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    The big thing continuing players would want at...

    The big thing continuing players would want at this point is new adventures, and I am certain that companies such as Kobold Press will continue to offer Pathfinder versions of Kick-started...
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    There is probably not a sufficient market for a...

    There is probably not a sufficient market for a full clone: anybody who wants to keep on playing 3.x/PF1 has several lifetimes if material at their disposal.
  3. Yesterday's panel has been posted to YouTube now:...

    Yesterday's panel has been posted to YouTube now:


    https://youtu.be/3VmmFkZE24Q
  4. They've been teasing an upcoming announcement:...

    They've been teasing an upcoming announcement: this coming Monday is the one year anniversary of the release of the Wayfinders Guide to Eberron and the announcement of the Guildmasters Guide to...
  5. I have the Goodman Games reprint "Into the...

    I have the Goodman Games reprint "Into the Borderlands," which has B1-B2 in their original formats and updated to 5E: pretty legit.
  6. Ice Fantasy is a domestic production (though the...

    Ice Fantasy is a domestic production (though the art direction is all from your countryman, Dan Hennah, to get that Lord of the Rings feel). But if you look at the Chinese box office, what really...
  7. Maybe, but maybe not: a niche market is niche, no...

    Maybe, but maybe not: a niche market is niche, no matter the product. And it isn't like the official stuff, like the Wayfinders Guide to Eberron, is working on a different scale: a platinum...
  8. Your knowledge about Chinese government standards...

    Your knowledge about Chinese government standards regarding fantasy/sci-fi stuff is severely outdated, actually. TVTropes has the following to say about Ice Fantasy, again produced for major...
  9. I'm watching Ice Fantasy on Netflix right now,...

    I'm watching Ice Fantasy on Netflix right now, which was produced in Communist China. I can assure you, D&D should not be a problem (this show's already done it all already).
  10. It might not be a question of taking into...

    It might not be a question of taking into account, it may be that they weighed the option and decided against that while taking that into account.

    WotC runs a pretty robust PDF operation with the...
  11. Dungeons & Dragons at San Diego Comic Con

    Nate Stewart discussing Dungeons & Dragons today:


    https://youtu.be/UeE4pByauC4
  12. Say what you will about the D&D Adventure games...

    Say what you will about the D&D Adventure games like that (not a big fan myself), they must do very well, as they have been available for years, and they just published another one a few months ago...
  13. Last paragraph of page 183, concluding the...

    Last paragraph of page 183, concluding the Dragonlance section:

    "Dragonlance has proven to be one of the most beloved and enduring of all D&D campaigns. Perhaps most important, it truly put the...
  14. Reality is frequently disappointing.

    Reality is frequently disappointing.
  15. This is 2019, much of this is out of date in the...

    This is 2019, much of this is out of date in the middle of the booming tabletop gaming industry. And you are dead wrong about China: see, for instance, "Ice Fantasy" or "Monster Hunters" among many,...
  16. You are right, the focus on International growth...

    You are right, the focus on International growth does suggest that they have no plans for any edition change in the next few years, as they have consistently stated. While they haven't fully ramped...
  17. The scale of sales for DriveThruRPG products and...

    The scale of sales for DriveThruRPG products and printed 5E books is wildly different, though: the Fantasy ground, Roll20 and D&D Beyond experiences are notably different from a PDF reader. Stewart...
  18. Man, stranger things have happened.

    Man, stranger things have happened.
  19. Probably not, this looks like a legit leak with...

    Probably not, this looks like a legit leak with damage control.
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    The power of big data at work, finding out what...

    The power of big data at work, finding out what works.
  21. The Art & Arcana book, with which he was...

    The Art & Arcana book, with which he was involved, implied that something is up with Dragonlance for the future. Additionally, Kate Welch and Nate Stewart had that very weird exchange on Spoilers &...
  22. I'm pretty sure there is nothing that Manganiello...

    I'm pretty sure there is nothing that Manganiello would do anything to be involved in a Dragonlance project, and move heaven and Earth to make it happen. It wouldn't shock me if something was in...
  23. "Thursday July 18th 10:15 – 11:00 Rick & Morty...

    "Thursday July 18th
    10:15 – 11:00 Rick & Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons – Jim Zub

    11:00 – 12:00 Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish – B. Dave Walters"
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  24. I believe they have had ComicCon representation...

    I believe they have had ComicCon representation in the past, IIRC.

    The only book stuff that would warrant ComicCon would probably be Dragonlance, but who knows if that's in the cards.
  25. This came out a couple of months ago, followed...

