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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Russ Morrissey

Comments

Parmandur

Legend
Well I’ll say it again. Get your Tal’dorei book before there all sold out.
Yeah, it actually shot up in sales recently: probably because of this books announcement. It was outselling most Pathfinder content, but was well down the list, now it's #13 in Fantasy Gaming sales, while the new book is #1.
 

MarkB

Hero
Fair enough. That having been said, how many of those pre-order colors are going to be opened once and then sit on a shelf never to be opened again. I've a ton of product spanning multiple different RPGs going back to the early 80s. 95% of it was bought on a whim and never used. more if it was returned (back when you actually had to go to a store with the receipt to return it).
So, you've gone from saying that the CR audience only watches because it's free and would never spend their money, to saying that they spend their money frivolously on products they'll never use?

Pick a position.

I'm betting not. We already know that not every player buys more than the core. We know that viewers are a percentage of players (and sooner of them don't play at all). Other than as a money grab, this book isn't serving the entire potential player base and potentially alienating grognards from all editions...
Grognards are alienated by definition. And a book doesn't have to serve the entire player base in order to be popular and useful.
 

Aebir-Toril

Is lukewarm on the Forgotten Realms
Fair enough. That having been said, how many of those pre-order colors are going to be opened once and then sit on a shelf never to be opened again. I've a ton of product spanning multiple different RPGs going back to the early 80s. 95% of it was bought on a whim and never used. more if it was returned (back when you actually had to go to a store with the receipt to return it).
Irrelevant, now you're just grasping at straws in an effort to validate your argument.

It matters not to WotC whether the product is used, just that it's purchased.
 

TwoSix

The hero you deserve
I'm betting not. We already know that not every player buys more than the core. We know that viewers are a percentage of players (and sooner of them don't play at all). Other than as a money grab, this book isn't serving the entire potential player base and potentially alienating grognards from all editions...
So this book is a money grab, and they're also avoiding some other product that would sell to even more people (and thus serve the entire potential player base)?

Ahh, the classic "they're both greedy and incompetent" line.
 

Twiggly the Gnome

Adventurer
My hope is this product has a good sales to new player conversion rate. I'd be a shame if ends up being a coffee table book for a lot of people.

Checking out the Amazon page for the Tal'Dorei book, I was heartened to see the Eberron: Rising from the Last War book listed in its frequently bought together section. New opportunities to recruit more Eberronians! :)
 

Celebrim

Legend
Are you disinterested in D&D or disinterested in what WotC is publishing? Those are, IMO, very different things.
Quite true.

I mean that I'm not interested in what WotC is publishing. During the middle of 2e's run, I was also rather uninterested in D&D.

But then I was probably more interested in what TSR was publishing during that time than I am now in what WotC is publishing with respect to D&D. Planescape was interesting, even if I had no interest in playing it, and at the time had a very low opinion of D&D as a system.
 
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.
My favorite part of this post is how it misses the fact that 50-60 year olds that have been playing for decades were once 20 something gamers
 

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