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Critical Role Here's The Cover Of The Explorer's Guide to Wildemount; Plus It's #15 In Amazon Bestsellers!

While Amazon may have revealed the title and description of The Explorer's Guide to Wildemount earlier, it had no cover art. Barnes & Noble, on the other hand, has the cover but at the time of writing no title or description. Here it is!

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The official announcement should be coming later today. In the meantime, the book - which has not yet been announced! - is already #15 in the bestsellers chart for all books on Amazon, based only on pre-orders. That's pretty astonishing for a book which 'officially' doesn't even exist yet (although the announcement is expected later today).

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AriochQ

Adventurer
Grats to Mercer and Critical Role. They have brought a ton of new blood into the hobby and I am glad they are getting even more recognition and making some money off their efforts.

That being said, it will be another pass for me. I didn't buy Ravnica or AI either. I am happy with the settings I have.
 

dm4hire

Explorer
I'm interested in seeing how this turns out. I'm not a follower of CR, though have watched it. I follow Roll for Combat and Know Direction for PF2 so can understand the appeal of catering to CRs market. For me it's a disappointing surprise in only there has been no indication of it coming based on the surveys I saw, but could easily see it having been written in.

I picked up the Tal 'Dorei book by GR, but other than reading it the book has just sat on my shelf. Given WotCs new format of making sure books have material for both players and DMs there will hopefully be enough player material, which can be exported to other settings to make it a worthwhile product.

As for popularity, Tal 'Dorei was talked about a lot when it was first released, but haven't heard much about it since. The only downside to tying the hitch to CR is that the products popularity will only stay that way as long as they keep it popular. CR does spin offs of different games as a break or for holiday flavor (Undeadwood was done for Halloween using Deadlands Reloaded) so there are episodes that draw attention away from D&D as well.
 


Koren n'Rhys

Explorer
I get why WotC is publishing this - no doubt they did their research, and they're smart to go after the huge influx of new players that CR has brought to the hobby. Personally though, it's disappointing and like AI or Rick and Morty, it's something I have no interest in. I'd prefer to see WotC focus on their own IP like the MtG settings, or refreshing classic stuff (Planescape, Dark Sun, etc). At the very least, that would open those up on DMsGuild so that the community could publish for them. That's free money for WotC. Let things like this go to a 3rd party publisher like Tal Dorei did.
 

mjsoctober

Explorer
My first reaction was, yeah I like CR but why would I want another generic D&D world when I have Greyhawk and FR? But reading the comments about old players vs new players I realized that having a new generic D&D world is exactly the point. Newer, younger players don't want to have to deal with the 30+ years of fluff baggage that comes along with GH and FR. There is no need for them to read scores of books and back-story and history, they can buy this book, and start from scratch in their own generic D&D Fantasy world, one they already know A LOT about from watching the stream.

So, yeah, it's not what I wanted, but I'm glad they did it. Maybe I will buy it, if just to mine it for ideas for my FR campaign? Maybe not. But I'm not mad about it.
 




Mournblade94

Adventurer
But where are all the people who said they would be happy with ANYTHING that wasn't more FR?
They probably rightfully so meant any of the many classic campaign settings that people want converted.

I just play the system that fits the setting best. I was really into 5e but left it because 3rd edition does the Forgotten Realms better. I still play 2e for Darksun. Theres little reason anymore for me to stick with 5e.
 

Bardic Dave

Explorer
Not “currently popular”. Consistently popular, for years. Their stream has a million viewers per week. Their kickstarter for their cartoon was the most successful Kickstarter campaign ever, raising 11.4 million dollars and leading to two pre-ordered seasons on Amazon Prime. This book has a very good chance of being the best-selling thing WotC releases in 2020.
Correction: Critical Role is the most successful TV show Kickstarter. The most successful Kickstarter overall remains the Pebble Time at over $20 million, which incidentally was launched by a guy I was friends with in high school (fell out of touch; only see him once every several years now because we still have a few mutual friends).

That aside, you're right; Critical Role is insanely popular and this book is going to crush.
 