    This came out a couple of months ago, followed later by the announcement of a MtG cartoon straight to Netflix, all sorts of possibilities are in play:
    ...
  26. Well, what's a few days between friends? This...

    Well, what's a few days between friends? This next week is primed for the announcement, at least. If they are announcing stuff at Comic Con, there might be other-media stuff in play (like the movie,...
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    Actually, just checked, only 21 3.x books are PoD...

    Actually, just checked, only 21 3.x books are PoD right now: Red Hand of Doom, Ruins of Undermountain, the Draconomican, the Spell Compendium, and a bunch of Realms, Eberron and Ravenloft (from White...
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    WotC is, indeed, selling 3.5 via Print on Demand.

    WotC is, indeed, selling 3.5 via Print on Demand.
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    Lonely fun is a big part of the RPG hobby, and...

    Lonely fun is a big part of the RPG hobby, and what one finds to be fun alone dictates a lot here: clear, concise technical rules don't give me any lonely fun, hence I'll invest less time or pursue...
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    Well, I don't really read technical manuals for...

    Well, I don't really read technical manuals for any reason at all, and definitely not for fun (poetry or philosophical treatises are more my jam). Presentation and aesthetics matter: the 5E spell...
  31. So, not much change from the playtest.

    So, not much change from the playtest.
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    Weeeeellll, a lot of that was, more or less,...

    Weeeeellll, a lot of that was, more or less, reinventing the wheel from 3.5, rehashing concepts covered in existing WotC books.
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    Granted that the PF2 system might not work as...

    Granted that the PF2 system might not work as well mathematically as the 4E approach, I would describe the powers set-up as aesthetically a "jumbled mess of mechanics," with page upon page of...
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    The action economy "feeling like 4E" is what I've...

    The action economy "feeling like 4E" is what I've heard: can't speak to it directly. Feel can be a tricky thing, slippery and hard to pin down.

    Feats are very 3.x, but forcing everything in PC...
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    It's worth noting that a lot of people who have...

    It's worth noting that a lot of people who have been working on PF2 were working at WotC eleven years ago, working on 4E. It's not just an unrelated group who might come to similar solutions, it's...
  36. I mean, people have been talking about it for...

    I mean, people have been talking about it for years, so it has a certain something to it, muck like Plan 9 from Outer Space or The Final Sacrifice.
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    Just about the only thing I found of value in the...

    Just about the only thing I found of value in the playtest, was the system for multuclassing, including the equivalent to Prestige Class/Kits. I could see a similar system being built into 5E easily...
  38. PF2 The core rules for PF2 are not setting agnostic:...

    The core rules for PF2 are not setting agnostic: Paizo is going all in on Golarion, and all PF2 books assume that setting is in play.
  39. Just in time for the one year anniversary, what a...

    Just in time for the one year anniversary, what a coincidence.
  40. Sooooo, Chris Perkins just did a Lore You Should...

    Sooooo, Chris Perkins just did a Lore You Should Know episode about the Mournlands and the Lord of Blades. We are coming up on more info soon, methinks:

    https://youtu.be/Msgu2CFCdv8
  41. The Flumph is already in the MM, no return needed.

    The Flumph is already in the MM, no return needed.
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    Other than English, D&D is currently in print in...

    Other than English, D&D is currently in print in four other languages, with four more rolling out about now:

    "GF9 partnered with Wizards of the Coast in 2017 to translate Dungeons & Dragons Fifth...
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    Oh, for sure, knowing what they are working with...

    Oh, for sure, knowing what they are working with would be fun: doubt they will open that up for the public in detail, though.

    Remember, those numbers are for worldwide: ~40 million out of 7-8...
  44. Also, it was *hilarious*, and I'm sure some folks...

    Also, it was *hilarious*, and I'm sure some folks were already mixing in costumes in 1985.
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    Stewart says that is their estimate: they have...

    Stewart says that is their estimate: they have accurate sales data, and likely have a statistical model based on observation as to how many people are playing per unit sold, on average. At the number...
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    Not casting shade on anyone: it's really a...

    Not casting shade on anyone: it's really a remarkable story of perseverance thatTSR did what they did.
  47. Yeah, this: similarly, Dustin was left holding...

    Yeah, this: similarly, Dustin was left holding the ham radio geek bag while his friends blew him off, which had been a big deal for all four the first season. Will and Dustin even blow off each...
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    Record keeping was not a TSR strong suit...

    Record keeping was not a TSR strong suit...
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    WotC tried the toolbox approach in 3.x, but have...

