D&D 5E Iggwilv/Tasha To Join Volo, Xanathar, and Mordenkainen? [UPDATED!]

Is WotC teasing a new announcement? There have been a few D&D books named after famous personalities from the game's extensive lore - Vole's Guide to Monsters, Xanathar's Guide to Everything, Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. It looks possible that the next such personality might be Tasha of Tasha's Hideous Laughter fame -- which was an adventuring alias of the Greyhawk villain Iggwilv.

UPDATE -- A page has appeared on Amazon entitled Dungeons & Dragons November Title (Announced August 24). It's a hardcover, $49.95, November 17th release date.


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On their Discord channel, WotC posted a short audio clip; it features some female-sounding voices laughing, and it is titled "Feather and Tart". It also has a metadata info which says August 24th, 2020, which is Monday. But in addition to that, a WoTC staff member on Reddit's avatar was changed to an image of Iggwilv.

Iggwilv was an evil magic-user, a villain created by Gary Gygax. When adventuring with the Company of Seven, she used the alias Tasha. The lore has it that the witch Baba Yaga adopted her as a child and named her Natasha, and she soon became Natasha the Dark (Baba Yaga also adopted Elena the Fair).

Iggwilv has two forms, one old and one young. You can read more about the character on Wikipedia.


What does seem clear is that WotC is teasing an impending announcement! I assume that the announcement they are teasing will be the announcement of an upcoming announcement, or I'll be disappointed.
 

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Von Ether

Legend
Pronounced:
Igg - will - vvv ?

Never heard of her. Only heard of Tasha's Hideous Laughter.
Of course, I hadn't heard of Xanathar either.
Deep cuts from Greyhawk and Forgotten Realms. Evidently deep cuts like this are like catnip for the fans. I never heard of Xanathar, but I learned quickly enough thanks to my FR buddies squealing over him. If this guarantees WotC insta-sales, I don't begrudge them.

They'd probably kill if someone invented algorithm that judged how long an aspect of a property has to age before it becomes bankable. Like what are the odds that a surviving the elements guide (or a psionic book) will feature a Dark Sun character on the cover?
 


Like what are the odds that a surviving the elements guide (or a psionic book) will feature a Dark Sun character on the cover?
High, but that's also too narrow a subject for a WotC 5E book, I suspect. Expanded ocean-going rules didn't get their own 5E book, they ended up in Ghosts of Saltmarsh. I'd expect rules for extreme desert conditions and psionics to both be in a Dark Sun campaign setting book, myself.
 
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Richards

Legend
I had a player like that issue of Dungeon with the Iggwilv cover so much she decided that was what her PC looked like. So in that particular campaign, the magazine cover was also depicting one Delphyne Babelberi, a wizard (renamed a "witch," although we used the wizard class rules). Ironically, Delphyne had a raven familiar she had named Iggy - short for "Ignatius" - long before she'd ever heard of Iggwilv.

Johnathan
 

RichGreen

Explorer
Either that or the final print issue of Dragon Magazine. Whichever came first.

It was a retcon by Erik Mona, tying together Iggwilv (a Gygax creation), the spell "Tasha's Hideous Laughter" (named after a real-life girl by that name) and the npc "Natasha the Fair" from the "Hut of Baga Yaga" adventure by Roger Moore in Dragon Magazine.

Byproduct was making Iuz the grandson of Baba Yaga. (And theres hints that one of his other grandparents is Nyarlathotep)

Fun fact is that Iggwilv is "canon" in Pathfinder, to some extent. Or at least a daughter of Baba Yaga who goes by one of Iggwilv's many names....
Excellent - thank you! Was scratching my head about this!
 




Parmandur

Book-Friend
She goes back to S4: The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.

I actually wonder now if we might see a S4-WG4-WG5 reprint on the near future, ala Ghosts of Saltmarsh, between this usage of Tasha/Iggwilv and Goodman Games bring T1-4 out next year (T1-4 were considered WG 1 & 2, and Goodman has been putting out classic reprints that fit with what WotC is putting out...).
 
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Erdric Dragin

Adventurer
She’s one of the coolest things to come out of Greyhawk. Loved those dragon magazine articles.

Best of all, with 5e it’s so easy to convert!

Well everything is easy to convert when you are converting to a smaller, simple-minded system. It's the other way around that sucks. Try converting anything in 5e, especially the more powerful creatures, up to like 3.5e for example and you bump into a lot of issues. Worrying about what extra abilities to tack on, what HD amount to use, what spell-like abilities, how much SR and energy resistance, and especially what ability scores to give a creature since they cap at 30 in 5e, but can go way above that in 3e.

If there was a company that converted 5e things, especially monsters, to 3e they'd get my full support.
 


Kurotowa

Legend
Does this make this a stealth announcement for a real announcement?

It's an announcement of an announcement, or a teaser for an announcement. Which is a thing that's become fairly common. You plan your big announcement of a new product, but you want people to be paying attention when you do it and get those social media hype reactions, so you have to let everyone know when and where the announcement will be happening before it happens. Thus the announcement of the announcement.
 

Dire Bare

Legend
Iggwilv's Book of Shadows?

Iggwilv's Tome of Mysteries

Iggwilv's Octavo of the Obscure?

The Enchiridion of Iggwilv?
I feel like they are going to lean into Tasha's Hideous Laughter as the marketable and pronounceable angle, so I predict Tasha's [Adjective] [Noun].

Tasha's Hilarious Miscellany

Tasha's Unearthed Arcana

Tasha's Mysterious Treasury
Well, in-universe Iggwilv was the author of the Demonicon . . . which has been published as a real-world gamebook before . . . .

"Iggwilv's Demonicon: Expanded and Revised"
 

dwayne

Adventurer
Will have little to do with her more than not, just using a name to sell it, come see the new thing has a noticeable name but nothing to do with them. Volo, Mordenkainen both have had their names slap across various things as a way to sell a book of some odd subject. I may be sounding negative on this, but may end up buy it any way if the subject is an interesting one.
 

TheSword

Legend
Well everything is easy to convert when you are converting to a smaller, simple-minded system. It's the other way around that sucks. Try converting anything in 5e, especially the more powerful creatures, up to like 3.5e for example and you bump into a lot of issues. Worrying about what extra abilities to tack on, what HD amount to use, what spell-like abilities, how much SR and energy resistance, and especially what ability scores to give a creature since they cap at 30 in 5e, but can go way above that in 3e.

If there was a company that converted 5e things, especially monsters, to 3e they'd get my full support.
I can recall about 50+ books for 3rd edition, why on earth would you need to convert from 5e to 3e?
 


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