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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.
 

Remathilis

Legend
I’ll never understand why anyone would look at every opportunity to reduce the number of options available to players and DMs.
People get wrapped up in the Paradox of Choice and think more options dilute the options available. Specifically, this forum has taken removing player options and turned it to an art form
Designers, writers, and editors are not free, and page counts are finite. Every option that goes in means something else gets left out.
Yup, without gnomes and halflings, we'd have more room for warforged, aasimar, tabaxi, goliaths, orcs, goblins or tritons in the PHB .
 

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Nymrod

Explorer
People get wrapped up in the Paradox of Choice and think more options dilute the options available. Specifically, this forum has taken removing player options and turned it to an art formYup, without gnomes and halflings, we'd have more room for warforged, aasimar, tabaxi, goliaths, orcs, goblins or tritons in the PHB .

And now you mentioned Tritons and you reminded me that my favourite setting would be an FR book entirely focused on the Seros.
 

Dausuul

Legend
Yup, without gnomes and halflings, we'd have more room for warforged, aasimar, tabaxi, goliaths, orcs, goblins or tritons in the PHB .
Yes, exactly. Or some new subclasses, or a warlord class, or do-it-yourself lineage rules, or any number of things. Or a smaller PHB with a lower price point. And each of those things would have to be considered in the same light: What are we giving up to make room for this?
 

EscherEnigma

Explorer
Here's what I'm hoping for... A Planescape setting book, a Dark Sun adventure book, and a Spelljammer adventure book.

The Dark Sun adventure could be focused on rising up from level 1 and taking on a sorcerer king. You could do a 1-12 adventure on that.

The Spelljammer adventure would lean ont he Planescape setting doing... I don't know what. But you could push most of the Spelljammer-specific rules into an appendix.

That's what I hope they do.
 

Nymrod

Explorer
Here's what I'm hoping for... A Planescape setting book, a Dark Sun adventure book, and a Spelljammer adventure book.

The Dark Sun adventure could be focused on rising up from level 1 and taking on a sorcerer king. You could do a 1-12 adventure on that.

The Spelljammer adventure would lean ont he Planescape setting doing... I don't know what. But you could push most of the Spelljammer-specific rules into an appendix.

That's what I hope they do.
All I need from Spelljammer is an adventure in a dwarven forge asteroid that seems abandoned and is infested by Wooly Rupert, the Giant Space Hamster of Ill Omen, his Tyrannohamsterus Rex bodyguards and assortment of other misbegotten tinker gnome creations. Rime seems great but if you want horror, give us a proper Alien/Aliens adventure
 
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Staffan

Adventurer
Halflings that aren't hobbits really don't have much of a niche, either. Really, none of the short races are especially valuable and can probably be jettisoned.
I liked the nomadic halflings of 3e, particularly when drawn a little bit farther with the dino-riders of Eberron. That's a way better niche for them than hobbit, and one of the things I disliked most about 5e was the return of the hobbit as the default halfling (that, and the bit about some races being inherently evil because the gods made them that way).
 



EscherEnigma

Explorer
D20 Modern?
While D20 Modern used 3rd Edition's D20 system as it's base, it's still it's own system, not just a D&D campaign setting.

That said, I do wish they'd release a D20 Modern 2nd Edition. Especially if they kept the "simple classes, lots of multi-classing" part of character building.
 

Nymrod

Explorer
While D20 Modern used 3rd Edition's D20 system as it's base, it's still it's own system, not just a D&D campaign setting.

That said, I do wish they'd release a D20 Modern 2nd Edition. Especially if they kept the "simple classes, lots of multi-classing" part of character building.
Practically speaking, much of Ravenloft is also human only.
 


