WotC D&D Direct—Video Event From WotC Coming Next Week

WotC has just announced D&D Direct, a 30-minute video presentation of upcoming plans for D&D.



The Dungeons & Dragons team at Wizards of the Coast is excited to announce that D&D Direct is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28 at 9:00 AM Pacific Time.

Tune in to watch a jam-packed 30-minute video presentation to see exclusive reveals from Wizards of the Coast and its partners, including the latest about the World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game along with entertainment tie-ins with the upcoming release of Paramount's Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, video game reveals, and more, guided by hosts Gina Darling (@MissGinaDarling) and Ify Nwadiwe (@IfyNwadiwe).

D&D Direct will broadcast on the D&D YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/DNDWizards) and Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/dnd) channels.
 
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This will likely get rocks thrown at me, but Greyhawk-specific monsters suck.

Of the stuff that isn't core -- and "core" meant Greyhawk in 1E -- it's dumb stuff like valley elves and cooshee, the terrible Greyhawk dragons and other stuff from the completely superfluous Greyhawk Adventures 1E hardcover and not much else. Vecna's goofy cultists with hands or eyes for heads?

They'd be better off just grabbing a bunch of 1E Fiend Folio monsters and what few Monster Manual II monsters haven't been made core and pretending they were Greyhawk-specific all along.

Or just skipping monsters in favor of NPC stat blocks, allowing DMs to include Bigby, Robilar, etc., and everyone from the iconic character section of Rogues Gallery in their games.
Yeah, taking a look at this list from the 2e Greyhawk Monstrous Compendium (Monstrous Compendium Greyhawk Appendix ), there really isn't much there that's worthwhile that already hasn't basically graduated to core and been updated for 5e. Really, it's the spriggan (which I've long maintained is overdue for a 5e update), maybe the Greyhawk dragon (although Fizban's basically said they don't really exist, which is something I hope they revisit), and... not much else worth it there...
 
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Cooshee are mythical creatures (The cu sith, pronounced the same as cooshee) and the Greyhawk dragon is all but just the generic steel dragon. Which I strongly disagree with the Fizban's on.
I miss the song dragons, personally. They'd probably be easy enough to homebrew based on another dragon though - just give it a thunder breath weapon and some more thematic lair abilities and actions.
 






I'm honestly surprised that nothing has leaked yet!
I'm honestly not sure there's much to leak. Maybe the title of the Phandelver book, and maybe the same for the Planescape product. But unless they spring a surprise on us we already know the full release slate til the end of the year, and I don't think they'll be announcing 2024 products before we've finished with March 2023.

I'm mostly interested in what we hear about Planescape. Spelljammer's lack of content and page count was widely panned and its sales were reportedly disappointing, and given Planescape is the next product in the 3-book-slipcase format, it'll be interesting to see what changes have been made.
 

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