Egyptian-themed D&D Setting with PLANE SHIFT: AMONKHET


Zarithar

Adventurer
If anyone from WoTC is paying attention... please take note. I will purchase a hardcover book collecting all of the MTG/D&D crossover material. Add maps. Consolidate the bestiary. Please make it so. I'm sure I am not alone.
 

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BookBarbarian

Expert Long Rester
I think this is probably my favorite of the Planeshifts. It's full of a lot of flavor, The pseudo Egyptian stuff can be pulled into a lot of settings, even FR.

I do think a few of the races are a little too powerful to be mixed with the regualr 5e races. The Hawkmen get +2 Dex +2 Wis, flight, and no disadvantage for long range. It outstrips other races by too much in my opinion. The Jackelmen get total immunity to frightened if they're twin is dead. The Naga get a handsfree grapple on a suped up unarmed attack. Oddly the Minotaur seems the weakest of the bunch, essentially a half-orc that trades Darkvison for horns (that are weaker than the Waterborne Adventure UA's Minotaur horns)

But honestly that's about all the complaining I got for what really is a nice bit of setting that I'll probably use.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I think this is probably my favorite of the Planeshifts. It's full of a lot of flavor, The pseudo Egyptian stuff can be pulled into a lot of settings, even FR.

I do think a few of the races are a little too powerful to be mixed with the regualr 5e races. The Hawkmen get +2 Dex +2 Wis, flight, and no disadvantage for long range. It outstrips other races by too much in my opinion. The Jackelmen get total immunity to frightened if they're twin is dead. The Naga get a handsfree grapple on a suped up unarmed attack. Oddly the Minotaur seems the weakest of the bunch, essentially a half-orc that trades Darkvison for horns (that are weaker than the Waterborne Adventure UA's Minotaur horns)

But honestly that's about all the complaining I got for what really is a nice bit of setting that I'll probably use.


Its not really designed to be used with the PHB races. The domains for example seem heavily based off the PHB ones although strength and zeal are so good.

This is the best MTG tie in though they have done. A lt of worlds can use this because they have an Egyptian sub theme (Golarion, FR, Mystara, Lost Lands, Midgard).
 

BookBarbarian

Expert Long Rester
Its not really designed to be used with the PHB races. The domains for example seem heavily based off the PHB ones although strength and zeal are so good.

This is the best MTG tie in though they have done. A lt of worlds can use this because they have an Egyptian sub theme (Golarion, FR, Mystara, Lost Lands, Midgard).

I think your right.

Still wondering about that poor Minotaur though. If they were just going tweak one thing about an existing 5e race taking the Goliath and Trading stone's endurance for the Horn's would have been a better fit in my book.

But honestly I don't know much about MtG or Amonkeht. Maybe their Minotaurs are different than what I envision.
 
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Zardnaar

Legend
I think your right.

Still wondering about that poor Minotaur though. If they were just going tweak one thing about an existing 5e race taking the Goliath and Trading stone's endurance for the Horn's would have been a better fit in my book.

But honestly I don't know mush about MtG or Amonkeht. Maybe their Minotaurs are different than what I envision.

I'm 7 years out of date on mtg but their early minotaurs were basically AD&D ones.

Mtg races have a different vibe on what plane/setting they are from.
 

cbwjm

Legend
I wonder if they are going to do one of these plane shift documents for Theros. It's a greek-type setting with a host of gods that would probably translate quite well into D&D.
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
I wonder if they are going to do one of these plane shift documents for Theros. It's a greek-type setting with a host of gods that would probably translate quite well into D&D.

Only once there's an art book to accompany it. Given how quickly new planes are being released I'm wondering if they'll go back and visit?
 

They're going to have to go back to Theros at one point, given a certain character's death and how the mechanics of that plane handle beings of that level of power dying...
 

Remathilis

Legend
Too bad Ixlian is being released so late; Jungles, Dinosaurs, Pirates, and Treasure would be GREAT for Chult and a certain plane-hopping Lich...
 



robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
Ixalan. I was running off memory.

http://magic.wizards.com/en/products/ixalan

Actually, it seems to sync the first part up with ToH (September), while the second will come in January. The art book drops in January as well, so I expect the PlaneShift will be available then.

This is what boggles my mind about WotC, they're doing double the work! They have these fantastical worlds they're creating for M:tG with an absolutely massive player base and they're only half-heartedly offering ways to translate them over to D&D. And on the D&D side they're getting yelled at to provide more setting variety (and for being stuck regurgitating the past).

I don't know why they're resisting the obvious synergies between the two...?
 


robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
They have been resisting it since they acquired D&D for some reason.

There must be some fear of killing the goose laying the golden eggs. They probably don't understand why M:tG is so popular so they're scared to do anything that might change that :)
 

Remathilis

Legend
There must be some fear of killing the goose laying the golden eggs. They probably don't understand why M:tG is so popular so they're scared to do anything that might change that :)

More likely, they didn't want to mix brands because the two games have very different audiences. Believe me, the MTG discussion board is rife with "what WotC is doing wrong with Magic" discussions that, surprise surprise, sound a lot like the complaints we give them on D&D. (Emphasis on ongoing story/limited selection of characters, mechanic dilution, cost, power levels, and availability are all top complaints).
 

cbwjm

Legend
They're going to have to go back to Theros at one point, given a certain character's death and how the mechanics of that plane handle beings of that level of power dying...
I was reading the lore and apparently Elspeth is making her own mask of gold to return to the world of the living as one of the returned.
 


Li Shenron

Legend
I am not a MtG fan, but I am glad they're releasing these supplements! They are interesting regions that can be dropped into a homebrew fantasy setting, and they also come with a small bunch of "free crunch" like the 4 new domains and the monsters :)
 

Drunken_Ranger

First Post
Has anyone made their own map of Amonkhet. I've seen numerous home made maps of other MTG planes, but not this one. I am strictly a D&D player, and a blank slate on the Magic game. However, I find the Planeshift 5E materials very inspirational at a time when I very much need something new.
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
Has anyone made their own map of Amonkhet. I've seen numerous home made maps of other MTG planes, but not this one. I am strictly a D&D player, and a blank slate on the Magic game. However, I find the Planeshift 5E materials very inspirational at a time when I very much need something new.

There was some discussion earlier in the thread. Basically as Amonkhet is based on ancient Egypt, a map of ancient Egypt (or Mesopotamia, another river reliant culture) with the serial numbers ground off should suffice. Amonkhet makes most sense if it’s plugged into an existing setting as it doesn’t define an entire world (same problem for Kaladesh IMO).
 

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