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    Quite possible: given the timing, and similar...

    Quite possible: given the timing, and similar products for Ravnica, I'm betting on an Eberron intro boxed set, but who knows what these guys have up their sleeves...
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    If one is into such things, this is currently a...

    If one is into such things, this is currently a Golden Age for adventure modules. YMMV.
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    If you mentally add "...for me" at the end, it is...

    If you mentally add "...for me" at the end, it is a very reasonable and fair statement.
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    They've already walked the FR back from the 4E...

    They've already walked the FR back from the 4E changes, across a number of books over the years.

    Mike Mearls went over the Class/Race situation for Dark Sun in an episode of the Happy Fun Hour. As...
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    Chris Perkins on Dragon Talk recently called out...

    Chris Perkins on Dragon Talk recently called out Aurora's While Realm Catalogue as one of the best and most perennial D&D products in his opinion, particularly given that it is edition proof. And he...
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    The book's value seems to hinge on the Adventure,...

    The book's value seems to hinge on the Adventure, given that it is the bulk of the page count.
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    Depending on one's taste, the Wizards Three can...

    Depending on one's taste, the Wizards Three can be adduced as proof that the FR is peak D&D: classic camp. And that's what I don't get about the attempt to gatekeep against AI counting as the "real"...
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    Yes, this is where I am, too. Not an AI viewer,...

    Yes, this is where I am, too. Not an AI viewer, and I like the Forgotten Realms: I do not think the Realms are much more serious than this book, though, not as Greenwood presents it.
  9. It's all about the money: this is already selling...

    It's all about the money: this is already selling like hotcakes on Amazon, and it isn't even out yet. They have started getting new FR novels, on the publishers dime rather than their own. Indeed, I...
  10. Given that Acquisitions, Inc. is one of the...

    Given that Acquisitions, Inc. is one of the biggest media successes in the history of the Forgotten Realms already, by definition of it fits the shownitnfits the Forgotten Realms. The published FR...
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    As a bit more context, "Descent to Avernus is...

    As a bit more context, "Descent to Avernus is getting a companion box set in September that includes some of these items specifically aimed at that adventure, it wouldn't surprise me at all if they...
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    Nate Stewart said on Spoilers & Swag that sales...

    Nate Stewart said on Spoilers & Swag that sales for Ravnica were excellent, and would be effecting their long term business strategy. A Ravnica box set seems possible, though they already have sold...
  13. In a game line that included Jungles of Chult, it...

    In a game line that included Jungles of Chult, it would take extraordinary evidence to make that claim probable: far more than cartoony art and a focus on a particular form of campaign.
  14. The art style is specific to Penny Arcade: part...

    The art style is specific to Penny Arcade: part of the branding. It's not like the FR are not pretty fun and goofy to begin with , here.

    There have been some real doozies from TSR and WotC over...
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    The official D&D accounts shared it on Facebook...

    The official D&D accounts shared it on Facebook and Twitter: it's legit, but it seems to be not something they wanted to make too big a deal about.
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    Worth noting that we got a 5E version of Mystarra...

    Worth noting that we got a 5E version of Mystarra in Goodman Games Isle of Dread hardcover.
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    They all have their place: no need to declare...

    They all have their place: no need to declare badwrongfun on any of it.
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    If setting boxes really hit it off, FR might...

    If setting boxes really hit it off, FR might happen eventually: but it wouldn't make any business sense to do multiple settings simultaneously.

    As it is, FR is getting detailed regional Gazeeters...
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    The Phandelver Starter Set is still selling...

    The Phandelver Starter Set is still selling briskly at my local Target, after 5 years of release: that's pretty astounding, and doing a setting box as a "next step" alongside the revised Essential...
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    Based on the direct wording they used in this...

    Based on the direct wording they used in this survey, Forgotten Realms can be rules out: why would anyone need example adventure material to demonstrate how to campaign in the Realms? Eberron,...
  21. That's a lot of adventure material! I like the...

    That's a lot of adventure material! I like the art: standard 5E art is great, but I love them mixing it up, like this or Ravnica.
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    So, there are 7 items in the box set that the are...

    So, there are 7 items in the box set that the are floating there to test people's reactions:

    1- Special Dice
    2- "Poster map of the campaign setting"
    3- "A campaign or adventures that capture the...
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    In terms of planning a product, they asked what...

    In terms of planning a product, they asked what people would want in a box set last year in the big product survey. This seemed more like fine-tuning something they already have lined up, based on...
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    They asked detailed questions, with room for...

    They asked detailed questions, with room for detailed responses, in their big product survey last year. There were highly specific product questions for those who were interested in buying a boxed...
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    Thinking about this a bit more: last year,...