DragonBelow

Adventurer
Currently popular? I never heard of it before now. Why would anyone possibly think this would sell? How many players or DMs actually watch critical role as compared to the whole playerbase? Of those, how many are in the hunt for a new vanilla campaign setting? Popular amongst fans of critical role is not going to result in a significant number of sales. That could have devoted the resources to creating a book describing the varieties of Faerunian navel lint and it would probably sell more copies.
my whole group watches it, I think their average age is in 20s, it's cool, you got to cater to the next gen.
 

dave2008

Legend
Currently popular? I never heard of it before now. Why would anyone possibly think this would sell? How many players or DMs actually watch critical role as compared to the whole playerbase? Of those, how many are in the hunt for a new vanilla campaign setting? Popular amongst fans of critical role is not going to result in a significant number of sales. That could have devoted the resources to creating a book describing the varieties of Faerunian navel lint and it would probably sell more copies.
The book was at #15 on Amazon (all books) and #1 D&D before it was officially announced just because Amazon leaked the title a little early. It looks like it is still popular and WotC made the right choice (at least for their business).

EDIT: #14 in books now.
 
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Parmandur

Legend
Currently popular? I never heard of it before now. Why would anyone possibly think this would sell? How many players or DMs actually watch critical role as compared to the whole playerbase? Of those, how many are in the hunt for a new vanilla campaign setting? Popular amongst fans of critical role is not going to result in a significant number of sales. That could have devoted the resources to creating a book describing the varieties of Faerunian navel lint and it would probably sell more copies.
This is hilariously wrong.
 


Celebrim

Legend
I've long understood that the books that would sell to me are not books anyone else would pay for, which is why I end up having to create all my own content.

I'm not interested in this at all, but despite the fact that I haven't been this disinterested in D&D since the middle of the 2e run, they do seem to be finding a target audience and keeping the brand healthy.
 


dave2008

Legend
I've long understood that the books that would sell to me are not books anyone else would pay for, which is why I end up having to create all my own content.

I'm not interested in this at all, but despite the fact that I haven't been this disinterested in D&D since the middle of the 2e run, they do seem to be finding a target audience and keeping the brand healthy.
Are you disinterested in D&D or disinterested in what WotC is publishing? Those are, IMO, very different things. I have never been overly interested in what is being published past the core books (and whatever scant immortal / epic content was created), but I have always been interested in D&D since I fell for it 30+ years ago.
 

3catcircus

Adventurer
Not “currently popular”. Consistently popular, for years. Their stream has a million viewers per week. Their kickstarter for their cartoon was the most successful Kickstarter campaign ever, raising 11.4 million dollars and leading to two pre-ordered seasons on Amazon Prime. This book has a very good chance of being the best-selling thing WotC releases in 2020.
Their stream is free. That doesn't translate into book sales 1:1.
I know! Even for a RPG comment thread, this is an amazingly wrongheaded post. I thought it was sarcasm for the first couple of sentences.
Mark my words.

Free views on twitch and YouTube don't translate into book sales. This will come out, sell for a few weeks, and then disappear.

20-somethings may be the target audience. They also have no attention span to speak of. 50 and 60 year olds have been the glue holding the hobby together and have continued to buy product for decades. If they aren't interested in this book, it'll be long forgotten while fatbeards continue buying PDF versions of the original Greyhawk Folio for the next 10 years.
 

Bardic Dave

Explorer
Their stream is free. That doesn't translate into book sales 1:1.


Mark my words.

Free views on twitch and YouTube don't translate into book sales. This will come out, sell for a few weeks, and then disappear.

20-somethings may be the target audience. They also have no attention span to speak of. 50 and 60 year olds have been the glue holding the hobby together and have continued to buy product for decades. If they aren't interested in this book, it'll be long forgotten while fatbeards continue buying PDF versions of the original Greyhawk Folio for the next 10 years.
Hey kids! Get off my lawn! Back in my day, a penny would buy you a whole moon pie, and you'd still have enough leftover to buy a whistle!
 

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