    WotC tried the toolbox approach in 3.x, but have found people *like* the 2E style gonzo multiverse. It is easy enough tonignore or change at home, the DMG goes into detail about changing the baseline...
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    Indeed, there is no reason that you need to...

    Indeed, there is no reason that you need to accept it, or ought to in any fashion. WotC, however, made the decision to honor the multiverse approach established in past editions...mainly from fan...
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    Indeed, while any table is free to make these...

    Indeed, while any table is free to make these things work however they want, everything being connected in D&D has been the default setting since I was a toddler. Playing with these settings *not*...
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    San Francisco, yeah. Most of the Pro DM stories...

    San Francisco, yeah. Most of the Pro DM stories I've seen tend to be folks on larger cities.
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    This is why, as I read it, Mearls is reluctant...

    This is why, as I read it, Mearls is reluctant about productizing their "official" Unified Setting Theory. It's not a straightjacket for DMs, it's a tool for developers such as Larian.
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    Oh, for sure, they've talked about all of this...

    Oh, for sure, they've talked about all of this for years, bits and pieces. What Mearls is saying is that they have a through Bible worked out for this to keep official releases coherent, but have no...
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    Event planning also works there, since half of...

    Event planning also works there, since half of doing a D&D session is straight up planning a party: I think it's just that the game has been so DIY until the past few years, this phenomenon is just...
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    Actually, on the contrary, I'd say that Critical...

    Actually, on the contrary, I'd say that Critical Role's success is largely in that they are playing for each other and ignoring the audience while in game.
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    Well, the guy they focus on for this article does...

    Well, the guy they focus on for this article does stream online, so the food is available for taste testing.
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    And, on top of that, have a metaphysical model to...

    And, on top of that, have a metaphysical model to explain things like how Dragonlance and Eberron fit in with Greyhawk and Mystarra.
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    That's a decent analogy, but I think the cooking...

    That's a decent analogy, but I think the cooking metaphor might be closer to pro DMing.
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    Really, it's similar to cooking a meal for a...

    Really, it's similar to cooking a meal for a bunch of friends versus going out to a restaurant together: but this feels weird, like witnessing the first restaurants come into being. Absolutely...
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    It feels somewhat like paying somebody to be your...

    It feels somewhat like paying somebody to be your friend.
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    I think we all mean "peak up to this time" when...

    I think we all mean "peak up to this time" when we say peak D&D. The old peak was 1981-83 for the Basic line: everything else was less successful, until 5E.
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    I agree, really: it seems un-hobby-ish, against...

    I agree, really: it seems un-hobby-ish, against the historical "playing with friends" scene. But, if the market supports a skill being paid for, it will happen...
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    I believe they have the game available in other...

    I believe they have the game available in other languages at this point, so that 40 million probably extends beyond the Anglosphere a fair degree. But, yeah, D&D is doing very well right now.
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    No, there is no such book: Mearls is talking...

    No, there is no such book: Mearls is talking about a plan conceived of within the past 7-8 years, while 5E was being made.
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    Yeah, for the PHB to be #52 on Amazon a full 5...

    Yeah, for the PHB to be #52 on Amazon a full 5 years after release is bonkers: by way of contrast, 3.0, 3.5 and 4E were out of print within 5 years.
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    A few somewhat scattered points: The sales...

    A few somewhat scattered points:

    The sales numbers provided are for North America alone: anyone outside of NA that bought the Starter Set is in addition to these numbers.

    Currently, the Starter...
  68. That's a pretty good picture. Wouldn't surprise...

    That's a pretty good picture. Wouldn't surprise me, though, if they are putting together a top quality tie-in still.
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    I'd say it is father the opposite: they gave this...

    I'd say it is father the opposite: they gave this whole multiverse approach that allows them to publish products with links, but without overdetermining what "really" happened, as was the case in...
  70. I would expect that WotC is using their networks...

    I would expect that WotC is using their networks like DMsGuild Adepts program to get an array of Eberron material out into the world to coincide with the core book.
  71. The Eberron setting, most likely: they would fit...

    The Eberron setting, most likely: they would fit well, and that book will be full of monsters in all likelihood.

    Also, they will probably announce Fuller details on that book in the next two weeks...
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    I could see a 5E Rules Cyclopedia or similar: a...

    I could see a 5E Rules Cyclopedia or similar: a concise complete rules set focusing on popular options from the various books.
  73. The DMsGuild license is pretty flexible, so...

    The DMsGuild license is pretty flexible, so Eberron 5E could easily get more material than 3.5 could dream of pretty quickly.
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    Right, 3.5 got moved up, as it was part of the...

    Right, 3.5 got moved up, as it was part of the plan: but it was a plan that did not work any time they tried it.
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    They already have two of those, probably more on...