    Thinking about this a bit more: last year, alongside the Ravnica Hardcover, they released two products, a dice set and "Maps & Miscellany." The latter product included much of what they were asking...
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    The only element that seemed to lean that way was...

    The only element that seemed to lean that way was the question about basic rules: the adventure question specifically called out demonstration of the theme for a setting, as did the map question. If...
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    I agree. The Essential Set is coming out in the...

    I agree. The Essential Set is coming out in the next few weeks and they showed people the contents already , and the R&M is probably already set.

    My guess is that Target is eager for more boxed...
  28. Well, I mean, we knew BG3 was in the hopper since...

    Well, I mean, we knew BG3 was in the hopper since last year...
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    Dude, for real. It strikes me that a colorful,...

    Dude, for real.

    It strikes me that a colorful, flashy campaign in a box might be perfect for the "shopping for my Middle Schooler at Target" crowd that they have signaled is so important...
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    How fascinating: this is clearly about a campaign...

    How fascinating: this is clearly about a campaign setting boxed set. Maybe the Eberron product won't be a book after all...?
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    Not really an alternate "class" feature, but one...

    Not really an alternate "class" feature, but one of the Background hooks included in Ghosts of Saltmarsh (which are quite good): basically, an Acolyte gets to choose between being a junior dude at...
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    Yeah, the D&D alignment system is gibbering...

    Yeah, the D&D alignment system is gibbering nonsense from any serious ethical analysis: makes for good acting notes, though.

    In 5E, the Ideals/Traits/Bonds are more important in quickly throwing...
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    Because they are setting it in Baldur's Gate, and...

    Because they are setting it in Baldur's Gate, and they like money.
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    This thread was about a home game, not any...

    This thread was about a home game, not any theoretical product. However, if they did do a Saltmarsh style book with DoD, it would probably be setting agnostic given the original nature of the module,...
  35. After Eberron, it's also the other "Crunch" heavy...

    After Eberron, it's also the other "Crunch" heavy setting that plays by different rules, as noted by Mearls back when they did the Settings survey. Mearls did some heavy conceptual lifting on the...
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    X4, X5 and X10, collectievely the "Desert Nomad"...

    X4, X5 and X10, collectievely the "Desert Nomad" series, off the top of my head. Anything Al'Quadim. Check out the following site:

    https://www.adventurelookup.com/adventures/
  37. Nothing much, just I wouldn't have included...

    Nothing much, just I wouldn't have included something that came out ~13 months ago in the past year (note that the 29th is the wide release date, it was in FLGS and on Beyond two weeks earlier).
  38. IT was released well over a year ago, however....

    IT was released well over a year ago, however. But, yeah, balance concerns have not been a big deal for any product in 5E yet.
  39. It just struck me, though, that this is part of...

    It just struck me, though, that this is part of their strategy: they freed up Eberron on the DMsGuild in July 2018, release a big splashy book in bookstores in November 2019, and point to the extra...
  40. Possibly, though I would lean towards "no." There...

    Possibly, though I would lean towards "no." There is too much crunch such as monster stat blocks, still needed for Eberron (so many monsters). Also, that would mean they released three big adventure...
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    I think my favorite part is that they have wo...

    I think my favorite part is that they have wo maps of the coast, which alternate East and West for the top of the map. That made me laugh so hard.
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    Several games, though not RPGs strictly speaking....

    Several games, though not RPGs strictly speaking. Idle Champions of the Realms, Tales of Candlekeep, etc.
  43. The Class seems just about ready to go. The...

    The Class seems just about ready to go. The changes and tuning he mentions are good, but I'm overall extremely happy with the Class.
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    Just going off of what WotC found in their...

    Just going off of what WotC found in their studies of the playing population, and what is happening in the streaming game world. The rules are there, but rulings from a DM matter way more and no...
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    But given the nature of RPG, that is one of the...

    But given the nature of RPG, that is one of the safest design assumptions possible. Baked right into Rule Zero, innit?
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    Thing is, fast and loose with lots of forgiveness...

    Thing is, fast and loose with lots of forgiveness is how people, overwhelmingly, play D&D. That's the standard.
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    Scenarios in RPGs are more like recipes in a...

    Scenarios in RPGs are more like recipes in a cookbook to experiment with by the DM than a computer program to execute rigidly. 3E and 4E are all-around good demonstrations of the ultimate futility of...
  48. I would think the webmaster is probably right:...

    I would think the webmaster is probably right: trying to make noise about this is more likely to cause WotC to reconsider the fan material program as much as anything.
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    Nate Stewart keeps bringing up that Spelljammer...

    Nate Stewart keeps bringing up that Spelljammer isn't coming in 2019. Emphasis on "in 2019."
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    They don't actively court developers, they can...

