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...

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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Kurotowa

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It is worth noting that the Multiverse UA was all Spelljammer options: there hasn't been any Planescape activity.
Indeed. The really signature part of Planescape is Sigil, and if we're getting Sigil we're getting Factions, and that means UA for Faction related player options. So it's pretty clear "Planejammer" is off the table. Which is probably just as well. Thematically the two clash horribly, and recent WotC books have been really big on picking a core theme and building around it.

So what sort of Spelljammer book will we be getting? I'm going to put my bet on something most similar to the Guide to Ravenloft. A healthy player options section, a rules chapter on spelljamming ships and travel, a run through of interesting locations with some getting several pages and others only a few paragraphs, a bestiary section of new monsters, and maybe a DM advice chapter on themes and adventure design appropriate for Spelljammer. If there's a sample adventure, it'll be a very small one, 10-12 pages at most.

I also wouldn't be surprised to see another UA for the book shortly after its official announcement. Two new subclasses is about standard, so I'd expect to see those. New backgrounds too, but those don't get UA testing.
 

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Grommets? I'd call them that, anyway.

We had a few of those tear then we got reinforcement bits for the punched holes. (Punk band name.) Little stickers you put on both sides of The Punched Holes™ to prevent tears. No idea what they're called.

Cy_Borg had to announce a delay due to the paper shortage. And Wizards had to push back shipping in non-North American areas on, what, two books now? Though that certainly could've been the result of any number of factors.

Yeah, way before. The Multiverse book should already be out and the clock on Dragonlance just started.

Good point.
 


bedir than

Full Moon Storyteller
The really signature part of Planescape is Sigil, and if we're getting Sigil we're getting Factions, and that means UA for Faction related player options.
If they are confident in previous rules being able to flex into the Factions space they wouldn't need a public play test
 







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