D&D 5E An Upcoming 5E Classic Setting in a Brand New Format: The Realm of the D&D Cartoon Show (?)

The evidence?

1) This setting has recently been featured in at least 15 (!) short videos on WotC's D&D facebook feed. If any other Classic Setting had been featured in 15+ official fb posts, folks would be all over it. But maybe people don't immediately think of the Cartoon Show as a "setting."

2) Warduke, Strongheart and friends were featured in Wild Beyond the Witchlight. Besides being LJN Action Figures, the main figures also appeared in the Cartoon Show.

3) The design of the "Mystery Mine" rollercoaster in the Witchlight Carnival (link to map) is modeled after the one seen in the intro sequence of the Cartoon Show. This could serve as the entryway.

The "brand new format" could be a format where you create a character based on yourself.

I wrote a thread about this back in 2014: D&D 5E - The Realm of the D&D Cartoon Show as a 5e campaign model

BTW, there's an official rudimentary map of The Realm: the two sticker books.

Any other evidence?

-Shane H. (Dungeonosophy)
 
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Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
Oh god, I hope not!

EDIT: Not because I have anything against the show. Just that I would rather the classic setting be one from the game.
 

DND_Reborn

The High Aldwin
It would be awesome, but I don't see this part:

The "brand new format" could be a format where you create a character based on yourself.

really happening.

I think too many people would raise objections to attempting to quantify yourself in game terms. 🤷‍♂️

Otherwise, using locations and such from the TV show would be great!
 

I think too many people would raise objections to attempting to quantify yourself in game terms. 🤷‍♂️
Yeah, it would be objectionable if there were, say, IQ charts and real-world weight-lifting charts you're supposed to line up with.

But if they did it freeform: like assign the Ability Scores however you wish...as a fantastic version of yourself...that just looks like you and has your persona, then I think it could work.
 

Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
Supporter
So... something to note:

They -could- release the Cartoon Setting as a "Classic Setting". And putting it into a book would -literally- be a Brand New Format for that setting (Since it only ever existed as a Cartoon).

Somehow, though, I think the brand new format is going to be something a little different... Like my previous idea of making it half D&D half Board Game or something.

But who knows! It could be the Cartoon Show as a pop-up-book. Only time will tell!
 



I think too many people would raise objections to attempting to quantify yourself in game terms. 🤷‍♂️
At one point in high school, I had a plan to get some friends of mine into D&D - I made character versions of them, to try to remove some of the barrier to entry: "you don't need to think of a fantasy character, just act as yourself!"

It quickly dawned on me that I was telling people exactly how charismatic I thought they were. Those character sheets went in the trash fast.
 


DND_Reborn

The High Aldwin
FWIW, I've played myself as a character twice (high school and graduate school).

In high school, we had "tests" and "tasks" to try to figure out peoples' ability scores. It was fun, a bit silly, and meant to be light-hearted. Frankly, IIRC, we only had a couple 16's (out of 6 players), and less than a handful of 15's even, which in AD&D meant anything less really had little impact on your character.

In grad school, we did a blind-entry system in a program I wrote. Each person rated the other 4 (5 PCs all told), and we averaged those ratings into the scores. Still an AD&D/2E hybrid, so most scores were low enough to not offer any major benefit, but we had a few that were better than before.

Even with my current group, this option has come up for 5E, but we haven't done it yet.

It can easily be done, but people have to be realistic and accept that for the most part--you--and your PC--will be fairly "average". For example, in my present group, I think the worst score would be an 8, and the best a 16 (but only one of those...). At any rate, few people IME can accept being pretty average....

But if they did it freeform: like assign the Ability Scores however you wish...as a fantastic version of yourself...that just looks like you and has your persona, then I think it could work.
Yeah, nowadays this would be more appropriate. If you used the standard array, for example, and just rated yourself as far as best to worst ability.

For example, for me with a 15,14,13,12,10,8, my best to worst abilities would be:

INT 15
CHA 14
DEX 13
CON 12
STR 10
WIS 8

I am certainly not saying those are my scores IRL, but the order I would rate them in and the score they would be assigned.
 

Urriak Uruk

Gaming is fun, and fun is for everyone
I think it's unlikely (I wouldn't really call it a Classic Setting at all), but sure it's possible.

I think the only way to make it work though is if the book is more like "D&D rules, slimmed down to encourage play among younger kids." Setting included.
 



A new cartoon show is possible, but I guess Hasbro is waiting for the hitbox of the comingsoon D&D action-live movie. We know nothing about if the current partnership deal with Paramount will be continue or end. And I suspect 2022 will be a year with lots of changes in Hollywood and the rest of entertaiment industry. And they can't to repeat the same mistakes with the Dragonlance cartoon movie.

Any new about the Magic: the Gathering serie in Netflix?
 

No, we already know what the classic settings are: Spelljammer and Dragonlance. I have an idea what the "new format" is too.

No, the D&D cartoon setting would be a new setting, not a classic setting, in the same way that MtG settings are new.

No, the cartoon references are slipped in to show WotC haven't completely forgotten veterans, but without a current cartoon there is no economic value in the setting.

A revival of the cartoon is possible, and if that is successful, then they might start thinking about a setting, but that would be a very long way out. Four years minimum.
 

What about a old franchise rebooted and retconected to become a new part of the D&D multiverse?

An interactive ATLAS in a CD-Rom or DVD? We are in the age of the pendrives and streaming plataforms. The age of the NFC miniatures also ended. Other tries to fuse toys and videogames didn't work too well. I don't imagine miniatures of Spelljammer helms, before the action figures of the characters of Dragonlance, when an adaptation to the big or little screen to be adapted. A serie in a streaming service would be to can explain the plot with more time.

I can't be a (arcade) videogame becuase this would be not a "new" format. A virtual tabletop? Collectable cards with digital files (like the duel disk by Yu-Gi-Oh? I don't know. Here we should talking about Magic: the Gathering as a better option.

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Any idea? a DLC for some famous videogame, but it may be a very fool idea.
 


aco175

Legend
Maybe they will release the acrobat class and everyone starts with a cool magic item. Talk about power creep then.

Not sure how I will fit it into the Phandalin region though.
 

darjr

I crit!
No, we already know what the classic settings are: Spelljammer and Dragonlance. I have an idea what the "new format" is too.

No, the D&D cartoon setting would be a new setting, not a classic setting, in the same way that MtG settings are new.

No, the cartoon references are slipped in to show WotC haven't completely forgotten veterans, but without a current cartoon there is no economic value in the setting.

A revival of the cartoon is possible, and if that is successful, then they might start thinking about a setting, but that would be a very long way out. Four years minimum.
Oh? Do tell.
 

Were this to be*, I could see a lot of "well, I'm a ______ belt in ______,"/"I took an IQ test in high school, and proctors all had to come over and make sure I wasn't cheating, I was scoring so high"/"what do you mean you think you have a higher charisma than I, which one of us has a <significant other of some kind>" style arguments. At the very least, it would best for it to be a 'rank your own traits 1-6' style thing.
*I highly doubt this is what is going on.
It would be awesome, but I don't see this part:
really happening.
I think too many people would raise objections to attempting to quantify yourself in game terms. 🤷‍♂️
Otherwise, using locations and such from the TV show would be great!

Yeah, it would be objectionable if there were, say, IQ charts and real-world weight-lifting charts you're supposed to line up with.
But if they did it freeform: like assign the Ability Scores however you wish...as a fantastic version of yourself...that just looks like you and has your persona, then I think it could work.
 

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