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

dave2008

Legend
I want more DM-oriented material. Another Volo's or Mordenkainen's (Tome of Foes, not the reprint of old material that is Monsters of the Multiverse) would be cool. I don't want yet another Campaign level adventure, setting, or Anthology that only a fraction of it is useful or requires a tremendous amount of work by the DM to make functional.
OK, as a DM I am kinda in the same boat. Except, there is nothing I need for 5e so I don't even know what that would be!
 

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Not that it makes up for the $20 increase but it includes a DM screen (and maybe a map too). Plus for some it is nice to have separate books. I personally prefer this format, though soft covers would be nice.
Yeah I think a lot of people are ignoring the screen in the price hike. Sure, a lot of times they’re cheap add-ons but assuming this is one of the thick ones (rather than the flimsy ones we get in starter boxes) with a lot of SJ specific tables and charts, I think that’s deffo worth an extra $20.
 

Urriak Uruk

Gaming is fun, and fun is for everyone
I'm not loving the overall Spelljammer format/price, but I will applaud WotC for the free Monstrous Compendium. I get the idea is to give you a reason to subscribe to their platforms that I assume they'll want you to purchase stuff on... but they still didn't have to give out this PDF of new monsters for free, and it's pretty good!

I mean, how can one complain about 5E art, this stuff is cool af!

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Also: Will Warlords of Krynn finally be the straw that "allows" PVP in Dungeons and Dragons to be seen in a more positive light? Like, can you take your character, say a Bard for example and have that PC's stats reflected in the Board Game only component of Warlords of Krynn? Will Snarf's Bard Slayer PC be too OP for it? Etc, etc etc.
I just hope the idea of it being mass battle rules will be easily portable to an outside-of-Krynn setting rather than being super duper deeply tied to the world.
 

Heh - a way to do what crystal spheres did without the actual physical sphere, and Astral sea instead of phlogiston. The two things I disliked the most since I opened up the boxed set back in 1989 are not going to be in this iteration - I guess I wasn't the only one.


And the thing I disliked the third most (the mechanics of spelljammer helms) are if not out at least optional. More chariots flying into the heavens pulled by giant swans please!

I think Crystal Spheres will still a thing for particular Wildspace systems like Realmspace, Krynnspace, Eberron, but it might not be as universal anymore, like the two new system in the adventure might not have Crystal Spheres.

Also this feels very Planesjammery to me, once you leave Wildspace, I see no reason why you can fly to Hell and back, or the Mount Celestia or Limbo as easily as another wildspace system.
 

dave2008

Legend
Yeah that's in the "no thanks, jerk" price range given were only look at what, 192 pages? That's actively insulting, especially to digital customers who literally are not getting the slipcase or DMs screen (in a usable format anyway). U mad Ruin? Yes, I am mad.

Especially as we'll no doubt see more overpriced content-light releases as people rush to nostalgia-buy this.
Is it really such an enraging issue? I'm not sure were you live, but cost are going crazy here in the States. I'm an architect and just had the budget on a project jump 25% and we didn't change a damb thing. Steel has jumped %100 in the last year. I just see this as such a big issue. Cost are going up everywhere, why should this be any different?
 

Jer

Legend
Supporter
Also this feels very Planesjammery to me, once you leave Wildspace, I see no reason why you can fly to Hell and back, or the Mount Celestia or Limbo as easily as another wildspace system.
I think that's exactly right - on the product page it says:

Home of the stars and gateway to the heavens, the Astral Plane teems with excitement and possibility. With the help of magic, spelljammers can cross the oceans of Wildspace, ply the silvery void known as the Astral Sea, and hop between worlds of the D&D multiverse.

"Home of the stars and gateway to the heavens" sounds very much like you can fly through the Astral Sea and arrive at the home planes of the gods. In that way it kind of reminds me of 1st edition cosmology where each setting was an "alternate Prime Material Plane" and they were linked through the Astral Plane to each other - you could find color pools leading to different Prime Planes in the Astral, for example.
 

Urriak Uruk

Gaming is fun, and fun is for everyone
Is it really such an enraging issue? I'm not sure were you live, but cost are going crazy here in the States. I'm an architect and just had the budget on a project jump 25% and we didn't change a damb thing. Steel has jumped %100 in the last year. I just see this as such a big issue. Cost are going up everywhere, why should this be any different?

