (other than I think there might still be a chance it won't be Undermountain, although I won't be surprised if it is). They've announced the two fall releases in the same event the...
  96. More excellent art, as always. I love the mind...

    More excellent art, as always. I love the mind flayer petting its pet intellect devourer as if it were a kitten or something! :D
  97. And you're totally right, I didn't even think...

    And you're totally right, I didn't even think along those lines - I guess that hat threw me off. Now that's an obscure reference!

    Also, is that Volo sitting in front of the face-fireplace?
  98. Nice artwork! I see an Apparatus of Kwalish in...

    Nice artwork!

    I see an Apparatus of Kwalish in that first one!

    And I'm curious... and a bit apprehensive... to find out the story behind fetish-gear pirate...
  99. *points to my post a few posts up*

    *points to my post a few posts up*
  100. Which makes it reasonable a place can be found...

    Which makes it reasonable a place can be found for giff in the setting. Tortles were unknown previously since they live in an isolated area of Chult no one had really explored before, so I'm sure it...
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