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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.
 

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WotC can also publish modules based in Sigil before the end of the faction war, or this has become secret, or this is continuing in the gate-towns.

If FR as guest artist in Magic: the Gathering works, we could see more D&D worlds, even not so famous, for example a reboot of Jakandor.

If WotC allows the concept of time sphere/uchrony/parallel world fandom could publish in DM Guild lots of alternate timelines for Dragonlance.

I guess the first step for the return of Dragonlance would be a compilation of the updated version of the modules, but my hypothesis is it will not arrive alone but with othe title, maybe a media production or a videogame. A reboot of Dragonlance could be too risky and to cause the rage by the fandom.

They also want the return of Greyhawk but they don't feel to be enough ready yet.

Iomandra, the world based in Councyl of Wyrms could become canon in a future.

Maybe Spelljammer as setting wouldn't come back yet, but only some pieces, as PC races and monsters.

A fusion of Planescape and Spelljamer may be linked with the Astral Sea

* Sometimes I think Hasbro would dare to publish a crossover (Spelljammer?)D&D-Beast Wars (Transformers spin-off). I notice it's a fool idea, but al least to imagine it is fun.
 

Coroc

Hero
You're not going to find me arguing against excluding races from settings. What you leave out is just as important as what you put in. But for some people it's a deal-breaker. Of the seven mentioned above, of the four settings that aren't catch-alls only Greyhawk has drow. Dragonlance, Mystara and Birthright don't have them. From my experience writing Mystara that's a major no-no. Every setting has to have every option or you're doing it wrong. Even if you explain that the race/class isn't a good fit. For Mystara it already has the gurral, cammas, kazzak, wallaru, sis-thik and carnifex as humanoid reptilian races. Makes the Dragonborn redundant. But I've gotten pushback for mentioning that.

Your list was so complete and comprehensive, do not get into a defensive position to cater to people who got the "all races must be included i nevery official setting" -glasses on. I can see you have a different opinion in the second sentence of this post, so stand for it.
 

Maybe there is a good reason to explain the "reboot" of Ravenloft, a time-loop caused by the dark powers, and even some troubles because some dark-lords could send other people for time-travel.

I believe that a good reboot of Ravenloft could start from Curse of Strahd. Our heroes defeat the devil Strahd, although temporarly, Dark Powers feel the needs to readjust because of that and a reboot start. This make Curse of Strahd convergent and could be a way to attract those players who were enthusiast of the previous adventure.
 

M.L. Martin

Adventurer
ISo if you are truly trying to find what is "canon" (and I do not recommend this, as canon has little meaning in D&D) only material that is published in 5E is worth taken seriously; everything published before has dubious accuracy in "canon" terms.

You misundertand. I don't care about canon, and I don't care about 5th Edition. I love the old Ravenloft setting, and found the version presented in Curse of Strahd severely underwhelming in comparison. The only thing that annoys me is the misconception or pretense that CoS is the same thing as the old setting. I don't object to them doing their own thing, even if I don't like how they did it, but let's not pretend it's something that it's not.
 
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The Glen

Adventurer
Your list was so complete and comprehensive, do not get into a defensive position to cater to people who got the "all races must be included i nevery official setting" -glasses on. I can see you have a different opinion in the second sentence of this post, so stand for it.
I'm not being defensive I'm being realistic. There's a lot of people that will complain that certain settings don't have the race they want to play. And wizards seems to be including the new races in settings that either didn't have them or predate them like putting Dragonborn in saltmarsh.

Personally I think that's a mistake, but it does seem to be a prerequisite based on past materials. That being said the new head of D&D seems to be moving away from previous pattern so that makes me hopeful. Anything that gets me mystara faster is a good thing.
 
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I would bet WotC notices selling sourcebooks with new PC races are harder if DMs don't allow these in previous setting. An explanation could be they aren't from the same world but the same crystal sphere and their ancestors arrived by a space helm. Other way it may be there are time spheres or parallel worlds where other PC races are more common among the rest of the core races. Maybe they are from a post-apocalypse world who found a portal toward Sigil and from here they traveled to other worlds looking for a new homw.

Why players want "exotic" PC races as dragonborn and tielflings? Because it's as wearing monster costumes for Halloween night.
 

The Glen

Adventurer
Another thing that you're going to have to address is the fact that TSR nuked most of the settings before they went way in an attempt to try to change up the world to boost sales. This was generally regarded as a terrible idea as it took away what made so many of the settings popular.

Planescape was known as the multiplanar Freakshow partially because of the art. But it was also well-regarded because it had all of the inter factional internecine sniping that caused most of the conflict in Sigil. Then the lady of pain kicks them all out of the city and suddenly the major source of conflict is gone.

Mystara did this with its cold war vibe as the two largest empires could squash everybody else lile bugs but were too evenly matched to defeat each other without destroying themselves. Then Wrath hits and Alphatia's gone and Thyatis is a shell of itself. No more cold war and again the major source of conflict is removed.

If you're going to bring the settings back you have to bring them back when they were at their most popular because that's what people wanted. We remember them at their peak. Planescape without factions and mystara without a cold war are boring. The same holds true for the other ones as well
 
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nevin

Explorer
I would bet WotC notices selling sourcebooks with new PC races are harder if DMs don't allow these in previous setting. An explanation could be they aren't from the same world but the same crystal sphere and their ancestors arrived by a space helm. Other way it may be there are time spheres or parallel worlds where other PC races are more common among the rest of the core races. Maybe they are from a post-apocalypse world who found a portal toward Sigil and from here they traveled to other worlds looking for a new homw.

