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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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Wiseblood

Adventurer
I’m not a critter or a boomer. I am not really interested in it but I will take a look at it anyway. Maybe the art will be inspiring or the setting awesome.
 






Mournblade94

Adventurer
Still not understanding. 5E is all silly now? Because of two products out of all the rest?

I mean, if 5E isn't your jam, that's fine of course. 3E and Pathfinder are great games. But leaving 5E because it's too silly?
ITs not that its too silly. The support products haven't really been what I want. Now with the Critical Role precedence there isn't much reason for me to stay.

I have everything I need for Pathfinder/ 3rd edition. I like 5e, but between the Realms damage from 4e, no real campaign guide except SCAG (which was really just a regional guide), and 2 books on the streaming worlds, its just better if I go to the tried and true 3rd edition. I'm no longer the money WOTC is chasing. I have run 5th edition for many years. I finished Tiamat, Princes of the Apocalypse, and now i just wrapped up Out of the Abyss. None of those were good world guides. They were all great adventures. I can do adventures easy. I don't have the mounds of time needed to build my own homebrew world so I have always used Forgotten Realms. I have great world guides from 2nd to 3rd edition. The output of 5e is too slow, a guide like AI, or CR taking up a slot wore on my patience enough to stop waiting to give WOTC money.
 

Dire Bare

Legend
ITs not that its too silly. The support products haven't really been what I want. Now with the Critical Role precedence there isn't much reason for me to stay.

I have everything I need for Pathfinder/ 3rd edition. I like 5e, but between the Realms damage from 4e, no real campaign guide except SCAG (which was really just a regional guide), and 2 books on the streaming worlds, its just better if I go to the tried and true 3rd edition. I'm no longer the money WOTC is chasing. I have run 5th edition for many years. I finished Tiamat, Princes of the Apocalypse, and now i just wrapped up Out of the Abyss. None of those were good world guides. They were all great adventures. I can do adventures easy. I don't have the mounds of time needed to build my own homebrew world so I have always used Forgotten Realms. I have great world guides from 2nd to 3rd edition. The output of 5e is too slow, a guide like AI, or CR taking up a slot wore on my patience enough to stop waiting to give WOTC money.

Again, whatever game makes you happy is the right game. If I was invited to play in a 3E or Pathfinder game, I'd certainly go for it.

But . . . . if you want a fully realized campaign setting, and the Realms is great choice for that, can't you use the setting information with the 5E rules? What is 5E lacking to run a good Realms campaign? If you don't already have it, grab the 3E Realms campaign book (it's amazing) and you're good to go!

If you want some Realmsian crunch to add to your games, there is some amazing stuff being offered over on www.dmsguild.com right now! I'm not even playing in the Realms at the moment and I'm having a hard time saying "no" to some of these!
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Yeah, I don't understand the "Forgotten Realms or Else!" mentality that is flying around on Reddit lately. A lot of people are hammering their keyboards about how Wizards of the Coast is dead to them, or how this new book was the last straw, or how they are going to switch to a different game now because How Dare They, etc.

It's just a new campaign setting...and a rather cool one, in my opinion. It's not a whole new game, it's not a whole new direction for the company.
 

Azzy

KMF DM
ITs not that its too silly. The support products haven't really been what I want. Now with the Critical Role precedence there isn't much reason for me to stay.

I have everything I need for Pathfinder/ 3rd edition. I like 5e, but between the Realms damage from 4e, no real campaign guide except SCAG (which was really just a regional guide), and 2 books on the streaming worlds, its just better if I go to the tried and true 3rd edition. I'm no longer the money WOTC is chasing. I have run 5th edition for many years. I finished Tiamat, Princes of the Apocalypse, and now i just wrapped up Out of the Abyss. None of those were good world guides. They were all great adventures. I can do adventures easy. I don't have the mounds of time needed to build my own homebrew world so I have always used Forgotten Realms. I have great world guides from 2nd to 3rd edition. The output of 5e is too slow, a guide like AI, or CR taking up a slot wore on my patience enough to stop waiting to give WOTC money.

Why can't you just use your existing FR material with 5e? You hate the 4e spell plague and all that, so ignore it and just use your 3e setting books I mean, I've run (and played in) GH camapigns with 5e, and (aside from Saltmarsh, which wasn't published until last year) there's been jack for GH.
 

Dave2

Villager
I do think a Realms book could be coming. Very early on they said they were going to focus on regions. I think sales of the setting books may have changed their minds though. As far as doing the critical role book this is exactly what they would have done with AD&D, 2nd, 3rd, and4th. They would publish a setting based on the big thing. At times it has been Dragonlance, the Realms, and Eberron. Now it is Critical Role. This is something D&D has always done.
 

Dave2

Villager
I think Wildemount has the amount of player options in- between Eberron which had slightly more with the new class and 3 subclasses and Ravnica with 2 sublasses. Wildemount has 3 subclasses.
 

MarkB

Legend
I think Wildemount has the amount of player options in- between Eberron which had slightly more with the new class and 3 subclasses and Ravnica with 2 sublasses. Wildemount has 3 subclasses.
The custom backgrounds system sounds potentially very good too. I'm hoping it will be something that can be easily re-worked for other settings.
 



Dave2

Villager
That along with new spells give Wildemount almost as much character content as Eberron which just edges it out with a new class, 3 subclasses, the group Patreon, and Dragon Marks.
 



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