D&D 5E Dragons of Stormwreck Isle: $19.99, Digital Onboarding, Interactive Demo, D&D Curriculum

The three biggest pieces of information from the D&D Direct event were announcements for Spelljammer, Dragonlance, and a title for the D&D movie (Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves) hitting theaters March 2023, but a lot of other information was provided during Q&A sessions for the press afterward. That includes a few new ways to bring first-time players and DMs to the world of Dungeons & Dungeons.

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Natalie Egan and Shelly Mazzanoble answered questions about the newest D&D Starter Set, which contains the adventure Dungeons & Dragons: Dragons of Stormwreck Isle. Why do a third beginner set? To add more tools and digital on-boarding for beginning players and DMs to make it even easier than ever for the D&D curious to try the game.

To go with the new Starter Set, the D&D team is relaunching the new player hub on the Wizards website with new tools to “onboard new players and DMs to get people started in their D&D journey” said Mazzanoble. QR codes in the Starter Set will help people find the information need quickly. New video tutorials will explain how to roleplay.

The goal for this newest Starter Set is was to use feedback from the prior set and the Essentials Set to really streamline and make this one even easier for brand new players and DMs. An interactive demo experience will teach D&D fundamentals in just 15 minutes.


Other tools and videos will help players try DMing for the first time, such as tutorials for how to read a stat block, guide DMs through what an encounter looks like using the new Dragons of Stormwreck Isle adventure so they can watch and follow along with the adventure before running it for players. Stormwreck Isle was also written with new DMs in mind so very little prep time will be required.

Early information released by Hasbro about this set had a higher price. At the event the list price for this was confirmed as $19.99, similar to the prior sets.

The box art hints at the 1980s cartoon characters aged up a bit. The team wanted to create fun nostalgia feels. It also has “lots of dragons” because as Mazzanoble said, “Players always want dragons.”

Speaking of digital tools, a new digital library is coming to the Wizards website, including a new digital Monstrous Compendium, accessible to all players with a free Wizards or D&D Beyond account. Volume 1 will have 10 creatures, both new and old, including an eldritch lich and a 10-legged asteroid spider.

Mazzanoble then announced a D&D Curriculum to create the next generation of storytellers, which will roll out this fall. That means relaunching the D&D After School Club Kits. Those kits will be for grades 4-6 and grades 7-12 and will have “everything needed to get the club going and sustained” as well as posters to advertise it, etc. so kids can get the education and emotional benefits of cooperative play and storytelling.


A European reporter asked if the after school kits will be available there. Mazzanoble said that the program is starting in the U.S. Then they'll look for opportunities to launch it elsewhere. The new Starter Set will also be available internationally in French, Italian, German, and Spanish with the digital tools also localized for those languages. Additionally, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, Mordenkainen's Monsters of the Multiverse, and Curse of Strahd will be getting editions in those languages.

D&D's audience is growing, in part, due to streaming. A new streaming Actual Play called Legends of the Multiverse will launch on April 27 on the D&D YouTube and Twitch channels.

When asked if the new Starter Set will be compatible with the 2024 revisions the D&D team said that “The Starter Set and all the products we're coming out with should play nice with those 2024 revisions.”

We also got a little more information on Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel, which is arriving June 21, 2022. In addition to the new setting the book contains adventures for characters 1st through 14th level. The adventure writers shared their notes with each other so seeds would be planted in one adventure for aspects of another.

The book features 13 new adventures, 16 new locations, and new monsters. Project leaders F. Wesley Schneider and Ajit George predicted that one monster, the whistler, will terrify players, but the Radiant Citadel isn't a dark and dreary setting.

The two briefly showed some artwork from the 5th level adventure Wages of Vice. The bright pastels evoke Caribbean adventure. Field of the Hollow Mind is a 4th level adventure that takes place during the holiday Night of the Remembered. Orchids of the Invisible Mountain is a 14th level adventure that crosses the Feywild and travels to the Inscrutable Far Realm..

For D&D groups perhaps returning or planning to return to in-person play the new Terrain Case and Campaign Token Case bring new accessories for easier play and to help visualize the setting better. The stickers for conditions and terrain obstacles are reusable.

The recurring theme to the day was exciting the existing base and expanding the number of people who play D&D. Several of the upcoming tools and products definitely sound promising for that goal.

“D&D is for EVERYONE,” said Egan, “and this Starter Set will spread the love to the masses.”
 
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Beth Rimmels

Beth Rimmels


I'll buy any starter sets the release soooooo keep them coming. And moving the how to content online gives more page count to content.

