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D&D 5E Boo Book: Spelljammer, Space, and Speculation!

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
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So I'm sure we've all seen this image by now from the "Future of D&D Panel" but I wanted to talk a little bit more about it, in its own special thread.

Now, Chris Perkins has already pointed out that the cute critter on the cover is none other than Boo, the miniature-giant-space-hamster... which may just be a hamster. But nonetheless, Boo is an interesting focus to put on any cover... and with a looming eye behind him, much like a beholder (or even Spelljammer Beholder Ships), a lot of folks (myself included) are leaning that maybe this is a Spelljammer book!

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Boo is of course a Forgotten Realms character, but RealmSpace has a lot of beholders in it.

The (sort-of) planet H'Catha is a flat disc of water with a mountain jutting out of it. The planet is ruled by six beholders, each of which controls one port at the foot of the mountain. Beholders are a common Spelljammer monster, having their own ship designs to ply the space between worlds.

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RealmSpace has a lot of other planets as well, including Glyth which is ruled by illithids. But a cover that has both Boo (allegedly) a miniature-giant-space-hamster, and what is likely a Beholder behind him? Coincidence.... I think not!

Anyway, lets say you join me on the hype train for this book... would you want this to be an adventure? Or a setting book? How much material on ships would you want? Do you want to see Giff, or other races make a return like the Scro?

This is just a fun speculation thread, so feel free to give thoughts on what you want, instead of what you think this book is likely to have.
 

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Realmspace is really cool, you have a planet of black Egyptian Ptah (God of Wildspace) worshipping Halflings (alot of folks don't know FR has black Halfling race, probably because as a Spelljammer cross over most aren't on Toril, they are on Anadar, but some might be on Toril as well), you have a Gas Giant with floating islands in it, Elminister owns a retreat there), Garden a giant plant planet with a Wa Colony on it, FRs Sun is inhabited, Glyth has drinkable Jelly Oceans, and a ton of other cool stuff.
 



Bitbrain

Fully vaccinated!
I HOPE it’s a Forgotten Realms-to-Spelljammer adventure. Given the beholder behind Boo, Beholders as the big bads.

My dream layout for said adventure would be something like this:
Chapter 1 = Lantan
Chapter 2 = Tears of Selune
Chapter 3-? = the different planets in Realmspace. I know the names of most of the planets, but not the order they go in from nearest to farthest from the sun.
 

I HOPE it’s a Forgotten Realms-to-Spelljammer adventure. Given the beholder behind Boo, Beholders as the big bads.

My dream layout for said adventure would be something like this:
Chapter 1 = Lantan
Chapter 2 = Tears of Selune
Chapter 3-? = the different planets in Realmspace. I know the names of most of the planets, but not the order they go in from nearest to farthest from the sun.


Here you go.

Hope it has different Spelljammer options like BG: DiA had Infernal Warmachine options,minus the soul coins thing which I hated.
 

CharlesWallace

Explorer
Here's what I want- no expectation that it would happen. A boxed set like the original Spelljammer boxed set, with a hex map and ship tokens, and rules for space combat between ships, explanations of how spelljamming works, etc. Then a second book that details the FR crystal sphere and has an adventure that takes ground based characters in to space.

To be clear, I don't ever expect that to happen. But wow would it be cool! I want my WizKids Spelljammer ship minis to paint for space battles!
 


Realmspace is really cool, you have a planet of black Egyptian Ptah (God of Wildspace) worshipping Halflings (alot of folks don't know FR has black Halfling race, probably because as a Spelljammer cross over most aren't on Toril, they are on Anadar, but some might be on Toril as well), you have a Gas Giant with floating islands in it, Elminister owns a retreat there), Garden a giant plant planet with a Wa Colony on it, FRs Sun is inhabited, Glyth has drinkable Jelly Oceans, and a ton of other cool stuff.
Read Realmspace years ago, forgot most of it but remember it being a good read. In the 2E Lands of Intrigue boxed set theres a paragraph in the beginning of the Tethyr book which is a letter from Gamalon Idygor and places the Rock of Bral in the Tears of Selune in Realmspace.
would you want this to be an adventure? Or a setting book?
Im not one to use WotC adventures. I buy them and occasionally take pieces and drop them in our campaign but I prefer setting books. So Id like to see a SJ setting with enough of a page count to adapt the setting properly to 5E. If theyre selling $150 slipcase gift sets with 3 books, then I think people will pay that for a 3 book campaign setting book, a SJ PHB, DMG, MM. I know I would. Same thing goes for Darksun. These one and done 1 book campaign settings theyve put out last few years dont do much for me.
 

