5E 2020 Release Speculation Thread

gyor

Adventurer
I would absolutely love a Dragonlance book. A new war of the lance, with PCs fighting in great big battles, would be pretty cool.

I'll always hope for a new Manual of the Planes, but there aren't any signs pointing to that next year.
Maybe it is, if these playtest subclasses aren't MtG related, then a Manual of the Planes/Planescape book, but not called that is the most likely book for them.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Maybe it is, if these playtest subclasses aren't MtG related, then a Manual of the Planes/Planescape book, but not called that is the most likely book for them.
Yes, the two main possibilities are for these to be related to a XGtE book, or a Setting book. But if a setting, which setting? Planescape seems plausible.
 

gyor

Adventurer
Yes, the two main possibilities are for these to be related to a XGtE book, or a Setting book. But if a setting, which setting? Planescape seems plausible.
Or a book that is a blend of XGTE and a Setting Book, like a Planescape/Planeshift/manual of the Planes Book.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Or a book that is a blend of XGTE and a Setting Book, like a Planescape/Planeshift/manual of the Planes Book.
Well, I mean...I guess we could look at Ravnica and Eberron and say we already have that?

One wild possibility is, maybe we'll have multiple Setting books, since Stewart seems keen on them with their new model.
 

Retreater

Adventurer
You know, looking at the way Paizo is handling releases for Pathfinder 2e by giving previews, announcing titles and themes nearly a year in advance, I find myself wishing WotC would use this approach. It seems like Wizards announces things like a month before the book comes out. I can't plan around it. I don't feel hype about it. I spend time creating original content only to have them release "official" stuff a few months later.
 

Urriak Uruk

Explorer
To the OP: There have been hints of dragonlance and greyhawk stuff (among other hints they appear as DMsGuild selection options now even if there is nothing in those categories.) Hard to tell if that stuff is come sooner or later though.

Dragonlance hints: DragonTalk bottom of the OP

Dragonlance and Greyhawk on DMsGuild
The Dragonlance piece of this is interesting. Greyhawk less so, just because Ghosts of Saltmarsh is set there. Still, maybe more Greyhawk is coming?

Definitely would love a redone War of the Lance. The modules could definitely be remade and improved, to be more of a sandbox.
 

Parmandur

Legend
You know, looking at the way Paizo is handling releases for Pathfinder 2e by giving previews, announcing titles and themes nearly a year in advance, I find myself wishing WotC would use this approach. It seems like Wizards announces things like a month before the book comes out. I can't plan around it. I don't feel hype about it. I spend time creating original content only to have them release "official" stuff a few months later.
This method has proven to make WotC more money, so no change is likely soon. There is a three month window, that WotC has proven allows the fanbase to get excited and amped up for a product.
 

DEFCON 1

Legend
You know, looking at the way Paizo is handling releases for Pathfinder 2e by giving previews, announcing titles and themes nearly a year in advance, I find myself wishing WotC would use this approach.
The last time something was revealed a year in advance was when someone dug around the depths of the internet and found a placeholder for the player book WotC was futzing around with. And then when WotC changed their mind and decided not to make it a full book (and instead it ended up being the Elemental Evil pdf) people lost their even-loving minds. Calling WotC every name in the book for lying to them, even though WotC never announced this book as being in production, let alone possibly being released.

WotC learned there and then that many of their fans are some of the most entitled and whiny little babies in the world and that there was no way they were ever going to give announcements or previews of things until the books were virtually in the can and they could guarantee what they said was what was going to be there.

We have no one to blame but ourselves.
 

gyor

Adventurer
Well, I mean...I guess we could look at Ravnica and Eberron and say we already have that?

One wild possibility is, maybe we'll have multiple Setting books, since Stewart seems keen on them with their new model.
Most MtG setting don't have enough lore to fill a whole book by themselves, and few D&D settings like that too. Besides Ravnica MtG has 2, maybe 3 Settings that could support their own book, the rest are either too small or two lore poor for a whole book.
 

dave2008

Hero
You know, looking at the way Paizo is handling releases for Pathfinder 2e by giving previews, announcing titles and themes nearly a year in advance, I find myself wishing WotC would use this approach. It seems like Wizards announces things like a month before the book comes out. I can't plan around it. I don't feel hype about it. I spend time creating original content only to have them release "official" stuff a few months later.
The problem I have with the Paizo approach is that while I am initially interested, I completely forget about the product and end up not knowing when it actually comes out!
 

Bitbrain

Adventurer
Reply to OP.

I hope to see the following:

1). A new player option book, with each of the new sub-classes they’ve been releasing on Unearthed Arcana linked to a different plane of existence.

2). A new adventure path, most likely set in the Forgotten Realms, but with nice guidelines on how to incorporate the adventure into Eberron.
The story itself? No idea, although I hope WOTC focuses on some other area of the Forgotten Realms besides the Sword Coast.

3). A new anthology book of classic modules updated for 5e. Set in Greyhawk.

4). A hardcover campaign guide to either Dark Sun or Dragonlance. I know, it’s more likely to be introduced as a PDF on DMs Guild first, but I can dream...
 

