D&D Rage of Demons - Designers Explain Villains

Rage of Demons, the new D&D storyline, brings a host of iconic villains back to the Forgotten Realms. In this video, Dungeons & Dragons designers explain who the demon lords are and the threat they represent to the Forgotten Realms. "Dare to Descend with a suite of Rage of Demons products, including: Sword Coast Legends, Neverwinter: Underdark, a D&D tabletop roleplaying game adventure, miniatures and accessories."



[video=youtube;nruW1IAUVzc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nruW1IAUVzc[/video]
 
Russ Morrissey

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Geistrin

Visitor
I'm glad they put so much thought into how to characterize and portray the demon lords. At this point in my life, I have more nostalgia and affinity for these characters than I do Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny, so it warms my heart to see they are in good hands.
 

Kramodlog

Adventurer
I can't remember WotC doing that much promo for one of its D&D books. I wonder if the next ones will have the same out or this amount is due to SCL launching soon.

I stand corrected. This isn't a promo for OoTA, it is for the whole RoD event.
 

raphaelus

Villager
Pretty cool vid.
We got a glipse already of the madness charts in one of the page previews, and I'm guessing each demon lord has its own.
 

WackyAnne

Visitor
At the end of the video it seems to suggest that there are further ones - the trailer (which we've already seen), an Underdark one with Chris Perkins, and a Drizzt one with Bob Salvatore, but they aren't clickable. I wonder what's up?
 

darjr

I crit!
Videos sometimes get posted but not released. The links can point to them sometimes. I'll bet they release them soon.
 

Savage Wombat

Adventurer
Not that I object to this portrayal - but if Demon Lords are now known for instilling madness - why exactly do we have the Far Realms again?
 

EthanSental

Explorer
Great stuff! I swung by a new local gaming store in NW Ga on my way home. Looks great and they had 3 tables of 8 players at last nights Adventurers League.
 

Connorsrpg

Adventurer
I like, but I still find it odd referred to such things as demons as 'he'. ;) For more of a removal from humanity, 'it' would be an appropriate pronoun. I guess some clearly take gender appearance, but seriously, what makes Demogorgon 'male'? Jubilex? Just something that crossed my mind, as I have always loved the demons and demon lords of D&D. :)
 

Iosue

Community Supporter
I like, but I still find it odd referred to such things as demons as 'he'. ;) For more of a removal from humanity, 'it' would be an appropriate pronoun. I guess some clearly take gender appearance, but seriously, what makes Demogorgon 'male'? Jubilex? Just something that crossed my mind, as I have always loved the demons and demon lords of D&D. :)
"I thought Gozer was a man!"
"It's whatever it wants to be."
 

Weird Dave

Explorer
I think Rage of Demons is the first storyline that really brings all of the D&D "brand" elements together - video games, roleplaying game, fiction, and miniatures. The previous releases didn't have all of these elements tied together, though I'm curious if we're going to see a board game variation for Rage of Demons. I'm very excited. Just got my copy of Salvatore's Archmage yesterday, picking up Out of the Abyss tomorrow, going to snag some Rage of Demons minis next week. Yup. I'm that person.
 

Green1

Visitor
I think Rage of Demons is the first storyline that really brings all of the D&D "brand" elements together - video games, roleplaying game, fiction, and miniatures. The previous releases didn't have all of these elements tied together, though I'm curious if we're going to see a board game variation for Rage of Demons. I'm very excited. Just got my copy of Salvatore's Archmage yesterday, picking up Out of the Abyss tomorrow, going to snag some Rage of Demons minis next week. Yup. I'm that person.
Yes. But, the frugal DM is only going to at most get the book to loot for Demon Lord stats. Because, you never know when you may need to plop a Demogorgon down. I am guessing they are trying to cross over all the fan bases. Lots play video games but don't do pencil and paper (too complicated or the need to have other players), read the novels but don't play the games (want to play Dritzz or Wulfgar, but instead have to play some gimped level 1 with some DM's rules.) or play DnD but not the video games (too linear/ not personalized or in a MMOs case, grindy)

But hey... Even if they go to 6E 5 years from now, those minis can be plopped into any game. I just never tried to collect minis because down that path lies madness. Even the best stocked mancave could never have an infinite amount of minis for every scenario a DM may face in any session. But, I sure know some nerds can die trying....lol!
 

Wolf118

Explorer
Not that I object to this portrayal - but if Demon Lords are now known for instilling madness - why exactly do we have the Far Realms again?
Well, as they noted, the demons tend to emphasize a particular trait, whether it's rage, self-deception, greed, etc. The Far Realm is pure madness; it doesn't make sense, because it's not from our reality.
 

Nemio

Visitor
I think Rage of Demons is the first storyline that really brings all of the D&D "brand" elements together - video games, roleplaying game, fiction, and miniatures. The previous releases didn't have all of these elements tied together, though I'm curious if we're going to see a board game variation for Rage of Demons. I'm very excited. Just got my copy of Salvatore's Archmage yesterday, picking up Out of the Abyss tomorrow, going to snag some Rage of Demons minis next week. Yup. I'm that person.
One of my players is a fan of Salvatore so will probably also pick that book up.
I'm worried that it might spoil the OotA adventure if I choose to DM it after we've finished the Starter Set.

I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts about this.
 

MoutonRustique

Explorer
Not that I object to this portrayal - but if Demon Lords are now known for instilling madness - why exactly do we have the Far Realms again?
I guess you could see it like the Demon Lords are kind of Far Realm tainted Archdevils... ?

Sort of like a scale : there's Organized Evil (conquering, domination, etc), there's Bat-Schist Evil (I will destroy it all! And rule over the ashes! Bwhahaha!) and then there's the Just Bat-Schist (I will destroy this lamp! No, you cannot have my cucumber, I need it against the bees! Also, the eucalyptus is blooming guitars again, it's time to go swimming.)

Devil - Demon - Far Realm
 

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