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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

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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.
There's just an increasing gap between what you need to play a fun game of dnd and all of the stuff available for purchase--beadle and grimm deluxe sets, pre-painted wiz kid minis, alternate covers, themed dice, etc. At its best, this is a diy hobby, not a lifestyle brand; you can't blame wotc for trying (and succeeding) into making it into the latter, but the former gets somewhat lost. I'm even ambivalent about the role that kickstarter is playing in the hobby, even with indie or osr products.
 

Scribe

Hero
How much of the Monster book is actually new?

As I continue my daily struggle to come to accept what they are going to do to all the races (and I called it with the Ravenloft UA) I'm curious on just how much I will be buying again as a reprint.

I have XGtE (as it has my Paladin Subclass) but I skipped on Tasha's.

Will all the races be in the new Monster book?

Is this actually written up somewhere?

Is MToF then going to be overwritten?
 


J.Quondam

CR 1/8
There's just an increasing gap between what you need to play a fun game of dnd and all of the stuff available for purchase--beadle and grimm deluxe sets, pre-painted wiz kid minis, alternate covers, themed dice, etc. At its best, this is a diy hobby, not a lifestyle brand; you can't blame wotc for trying (and succeeding) into making it into the latter, but the former gets somewhat lost. I'm even ambivalent about the role that kickstarter is playing in the hobby, even with indie or osr products.
Yeah... It can definitely feel a little overwhelming. Sometimes I kinda miss D&D as a weird niche hobby that prompted awkward-- but relieved-- admissions when two co-workers figured out the other was a gamer.
 


overgeeked

B/X Known World
There's just an increasing gap between what you need to play a fun game of dnd and all of the stuff available for purchase--beadle and grimm deluxe sets, pre-painted wiz kid minis, alternate covers, themed dice, etc. At its best, this is a diy hobby, not a lifestyle brand; you can't blame wotc for trying (and succeeding) into making it into the latter, but the former gets somewhat lost. I'm even ambivalent about the role that kickstarter is playing in the hobby, even with indie or osr products.
I absolutely agree. D&D is a nostalgia boutique lifestyle brand at this point. The game is secondary. The former (DIY mentality) is almost exclusively in the OSR or the 3PP these days.
Yeah... It can definitely feel a little overwhelming. Sometimes I kinda miss D&D as a weird niche hobby that prompted awkward-- but relieved-- admissions when two co-workers figured out the other was a gamer.
I dunno. I'm glad that people sneer less. D&D is certainly having a moment. But it's a moment. It'll pass. I wonder how radically different the game will be after the moment has passed.
 

Superchunk77

Explorer
What a yawn-fest this stream was. An hour of talking about stat block formats, new covers, and a "revised edition" which is just errata and already published material.
 








eyeheartawk

Works 60% of the time, every time
From the sound of things it's the same jump as 1e to 2e
While AD&D 2E was more or less a cleaned up restatement of 1E, it did make some substantial changes. As someone else mentioned they changed classes around somewhat, they also entirely replaced the to hit matrix with THAC0 among other things. I doubt we'll see anything even that substantial in the 2024 revision. And almost certainly not to the level of the later Player's Options books (Spells & Magic, Skills & Powers and Combat & Tactics).
 


Jacqual

Explorer
While AD&D 2E was more or less a cleaned up restatement of 1E, it did make some substantial changes. As someone else mentioned they changed classes around somewhat, they also entirely replaced the to hit matrix with THAC0 among other things. I doubt we'll see anything even that substantial in the 2024 revision. And almost certainly not to the level of the later Player's Options books (Spells & Magic, Skills & Powers and Combat & Tactics).
I am betting the update will be more along the lines of 1 to 1.5 aka Unearthed Arcana, or 2 to 2.5 those option books Skills and Powers etc.
 

Yes, this. My sense is this replaces Volo and the first Mordenkainen, with a "best of" the previous two, plus some new stuff.

Some creatures may come from other books like adventures and Fizbans. A few may come from setting books like the various kinds of nymphs of Theros, because Theros isn't the only setting with Nymphs, maybe with changes such as giving Oreads meld with stone.
 


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