My two hopes are his one is Cleric, Fighter, Rouge, Wizard, and Barbarian. This is my ideal 5 starting classes. Second that this adventure is a low level sandbox island that starts with a shipwreck. A combo of N4 Treasure Hunt and X1 Isle of Dread.
 


aco175

Legend
I'll buy it and spin it into some sort of campaign. I see it is listed on Target site as having 48 page adventure and 32 page rules booklet for levels 1-3. Would have liked to see another level 1-5, but I can always add some things to fill it out.
 

darjr

I crit!
I'll buy it and spin it into some sort of campaign. I see it is listed on Target site as having 48 page adventure and 32 page rules booklet for levels 1-3. Would have liked to see another level 1-5, but I can always add some things to fill it out.
I hope they’ll add to the campaign on DnDBeyond like they did for the Essentials Kit. (Or was that the starter?)
 


Whoever decided to use "onboard" as a verb here needs to be kept away from writing the press releases.

Yes, it is a verb, but only in certain dialects of corporate-speak. To me it evokes memories of dealing with HR departments. People who think it should be part of public announcements shouldn't be announcing things to the public.
 
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TerraDave

5ever, or until 2024
WotC seems to have noticed the DM shortage.

Is the starter set where that is addressed? Versus a more veteran player deciding to DM?

I guess the are working from the assumption of a group of all new players, someone needs to DM. And that person might keep doing it.
 
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WotC seems to have noticed the DM shortage which seems to be out there.

Is the starter set where that is addressed? Versus a more veteran player deciding to DM?

I guess the are working from the assumption of a group of all new players, someone needs to DM. And that person might keep doing it.
I believe all the Starter sets are designed with a newbie DM with no prior experience or outside materials in mind.
 

TerraDave

5ever, or until 2024
I believe all the Starter sets are designed with a newbie DM with no prior experience or outside materials in mind.
Quoted before I could edit my post, and sure. But they now are focusing on DM training specifically, versus just broader exposure and player acquisition.

And, a starter set could be used by someone more experienced to learn the specifics of a particular edition, or to bring in new players. And new players with a starter set could try to find someone else to teach them how the game actually works. Anecdotally I certainly now of examples like these.
 





aco175

Legend
I was reading that they took the kids and aged them a bit to fit the art. Nice to see Eric finally picked up a sword.

I wonder if we will see the magic items as PC handouts. I would not want to see the cartoon NPCs as guides or people needing rescuing. Maybe past heroes that died or are old and pass things along.
 

I wonder if we will see the magic items as PC handouts.
Almost certainly.
I would not want to see the cartoon NPCs as guides or people needing rescuing.
I guess those who aren't statted up as PCs (Bobby? Uni?) might appear as NPCs.
Maybe past heroes that died or are old and pass things along.
Technically, they are "based on" there is no "canon" here.
The teaser video had a Cleric character sheet and the Target page has an image with what looks like a Cleric turning undead with Eric so maybe more than 1 difference?
I suppose it wouldn't be a typical party without a cleric. Maybe Sheila respecced? Colour scheme is right for her. Clerics can wear invisibility cloaks.
 

jeremypowell

Adventurer
Whoever decided to use "onboard" as a verb here needs to be kept away from writing the press releases.

Yes, it is a verb, but only in certain dialects of corporate-speak. To me it evokes memories of dealing with HR departments. People who think it should be part of public announcements shouldn't be announcing things to the public.
WotC and its spokespeople do this a lot, right down to putting “A D&D Product” on the front cover of some of their books. I too find it off-putting. The glimpses provided to the general public into the company’s internal corporate culture make it seem a lot more MBA-ish than any other tabletop hobby gaming company I can think of. Which, I suppose, may have something to do with the fact that they’re currently the most profitable tabletop hobby gaming company on earth.
 

kapars

Explorer
Almost certainly.

I guess those who aren't statted up as PCs (Bobby? Uni?) might appear as NPCs.

Technically, they are "based on" there is no "canon" here.

I suppose it wouldn't be a typical party without a cleric. Maybe Sheila respecced? Colour scheme is right for her. Clerics can wear invisibility cloaks.
Could it be that they are used in the art but that the provided character sheets are just completely different? Or is a Paladin with -1 Initiative too on brand for Eric? I’ve not seen much of the cartoon other than the fan made ending.
 

Stormonu

Legend
Too bad they didn't use Mercion for that cleric picture, that would have been perfect

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And damn on point about Eric finally getting a weapon!
I think it'd be great if the D&D kids are the premade characters in the boxed set!
 

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