I mean, it's a 40% price increase for less content. I get if it actually is more economical (there's a slipcase, three harcovers etc) but it's actually less content than recent setting books.

I'd be ok if it was a normal book at $60. But honestly, I don't really want to support a more expensive model like this. I'll wait probably and see if they eventually release it as one book for less, or digital.
 


And since we have the Ghost of Saltmarshes and Acquisitions Incorporated books out already, you can totally import/refluff stuff from those into your Spelljammers and what not.
 




Is it really such an enraging issue? I'm not sure were you live, but cost are going crazy here in the States. I'm an architect and just had the budget on a project jump 25% and we didn't change a damb thing. Steel has jumped %100 in the last year. I just see this as such a big issue. Cost are going up everywhere, why should this be any different?
I expect cost increases, but for the very reasons you mention, this would not be the moment I'd launch a relatively inefficient new product format. Most likely, it was conceived before prices really started spiking, in which case it's just bad timing for everyone.
 

Staffan

Legend
I guess if sales are disappointing, they can ignore the price increase and claim it confirms their priors that campaign settings don't sell.
They've only done seven or so setting books for 5e so clearly they're not selling well. </s>

I think they have refined the older lesson about settings not selling into: "Supporting settings doesn't sell," which seems to fit the old 2e situation better anyway. One of the financial problems with 2e was that they were supporting half a dozen settings at any given time. In other words, the problem wasn't Al-Qadim: Lands of Fate, or Planescape. It was Golden Voyages, City of Delight, Secrets of the Lamp, Planes of Chaos/Law/Balance, Factol's Manifesto, In the Cage, and Faces of Evil – treating each setting as a product line in itself meant that many customers saw themselves as Al-Qadim players, Planescape players, Birthright players, etc. instead of D&D players.
 

Faolyn

(she/her)
Terrible sarcasm fail.

192 pages unnecessarily split into three books for $20 more than normal and 192 pages was a bad deal at $30.

I'd rather just have a book. Preferably with more than 192 pages. For $20 less. Sell the DMs screen separately if you must

Particularly huge rip off for digital customers and you have zero come-back there, I imagine.

Edit: I would be willing to pay more, personally, if the art was incredible MTG quality stuff but we can see it is not.
I for one am glad that the adventure is not part of the main book. I wish it were a separate purchase entirely, so I wouldn't have to buy it, but I'll take it as a separate book.
 

Jer

Legend
Supporter
I just realized that Spelljammer is product that's going to have a cameo for another setting, Planescape. In 5e Spelljammer, you can fly to Sigil easily enough, so Sigil might get somekind of a mention. This feels so weird.
I wonder. You could fly to the Outlands easily enough, but flying to Sigil seems like it would be difficult. I might be wrong, but I thought that the spire that it was on top of was infinitely tall, so you can't reach it by climbing or flying from the ground. So you might not be able to reach it via the Astral either without having to fly to the top of an infinitely long spire.
 

ART!

Legend
Speaking as someone who works in printing: just as an example of the insane current situation when it comes to paper stock availability, in the last 2 years or so over 200 paper and wood mills in China have closed. There's a paper stock we usually use for lots of things, and have never had shortages of, and now we literally can't get it, from any vendor. We've had to switch to a different stock for those orders. Who knows what we'll do when we run out of that.

So, sudden price increases for printed things makes complete sense.

So players just need one of the three books, the DM has the other two, with the monsters in a separate book to keep that page open to the monster while the other book is open to the adventure page you're on. Makes good sense to me. Much better than cramming it all in one book.

Yeah, the utility of this is very attractive - and the set includes a map and a DM's screen! I like it.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Speaking as someone who works in printing: just as an example of the insane current situation when it comes to paper stock availability, in the last 2 years or so over 200 paper and wood mills in China have closed. There's a paper stock we usually use for lots of things, and have never had shortages of, and now we literally can't get it, from any vendor. We've had to switch to a different stock for those orders. Who knows what we'll do when we run out of that.

So, sudden price increases for printed things makes complete sense.



Yeah, the utility of this is very attractive - and the set includes a map and a DM's screen! I like it.
China doesn't impact WotC, since they have always printed in the USA, but the market is going whicky-whacky.
 


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