Laurefindel

Legend
Slightly off-topic, but who came up with the concept of giant hamster as a space-fantasy themed creature in the first place?

Did someone’s real hamster escaped during a game, started to chew one the player’s miniature while they weren’t looking and went « ahhh! Giant hamster! » or something?

granted, D&D has plenty of giant « something », but mostly because they would look menacing at 10-foot tall. Silly has been in the game pretty much from inception too but still; giant hamster appears like an oddly specific choice of critter…

[edit] oh and yeah, to me this spells « spelljammer confirmed! »
 

Lyxen

Great Old One
Slightly off-topic, but who came up with the concept of giant hamster as a space-fantasy themed creature in the first?

Did someone’s real hamster escaped during a game, started to chew one the player’s miniature while they weren’t looking and went « ahhh! Giant hamster! » or something?

granted, D&D has plenty of giant « something », but mostly because they would look menacing at 10-foot tall. Silly has been in the game pretty much from inception too but still; giant hamster appears like an oddly specific choice of critter…

Spelljammer was quite a bit tongue-in-cheek in overall theme, honestly it's hard to be serious when you have D&D Pirates in Spaaaaaace...

Some things were fairly serious, in particular the neogi (really great adversaries), but looking at the Giff and Giant Space Hamster, I think you can see that they did not take themselves too seriously.
 

Laurefindel

Legend
Spelljammer was quite a bit tongue-in-cheek in overall theme, honestly it's hard to be serious when you have D&D Pirates in Spaaaaaace...

Some things were fairly serious, in particular the neogi (really great adversaries), but looking at the Giff and Giant Space Hamster, I think you can see that they did not take themselves too seriously.
Oh yeah, forgot about the hippo WWI soldiers.

but you’re right, compared to all the weird stuff of spelljammer, giant space hamster is in the low ranks of gonzo…
 

CharlesWallace

Explorer
Slightly off-topic, but who came up with the concept of giant hamster as a space-fantasy themed creature in the first place?
"Giant space hamsters did not evolve naturally, as one might guess. They were created by a gnome research committee attempting to develop a relatively passive creature large enough to wind up the giant rubber bands attached to the huge running wheels inside gnomish spelljammer craft."

So in conclusion- the gnomes did it!

Also, another thing I liked about Spelljammer (and it's a super small thing) is they had Hadozee, which sure felt like Yazirians from Star Frontiers.
 

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Lyxen

Great Old One
"Giant space hamsters did not evolve naturally, as one might guess. They were created by a gnome research committee attempting to develop a relatively passive creature large enough to wind up the giant rubber bands attached to the huge running wheels inside gnomish spelljammer craft."

So in conclusion- the gnomes did it!

Ah, yes the gnomes, another very serious part of Spelljammer and indeed other settings... ;)
 

After the event of the Sundering we shouldn't be too surprised by the Realmsphere suffered some reboot.

And what about the "outer" dragons (moon, solar, stellar..)?
 

Faolyn

Hero
Slightly off-topic, but who came up with the concept of giant hamster as a space-fantasy themed creature in the first place?

Did someone’s real hamster escaped during a game, started to chew one the player’s miniature while they weren’t looking and went « ahhh! Giant hamster! » or something?

granted, D&D has plenty of giant « something », but mostly because they would look menacing at 10-foot tall. Silly has been in the game pretty much from inception too but still; giant hamster appears like an oddly specific choice of critter…

[edit] oh and yeah, to me this spells « spelljammer confirmed! »
They were made by gnomes to run on the giant hamster wheels that power gnome ships.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
RealmSpace has a lot of other planets as well, including Glyth which is ruled by illithids. But a cover that has both Boo (allegedly) a miniature-giant-space-hamster, and what is likely a Beholder behind him? Coincidence.... I think not!
The beholder behind him could be Large Luigi.
 

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