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D&D’s Christopher Perkins delves into dark, horrible secrets of the mind flayer

Parmandur

Adventurer
Good find, thanks: I would read the following as a hint at a Mindflayer focused Adventure Storyline (of which there are other hints in here, it seems to me), more than a Spelljammer setting book:

"GamesBeat: Can nautiloids, the spelljamming ships that illithids use to sail the stars, plane shift into the astral and other planes?"

"Perkins: According to Volo’s Guide to Monsters, illithid nautiloids can travel from the Astral Plane to the Material Plane and back again. One can presume it’s no harder for the vessel to travel to other planes of existence as well."

"We might circle back around to this topic in an upcoming D&D product, though it’s too soon to talk details."
 

Mycroft

Explorer
Big Spelljammer fan, here, and I remember an old Dragon magazine (pre-SJ) that had Voidjammers (Astral ships), easy to combine them both for 5th Ed. Not sure if crystal spheres are a thing in 5th Ed, or have they kept it opaque?
 

Parmandur

Adventurer
Big Spelljammer fan, here, and I remember an old Dragon magazine (pre-SJ) that had Voidjammers (Astral ships), easy to combine them both for 5th Ed. Not sure if crystal spheres are a thing in 5th Ed, or have they kept it opaque?
They are a thing in 5E, but they haven't really been brought up front and center...yet.
 

Sacrosanct

Slayer of Keraptis
The upcoming product might be Baldur’s Gate III, since we know mind flayers are going to play a huge part in it. And the timing of this coming right after the trailer for BG3 seems a strong coincidence.
 

Parmandur

Adventurer
Didnt they say Spelljammer was a running joke?
For Stewart, saying that Spelljammer is confirmed is a running joke: yet, he does it in such a way that it seems the point of the joke is to keep Spelljammer in people's minds until they spring it on us. Elements of it, at least, keep showing up, as part of the default meta-setting.
 

Mistwell

Adventurer
For Stewart, saying that Spelljammer is confirmed is a running joke: yet, he does it in such a way that it seems the point of the joke is to keep Spelljammer in people's minds until they spring it on us. Elements of it, at least, keep showing up, as part of the default meta-setting.
So you're saying it's a conspiracy and even though this is exactly what a running joke would look like, we should assume it's actually real?
 
I'm impressed that Mr. Perkins knew all of those Mind Flayer facts off the top of his head--or perhaps he has been reading up on them lately, hmmmm....? B-)
 

Parmandur

Adventurer
So you're saying it's a conspiracy and even though this is exactly what a running joke would look like, we should assume it's actually real?
Basically. Stewart loves trolling people about Spelljammer, bit Spelljammer elements do keep making their way into books.
 

Parmandur

Adventurer
I'm impressed that Mr. Perkins knew all of those Mind Flayer facts off the top of his head--or perhaps he has been reading up on them lately, hmmmm....? B-)
It was an email, do he had time to check his notes. And he has a seriously feakish superhuman memory. However, it does seem that the has Mindflayers on the brain.
 

Sacrosanct

Slayer of Keraptis
I'm impressed that Mr. Perkins knew all of those Mind Flayer facts off the top of his head--or perhaps he has been reading up on them lately, hmmmm....? B-)
see my post above. He probably knows a lot about them because BGIII is all about mind flayers and that project is currently in the works (and I suspect he is at the very least involved in that from a consultant basis)
 
Perkins talked about mindflayers a bit on a D&D beyond video, and even decided in that video he would add gnome mindflayers in a product (and knew exactly where to put them).

It seems pretty likely that we're eventually getting a book dealing with either planescape or spelljammer. Not sure which, but the staff seems more willing to dip into that stuff (if you look at MToF) than they are in settings like Dark Sun or Dragonlance.
 

Parmandur

Adventurer
Perkins talked about mindflayers a bit on a D&D beyond video, and even decided in that video he would add gnome mindflayers in a product (and knew exactly where to put them).

It seems pretty likely that we're eventually getting a book dealing with either planescape or spelljammer. Not sure which, but the staff seems more willing to dip into that stuff (if you look at MToF) than they are in settings like Dark Sun or Dragonlance.
Spelljammer and Planescape are the core setting, the Multiverse meta-setting. As such, Spelljammer & Planescape material is more generally applicable at multiple tables.
 

Mycroft

Explorer
The question is, if there is a book, how much of it will be Illithiad with updated mechanics?
Don't think we'll get that level of detail and quality. I forget, is that also the one that stated that mindflayers are humans from the future (one with no suns)?
 
Spelljammer and Planescape are the core setting, the Multiverse meta-setting. As such, Spelljammer & Planescape material is more generally applicable at multiple tables.
Sure, that's why we will probably get one of those books eventually. Adding Spelljammer or Planescape on top of your homebrew isn't hard, unless the person bothered to create their own whole cosmology.
 

Parmandur

Adventurer
Sure, that's why we will probably get one of those books eventually. Adding Spelljammer or Planescape on top of your homebrew isn't hard, unless the person bothered to create their own whole cosmology.
And honestly, anybody rolling their own cosmology probably has little use for WotC products (Chris Perkins has said that this is the case for high level adventure content: people who play high level aren't just a minority, they are also disinterested in official products as a whole because they are homebrewers).
 

jgsugden

Explorer
On the one hand I hope SJ returns, but it would be problematic for me. I took the idea of Spelljammers and worked them into the 'Astral Sea' (even before that was a name for the Astral Plane) as a way to shortcut long voyages across my infintely large PMP. More SJ materials would be fun to see, but I fear only some of it would work with my cosmology.
 

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