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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Parmandur

Legend
I won't judge the quality of this particular book but don't you find strange that it (or, for what it's worth, any) gaming book is #1? I am glad if the author is the new JK Rowling or Dan Brown, just surprised.
Amazon rankings are real time, not historical: this isn't selling better than anything ever has, just better than anything else right now. Still very impressive
 

Superchunk77

Explorer
I sometimes I think fans of old settings assume they were more popular than they really were. All real "statistical" information we have been given has shown they really were not that popular. Like me, over 50% of groups play homebrew settings. I started playing in the early - mid eighties and I have never played a game in an official D&D setting. In fact, there is some suggestion that the multitude of settings was the cause for the fall of TSR. To stay alive D&D has to provide for new players, not just old ones.
The thing is, the RPG market "back then" was way different than it is now. Marketing and social media, as well as the internet in general have really taken the game's limited exposure from the 80's, 90's and early 2000's and thrust it into the spotlight. Back in those days the game was only as popular as word of mouth made it. Maybe a few magazine ads as well. I remember going into my local mall's game store to see what Dark Sun and Birthright modules they had on the shelf at the time. It was always a surprise, but I really had no way of knowing release dates or what was in the pipeline. Still, those books were, and still are, some of my favorite things to run, regardless of the rules system chosen.

Fast forward to today and people are finding out about books before they're even announced through leaks on the internet, and they're selling out before they're even official printed in some cases.

I think the TSR problems due to too many setting books are well known by most here but that's not really what I'm talking about.
 

chrisshorb

Explorer
Seeing people talk about how they, in theirs 50s and 60s, have always been the glue of the hobby, somehow when they were even in their teens and 20s, is precious beyond compare.
Yes, I see this as further evidence that gen x's relevance to popular culture (that they made popluar!) is in serious decline. I was thinking that Rise of Skywalker was the final nail in the gen-x popular culture coffin.

(spoken as a full fledged gen-x'er)

Since this isn't "my" D&D, I am not so interested in it. But I'm super stoked it's #1 on Amazon.

I'm also excited for more diverse worlds (although this looks like bog-standard F20 type fantasy) so that when I do my multi-verse hopping campaign, I'll have another option for a world to take my players to.
 

Todd Roybark

Explorer
In 1987, at the San Diego Comic con, while buying the original Forgotten Realms boxset, I overheard someone say “ that setting will never sell, Greyhawk is written by Gygax, this is based off some Dragon Magazine stuff”.

This could be no different.

I know MTG fanatics that love playing in a Ravinica Campaign.
While I may never run a Ravinica game myself, the book is a great bestiary, and I love the NPCs and monsters.

If the bestiary part of this book is a bit better than 5e Eberron, ( quanity-wise, would liked some more Rashakas), I will be happy.

Probability Magic, how can you pass that up?
 

Ravenbrook

Explorer
Likewise an English language sourcebook.
But while a lot of FR stuff has been translated into French and German, none of the CR material has. I can only assume that the non-English-speaking market for Critical Role just isn't big enough to make it worthwhile. The many FR novels probably greatly increased that setting's recognition level. WotC certainly is doing the right thing in catering to the tastes of CR fans, but I just wanted to point out that the global RPG market is quite vast and diverse. For example, I have been working in Europe for some time and nobody in my gaming group watches CR (although all of the players understand English quite well).
 

Nikosandros

Golden Procrastinator
Meanwhile in Europe:
Amazon UK: Explorer's Guide to Wildemount is #17 in Books.
However, it doesn't appear at all in the lists of Amazon France and Amazon Germany.
Same in Italy, not yet available. OTOH, by making a search for Wildemount on Amazon.it, you get what looks like soft porn with werewolves... :p
 

mach1.9pants

Adventurer
So I learnt something. I started to watch the 'what is Wildemount' vid on DDB. And it's not Will-De-Mount, it's wildmount. Why is there an E there? :p Is it Olde?

However if it is used in y games it will be Will-De-Mount
 

mach1.9pants

Adventurer
So I learnt something. I started to watch the 'what is Wildemount' vid on DDB. And it's not Will-De-Mount, it's wildmount. Why is there an E there? :p Is it Olde?

However if it is used in y games it will be Will-De-Mount
Matt's enthusiasm is infectious in this vid!

Aha I see where the E is from, it's from Dunamancy. Which is not pronounced dun-a-mancy but dune(doon)-a-mancy ;)
 

Ravenbrook

Explorer
Same in Italy, not yet available. OTOH, by making a search for Wildemount on Amazon.it, you get what looks like soft porn with werewolves... :p
Well, who knows what may be happening in Wildemount. I can just imagine the players encountering a "wolf pack" consisting of a bunch of buff young guys running around shirtless.
 

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