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D&D 5E A Closer Look At January's D&D Rules Expansion Gift Set

WotC earlier announced a D&D Rules Expansion Gift Set for January, which includes three books - Xanathar's Guide to Everything, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, and the new Mordenkainen Presents Monsters of the Multiverse. These were intended for the holidays, but the global production issues mean they'll be out in January. Here's a closer look at them!


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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey


Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Will the DM screen be available separate? Especially the alternate cover one?

That DM screen (the art at least) is the same as for Dragon of Icespire Peak. I don't see why it would be sold separately.

The alt version is completely new.
 

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
Interesting choice of what to bundle together. Tasha's and Xanathar's go together, sure. But Mord's Mons of Multiverse should probably go with the other Mord's book and maybe Volo's.

Like the first two would be good for anyone getting into the game, but the last seems much more DM-focused.

Plus, release your Multiverse one closer to Doctor Strange and ride those capetails.

EDIT: I see the new Mords is actually a collection (and probably some new) from earlier books, much like Tasha's and Xanathar's are. Okay, I guess I see it now.
 


Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Interesting choice of what to bundle together. Tasha's and Xanathar's go together, sure. But Mord's Mons of Multiverse should probably go with the other Mord's book and maybe Volo's.

Like the first two would be good for anyone getting into the game, but the last seems much more DM-focused.

Plus, release your Multiverse one closer to Doctor Strange and ride those capetails.

I think the idea is these are all rules books. Meaning, the Mons of Multi book cuts out the lore/adventure from other books and makes it solely a Monster Stats book that aren't in the MM.
 


Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
It also has the reprints of non-phb races, doesn't it? It's definitely a player book, if so, and fits in the pack.

It does. I think it's less a player book, and more a "core rules book." They mentioned on-stream that if you get the 3 main books, plus these 3, you have all the "core rule books." As opposed to other books that have lore and other stuff.
 

DWChancellor

Kobold Enthusiast
The alternate covers do not feel much like the alternate covers for the coreset or other alt covers so far. Very on the fence about these.

I guess they wanted a new theme since 2 out of the 3 of these books already had alt covers?
 
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Dragonsbane

Proud Grognard
Anyone else turned off by the fact this set is expensive AND most people who will buy it already have two of the three books? WOTC are geniuses of marketing.

Next they could release their new rules one book at a time, then a few months later sell them again in a group with a different cover, slip case, and double the price?

Hopefully this one will come out on PDF :)
 




Anyone else turned off by the fact this set is expensive AND most people who will buy it already have two of the three books?
Wizards doesn't care about completionists because they are a tiny subset of the tens of millions of D&D players. A vast majority of players don't own any book within the Core2.
Now they might.
 

overgeeked

B/X Known World
Anyone else turned off by the fact this set is expensive AND most people who will buy it already have two of the three books? WOTC are geniuses of marketing.

Next they could release their new rules one book at a time, then a few months later sell them again in a group with a different cover, slip case, and double the price?

Hopefully this one will come out on PDF :)
A business doing everything it can to maximize profits. I'm shocked. Shocked, I say.
 



overgeeked

B/X Known World
Just because its par for the course doesnt mean it isn't disappointing and frustrating. I'm pretty unhappy that I can't just get the new material.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. It‘s a bad choice for the game and the fans, and it is frustrating as hell, but it’s a good business decision (i.e. the only thing that matters is making as much money as possible). I’m just tired of people pretending WotC isn’t a business first and a game publisher second. If the new hotness was pogs, we’d have D&D content released as pogs. For any adult or child over 12 who’s paid any attention at all to act surprised about business decisions being profits first is rather gauche.
 

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