D&D 5E D&D Direct Live Report: 9am PDT (5pm BST) SPELLJAMMER CONFIRMED! DRAGONLANCE!

D&D Direct, WotC's new video-format announcement show launches today at 9am PDT (5pm BST). If you aren't able to watch it, I'll be updating this article live. Feel free to comment below! Once it launches, you will need to refresh this page when you want to see new updates. The video is expected to last about 30 minutes.

If you CAN watch it, you'll find it on YouTube or Twitch at the above times. Otherwise, follow along below!
  • 45 mins to go. Live updates incoming!
  • 30 mins to go!
  • 5 minutes to go!
  • Here we go! Opens with a sea shanty.
  • Forgive typos. They talk fast and I can't type.
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  • Spelljammer is confirmed!
  • They talk REALLY FAST!
  • Spelljammer Adventures in Space, project lead Chris Perkins, Trystan Falcone graphic designer
  • Cities built on asteroids, dead gods floating in the ether
  • 6 races---astral elves, autognomes, hedozi(?), gif, plasmoids, thri-kreen
  • 3 hardcovers in a slipcase: Astral Adventurers Guide, Boo's Astral Menagerie, Light of Xaryxis adventure
  • Prequel adventure in July
  • Wizkids miniatures
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Other stuff also discussed!
  • Baldur's Gate 3 CRPG preview video (game is in 2023)
  • Journeys Through Radiant Citadel intro video -- 3 of the adventures are: Wages of Vice (5th level), Caribbean; Orchids of the Invisible Mountain (14th level), feywild, far realm, Whistler new monster; Fiend of Hollow Mind (4th level), skeletons and spirits
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  • "Campaign Cases" -- Creature tokens! Terrain tiles! July!
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D&D Movie directors now onscreen. The movie in March 2023 is called HONOR AMONG THIEVES.

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  • New D&D starter set. Comes with 'digital onboarding'. Dragons of Stormwreck Isle. We knew about that one.
  • D&D digital monstrous compendium. Available to those with WoTC or D&D Beyond Accounts. Volume 1 has an eldritch lich and the 10 legged asteroid spider. And the starlancer. Might have misheard some of that!
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  • MMO Neverwinter video. Dragonslayer begins June 2022. (I wonder if they'll need a dragonance for that?)
  • New D&D actual play video, Legends of the Multiverse. Lots of 80s cartoon style soft rock music. Boo is in it.
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WIzKids skirmish game D&D Onslaught. October

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Finally -- DRAGONLANCE WARRIORS OF KRYNN! SHADOW OF THE DRAGON QUEEN!

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

teitan

Legend
If you think Sally and Billy are going to rush out to buy a Spelljammer slipcase over a starter set or maybe the core book slipcase just because they have some impression you’ve projected onto them that they’re going to feel the need to buy 8 years worth of books just to play. Unless they have a yen for tall ships or space, they’re not gonna be the target market for this. Hell, most players don’t buy that many books at all because a large amount of the material out there just isn’t player facing. It’s adventures, some of which sometimes have a small bit of player content.

As for your commentary on my saying I’m okay with the format a lot, I don’t see you equally chiding Ruins for his constant chorus of “rip-off.” So it’s clearly not frequency of stating opinion you have an issue with so much as you think my opinion is wrong and it’s annoying you.

You wanna talk luxury hobby prices? This isn’t Warhammer, man. The prices have maintained stability here for years despite rising print costs and the first time they take a slight uptick people start acting like it’s the end of the world. Would I love to pay less? Sure. Who wouldn’t? But I also lived through the glut of product releases in the 2e days too when we had like 3 new $20 books (now around $35 adjusted for inflation) every month cluttering up shelves with unsold product. One new book every few months is hardly what I’d call a luxury hobby. YMMV of course.
Have you seen the price of a dragon lately??? Lol I haven’t chided you. I responded to you quoting me.
 

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Well no, now you're judging your peers unfairly. Players having a player book in front of them means the DM can separately have the DM books in front of them simultaneously. There is large utility, for me at least, in having the monster book open simultaneous with the adventure book open. All of this is very high utility for me. If it doesn't have high utility for you, fair enough. But you calling this an "insult" and now saying anyone who likes it is a "tiny minority" with "badly behaved players" seems a few steps beyond fair decorum here. I mean, take a step back and imagine for a moment that other tables use books differently than do you, perhaps?
So you think that physical utility justifies an 80% price hike on digital? I will respond if you answer that.
 


Zaukrie

New Publisher
Hmmmm....I really like a couple of the monsters, and am not sure about the others. Lots of high level stuff......