    They already have two of those, probably more on the way. Alternatively, D&D Beyond.
  76. I suspect it may be DMsGuild related, too,...

    I suspect it may be DMsGuild related, too, however...Baker is in on the Eberron product that is in the works, so I think this is around the right time.

    A new imprint would seem warranted, as Baker...
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    The 50th anniversary would be a logical date,...

    The 50th anniversary would be a logical date, abstractly, but abstractions ≠ market realities. If 5E is still going strong, they won't do a new edition at that time.
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    It worked-ish. 3E was replaced by a new edition...

    It worked-ish. 3E was replaced by a new edition within 3 years, and 3.5 was ultimately a losing proposition in terms of profit improvement. 4E was a much more obvious "New Coke" style Trainwreck, but...
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    I'm not saying the game won't change: I don't...

    I'm not saying the game won't change: I don't doubt that there will be a 6E eventually (no 5.5, 3.5 was apparently a marketing disaster per WotC). However, it will be more like the latest edition...
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    It is interesting that they have a Master Lore...

    It is interesting that they have a Master Lore Bible going, but that's not really news: they were making that during the playtest when Wyatt was surveying people about monster lore, or Perkins...
  81. Myrkul got better, per the Sword Coast...

    Myrkul got better, per the Sword Coast Adventurers Guide
  82. It's not really a big storyline Adventure module,...

    It's not really a big storyline Adventure module, more like DMsGuild material D&D Beyond is using to capitalize on sales of the Essentials Set. Might be good, am intrigued.
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    Well, they are fraught enterprises: every edition...

    Well, they are fraught enterprises: every edition WotC released before 5E had crashed and burned within five years (ignoring the "half edition" fiction of "3.5"). It's a boom and bust cycle, not...
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    It seems that edition changes have been a bust...

    It seems that edition changes have been a bust for maximizing profit: quick infusions that do long-term harm.
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    I believe that is incorrect: my understanding is...

    I believe that is incorrect: my understanding is that the non-Chainmail rules in OD&D used some modified naval combat rules, which became standard D&D combat. The ships in these rules were put in...
  86. Don't forget Greyhawk for Ghosts of Saltmarsh, as...

    Don't forget Greyhawk for Ghosts of Saltmarsh, as well.
  87. Seems plausible: probably works well for Brand...

    Seems plausible: probably works well for Brand advertising timing.
  88. It's not that HotDQ is horrible, but...it was the...

    It's not that HotDQ is horrible, but...it was the first big adventure for 5E, and the DMG encounter guidelines were still in flux when it was published. They actually turned the dial down pretty...
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    I use singular "they" when filling out reports at...

    I use singular "they" when filling out reports at work all the time, because I don't often know the gender of a customer based on a name from a language with which I am unfamiliar. I don't do that to...
  90. Scarlett Johansson.

    Scarlett Johansson.
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    Remove all "politics" from the equation, and...

    Remove all "politics" from the equation, and "they" is still a historically singular pronoun. Pretending it isn't is frankly weird, and date I say it, "political."
  92. That's not really how D&D works, though: all...

    That's not really how D&D works, though: all sorts of rules are designed for flexible implementation by the DM (stealth, for instance). That's the nature of the beast. The Class write up says that...
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    They were playing Russian Roulette with their...

    They were playing Russian Roulette with their whole business model, they got themselves in trouble way before 1993: they had a very strong run of luck.
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    Yeah, it's not like Scrooge McDuck levels, but...

    Yeah, it's not like Scrooge McDuck levels, but D&D brought in a lot of money: in the end, it wasn't even lack of sales that seemed to do them in, but they overextended themselves in expenditure and...
  95. 4d6, drop the lowest, place as preferred, in 3E....

    4d6, drop the lowest, place as preferred, in 3E. Best way to do it, particularly now that stats are more mellow in 5E.
  96. Well, you're welcome: they have honestly gotten...

    Well, you're welcome: they have honestly gotten me pretty excited with what they are laying down lately.
  97. WotC put out a survey last week regarding what...

    WotC put out a survey last week regarding what people would want in boxed sets: it sounded like they were asking about something like a combo of what's in this box with a campaign setting. I foresee...
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    Worse, the business people didn't seem to know...

    Worse, the business people didn't seem to know about business, either.
  99. PF took it whole cloth from 3.x, no addition or...

    PF took it whole cloth from 3.x, no addition or subtraction.
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    Resistance to singular they is recent fad,...

    Resistance to singular they is recent fad, singular they is natural to English: https://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/austheir.html
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