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5E 3 Classic Settings Coming To 5E?

On the D&D Celebration – Sunday, Inside the D&D Studio with Liz Schuh and Ray Winninger, Winninger said that WotC will be shifting to a greater emphasis on settings in the coming years.

This includes three classic settings getting active attention, including some that fans have been actively asking for. He was cagey about which ones, though.

The video below is an 11-hour video, but the information comes in the last hour for those who want to scrub through.



Additionally, Liz Schuh said there would be more anthologies, as well as more products to enhance game play that are not books.

Winninger mentioned more products aimed at the mainstream player who can't spend immense amount of time absorbing 3 tomes.

Ray and Liz confirmed there will be more Magic: The Gathering collaborations.
 

Darksun, Dragon lance, Greyhawk, Plane Scape, Spell Jammers and Ravenloft come to mind for classic settings. At least if they go for the popular ones. Picking only three will be difficult. My bet would be Darksun (psionics), Plane Scape (planes can be associated with any setting after all) and the last is anybody's guess. I wish for Greyhawk but the others are just as likely.
 





AdmundfortGeographer

Getting lost in fantasy maps
To avoid getting hopes up too much, giving classic settings a close look might not mean setting books like we saw with Exandria, though Exandria/Wildemount was cited as getting great feedback. But it might also mean an adventure anthology set in the setting. Maybe its a year of online articles for the setting. I'm actively trying to lower my hopes, if you can't tell. ;)
 

To avoid getting hopes up too much, giving classic settings a close look might not mean setting books like we saw with Exandria, though Exandria/Wildemount was cited as getting great feedback. But it might also mean an adventure anthology set in the setting. Maybe its a year of online articles for the setting. I'm actively trying to lower my hopes, if you can't tell. ;)
I'd be all for more Planeshifts articles. They were pretty neat.
 

Hatmatter

Adventurer
To avoid getting hopes up too much, giving classic settings a close look might not mean setting books like we saw with Exandria, though Exandria/Wildemount was cited as getting great feedback. But it might also mean an adventure anthology set in the setting. Maybe its a year of online articles for the setting. I'm actively trying to lower my hopes, if you can't tell. ;)
I think managing expectations is wise, Admundfort, but in the context of the conversation with Winninger and Schu, where they were discussing adventure anthologies as distinct, and wherein Winninger specifically was saying they want to increase focus on campaign settings, it seemed clear to me that he was revealing that at least three classic campaign settings are going to coming our way in the format of what we have come to expect from a campaign setting book (Ravnica, Eberron, Theros).
 


univoxs

That's my dog, Walter
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I would be surprised if it were Dragonlance as I do not think they have the rights to it. Might be wrong about that and would happy to hear it were not true.

Edit: Quick google says Margaret Weiss owns it. Does not mean WotC does not have some form of rights to produce material though.
 

AdmundfortGeographer

Getting lost in fantasy maps
I couldn’t tell you what hour it came up, I tuned in to it when it was live streaming specifically to catch the Inside the D&D Studio. So fast forward to that segment, it took place at 6 pm Pacific and was the last segment. So maybe it’s the last hour?
 

I would be surprised if it were Dragonlance as I do not think they have the rights to it. Might be wrong about that and would happy to hear it were not true.

Edit: Quick google says Margaret Weiss owns it. Does not mean WotC does not have some form of rights to produce material though.

No she doesn't. It is owned by WotC and TSR before them. Weis worked on it as an employee and then did licensed work on it later.
 





Spelljammer has been hinted at and teased so often that I can't see it not being one of the ones he's talking about. Spelljamming vessels have already appeared in a couple of adventures, including the current Rime of the Frostmaden, and a spelljamming vessel plays a major role in the upcoming Baldur's Gate III video game. It just seems logical with all the attention that a formalized updated ruleset is upcoming. The question is whether it is enough to support a full setting book on its own, or perhaps be combined with an adventure (this is my bet, given how Rime of the Frostmaden combines adventure, setting, and bestiary) or as part of an overall Planescape book.

Dark Sun seems to have enough of a fan following and interest that I see it coming soon too, especially once the psionic ruleset is finalized.

As for the third? Planescape seems logical - again there's long-term fan interest, and it's something that can tie into just about any 5e game (other than those that deliberately eschew the default planar structure of the edition). Greyhawk of course also has that long-term fan interest, but, as much as I would love to see it, I'm not sure they've found that defining factor they say they need to separate it out as its own thing...
 
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