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2019 WotC D&D Releases

I just want to make sure I'm up-to-date. Is this right?

May: Ghosts of Saltmarsh hardcover
June: Essentials Kit box set
September: Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus hardcover
???: Eberron hardcover

Is that the gist of it? Is this everything until next year (May), or might there be more surprises? For some reason I was under the impression there was going to be four hardcovers...maybe the Essentials Kit is the fourth product? Or maybe a second Baldur's Gate book? Or maybe another surprise PDF ala Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron, except for...Dark Sun?
 

Prakriti

Hi, I'm a Mindflayer, but don't let that worry you
The only thing you're forgetting is the Rick & Morty Starter Set.
 
I believe you are missing the lightly regarded June release of the Aquisitions Incorporated book. I cant for the life of me understand who would buy the book based on the information I have seen. But I guess you never know.
 

Parmandur

Adventurer
I just want to make sure I'm up-to-date. Is this right?

May: Ghosts of Saltmarsh hardcover
June: Essentials Kit box set
September: Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus hardcover
???: Eberron hardcover

Is that the gist of it? Is this everything until next year (May), or might there be more surprises? For some reason I was under the impression there was going to be four hardcovers...maybe the Essentials Kit is the fourth product? Or maybe a second Baldur's Gate book? Or maybe another surprise PDF ala Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron, except for...Dark Sun?
Yeah, the Acquisitions Incorporated book is an official D&D branded rule book as well.

Given that Eberron was a successful experiment, I reckon we might seem them fo something similar, as you suggest.
 

ccs

39th lv DM
Hmm. Looks like other than Saltmarsh I save $ this year.

Nah, who am I kidding? That $ will just be spent on other aspects of my overall gaming hobby. :)
 

doctorbadwolf

Explorer
I believe you are missing the lightly regarded June release of the Aquisitions Incorporated book. I cant for the life of me understand who would buy the book based on the information I have seen. But I guess you never know.
Oh, I'm pretty sure that book is going to sell extremely well.

It's got a whole subsystem for running an adventuring company like a company, and using party roles to thematically put some of the work of record keeping into the hands of the players, give the group a decision tie breaker who isn't necessarily the leader, etc, each of which levels up based on doing the thing it's there for, and provides fun (but only silly if you want them to be) adventuring benefits thematically appropriate to the role.

It also adds in elements of maintaining and upgrading a home base and transport, a new weird race, and a ton of lore to play in a version of FR that has some of the interesting elements added by the C Team campaign and the Aquisitions Inc main game.

It's a really cool product for dnd.
 

Parmandur

Adventurer
Oh, I'm pretty sure that book is going to sell extremely well.

It's got a whole subsystem for running an adventuring company like a company, and using party roles to thematically put some of the work of record keeping into the hands of the players, give the group a decision tie breaker who isn't necessarily the leader, etc, each of which levels up based on doing the thing it's there for, and provides fun (but only silly if you want them to be) adventuring benefits thematically appropriate to the role.

It also adds in elements of maintaining and upgrading a home base and transport, a new weird race, and a ton of lore to play in a version of FR that has some of the interesting elements added by the C Team campaign and the Aquisitions Inc main game.

It's a really cool product for dnd.
Oh, yeah, this is going to be big. WotC is hyping other books partly because this will work fine by itself.
 

doctorbadwolf

Explorer
Oh, yeah, this is going to be big. WotC is hyping other books partly because this will work fine by itself.
Yep. The AqInc fans, especially the Shadow Council (C Team fans for those who don't watch), will buy out the first printing by themselves. The general dnd audience will buy a decent amount once there is a better understanding of what these franchises and franchise roles add to the game, and that it expands on FR in new and interesting ways.
 
Funny. I read your reply and at first I thought you were making my point 😀. Sounds horrible to me.

You might be correct but I play in a couple dnd groups and no one is interested in this at all. Most are upset a product release is wasted on something so niche.
 

Parmandur

Adventurer
Funny. I read your reply and at first I thought you were making my point 😀. Sounds horrible to me.

You might be correct but I play in a couple dnd groups and no one is interested in this at all. Most are upset a product release is wasted on something so niche.
Do they watch the show? The audience for the show is highly likely to be interested in buying this, and they have a significant viewership.
 

Retreater

Explorer
Do they watch the show? The audience for the show is highly likely to be interested in buying this, and they have a significant viewership.
I know I'm only one guy, but I'm one guy who plays in five groups. None of my groups have ever heard of this ... show? (Some of them watch Critical Role, if it's like that.)
 

cbwjm

Explorer
I believe you are missing the lightly regarded June release of the Aquisitions Incorporated book. I cant for the life of me understand who would buy the book based on the information I have seen. But I guess you never know.
I preordered it as soon as I heard about it.
 
Funny. I read your reply and at first I thought you were making my point . Sounds horrible to me.

You might be correct but I play in a couple dnd groups and no one is interested in this at all. Most are upset a product release is wasted on something so niche.
They have made pains to point out that no regular release spot was used for this book. It was going to be published independently, and WotC volunteered to do it for them instead.
 

Parmandur

Adventurer
I know I'm only one guy, but I'm one guy who plays in five groups. None of my groups have ever heard of this ... show? (Some of them watch Critical Role, if it's like that.)
It's like that, yes. It is the game that Chris Perkins ran for years with the Penny Arcade guys and Patrick Rothfuss, before Jeremy Crawford took over as DM. Kate Welch is in the "C Team" spin-off that Mike from Penny Arcade runs.

I'm not certain how the viewership compares with Critical Role for certain, but it is comparable.

I don't watch the show, but it is certainly one of the biggest things in the RPG world.
 

Jer

Explorer
I know I'm only one guy, but I'm one guy who plays in five groups. None of my groups have ever heard of this ... show? (Some of them watch Critical Role, if it's like that.)
Keep in mind we live in the WORLD OF THE FUTURE where there is far more entertainment content available for free or insanely cheap than anyone could ever hope to watch/read/listen to in their lifetimes. And shows - especially actual play podcasts and streams that can be produced cheaply - can be "profitable enough" these days with a few hundred thousand listeners (or far less, depending on how the creators define "profitable enough" and how supportive with their dollars the fans are).

I don't follow Acquisitions Inc. myself, but it's the show that started its life as a D&D actual play that Chris Perkins DMed and the Penny Arcade guys and Scott Kurtz of PvP were players in. It's spun off to its own thing since then - I think one of the Penny Arcade guys is now the DM maybe? Anyway it's apparently pretty big on Twitch I've been told (by folks who are much younger and "hipper" than my old self).

ETA: Or what [MENTION=6780330]Parmandur[/MENTION] said.
 

Psyzhran2357

Villager
I don't watch the show, but I'll be buying the AI book just for the new race and the expanded party roles. The company management rules are something I'll assess when I reach that bridge.
 

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