Reynard

Legend
Depends on if Reynard meant "with no non human races [for players]" or "with no non human races [in the setting]", I suppose.
Either but I'm okay with terrifying fair folk elves and inscrutable deep dwelling creatures that could be called dwarves. I don't mind chaos men or demonic orcs as enemies. But in all those cases they should be rare and a setting doesn't need them all. If i want a game in which the players run their characters as actual people, i much prefer a setting that is much more mundane except where it isn't. But then D&D, 5e especially, isn't really the game for that.
 



teitan

Hero
I am thinking definitely Greyhawk with a major anniversary coming up. Spelljammer and Dark Sun. I think Planescape will be the spoiler. If anything it will be a Manual of the Planes product than a distinct setting. Spelljammer seems to actually finally work while in 2e it was kind of, well, nostalgia colored glasses make it seem much cooler than it actually was while the idea was crazy cool, the execution sucked the life out of it. Of the three I think this is the one that will get spoiled by a Planescape book if we get Planescape.
 

Either but I'm okay with terrifying fair folk elves and inscrutable deep dwelling creatures that could be called dwarves. I don't mind chaos men or demonic orcs as enemies. But in all those cases they should be rare and a setting doesn't need them all. If i want a game in which the players run their characters as actual people, i much prefer a setting that is much more mundane except where it isn't. But then D&D, 5e especially, isn't really the game for that.
Sometimes I feel the need of a different setting, something less turbo-weird as D&D present incarnations. It is because of it that I dream to move to Adventures in Middle Earth, but as Dragonlance, that setting suffer the intimate connection with an iper famous and bulky saga written upon it.
In my campaign I try to avoid dragonborn and tiefling races, warlock class, heavy deity based feature. Definitely feel the need of something more mature than weird stuff to fill the eyes. In the long run a mundane set wins the battle, for me.
 

ModernApathy

Explorer
One thing to remember when it comes to classic settings - they've been mentioned in the core books and beyond, and to some extent I think this can give us an idea of where they plan to go and where they don't.

For this reason, I can tell you one thing I know for certain: Birthright isn't on the list. It's not mentioned in the PHB or DMG, nor am I aware of any other published 5E books that make mention of it. Also, WotC largely decided two decades ago that they weren't really interested in supporting domain-level play, and I've seen nothing to indicate that has changed. I like Birthright; I like domain-level play; but there's not going to be official support for these any time soon.

This is also why I doubt it will be Spelljammer - I can't recall that setting being mentioned either.

Whilst Spelljammer isn't mentioned the way other settings have been. They're usually talking about how you'd adapt an adventure to various other D&D worlds. Which usually wouldn't make a lot of sense in regards to Spelljammer.

BUT, there have been actual spelljammer ships in a couple of the adventure books, Dungeon of the Mad mage and I think there is another in Icewind Dale.
So, you never know.

Just out of interest, was there any mention of when these new settings might be announced?
 

Nymrod

Explorer
I am thinking definitely Greyhawk with a major anniversary coming up. Spelljammer and Dark Sun. I think Planescape will be the spoiler. If anything it will be a Manual of the Planes product than a distinct setting. Spelljammer seems to actually finally work while in 2e it was kind of, well, nostalgia colored glasses make it seem much cooler than it actually was while the idea was crazy cool, the execution sucked the life out of it. Of the three I think this is the one that will get spoiled by a Planescape book if we get Planescape.
Not trying to offend any of those writers (because they might be around here) but in general the Spelljammer books were not up to par. The research for the Realmspace/Krynnspace/Greyspace ones was just not adequate (failing to tie them well with the settings in numerous cases), the editing was just bad and the idea of entire planets occupied by 2-3 civilizations was just STUPID. Better to just detail a couple of settlements of interest than to say that the entire planet has two-three biomes which was often the case. The Polyhedron version in 3E was much better than the AD&D material but it still suffered from that issue.
 

Remathilis

Legend
The Polyhedron version in 3E was much better than the AD&D material but it still suffered from that issue.

I have no problem with Star Wars/Trek style one biome planets (desert planet, forest planet, ice planet) so that is a non-issue. I'm just glad someone referenced Shadows of the Spider Moon, the best Spelljammer version and a critically underated gem. If Spelljammer has to come back, let it be that version rather than the miniature giant space hamster version.
 


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