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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Parmandur

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Standard WotC "cover price" is $49.99 USD / $65.99 CAD. It's printed on them, at least for the last few years. It's a little high compared to the usual exchange rate, but there you have it.
Well, the exchange rate fluctuates, it's probably easier just to set it and keep it that way longterm rather than hang MSRP multiple ti.es a year.
 


FitzTheRuke

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Well, the exchange rate fluctuates, it's probably easier just to set it and keep it that way longterm rather than hang MSRP multiple ti.es a year.

Speaking as a Canadian who sells their books for a living, I think they'd be better off just leaving the Canadian price off the printing, and we'll work it out for ourselves. It's fine when the exchange stays consistent within a point or two (it has hovered either side of $1.30 CAD to $1 USD for a few years now) but as you say, sometimes in can fluctuate wildly. When it does, we can lose money (either because we are stuck with the printed price when paying but not when selling, or vice-versa). True, sometimes we can make money off the exchange rate, but then we're "gouging" the customer. Either way, IMO, it's 'lose-lose'.
 

Looks like the TBA placeholder is on Amazon.con now.
Are those dimensions different?

They certainly changed the width from 2.17 inches to 9.09 inches since this morning!
 




Wasn't it supposed to be a press event whwre they would reveal the comming settings and new format?
Or did I missunderstand?
You misunderstood. It was a press event to announce their next product. Which, as it turns out, is not the new setting books with the new formats.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
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Wasn't it supposed to be a press event whwre they would reveal the comming settings and new format?
Or did I missunderstand?
I don't know that it was 'supposed' to be anything, but it was a press event where they announced Journeys from the Radiant Citadel.
 

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