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

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
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.
Back in college we did this, were we built ourselves in GURPS for a time-travel game. Didn't care about points, but we would be peer reviewing. Amusingly the only character issue we had was one brilliant guy with low self esteem had totally lowballed himself in every aspect.
 

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HaroldTheHobbit

Adventurer
A cartoon show setting seems plausible with the road WotC has gone for the last year with the young-and-new market and non-violent conflict resolution in focus. Ka-pow, slightly evil guy grabbing sword between ribs and arm, dramatic scene falling to the ground, curse you heroes, see you next week. Might still be fun to read the mechanics for it :)
 

A cartoon show setting seems plausible with the road WotC has gone for the last year with the young-and-new market and non-violent conflict resolution in focus. Ka-pow, slightly evil guy grabbing sword between ribs and arm, dramatic scene falling to the ground, curse you heroes, see you next week. Might still be fun to read the mechanics for it :)
Non lethal melee is part of the base game as released in 2014.

1 book that features non-combat solutions vis not a trend
 


Undrave

Hero
A cartoon show setting seems plausible with the road WotC has gone for the last year with the young-and-new market and non-violent conflict resolution in focus. Ka-pow, slightly evil guy grabbing sword between ribs and arm, dramatic scene falling to the ground, curse you heroes, see you next week. Might still be fun to read the mechanics for it :)
Cartoon Action Hour does exist for Saturday Morning simulations.
 

Audiomancer

Adventurer
A cartoon show setting seems plausible with the road WotC has gone for the last year with the young-and-new market and non-violent conflict resolution in focus. Ka-pow, slightly evil guy grabbing sword between ribs and arm, dramatic scene falling to the ground, curse you heroes, see you next week. Might still be fun to read the mechanics for it :)

Taking this one step further…

The core rules are divided up into 4-5 booklets, and the booklets are packaged inside specifically-marked boxes of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs (or the Saturday-morning breakfast cereal of your choice.)

There’s your “new format.”
 

HaroldTheHobbit

Adventurer
Taking this one step further…

The core rules are divided up into 4-5 booklets, and the booklets are packaged inside specifically-marked boxes of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs (or the Saturday-morning breakfast cereal of your choice.)

There’s your “new format.”
No Monster Manual. Collectible cards with adversary picture and stat block will be included in chewing gum packs, and the card trading market explode. You need to give up to 3 000 (non-aligned) orc cards for the coveted Dracolish (with a golden heart).

But enough of the grog nagging, back to serious cartoon setting speculations.
 

HaroldTheHobbit

Adventurer
Non lethal melee is part of the base game as released in 2014.
Yes. My players have a tendency to overuse it. So I have made a pretty detailed scaling chart to deal with the consequences of too much non-lethal damage beyond 0 hp - ranging from slight disfigurement to severe brain damage.

With an (un)lucky greataxe crit and bad roll on the chart the party barb put a local drug ring boss down to permanent 3 in all mental stats. The interrogation and delivery of the prisoner to city authorities didn't go as planned of course, and got the party searching for other clues with lots of social pillar shenanigans. My table enjoy it.

The above is just an example of different approaches to non-lethal solutions. It might be my grog paranoia, but I detect a slight difference in non-lethality tone from WotC back in 2014 vis-a-vis now.
 


Stormonu

Legend
No Monster Manual. Collectible cards with adversary picture and stat block will be included in chewing gum packs, and the card trading market explode. You need to give up to 3 000 (non-aligned) orc cards for the coveted Dracolish (with a golden heart).

But enough of the grog nagging, back to serious cartoon setting speculations.
You mean, these old things from 1982?
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HaroldTheHobbit

Adventurer
You mean, these old things from 1982?
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Yes sir. Do the cards with low- to medium production quality picture of the creature on the front, basic 5e style stat block on the back, and WotC should get lots of praise from the owners and shareholders while simultaneously appeal to young new customers and cross market Magic folks. The stat blocks should fit easily with only a symbolic attack - that are very seldom used - per creature.
And of course the cards are offered in a digital variant too, via a 5-tiered subscription service.
 

I wonder about WotC sellings a mixture of physical products and digital files, for example a miniature and/or cards with a NFC microchip. The physical product can be bought by collectors, keeping the economic value, and the digital file could be a PDF/ebook, or skins for videogame characters.
 

Stormonu

Legend
Yes sir. Do the cards with low- to medium production quality picture of the creature on the front, basic 5e style stat block on the back, and WotC should get lots of praise from the owners and shareholders while simultaneously appeal to young new customers and cross market Magic folks. The stat blocks should fit easily with only a symbolic attack - that are very seldom used - per creature.
And of course the cards are offered in a digital variant too, via a 5-tiered subscription service.
Well, I suppose it's a good thing we have these
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and these then.
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Heck, they even have the cartoon covered already...
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I wonder about WotC sellings a mixture of physical products and digital files, for example a miniature and/or cards with a NFC microchip. The physical product can be bought by collectors, keeping the economic value, and the digital file could be a PDF/ebook, or skins for videogame characters.
They've stated the new format will not be digital.
 

Mournblade94

Adventurer
I doubt they are going to go there. The D&D Cartoon is thoroughly in Grognard Territory. They are no longer the target audience for D&D.
 





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