Spelljammer 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

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Also: their new style Crit-Role like show is pretty much a Spelljammer campaign, which is a nice showcase for the new Spelljammer. And Minsc/Boo seem to be appearing in it as well! Shame they couldn't get Jim Cummings to reprise his role as Minsc, but still cool nonetheless.
I mean Zub as Minsc fits what they did at the one live event. Shame there’s no Mercer as Boo again though.
 

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teitan

Legend
Three book gimmick aside, I'm not surprised by the price increase. Printing costs have got to be going up with all the pandemic era supply chain disruptions, and the books were low margin to begin with. Mark it down as another sign of the inflationary times.
Not at that rate no. That’s the extra cost of the boards and the slipcase and screen being passed on. On one hand it’s a deal because it’s a $50 book and a screen which would be $70 but the issue is they’re charging $50 for the DDB version of a 192 page book based on the $70 retail version. A similar page count pathfinder book or Starfinder book is 40.
 





Weiley31

Legend
I honestly hope they continue with this 5E Box Set approach. Maybe not for EVERYTHING but for certain things. Like Dark Sun and Planescape. Dragonlance would've been a good idea for the same approach, but I feel like the Warlords of Krynn Battle Game is "partly" responsible for making it not use the same approach as Spelljammer: Adventures in Space. (since I personally feel that the mass combat rules in it will probably also be compatible for regular 5E games.) I never had the pleasure of playing/getting the box sets of old because, well, I got into DND far beyond that when they stopped doing that and it was just books. So, I am feeling the kind of excitement that players probably felt back in the day when the box sets were a more common approach.

I honestly don't care if it's a price increase or it doesn't seem like three hardcover books of 64 pages is worth it. I like what I see so I'm gonna sure as Baator nab it.
 
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TwoSix

Unserious gamer
I don't necessarily have a problem with the split books/slipcase, but only 192 pages is disappointing for $70. I would expect at least 256 pages for that price.
 



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.
My “come-back,” in so far as I need one (which is to say not at all because I’m not trying to impress anyone here), is that Beyond used to pretty frequently drop discount codes usable for a single book here and there. Maybe wait and scoop one of those and get it closer to your desired price point. shrug Or maybe they won’t do that now that they’re merging with WotC and you’ll have to pay the full $50 price.

I don’t know your financial situation and I’m not here to argue with someone who clearly has a grump on and feels they’re being ripped off and wants to grouse about it. I, on the other hand, don’t. I much prefer this format to a single book.

And I buy in both digital and dead tree format with pretty much every major release so I dunno what to tell you, dude. 🤷‍♂️
 






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