Critical Role Here's The Official Wildemount Announcement!

After the various leaks over the weekend from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the official announcement has just dropped! It's a different description to the one on Amazon, and contains a little bit more information about the contents of the upcoming setting book, which includes four introductory adventures!

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Create your own Critical Role campaigns with this sourcebook for the world's greatest roleplaying game!

Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount
provides everything you need to play Dungeons & Dragons on the continent of Wildemount (set within the world of Exandria)—a land of war, betrayal, and swashbuckling adventure.

Comprised of four regions, Wildemount provides endless potential for adventure in a land of brewing conflict and incredible magic. Rising tensions boil over into all-out war between the politically dubious Dwendalian Empire and the light-worshiping wastefolk of Xhorhas, supplying a vibrant backdrop for any D&D campaign to explore.
  • Uncover a trove of new options usable in any D&D game, featuring subclasses, spells, magic items, monsters, and more, rooted in the adventures of Critical Role—such as Vestiges of Divergence and the possibility manipulating magic of dunamancy.
  • Start a campaign in any of Wildemount’s regions using a variety of introductory adventures, dozens of regional plot seeds, and the heroic chronicle system—a way to create character backstories rooted in Wildemount.
  • Explore every corner of Wildemount and discover mysteries revealed for the first time by Critical Role Dungeon Master, Matthew Mercer.
WHERE CAN I BUY IT?
Pre-order at your local game store, book stores such as Barnes & Noble, or online at retailers like Amazon.

ITEM DETAILS
Price: $49.95
Release Date: 17 March, 2020
This book’s contents include the following:
  • An expansive Wildemount gazetteer.
  • Descriptions of the major factions of Wildemount.
  • Player options that include new subclasses, new spells, and a tool to help players deeply integrate their characters into the setting.
  • New magic items, including weapons that become more powerful to match their wielders.
  • New creatures native to Wildemount.
  • Four introductory adventures—one for each unique region of Wildemount.
Largely written and helmed by Matthew Mercer, the Dungeon Master of Critical Role and creator of the world of Exandria, this 304-page book features work by talented designers, writers, and artists from the D&D and Critical Role communities.
Explorer's Guide to Wildemount is an expansive, vivid campaign setting anyone can enjoy regardless of their familiarity with Critical Role, and an open invitation to make the mysteries and dangers of Wildemount your own.

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This also dropped in my inbox, with a couple of quotes from those involved, such as Matt Mercer and WotC's Nathan Stewart:

RENTON, WA – January 13, 2020 – When Critical Role debuted in March 2015, no one predicted the success of a Dungeons & Dragons liveplay show starring prominent voice actors. Not only has the show inspired a vast fan community of “Critters” to create fan art, cosplay, and even musicals based on Critical Role’s adventures, but the stories crafted by Matthew Mercer and his friends have encouraged droves of new players to try D&D for the first time. The D&D Team at Wizards of the Coast is excited to officially collaborate with Mercer by publishing a brand new tabletop roleplaying book detailing the continent explored in the second campaign ofCritical Role, complete with player options such as subclasses, magic items, and more. Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount will be available in stores everywhere on March 17, 2020!

Critical Role is a great example of why Dungeons & Dragons has been popular for over 45 years: a group of friends getting together, telling stories, and making each other laugh. In this case, the friends are talented performers playing live on camera, but the fun’s the same. We’re thrilled D&D fans and Critters alike can now enjoy playing in Matt’s world, as brought to fifth edition in this lovingly-crafted book,” said Nathan Stewart, VP of Franchise for Dungeons & Dragons.

“I'm sincerely so honored and excited to be working directly with Chris Perkins and this team of talented D&D writers and designers to bring this book to not just our community, but to D&D players everywhere,” said Matthew Mercer, Chief Creative Officer and Dungeon Master of Critical Role, as well as lead writer on the guide. “Dungeons & Dragons has had such a massive, positive impact on nearly my entire life, and I am ever inspired by the endless creativity I see it spark in so many others across the world. To have been able to work with Wizards of the Coast to bring my world to life as an official campaign book is nothing short of surreal. I can't wait to see what other DMs and players create within my world to make it their own!”

The 304-page Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount invites DMs to start playing in any of Wildemount’s regions using introductory adventures, dozens of story-inspiring plot seeds, and the new heroic chronicle system. Adventurers can also expect to discover countless secrets revealed by Critical Role Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer for the first time. Players and DMs will find new character options available for play in any campaign, like the Echo Knight fighter subclass, spells of dunamancy, numerous new monsters, and more!
 
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Matchstick

Adventurer
Can I get a quick summary since I can't watch videos right now?
When a choice is made there are timelines that decay and disappear as the choice needed for them to solidify wasn't made. But...

"An Echo Knight is able to tap into those dying timelines and temporarily pull a version of themself from that timeline and use it to fight alongside them."

This is a quotation from the video.
 



Undrave

Legend
When a choice is made there are timelines that decay and disappear as the choice needed for them to solidify wasn't made. But...

"An Echo Knight is able to tap into those dying timelines and temporarily pull a version of themself from that timeline and use it to fight alongside them."

This is a quotation from the video.

Much appreciated.
 

Saracenus

Always In School Gamer
Can I get a quick summary since I can't watch videos right now?
Blurb from the vid:
Matt Mercer describes the Echo Knight, one of the new subclasses featured in the Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount. As the elite warriors of the Kryn Dynasty this martial class is able to manipulate the power of Dunamancy in unique and powerful ways.

Essentially this martial subclass can access the decaying alternate timelines that did not occur and pull a "version" of themselves to fight along their side, defend an ally, or scout ahead... I am sure these abilities unlock over the levels of the subclass...

This ties into the new magic from the Kryn Dynasty (A Drow Empire in Matt's campaign world).
 

Undrave

Legend
I wonder if one of the subclass will be that Ocean themed (Kraken?) Warlock I heard about?

Blurb from the vid:


Essentially this martial subclass can access the decaying alternate timelines that did not occur and pull a "version" of themselves to fight along their side, defend an ally, or scout ahead... I am sure these abilities unlock over the levels of the subclass...

This ties into the new magic from the Kryn Dynasty (A Drow Empire in Matt's campaign world).

Actually sounds pretty cool. Even if it's more Magic Fighters :p
 

Olrox17

Hero
Ravnica came out in novembre 2018. Considering the lighter release calendar, it does feel like a LOT of cross-promotion all of a sudden. I guess you gotta strike the iron while its hot?
Probably. I mean, at first I was like "oh, cool, D&D is branching out, smart move". Then, they did it again, and again, and again, and now I'm sick of it, and all I really want is some "normal" D&D books...
 

Saracenus

Always In School Gamer
There is also a new subclass of Wizard...


The blurb from the vid:
Matt Mercer describes the Chronurgist, a new Wizard subclass featured in the Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount. These mighty Wizards of the Kryn Dynasty focus on the control of time through the magic of Dunamancy.

These wizards can take control over small pockets of time and gravity. There are new spells for them to cast. Think spells like slow/haste, time stop, etc. only these spells only touch the surface behind the Dunamancy school.
 


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