Enrico Poli1

Explorer
My expectations:

1 & 2) Two new hardcover adventures, one in the Forgotten Realms, the other in Eberron

3) A collection of old modules, similar to Ghosts of Saltmarsh

4) Another hardcover, something new (not a setting, it's too early after Eberron, and not a monster or options book; maybe the one with all-female authors suggested by Welsh)
 

Parmandur

Legend
The problem I have with the Paizo approach is that while I am initially interested, I completely forget about the product and end up not knowing when it actually comes out!
Which matches precisely with what WotC has said their market research has found. That 3-4 month window from announcing a product, previewing a product and releasing a product has proven very fruitful.
 

Parmandur

Legend
not a setting, it's too early after Eberron
Eberron is coming out just one year after Ravnica: at least one Setting a year seems a realistic expectation now that they have the format worked out, if not more (Acquistions, Inc. and Rick & Morty might count as Setting products, in a way).
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
One wild possibility is, maybe we'll have multiple Setting books, since Stewart seems keen on them with their new model.
Do you know what I would love to see?

A book with multiple, non-Western, flavors. In other words, a way to place various differentiated, non-"Vaguely Pseudo-European Medieval" areas within a campaign setting.

In other words, some versions of rules for a "Kara Tur," an "Al Qadim," a "Maztica," and so on. Maybe even an "ancient European" version as well (Greek, Roman?).

That's what I'd love to see! Because that would allow for so many play options, would really expand 5e in a lot of ways, and would be useful to many people (you could place them in most large "sandbox" type settings, either as the OG FR versions or as the unexplored areas in other settings).

Why don't I see it happening? Well, TBH a lot of this material needs to be handled very carefully today (correctly so!), and I can foresee the difficulties with trying to do too much. ;)
 
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Parmandur

Legend
Do you know what I would love to see?

A book with multiple, non-Western, flavors. In other words, a way to place various differentiate, non-"Vaguely Pseudo-European Medieval" areas within a campaign setting.

In other words, some versions of rules for a "Kara Tur," an "Al Qadim," a "Maztica," and so on. Maybe even an "ancient European" version as well (Greek, Roman?).

That's what I'd love to see! Because that would allow for so many play options, would really expand 5e in a lot of ways, and would be useful to many people (you could place them in most large "sandbox" type settings, either as the OG FR versions or as the unexplored areas in other settings).

Why don't I see it happening? Well, TBH a lot of this material needs to be handled very carefully today (correctly so!), and I can foresee the difficulties with trying to do too much. ;)
Well, that seems certainly possible. The current approach to Settings is about "Setting as Genre" with Adventure generation opportunities to get a different from baseline feel down. I could see them bringing in people who are, y'know, Asian or Arabic to write some solid stuff for such a book or books.
 

Urriak Uruk

Explorer
Do you know what I would love to see?

A book with multiple, non-Western, flavors. In other words, a way to place various differentiated, non-"Vaguely Pseudo-European Medieval" areas within a campaign setting.

In other words, some versions of rules for a "Kara Tur," an "Al Qadim," a "Maztica," and so on. Maybe even an "ancient European" version as well (Greek, Roman?).

That's what I'd love to see! Because that would allow for so many play options, would really expand 5e in a lot of ways, and would be useful to many people (you could place them in most large "sandbox" type settings, either as the OG FR versions or as the unexplored areas in other settings).

Why don't I see it happening? Well, TBH a lot of this material needs to be handled very carefully today (correctly so!), and I can foresee the difficulties with trying to do too much. ;)
I actually think based on Wizard's comments that material inspired by other cultures is very likely, though maybe not in 2020. The easy way to "handle this carefully," is to freelance writers who are actually from the cultural that it's inspired from.

I could very easily see them setting a new adventure book in Al-Qadim or Kara-tur. A new setting book/rules there less so, but a precedent was already set with ToA and Chult.
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
I actually think based on Wizard's comments that material inspired by other cultures is very likely, though maybe not in 2020. The easy way to "handle this carefully," is to freelance writers who are actually from the cultural that it's inspired from.

I could very easily see them setting a new adventure book in Al-Qadim or Kara-tur. A new setting book/rules there less so, but a precedent was already set with ToA and Chult.
Oh, I think it will be out eventually. My hope is that we could get a bunch of coverage soon. The possibilities of gameplay inspired by Asian cultures, by Central and South American Cultures, by Middle Eastern cultures, by African cultures, by Native American Cultures, and so on, or even by slightly different European cultures (the aforementioned Greek and Roman, for example) is ... amazing to me.

But as we saw just from Chult, it would need to be handled carefully.
 

Enrico Poli1

Explorer
Maybe you are right.

But IMO, for WotC to support a BIG setting without producing any adventures, and not letting enough time for fans to experiment with it, would be a bad move. IMO, a BIG setting every two years is a good ratio.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Maybe you are right.

But IMO, for WotC to support a BIG setting without producing any adventures, and not letting enough time for fans to experiment with it, would be a bad move. IMO, a BIG setting every two years is a good ratio.
We already have two big settings in 12 months, though? I see no reason to suspect they will not continue with that pattern if they sell product. I doubt we will see official WotC Eberron Adventures soon, outside of the DMsGuild.
 

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