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5E Is the new setting Icewind Dale?

Russ Morrissey

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Parmandur

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"New" means unlikely to be in the Realms.
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Theros is new to D&D, and comes out a month after this stream, so even if they have another new setting coming down the pike, why would they be talking about the next new setting and not the impending one?
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They've already got two settings for 2020; if they do publish four books, would they really make three of them settings?
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Theros.​

Its Theros, folks.

(Probably)
I would have doubted two new Settings in a year, but we have 3 in 9 months. Never say never.

But here they probably mean Theros.
 

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cbwjm

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Not sure I'd count AI since that was coming out whether or not WotC offered to publish it. It was apparently already mostly done before they offered to publish and would have been a kickstarter release if they hadn't.
 

Dire Bare

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View attachment 122200Icewind Dale would be great IF they based it more on the original PC games. Khuldahar? I'm in!

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Dragon's Eye? Hells yes!

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Vale of Lost Souls? Take my money already! Give me some of that FR dullness, please!
Ah . . . thanks for reminding me how gorgeous the paintings (used on the loading screens) were! That game was atmospheric! If the tabletop book could capture just some of that essence . . . .
 


Yeah, probably. I mean, the storyline will be set somewhere, and the tealeaves suggest Icewind Dale, but that's not a "new setting" the way that Theros is.
Ah, but Theros is not "new", it's been around for years - in MtG.

One has to take "new" as meaning "new to 5e", in which case Icewind Dale qualifies. Now, Icewind Dale simply isn't big enough to support a full hardback on it's own, but once you grasp they are talking about a gazetteer in an adventure book it makes sense.

Now, if you look at comments about ToA on this forum, it is clear that some people are not happy to buy an adventure for the setting information. So, they may have decided on a format that allows the setting content to be sold separately (digitally, the slim softbacks of earlier editions are not economically viable). Which explains their choice of language.
 

cbwjm

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If take 'new' to mean new to DnD in general. Icewind dale wouldn't be new as it's a well established part of DnD history. The MtG settings are new because there has never been an official DnD setting set in the MtG universe. Of course for new players, new really would be anything new to 5e.
 

If take 'new' to mean new to DnD in general. Icewind dale wouldn't be new as it's a well established part of DnD history. The MtG settings are new because there has never been an official DnD setting set in the MtG universe. Of course for new players, new really would be anything new to 5e.
By which argument, Eberron was not a "new" setting. But it was clearly described as such by WotC.
 

Icewind Dale would be a "new" storyline but not a setting. In my opinion "new" should mean "original", neither reboot nor adaptation of an IP from other source. I am happy because Ravinca, Theros or Exandria are new members of the "family" of official D&D worlds, but 5th Ed hasn't got a new setting started from zero. 4th ed at least had got Nentir Vale, altough I didn't like worlds with blank spaces intentionally to work as sandbox. Then I would rather to create my own "patchwork demiplane" with pieces from different "time spheres".
 



It was new when it was introduced in 3e, it isn't new being introduced now because it is an older already established setting.
If you interpret the word "new" very literally, that is correct. Neither Eberron nor Theros are "new". However the word is much more nuanced than that. WotC described both Eberron and Theros as "new", meaning "new to 5e".
 
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Morrus

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If you interpret the owed "new" very literally, that is correct. Nieth Eberron nor Theros are "new". However the word is much more nuanced than that. WotC described both Eberron and Theros as "new", meaning "new to 5e".
It’s not even that. It’s more in the context of “next”. The next setting we’ll be using.

I don’t think there’s much truck in analysing the word “new”.
 

cbwjm

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If you interpret the owed "new" very literally, that is correct. Nieth Eberron nor Theros are "new". However the word is much more nuanced than that. WotC described both Eberron and Theros as "new", meaning "new to 5e".
Except I'd call theros new to DnD since it has never been a DnD setting. This is likely one of those semantic things. I definitely wouldn't consider theros an old setting.
 



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