Why would the tree let people in it if it hates all life?
 


80% increase on digital, going from 30 to 50.

And yeah, for a pathetic number of pages. And the usual lower-tier art too, adding insult to injury.

It's on sale for pre-orders for 20% off ($40 instead of $50) for D&D Beyond.

Not impressed by the low page count. I'll pre-order from Amazon, and decide if I want to cancel my order later when I know more, just in case any sales happen.

I do really love the art.

BTW just because Crystal Spheres aren't mentioned, doesn't mean they are gone, something has to be seperating Wildspace from the Astral Sea. Plus other books mentioned Crystal Spheres in 5e.

Interesting that they borrowed a 4e term, Astral Sea here. I'm not certain if they are using the Astral Sea interchangeably with Astral Plane here, or if the Astral Sea is a sublayer of the Astral Plane. This could really step on Planescapes toes.

Really unimpressed by the low page count of each book. My first thought was finally a setting done right until I saw the page count.
 


It's on sale for pre-orders for 20% off ($40 instead of $50) for D&D Beyond.

Not impressed by the low page count. I'll pre-order from Amazon, and decide if I want to cancel my order later when I know more, just in case any sales happen.

I do really love the art.

BTW just because Crystal Spheres aren't mentioned, doesn't mean they are gone, something has to be seperating Wildspace from the Astral Sea. Plus other books mentioned Crystal Spheres in 5e.

Interesting that they borrowed a 4e term, Astral Sea here. I'm not certain if they are using the Astral Sea interchangeably with Astral Plane here, or if the Astral Sea is a sublayer of the Astral Plane. This could really step on Planescapes toes.

Really unimpressed by the low page count of each book. My first thought was finally a setting done right until I saw the page count.
Yeah for say 360 pages I'd eat the price hike.
 


overgeeked

B/X Known World
It's on sale for pre-orders for 20% off ($40 instead of $50) for D&D Beyond.

Not impressed by the low page count. I'll pre-order from Amazon, and decide if I want to cancel my order later when I know more, just in case any sales happen.

I do really love the art.

BTW just because Crystal Spheres aren't mentioned, doesn't mean they are gone, something has to be seperating Wildspace from the Astral Sea. Plus other books mentioned Crystal Spheres in 5e.

Interesting that they borrowed a 4e term, Astral Sea here. I'm not certain if they are using the Astral Sea interchangeably with Astral Plane here, or if the Astral Sea is a sublayer of the Astral Plane. This could really step on Planescapes toes.

Really unimpressed by the low page count of each book. My first thought was finally a setting done right until I saw the page count.
They could also be calling the phlogiston the astral sea and dropping the flammable bit.
 


My dndbeyond link has the spelljammer at 33.99, up from the usual 25.99. What price point are other seeing on the site as that’s not 80% increase in my case.

the fantasy ground version is 49 and says it’s for all the books, theDndbeyond says 49.99 initial so I’m hoping all items are included.
 
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More like eating Top Ramen to afford all that.
Those things have soo much sodium too. Which is sad because they are quite nice for being so cheap AND actually delicious. (I stopped eating those LOONG ago once I found out how much sodium a single one has. The food we eat today already has enough sodium in it that you don't need to add any more in.)

Now I just subsist on Peanut Butter sandwiches.
 



Mistwell

Crusty Old Meatwad (he/him)
So you think that physical utility justifies an 80% price hike on digital? I will respond if you answer that.
I honestly don't know what's going to be included in the digital content so hard to judge it. If it's just the content of the three books and nothing outside of that, then I agree that's too big a jump for digital only. If it includes other stuff, I want to see what that other stuff is before deciding if that's a reasonable price increase.

But it also looks like your price claim for digital is in dispute. Is it $33.99? If so, I think that's a perfectly reasonable increase due to inflation.

But my comments, and yours that I was responding to, were about the utility of the physical products, and inflation. And I disagree with you on both counts. The split has high utility for my group, and inflation is far worse than what you listed, and that's happened in a relatively short period of time.
 

Have you seen the price of a dragon lately??? Lol I haven’t chided you. I responded to you quoting me.
So “you’ve said that. A lot. Crazy emoji” was meant to be something supportive? Weird way to go about it. And you realize those expensive dragon minis aren’t being bought by anyone but completionist collectors or DMs who specifically need them for a scenario right? Your hypothetical Sally and Billy aren’t buying a $300 Tiamat in any world.

This is a very fascinating hypothetical world you live in where literally everyone is dying of FOMO.
 



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