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D&D 5E Grumbling about New (and Announced) Releases

Marc_C

Solitary Role Playing
I don't care much for adventures and setting books. I only buy rule books and monster books as I prefer making my own adventures and settings. Having said that I have no interest in a book on Dragons.

I used to buy D&D adventurers and settings in prior editions but now I find my money is better spent on other rpg games.
 

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cbwjm

Hero
I'm generally not too worried about books I'm not into, I just don't buy them, something else will come along, whether from WotC or a 3rd party. There's always been books for dnd that I've never been interested in, the current releases are no different.
 

They have confirmed that the book will be available separately, though it's premiering in the gift pack.

The weird part there is that the carnival is a minor note in the book: the core of the book is 5 pretty seperate 32-page modules, and only the intro module is carnival related. The other 4 are very, very different.

I fully expect to see all 3 in the next few years.
Re: available separately, it's totally not okay with me for them to put in the gift pack FIRST. It should be available separately FIRST, then in a gift pack, otherwise it's just a direct and crappy attempt to rip off desperate nerds, which like, no, do not do that.

I think in this case it seems like maybe it was a screw-up, from their apologetic attitude, like, maybe due to the pandemic completely screwing with publishing, they somehow managed to produce the ones for the gift pack but not the rest, or only were able to ship the gift pack ones or whatever, so I'm willing to cut them a break. Especially if it goes on D&D Beyond and so on at the same time as the gift pack - in fact that'll kind of prove is this is an honest or dishonest move - if it doesn't go on on Beyond when the gift pack comes out, that's pure dishonesty and attempt to manipulate customers in a very base way.

If they make a habit, in future, of bringing out books in more expensive, or gift-pack-only formats, months before they're available in normal editions (and/or digitally), then okay WotC, you can take a nice long walk off a very short pier thanks, one more time and that's literally the last WotC book I'd buy under current management. It's not something positive on any level.

Interesting re: carnival, they sure pushed that angle pretty hard - I guess a lot more people like that aesthetic than dislike it (The Greatest Showman did ludicrously well despite being a terrible film full of dodgy songs and with awful messages, albeit some of that was small children love it but still) - that actually increases my interest.

If they do all three settings they will get quite a lot of money out of me. I might even go back and buy Spelljammer if they do both PS and DS.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Re: available separately, it's totally not okay with me for them to put in the gift pack FIRST. It should be available separately FIRST, then in a gift pack, otherwise it's just a direct and crappy attempt to rip off desperate nerds, which like, no, do not do that.

One must consider who the target audience is for this book, which is: people who don't already own both Volo's and Mordenkainen's, and completionists. I have no interest, since I already have Volo's and Mordenkainen's, but it makes a good starter pack to be able to give someone every splat from 2016-2020 in one package.
Interesting re: carnival, they sure pushed that angle pretty hard - I guess a lot more people like that aesthetic than dislike it (The Greatest Showman did ludicrously well despite being a terrible film full of dodgy songs and with awful messages, albeit some of that was small children love it but still) - that actually increases my interest.

It's worth flipping through: the middle three modules each cover a different sort of Fey environment (Hither is a swamp, Thither is a woodland, and Yon is in the mountains) with a different Hag "boss" to address (violently or diplomatically) and the Palace of Heart's Desire is an old fashioned dungeon crawl with
the two Law and Chaos factions from the LJN action figure characters being central to the conflict, and a classic Greyhawk characterat the center of everything.
There is enough plot connecting tissue to run straight through, but each of the five sections is a pretty classic Module in length and portability.
If they do all three settings they will get quite a lot of money out of me. I might even go back and buy Spelljammer if they do both PS and DS.
I really think they will. There are two classic D&D Setting books coming in 2022, and one in 2023...and the list of candidates is pretty short.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Well, the problem for me isn't that I'm losing interest... it's just there's too many books now! We used to get a book every quarter, but now we're getting books every month.

Not really, but I bought Witchlight and haven't finished reading it. Fizban's comes out next week, Strixhaven in December, and now this CR book in March. No way I'm catching up with that release schedule, so I'm skipping some of these even though they all appeal to me at least a little.

Plus, there are older books I've still got some interest in, like Storm King's Thunder or Ravnica.

So I've got too many products to buy, too little time to read them all. And it sounds like the release schedule is only going to increase!
This. I’d love to have more time between releases.
 

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