D&D 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.

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I'd love Planescape but I'd never call it Epic High Fantasy. My experience with it was Sigil and Faction focused with forays to the planes as sort of open dungeons. Theros' piety system is an obvious match for the Factions and I'd hope it would ignore Faction War. Ofc what it would need the most is a couple of adventures.


just curious where is/was the birthright guidebook?
Popped up out of the blue on Drivethru RPG a few weeks back, which does make it a complete wildcard choice in all of this.

Birthright has a unique feel to it and I honestly think it distinguishes itself from FR more than Greyhawk or Dragonlance do, plus its big emphasis on kingdom building pretty much means you can sell it as "Big ol' army management and hold building" the setting

Its possible we might see its revival, but.... That's a massive maaaaaaybe on that one simply because of it being, well, Birthright.


If the 2020 survey results still mesh up with the results from the 2015 survey, then I think Dark Sun and Planescape are pretty much assured.

The third setting I'm not sure. Ravenloft was in the top tier with Dark Sun, Planescape, Eberron, and Forgotten Realms so it might get another book. Eberron and Forgotten Realms we have already, so all that would be left is to dip into the settings from the 2nd popularity tier. Those being Spelljammer, Dragonlance, and Greyhawk. I'm really only pining for Dark Sun myself.


True, but I'd wager for 90% of people Barovia is Ravenloft, not the greater Domains of Dread, for right or wrong.

Granted, and it hasn't helped that WotC has more-or-less ignored the larger setting in favor of variations of I6 (Expedition in 3.5, the Castle Ravenloft board game, Curse of Strahd) but I think there is a definite opportunity there to look at the setting again with fresh eyes and look to other types and tropes of horror.


Getting lost in fantasy maps
Not gonna be Greyhawk--there isn't much to add that FR doesn't already have except different fluff. And possibly removal of stuff (like no dragonborn in Greyhawk). No way they are going to do that.
If you expect a new setting book rehashes what has already been done, there’s no reason to redo any classic setting.

But in Greyhawk’s case, WotC could easily pick up the setting’s global war that Gygax himself was writing about. Do something new with it, like use Greyhawk as a vehicle for a 5e campaign wracked by active war. Then bring in an angle of exploration by expanding coverage of the rest of the Oerik continent west of the Flanaess.


True, but I'd wager for 90% of people Barovia is Ravenloft, not the greater Domains of Dread, for right or wrong.

Yep. They've already covered most of what would be covered by a typical player for that setting. with other settings yet untouched, I don't see a dedicated ravenloft setting until those others have been done first.


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