Why players want "exotic" PC races as dragonborn and tielflings? Because it's as wearing monster costumes for Halloween night.
no it's because they get benefits and the DM's don't enact the consequences of thier race enough in the games. I'm playing in a game now the Assimar Paladin has been trying to be low key and under the radar but simply can't , everyone know she has blood of the heavens, w'eve got a fetchling who no one trusts because she looks wierd, and after 8 levels the Half orc is finally sloooowly starting to gain acceptance. If more DM's treated those races right I think there would be less of them. A tiefling, once everyone knows you are hell touched should be ostracized, and possibly even have entire churches trying to kill them.
 

Kobold Avenger

Adventurer
I feel that eventually they should try to have a campaign setting that touches on the "Flintlock Fantasy" genre. I remember there was an free online Savage Coast Campaign guide which is part of Mystara, that did touch a little on the genre. So I guess if one wants to distinguish Mystara from the other settings, they could just try emphasizing Flintlock Fantasy, though that might require advancing a timeline and some metaplot to have it in the rest of setting.

But they could just as readily try making a completely new campaign setting too for the Flintlock Fantasy genre, as I don't think there's a single D&D or Magic the Gathering setting that is fully in that genre.
 

The faction war can start again in Sigil, but this time more secret, or using the gate-twons as battlefields of a proxy war. I don't know enough the Mystara setting but I would dare to say if a cold war ends, a new ones can start easily. Mystara also can suffer menaces from other corners of the multiverse. Sometimes the enemy front of you isn't more dangerous than the betrayer on your back.

The other continents, Skothar and Davania could cause great surprises in a reedition of the setting. And you shouldn't bet Alphatian empire has said its last word.

Nenthir Vale could be used as a joker card and a transition setting, allowing planar gates between the different worlds. Something happened in the crystal sphere, maybe a war between two time-traveler factions, and now there are lots of mirror universes, or mirror pocket universes, and theses with planar gates toward other worlds. Now it would be a cosmic Gruyère cheese ( = full of holes). Some of these demiplanes could be visited by creatures of other franchises, for example Gamma World of d20 Future (the classic crashed alien ship).

Flintlock fantasy is possible in D&D, for example Red Steel and Ravenloft, but the firearms can break easily the power level. If you can be Solomon Kane, why to be Conan the barbarian? What if the PCs are from an acient civilitation and the enemies are invaders with better technology?
 
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Bitbrain

Black Lives Matter
If more DM's treated those races right I think there would be less of them. A tiefling, once everyone knows you are hell touched should be ostracized, and possibly even have entire churches trying to kill them.

You do realize that the so-called “right” way of treating these fictitious species at the table is facing considerable backlash in the real world, right?
 


Honestly I assume that if anyone would publish Planescape again, they'd ignore Faction War.

I really really hope so. I loved the hell out of Planescape and Faction War really bugged me. Given 5e's propensity for ignoring past canon when they want to, I certainly hope that if they do bring us back to PS that they just kinda leave that bit behind.
 


AdmundfortGeographer

Getting lost in fantasy maps
The other continents, Skothar and Davania could cause great surprises in a reedition of the setting. And you shouldn't bet Alphatian empire has said its last word.
Oh, the Alphatia continent got relocated into Hollow World, you can bet it’s 20th/36th level 1,000 archmages will be working on ways around the immortal magic that put them in the Hollow World museum. But the remainders of their empire left behind, IMO, are no longer saddled by the yoke of Alphatians and are free to pursue their own ends and expansions. There are just as much interesting stories and intrigues.
 

The faction war can start again in Sigil, but this time more secret, or using the gate-twons as battlefields of a proxy war.

Or the Lady of Pain might just let them back in to Sigil again, but with restrictions that make factional fighting much more behind-the-scenes. That opens things back for factional conflict, but with more nuance and intrigue.
 

The Glen

Adventurer
Oh, the Alphatia continent got relocated into Hollow World, you can bet it’s 20th/36th level 1,000 archmages will be working on ways around the immortal magic that put them in the Hollow World museum. But the remainders of their empire left behind, IMO, are no longer saddled by the yoke of Alphatians and are free to pursue their own ends and expansions. There are just as much interesting stories and intrigues.
That was always one of the biggest plotholes in post-Wrath Mystara. According to the rules everybody 9th level or higher remembers life above ground. Alphatia has a thousand max level wizards minimum plus countless more at 9th level or higher. They're an empire. With airships and wizards far beyond the scope of the magic users of the Hollow World, wielding magic the natives there haven't even dreamed of. Most of the nations below them are technologically trapped thousands of years behind them. So nigh unstoppable fantasy wizard army with an air force and an army of hundreds of thousands facing Zulus, Spartans, Aztecs and Ancient Egyptians.

It would be a slaughter. The entire Hollow World would be conquered in less than a year.
 


Why players want "exotic" PC races as dragonborn and tielflings? Because it's as wearing monster costumes for Halloween night.
Or because the inbuilt stereotypes in a race let people tell a story. Tieflings for example have been practically adopted by the LGBT audience due to their story being "You're born looking like this and people don't like it for things outside of your control, but you triumph above it" which, y'know, is a resounding story (plus also certain things both queer-coding villains and adding devilish features to them which leads to it sort of reinforcing it)

You want to play as an outcast from their society, rebelling against their rules? Well, why the piss would you pick a human when that is literately in-built in being Drow?

Its not 'halloween costumes', its because people like the ideas or messages these races provided and want to play them in a fantasy game and explore things through other lenses
 

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