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I am open-minded about that idea. It is possible, but the high-tech firearms would force to recalculate the challenging rating of the encounters. With the right weapon an enemy, a giant beast or a combat vehicle, could be killed or destroyed with only one shot. Even a civilian vehicle could be used to run over a horde of zombies. I guess the easiest option could be a videogame using a variant version of the d20 system. I feel a lot of curiosity of a G.I.Joe+Cobra-la mash-up version set in Gamma World. Why not to ask IDW to publish a comic about that?

Why Gamma World? If you want it can be child-friendly with mutant antropomorphic animals, or grimmer/mature style like Heavy Metal cartoon movie.

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Recalibrating the system for laser guns is one way to go (and the way I'd prefer), but not the only way. Several sci-fi settings for 5e such as Dark Matter from Mage Hand Press, just balance all that stuff against core 5e assumptions.

I swear I'm not a shill for MHP, it just happened to come up.đź’°
 

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If they do Dark Sun, that means we'll have some sort of psionics rules codification, finally, that would be printed in that book. That would mean, like Eberron and the artificer, that they'll want to re-print the rules in a splat book. I'm sure they could come up with some further sub-classes (more psionic ones among them), add some things like an expanded magic item list (which they still have a good amount of room to grow, and they'll want to have some psionic items as well), and a chapter or two on further options, and they have a good splat book there. Granted, after that, splat book subjects will be getting stretched fairly thin.

I'm not expecting Darksun until we see a new Psion class UA.
 



And I'm not expecting a new Psion while the Aberrant Mind exists.
If that's the case, I would hope they would update the name and flavor text of the subclass, as those parts at least don't align very well with the classic psionic archetype of gaining psychic power through self-actualization. Yeah, it can easily be re-skinned, but that's not immediately obvious for someone looking for the classic psion...
 




I just remembered the 2 classic setting books are in a 2 different new print formats. If they are in an increasingly experimental phase, there could be new books that aren't adventures, settings, or splat books, not sure what they would be.
 

The Dunamancy spells are largely weirder than Frost Fingers or even Create Magen. They haven't reprinted the spells from the Acq. Inc., Ravnica, and Wildemount books, and I'm guessing that this is because those books have their spells fairly closely tied with the products' identities.

I would love for this to happen, especially if they added more Dunamancy spells and more dunamancy subclasses (give me a Dunamancer Cleric or two! Luck/Karma-Shifter Rogues! Dunamis Sorcerers and Future-Self Warlocks! I want all of those!!!), but I don't think it's likely at all.

WotC does not own Wildemount, or the setting it is from, or any of the stuff specifically created for it. That is all owned by the Critical Role people and reprints or updates will come in their future books from their recently started publishing company. That is where the first book for Tal'Dorei is being updated and re-released.
 

I guess Hasbro may be very, very, very open-minded about crossovers. This means the D&D multiverse cosmology could be redesigned to can introduce famous characters from other franchises. Then "Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount" and "Acquisition Inc" could be tests to know the reaction of the fandom.

We shouldn't be too surprised if WotC publishes more sourcebooks about no-D&D franchises. If there are D&D boxes of Stranger Things and Rick & Morty, why not Legend of Zelda, for example?
 

I guess Hasbro may be very, very, very open-minded about crossovers. This means the D&D multiverse cosmology could be redesigned to can introduce famous characters from other franchises. Then "Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount" and "Acquisition Inc" could be tests to know the reaction of the fandom.

We shouldn't be too surprised if WotC publishes more sourcebooks about no-D&D franchises. If there are D&D boxes of Stranger Things and Rick & Morty, why not Legend of Zelda, for example?

The Universes Beyond of D&D.
 

TwoSix

Unserious gamer
Recalibrating the system for laser guns is one way to go (and the way I'd prefer), but not the only way. Several sci-fi settings for 5e such as Dark Matter from Mage Hand Press, just balance all that stuff against core 5e assumptions.

I swear I'm not a shill for MHP, it just happened to come up.đź’°
MHP is a top-tier homebrewer, no shame here.
 

I guess Hasbro may be very, very, very open-minded about crossovers. This means the D&D multiverse cosmology could be redesigned to can introduce famous characters from other franchises. Then "Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount" and "Acquisition Inc" could be tests to know the reaction of the fandom.

We shouldn't be too surprised if WotC publishes more sourcebooks about no-D&D franchises. If there are D&D boxes of Stranger Things and Rick & Morty, why not Legend of Zelda, for example?
It's not a new thing, we had crossovers with Conan, Lankhmar and Wonderland back in 1st edition.

Elric and Cthulhu too if you count the 1st edition 1st edition Deities and Demigods.
 


There is a good reason to publish those "crossovers", the fandom who love the merchandising of famous franchises but aren't role-players. And this helps to promote the power of the brand, then fandom is willing to buy other type of products, as toys.

Lovecraft and Conan are public domain now.

I dare to say WotC would wish to publish more TTRPGs based in no-fantasy franchises, not only Star Wars but famous videogames as Overwatch or Starcraft, and Fortnite: Save the World. Some videogame studios could agreee a partnership deal to rescue old titles to reintroduce those "brands".
 


Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
So for anyone who wants more teases, your soonest bet is probably going to be this stream on August 24;


It's about Magic the Gathering, but if they're announcing their 2022 slate of products (and they usually do all of the card set titles at these) we will have some idea for candidates for future MTG/D&D crossover books in 2022.

Also, there's going to be a video on the upcoming Innistrad set in like an hour.

 

JEB

Hero
Unlike 1981, Cthulu is public domain now.
In the E.U., yes, as of 2008. In the U.S., not so clear. However:
a) It sounds like it's also unclear who would have the right to make an infringement claim on use of Cthulhu, and
b) All 1926 works (to include "The Call of Cthulhu") will be entering the public domain in the U.S. on January 1, 2022, so in five months the question will be moot.
 

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