    They don't actively court developers, they can only choose those who come to them with money to offer. This would have been right after they took a risk on a newer company and the result crashed and...
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    Obviously this ties into Descent to Avernus, but...

    Obviously this ties into Descent to Avernus, but I wonder if this gives us a clue as to the villain of next year's big storyline adventure...
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    I think they are definitely aiming at a family...

    I think they are definitely aiming at a family audience: not Pokemon levels, but Avatar The Last Airbender, Clone Wars or Spiderverse. That's the audience they market the game to.
  53. Abstruse not a tease anymore: ...

    Abstruse not a tease anymore:

    https://venturebeat.com/2019/06/06/baldurs-gate-iii-is-coming-for-pc-and-stadia-when-its-ready-takes-place-after-dds-descent-into-avernus/
  54. Alright, it's officail, set for November: ...

    Alright, it's officail, set for November:

    "Baldur's Gate III is among the list of over 30 games currently confirmed to be available day one on Google Stadia. That list--which can be viewed...
  55. I will not claim any real familiarity with the...

    I will not claim any real familiarity with the material, but I just looked, and there 56 published Prestige Classes for Eberron in 3.5. I am sure some percentage would make good subclasses for 5E.
  56. Gnolls, for sure: WGtE discusses role-playing...

    Gnolls, for sure: WGtE discusses role-playing Gnolls, but gives no stats. Honestly any given "monster" race, as they fit in Eberron better than most settings. Subclasses, beyond the Artificer, would...
  57. Given that they have told us literally nothing...

    Given that they have told us literally nothing about the book, it seems to be shaping up well...

    Also, given Wyatt's involvement and Nate Stewart's statements in the recent past that a D&D themed...
  58. We have player options in WGtE: that doesn't mean...

    We have player options in WGtE: that doesn't mean that we have all of the potential player options that we may see in the new book. Additional races or subclasses are very, very possible.

    And we...
  59. Yeah, and we don't know what the content of the...

    Yeah, and we don't know what the content of the November book will he, just the Setting. But I'd wager it is something like Ravnica, with player options and monsters of general utility.
  60. Once I thought about it and looked, WotC just...

    Once I thought about it and looked, WotC just calls them "Adventures" in the copy.
  61. Hasbro doesn't fund video games, they charge for...

    Hasbro doesn't fund video games, they charge for the IP: every D&D game made in recent times did not receive a dime from WotC, but paid WotC to be D&D.
  62. I don't think Kingmaker is going to weigh that...

    I don't think Kingmaker is going to weigh that much into their design.
  63. No money quite like Google money...how much do...

    No money quite like Google money...how much do you want to wager that Google is filled to the brim with old fans of the original?
  64. I wouldn't guess anything specific at this point:...

    I wouldn't guess anything specific at this point: whatever it is has been in the pipeline for years at this point, probably.
  65. We have no idea bout timeframe.

    We have no idea bout timeframe.
  66. So, this just got announced, in a tengental...

    So, this just got announced, in a tengental topic: Baldur's Gate, Planescape Torment and Neverwinter Nights are getting Switch releases, with cartridges and everything. Baldur's Gate Enhance Edition...
  67. My first experience with published adventures is...

    My first experience with published adventures is from 5E, so I'm not intimately familiar with Pathfinder style AP, but what I gather from friends who have, they seem more "programmed."
  68. While they provide threads, it is also super easy...

    While they provide threads, it is also super easy to take most any chapter from SKT and use it without the original context and make close to no changes. It's more like a bunch of old fashioned...
  69. Right, they connect...but they aren't really a...

    Right, they connect...but they aren't really a "Path" the way Age of Worms or the Shackled City are.
  70. Well, they didn't consider that people would read...

    Well, they didn't consider that people would read the metadata, so they did that by accident: but, yes, this is happening.
  71. As far as ruleset goes, Nate Stewart was pretty...

    As far as ruleset goes, Nate Stewart was pretty firm when talking about any theoretical big video game on Spoilers & Swag earlier this year: as Brand Manager, he insists any new big game would have...
  72. She said it would be a single chapter, which she...

    She said it would be a single chapter, which she called a Gazeeter. She said this in context of saying the new book is almost entirely focused on Avernus.
  73. Kate Welch said in the AP announcement panel that...

    Kate Welch said in the AP announcement panel that the Baldur's Gate portion is just one chapter, a Gazetteer of the city: sufficient to launch a campaign, but most of the book is focused on Hell....
  74. All of their adventure books are more like...

    All of their adventure books are more like collections of adventuring material, with a thin veneer connecting them. Very easy to disassemble and use chapters just like old-timey modules. Not really...
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    I thought it was fascinating that Target came to...

