WotC D&D Products Delayed Including Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel

WotC has announced that Journeys Through The Radiant Citadel will be delayed a month from June 21st to July 19th. The D&D Beyond version is being similarly delayed.

Due to production issues, two upcoming D&D products have been delayed:

Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel (digital & in stores) arrives July 19

Campaign Case: Terrain arrives August 16

Campaign Case: Creatures (7/19) & Spelljammer: Adventures in Space (8/16) are unaffected.


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Parmandur

Book-Friend
And yet there was a paper mill in BC Canada that closed in the last year citing "decreased paper demand" as the reason for closure. Something fishy there...
At some point, it can a vicious circle: prices rise, customers tap out of the market, demand drops, suppliers close, prices rise, customers tap out of the market, demand drops, suppliers close, prices rise...
 

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And yet there was a paper mill in BC Canada that closed in the last year citing "decreased paper demand" as the reason for closure. Something fishy there...

This is the summary of the whole problem. The Covid pandemic made a lot of people (owners, investors) fear a recession, so they started closing all kinds of industries, incl. paper mills. But there was no recession, and in fact the economy (mostly) kept going full speed ahead. So, huge feedstock shortages happened. In addition, the container shipping is all messed up, because (1) companies don't want to haul empty containers, (2) some boat blocked the Suez for a week and (3) China closes entire port cities if there are a few cases of Covid. So, lack of feedstock and lack of transportation. And on top of that there is a massive lack of employees in many countries. None of that helps the supply chains. I expect the world's economy to be very volatile for a while to come. But paper shortages for printing are nothing compared to the grain shortages that we will see soon.

I'm curious what the "production issues" are. Shortage of paper? Ink? Shortage of printing facilities? People? Containers?

Hope our DM doesn't get inspired by all this. "Sorry, your wizard cannot copy that spell. While there's plenty of ink, the next shipment of paper and parchment only comes in 6 months from now, as there is no papyrus to make it, no crates to pack it in, no boats to ship it and no people to sell it to you. Maybe it's time for a side quest, where you set up your own logistics company in a tight labor market?".
 

FitzTheRuke

Legend
This is the summary of the whole problem. The Covid pandemic made a lot of people (owners, investors) fear a recession, so they started closing all kinds of industries, incl. paper mills. But there was no recession, and in fact the economy (mostly) kept going full speed ahead. So, huge feedstock shortages happened. In addition, the container shipping is all messed up, because (1) companies don't want to haul empty containers, (2) some boat blocked the Suez for a week and (3) China closes entire port cities if there are a few cases of Covid. So, lack of feedstock and lack of transportation. And on top of that there is a massive lack of employees in many countries. None of that helps the supply chains. I expect the world's economy to be very volatile for a while to come. But paper shortages for printing are nothing compared to the grain shortages that we will see soon.

I'm curious what the "production issues" are. Shortage of paper? Ink? Shortage of printing facilities? People? Containers?

Hope our DM doesn't get inspired by all this. "Sorry, your wizard cannot copy that spell. While there's plenty of ink, the next shipment of paper and parchment only comes in 6 months from now, as there is no papyrus to make it, no crates to pack it in, no boats to ship it and no people to sell it to you. Maybe it's time for a side quest, where you set up your own logistics company in a tight labor market?".

That's about the size of it. Excellent analysis of the whole situation.
 

A magical component shortage could be a decent hook for an adventure. Imagine a bat guano shortage, "The Day the Fireballs Stopped."

Hope our DM doesn't get inspired by all this. "Sorry, your wizard cannot copy that spell. While there's plenty of ink, the next shipment of paper and parchment only comes in 6 months from now, as there is no papyrus to make it, no crates to pack it in, no boats to ship it and no people to sell it to you. Maybe it's time for a side quest, where you set up your own logistics company in a tight labor market?".

Can't say I'm surprised, but it is a bummer.

My one gaming group was discussing playing it next, and I'm kinda glad they didn't pick it now. Though at the rate they're moving through the final part of Rime of the Frostmaiden, we might have been fine anyway.
 

For those wondering what the issues are, a large part of it is in transporting product to distributors from China. For reference, having just ran into this problem with my own studio, the price it costs to air ship has increased several hundreds of percent, going even higher depending on the scale. Its basically almost impossible to do anything but shipping by sea right now, which is also very expensive and tacks on 30-45 extra days to getting the product.

