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WotC Birthright may be opened up for DM's Guild


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I think you might have linked the wrong thing, or I'm really missing something, because that's a DriveThruRPG link (not DM's Guild) to an RPG called Porphyra which doesn't appear to have anything to do with Birthright, nor am I seeing a Birthright tag anywhere or anything.
 




It was a setting designed for mass combat rules.

I could see Hasbro being interested in WotC producing a new mass combat boardgame D&D spin-off.
 

pukunui

Legend
It was a setting designed for mass combat rules.

I could see Hasbro being interested in WotC producing a new mass combat boardgame D&D spin-off.
Yeah. A Birthright campaign setting book would be a great way for WotC to introduce both mass combat rules (which they haven't revisited since that early UA, right?) and rules for building and running a kingdom.
 

I know almost nothing about Birthright, but reading the preview, Cerilian elves remind me of the ones from Skyrim.

Immortal (wont die from ageing). Only Chaotic alignments. More fey than standard elves, and more in line with Tolkien elves.

Also (along with blooded scions) the only race capable of using true magic (i.e. levels in Magic User)

No Clerics or divine casters. They dont have Gods and lack a connection to the divine.
 

TheSword

Legend
Saw this. Don't see much purpose if it's not for opening up Birthright for DM's Guild
There is very little I would like more than for this to be true, but isn’t this just a release of earlier editions pdfs like a lot of DriveThruRpg.

Cerillia has a lot going for it. It’s probably my favourite setting structurally because instead of trying to be all things to all people it knew what it wanted to be, with a clear identity and purpose. Despite that there was a a lot of flexibility in how things were implemented. If someone could do it well it has huge potential!
 


TheSword

Legend
Had a Highlander vibe to it.

Currently watching the Highlander TV. There can be only one/blooded scions similar concept.
Definitely, with a bit a superhero - everyone has their own power vibe combined with a relatively gritty Witcher / Game of thrones style setting (though it was released before Game of Thrones). An strangely satisfying combination.

If I was running it now I would be inspired by some of the Witcher and GoT themes... a highly ruthless but competent and neutral power attempting to conquer Anuire in the south - probably Darian Avan, with the threat of the Gorgon in the North a distant memory laughed off by most southerners.

There are some things that fit the aims of diversity and inclusion.

Hostile elves based on centuries of land seizure. The wild hunt is an actual thing which is cool.

Organised and civilized orcs (orogs) and goblins with their own kingdoms and organizations.

Non-white cultures that have thrown off their imperial masters to form their own kingdoms - fully fleshed out and playable like Ariya.
 
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Burnside

Space Jam Confirmed
Supporter
That's a 2E product. There are plenty of earlier edition WotC products for otherwise barred settings available on DMsGuild (pretty much all the older edition Dragonlance stuff is on there, for example).
 

That's a 2E product. There are plenty of earlier edition WotC products for otherwise barred settings available on DMsGuild (pretty much all the older edition Dragonlance stuff is on there, for example).
We know. But this is just uploaded and free. Like I said, the purpose of spending ressources on prepping this and then offering it for free is not clear to me, if it's not in preparation fo doing something with Birthright.
 


I love Birthright -it is my favorite campaign setting with Eberron. I do hope it is opened up in the DMsGuild, at the very least. Have there been any other potential hints, in addition to this? It is weird that it is available on DriveThru RPG but not on the DMsGuild yet, though
 

Birthright never really caught on. I liked reading it in 1999, never played it.

I remember reading the original boxed set around that time too. Because I was reading a lot of different campaign settings back then it might have been a case of information overload/burnout; I didn't get into it. OTOH, it was a very unique setting that from what I recall had a lot of unique rules specific to the setting. I could see a good amount of extra effort above and beyond what a DM normally does to run a campaign. I put it on the bookshelf where it sat until I sold it.

I honestly believe why we don't see a lot of settings for 5E is because anything other than FR, Eberron, and Ravenloft have alot of setting specific rules. They'd need translation and take up a large portion of a campaign guide. Of course this could change if they revise their product/release template, i.e. I could see Darksun requiring 2 or 3 books to update.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I remember reading the original boxed set around that time too. Because I was reading a lot of different campaign settings back then it might have been a case of information overload/burnout; I didn't get into it. OTOH, it was a very unique setting that from what I recall had a lot of unique rules specific to the setting. I could see a good amount of extra effort above and beyond what a DM normally does to run a campaign. I put it on the bookshelf where it sat until I sold it.

I honestly believe why we don't see a lot of settings for 5E is because anything other than FR, Eberron, and Ravenloft have alot of setting specific rules. They'd need translation and take up a large portion of a campaign guide. Of course this could change if they revise their product/release template, i.e. I could see Darksun requiring 2 or 3 books to update.

Darksuns easy to put in one book.

Original boxed set the books are small and large letters. Smaller font 300 page book not a problem.
 

Darksuns easy to put in one book.

Original boxed set the books are small and large letters. Smaller font 300 page book not a problem.

You have a point on page count and font size that I hadn't considered. Probably some of those setting specific rules could be trimmed if not completely omitted.
 

ninjayeti

Adventurer
Yeah pretty sure this is just them trying to get more of their back catalog up on DriveThru. IIRC the original product here was a free brochure they gave away in game stores as marketing for the setting. Hardly the sort of big deal release that would herald the release of the setting on DMG.
 

Laurefindel

Legend
Birthright never really caught on. I liked reading it in 1999, never played it.
Same here.

I do believe it would be more appreciated now then it was then however. Birthright has had a strong influence on many DMs I know, and yet none of us ever ran it. It plays on many tropes that are more popular now than they were in TSR's setting-happy AD&D of the late 90's.

As stated before, this setting would be a perfect outlet for official...
  • Mass combat rules
  • Player domain/stronghold/guild management rules
  • Extended downtime rules (like a whole season, or a full year)
  • External power sources to fuel magic (almost à la M:tG)
  • Regional magic
  • A slow(er)-paced campaign construction
  • An official setting with less available, yet powerful magic (I don't dare say "low magic" anymore)
  • "Race/subrace" variants as bloodlines or regional traits (already explored with dragonmarks in Eberron; RftlW)
 
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