D&D 5E Announcement Next Week--What Hints For Upcoming D&D Books?

WotC uses Unearthed Arcana to playtest D&D material which often ends up in a later hardcover book. Mages of Strixhaven was in Unearthed Arcana in June 2021, and Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos was published in December 2021. Draconic Options was in Unearthed Arcana in April 2021, and Fizban's Treasury of Dragons came out in October. The same applied to Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft, and other books--the lead time appears to typically be somewhere around 6 months. So what have we had recently which might give us an insight into upcoming books?

WotC is holding a press event this coming Friday, with an embargo for March 22nd (which is Tuesday next week), meaning that an announcement is around the corner.

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Unearthed Arcana has slowed in the last year or so, but there have been two notable articles:
  • August 2021 -- Travelers of the Multiverse. 6 months after this was February, so if the 6-month lead time theory holds true, a multiverse-themed book would be imminent. The amount of speculative chatter about Spelljammer, Planescape, and 'Planejammer' is at a high.
  • March 2022 -- Heroes of Krynn. This UA was released last week; six months would put a Dragonlance hardcover roughly about September, around the same time that Weis & Hickman's new Dragonlance novel releases.
So these two appear the most likely--some kind of multiverse book, and a Dragonlance book.

We know that a new starter set--Dragons of Stormwreck Isle--is on its way this year. WotC has spoken about two brand new settings, and two classic settings in 2022 (which fits the theory!)

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They also spoke about a 'brand new format' for the 2 classic settings--WotC's Ray Winninger said in June last year that ""Each of these products is pursuing a different format you've never seen before. And neither is "digital only;" these are new print formats."


As I've mentioned on a couple of occasions, there are two more products that revive "classic" settings in production right now.

The manuscript for the first, overseen by [Chris Perkins], is nearly complete. Work on the second, led by [F. Wesley Schneider] with an assist from [Ari Levitch], is just ramping up in earnest. Both are targeting 2022 and formats you've never seen before.

In addition to these two titles, we have two brand new [D&D] settings in early development, as well as a return to a setting we've already covered. (No, these are not M:tG worlds.)

As I mentioned in the dev blog, we develop more material than we publish, so it's possible one or more of these last three won't reach production. But as of right now, they're all looking great.
 
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Russ Morrissey

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So WotC posted this. Is that an Eladrin? or is it a Gilt-Leaf Elf from MTG (note I'm really deeply MTG ignorant)?

edit: it's the spring Eladrin art from Mordenkainen's.

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Maybe it will be a module about an alien spaceship crashed in a fantasy world (but then we would an explanation about how they didn't land in the crystal shell). The goal would the fandom to get used to the idea in D&D universe could appear "planar tears" as point of origin of elements from other franchises.
Since spheres are only barely referred to in 5e, if at all, I think they don't actually need an explanation.
 

Maybe it will be a module about an alien spaceship crashed in a fantasy world (but then we would an explanation about how they didn't land in the crystal shell). The goal would the fandom to get used to the idea in D&D universe could appear "planar tears" as point of origin of elements from other franchises.
I would love a new 'tales of the comet' especially if you had scifi space travel mixed with magic spell jammming.
 







darjr

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Last I checked (which admittedly was a few hours ago) the Amazon links were just Ca. When I tried com and co.uk they didn't work.
I’m trying to check something but I need the link posted here. I dint see it in this thread. Can you post the one you have?
 


With Ravenloft the teaser or clue was an ouija. Maybe it is only a compilation of adventures, something like Candlekeep Mysteries or Ghost of Salmarth, without crunch, or almost nothing, but maybe with some planar travel.
 

darjr

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Saw it on Nerd Immersion.

Amazon, too.

Found it.

And the Barnes and Nobel links for 49.99

 





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