D&D 5E Glory of the Giants 'First Look'--Giant Ticks, Player Options, Tables, & Tools!

Game designer James Wyatt and art director Emi Tanji talk about the upcoming book, which comes out on August 15th.


James Wyatt: We're here today to talk to you about Bigby Presents...

Emi Tanji: ...Glory of the Giants!

James Wyatt: I'm James Wyatt. I write D&D books.

Emi Tanji: And I'm Emi Tanji. I can't draw and I find people who do.

James Wyatt: And we're super excited about this book because it was an opportunity for us to explore the mythic history of giants--what makes them cool and awesome, more than just monsters that you fight in a dungeon. They're a people with this incredible history and lore and so much potential to shape your entire game world.

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Emi Tanji: Hey James, do you know what my favorite part of this big book of giants is?

James Wyatt: Which part?

Emi Tanji: It is the big chapter of big creatures.

James Wyatt: The bestiary is the biggest chapter in the book and it's chock full of monsters you can add to your D&D game. All kinds of giants. Giants that use runic magic, giants that have been transformed by their devotion to fiendish overlords which have become demons themselves, giant animals including dinosaurs that are bigger than anything that ever walked this earth.

Emi Tanji: Giant ticks.

James Wyatt: The giant tick that preys on giants. Giant geese, and so much more.

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Emi Tanji: And also the visuals. We were able to put them in places that are not just in battle, that are not just destroying towns and fighting dragons, like we are showing them walking alongside other adventurers. We are exploring giant beasts, dinosaurs that giants can even ride on.

James Wyatt: Though we do have some giants fighting dragons.

Emi Tanji: We do have one, yeah.

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Emi Tanji: And also there's a giant something that players will not see coming.

James Wyatt: They won't see it coming because they're standing on it! You know we built a city on that hill over there, and then one day the hill got up and walked away because it was a giant. How do you even deal with something like that?

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Emi Tanji: Speaking of which how does this book help players bring giants on to the table?

James Wyatt: So there's a lot of advice in this book for bringing giants to life everything from, you know, stand up and stomp around a little bit, help your players understand just how big a giant is.

Emi Tanji: Can the players be affected by a giant strength?

James Wyatt: Absolutely there's a whole chapter in here to help you make your character feel a little bit more like a part of the world of the giants. You can have one of two backgrounds that tie you into the story of giants--you could be a runecarver who carves giant runes and taps into the magic of giants, or you can be a giant foundling who might have been raised by giants or lived among giants, and maybe your greatsword is a giant-sized letter opener, but hey it works! Then there's a barbarian subclass that when you rage makes you giant-sized and it lets you throw things and people around reflecting the fury of the giants.

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Emi Tanji: I could use that once in a while. You know, James, as a new trying-to-be DM the thing I love most are tables.

James Wyatt: Tables are super helpful and you are in luck if you like tables because there's tons of tables in this book to help a DM, whether you're brand new or very experienced. Generate encounters with giants, there's maps you can use to drop your adventures in, the book is full of tools to help DMs get their giant themed adventures off the ground.

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Emi Tanji: And the narrator of this book is the famous wizard Bigby.

James Wyatt: Thanks Bigby! So Bigby leads us on this journey of exploration as we discover together that giants are more than just creatures to be fought in a dungeon, they're people with this rich mythic history waiting to be discovered.

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Emi Tanji: So go to D&D Beyond or your local game store to pre-order now.
 
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I can see after Werewolf: the Apocalypse now I imagine D&D Fomorian giants with a Lovecraftian touch and some mutations and even the pseudonatural monster template. Someones would be in Linnords cults.

Giants riding dinosaurs and megafauna? It sounds perfect to sell toys.

This sourcebooks needs a "Jurasic Park" for giants and kaijus but where dragons are not wellcome because these steall too much prominence. I have thought something like a reimagination of Kaldheim but where the role of giants (and kaijus) is more relevant.

Maybe there is a wildspace specially designed for giants. It was the colony of an alien empire, and they fought against the native dragons. It was a phyrric victory, and the wear is so serious than they couldn't stop the rebellion by the slave giants. Then these became the new rulers. Later they discovered within the wildspace several "hollow worlds", demiplanes working like the equivalent to fallout shelters. The irony is the entrace to these demiplanes working like a mixture of dungeons and divine punishment in the afterlife. The sinners were cursed to become the classic dungeon monsters: goblins, oozes, vernims... hunting and avoiding be the prey. When they died, they were reincarnated again.
 






darjr

I crit!
Here are some stills and the transcript.

Hopefully they’ll merge the threads soon.
James Wyatt and Emi Tanji are great!

The Bestiary sounds amazing.

Bigby!


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transcript in spoiler
we're here today to talk to you about
Bigby presents glory of the Giants I'm
James Wyatt I write d d books and I'm
Emmy tanji I can't draw and I find
people who do and we're super excited
about this book because it was an
opportunity for us to explore the Mythic
history of giants what makes them cool
and awesome more than just monsters that
you fight in a dungeon they're a people
with this incredible history and lore
and so much potential to shape your
entire game World hey James do you know
what my favorite part of this big book
of giants is which part it is the big
chapter of big creatures the bestiary is
the biggest chapter in the book and it's
chock full of monsters you can add to
your DND game all kinds of giants Giants
that use runic magic Giants that have
been transformed by their Devotion to
fiendish overlords which have become
demons themselves giant animals
including dinosaurs that are bigger than
anything that ever walked this Earth
giant ticks the giant tick that preys on
Giants giant geese and so much more and
also the visuals we were able to put
them in places that are not just in
battle that are not just destroying
towns and fighting dragons like we are
showing them walking alongside other
Adventures we are exploring giant beasts
dinosaurs that Giants can even ride on
though we do have some Giants fighting
dragons we do have one yeah
and also there's a giant something that
players will not see coming
we won't see it coming because they're
standing on it you know we built a city
on that hill over there and then one day
the hill got up and walked away because
it was a giant how do you even deal with
something like that speaking of which
how does this book help players bring
Giants onto the table so there's a lot
of advice in this book for bringing
Giants to life everything from you know
stand up and stomp around a little bit
help your players understand just how
big a giant is can the players be
affected by a giant strength absolutely
there's a whole chapter in here to help
you make your character feel a little
bit more like a part of the world of the
Giants you can have one of two
backgrounds that tie you into the story
of giants you could be a rune Carver who
carves giant runes and Taps into the
magic of Giants or you can be a giant
foundling who might have been raised by
Giants or lived among giants and maybe
your Greatsword is a giant sized letter
opener but hey it works then there's a
barbarian subclass that when you rage
makes you giant sized and it lets you
throw things and people around
reflecting the fury of the Giants I
could use that once in a while
you know James as a new trying to be DM
the thing I love most are tables tables
are super helpful and you are in luck if
you like tables because there's tons of
tables in this book to help a DM whether
you're brand new or very experienced
generate encounters with giants there's
maps you can use to drop your adventures
in the book is full of tools to help DMS
get their giant themed Adventures off
the ground and the narrator of this book
is the famous wizard Bigby thanks Bigby
so Bigby leads us on this journey of
exploration as we discover together that
Giants are more than just creatures to
be fought in a dungeon they're people
with this Rich Mythic history waiting to
be discovered so go to DND Beyond or
your local game store to pre-order now
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thank you
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