    I thought it was fascinating that Target came to WotC looking for a new product, rather than the other way around. That it is also designed around the Target buyer, who wouldn't have the books...
  76. About a crunch book, think about it this way:...

    About a crunch book, think about it this way: what would such a book include? Player options, DM modules, and monsters. What is the Eberron book likely to include? Player options, DM modules, and...
  77. One might also consider Curse of Strahd and...

    One might also consider Curse of Strahd and Dungeon of the Mad Mage as being more like GoS, in some ways, for that matter....
  78. That's a point about the extra designers (Ari,...

    That's a point about the extra designers (Ari, too), but they may still keep the splashy multimedia stories to one a year, as they also were coming out too fast for business partners like video games...
  79. I think we agree on the first part, just from...

    I think we agree on the first part, just from different angles.
    We don't know whether they will do another reboot set next year, though it seems like they could easily enough. We do know that they...
  80. True; I imagine Mearls has a gameplan for which...

    True; I imagine Mearls has a gameplan for which modules WotC wants to do, and which they don't care to bother with, and when.

    I don't want to hard on DoD too much, as it was an example in my mind,...
  81. Right, but my point is that WotC isn't thinking...

    Right, but my point is that WotC isn't thinking "well, this is too similar to that other thing coming, so we shouldn't do that," or TftYP wouldn't have included those particular adventures.

    What...
  82. Pratchett felt he did not discover plot until...

    Pratchett felt he did not discover plot until Sourcery, which was the fifth book of the Discworld. Going Postal is also a good starting place. There are plot threads, but most of the book can be read...
  83. Experience to level!

    Experience to level!
  84. This is the best answer.

    This is the best answer.
  85. How many spell slots do you have...?

    How many spell slots do you have...?
  86. The Savage Frontier is huge, yes: the Sword Coast...

    The Savage Frontier is huge, yes: the Sword Coast region is the size of the Western US, Canada and Mexico from the Pacific to the Rockies. The territory controlled by Waterdeep is probably comparable...
  87. I'm not sure if they would go with the Realms...

    I'm not sure if they would go with the Realms re-do, or revert to Hickman's original vision: they did the latter for Curse of Strahd.
  88. WotC doesn't seem to think that way: they...

    WotC doesn't seem to think that way: they released the Tomb of Horrors mere months before Tomb of Annihilation, for instance, or Against the Giants shortly after Sky King's Thunder for that matter.....
  89. The magic fueled Abbey of Goldenfields gets some...

    The magic fueled Abbey of Goldenfields gets some attention in Storm King's Thunder, explaining the food situation:

    https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/Goldenfields
  90. Because Magic. Given the underground complexes...

    Because Magic. Given the underground complexes beneath the city, you have to think cubic space for the population density, and don't forget a huge number of peoole are outside the walls.

    The 3E...
  91. At the risk of taking the topic entirely too...

    At the risk of taking the topic entirely too seriously, from the WotC website:

    "The City of Splendors is certainly the greatest of the Sword Coast cities and perhaps the greatest cities on the...
  92. I've used those lists: they are fit to purpose.

    I've used those lists: they are fit to purpose.
  93. Sounds like a good rule of thumb, so about 1 in...

    Sounds like a good rule of thumb, so about 1 in 20,000. That would give a huge city like Waterdeep with 2 million people about 100 adventurers total. With the major factions headquartered there, like...
  94. In FR terms, definitely: I wonder how they would...

    In FR terms, definitely: I wonder how they would work it for a new, more generic product, though.
  95. However, the 3.x DMGs had some demographic...

    However, the 3.x DMGs had some demographic assumptions that one may or may not want to use, and this generator has some fun with those numbers:

    https://donjon.bin.sh/d20/demographics/

    There was...
  96. That's the base assumption in the rulebooks: NPCs...

    That's the base assumption in the rulebooks: NPCs are not leveling characters.
  97. Interesting: in the event of a DoD book like GoS...

    Interesting: in the event of a DoD book like GoS (It'd seem to be a good candidate eventually), I wouldn't necessarily bet on it being explicitly in the FR: they might revert it to generic, and put...
  98. My understanding is that it was written and...

    My understanding is that it was written and published originally to be 1E "setting generic," hence the use of a Deities & Demigods mishmash. It was the reprint that was designated as a FR book, as it...
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    He who controls the present, controls the past:...

    He who controls the present, controls the past: but, yes.
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    Interesting interview with Nathan Stewart here,...

    Interesting interview with Nathan Stewart here, going into the origins of and purpose for the Essentials Set, and how they are currently focusing on figuring out a better way to on board new players:...
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