It really is an apocalypse of shipping.
 


ART!

Legend
And yet there was a paper mill in BC Canada that closed in the last year citing "decreased paper demand" as the reason for closure. Something fishy there...

At some point, it can a vicious circle: prices rise, customers tap out of the market, demand drops, suppliers close, prices rise, customers tap out of the market, demand drops, suppliers close, prices rise...
About 6 months ago I read (no time to find the link, but I work in printing so I'm kind of keyed into these things) that in the year or two prior to that about 200 paper and wood mills in China had closed.

We can't get one of our most common paper stocks anymore, from any vendor. Our production manager spends a fair amount of his time now just scrounging for stock.
 
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Undrave

Hero
For those wondering what the issues are, a large part of it is in transporting product to distributors from China. For reference, having just ran into this problem with my own studio, the price it costs to air ship has increased several hundreds of percent, going even higher depending on the scale. Its basically almost impossible to do anything but shipping by sea right now, which is also very expensive and tacks on 30-45 extra days to getting the product.

It really is an apocalypse of shipping.
Yeah the price of shipping a container went up like ten fold if not more. Pretty bonkers.
 


Should I be stocking some more rice then?
I don't know how far we want to take this thread, because shortages of paper for D&D books is very quickly linked to real-world events, and this discussion can rapidly develop into a rule-breaking thread. Mentioning a grain shortage might just be within the rules (?), but explaining the reasons for it might not be. Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, as they say.

Reminder:
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[...] And in this category I should mention the "no religion, no politics" rule -- please refrain from discussion of a religious or political nature. [...]
 

Stormonu

Legend
A magical component shortage could be a decent hook for an adventure. Imagine a bat guano shortage, "The Day the Fireballs Stopped."
Oh, damn - that may be my fault. The DM at a Con a few years warned me about that when my 6 Int fighter used a Wish from a Ring of Three Wishes to inadvertantly wish away all bats (it was an OD&D game, suspect the adventure was Caverns of Thracia).

Interesting Radiant is being affected, but not Spelljammer.
 

GreyLord

Legend
Oh, damn - that may be my fault. The DM at a Con a few years warned me about that when my 6 Int fighter used a Wish from a Ring of Three Wishes to inadvertantly wish away all bats (it was an OD&D game, suspect the adventure was Caverns of Thracia).

Interesting Radiant is being affected, but not Spelljammer.

Luckily it didn't specify that Vampires were included with that, but now Vampires are hiding more than ever.

Rather than being the Hunters, they are NOW the hunted...
 


And yet there was a paper mill in BC Canada that closed in the last year citing "decreased paper demand" as the reason for closure. Something fishy there...
Nope. There is a decrease for paper product demands. The problem is that most paper mills were set on news paper paper production. To craft better paper types, such SC A, SC B or higher, you need substantial investments that are costly and even if you do that, it will only put pressure on an already saturated market with no guarantees of a "quick" payback.

If the demand stabilizes and there is a lack of certain paper types, I am sure that some mills will convert but so far, there is no increase in the overall demand. At least for the long term that is.
 


ART!

Legend
Meanwhile MCDM had to pick a different printer because Amazon was paying way to well for printing on boxes, shipping boxes, that their preferred printer switched entirely to printing boxes for Amazon.
Wow.
I imagine that printer has annoyed all of their existing customers with this move - customers who may or may not come back if/when Amazon finds they can get their boxes printed even cheaper somewhere else. Oh well - that's business, I guess?
 

darjr

I crit!
Wow.
I imagine that printer has annoyed all of their existing customers with this move - customers who may or may not come back if/when Amazon finds they can get their boxes printed even cheaper somewhere else. Oh well - that's business, I guess?
I dunno. From what I hear it was crazy insane prices. And even Amazon couldn’t get all they needed. Which I wonder if that furthered the shipping apocalypse?
 

Urriak Uruk

Gaming is fun, and fun is for everyone
Thanks Globalization! :(

As much as the shipping apocalypse is due to COVID breaking everything globalization is built off of... the alternative (every country responsible for their own goods and services) is also not conducive for cheap and timely products.
 

Scribe

Legend
As much as the shipping apocalypse is due to COVID breaking everything globalization is built off of... the alternative (every country responsible for their own goods and services) is also not conducive for cheap and timely products.
And whatever would we do without mountains of cheap crap coming out of China. ;)
 

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