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5E Keith Baker: Exploring Eberron

Eberron creator Keith Baker has been busy recently! He has unveiled the cover to his new book, to be released in December March soon (TM) on DMs Guild in PDF and Print on Demand hardcover. It will dive into parts of Eberron that have received little attention in prior books, including the undersea civilizations and the planes.



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He's also started a series of blog posts now that Rising from the Last War is out:
Also, check out the KB Presents Twitter for more previews

EDIT: Official title now!
 
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Weiley31

Adventurer
Looks like there will be a few backgrounds? Also the producer & editor had mentioned there were some chapter name & content reshuffles over the past few months so this confirms Chapter 6 is Character Options (I think character content was divvied up between chapters in the outline)

I can't wait to get this.
 

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ChaosOS

Adventurer
New Keith Blog!


Also reiterating for those who might've missed it but the book is projected to release next month, barring issues with the POD process
 


Vael

Adventurer
New Keith Blog!


Also reiterating for those who might've missed it but the book is projected to release next month, barring issues with the POD process
Well, that might have been one of my favourite articles, I'm super stoked for Exploring Eberron, that's a day 1 purchase, since I missed the kickstarter.
 

Aldarc

Legend
Man, that's a really good preview. That explains some of the issues I had understanding Galifar and its succession practices; it was inherently unstable having Cyre as the center of the succession, but the development of Cyre was, at heart, a utopian project. It wasn't pragmatic, but since every monarch was already Cyran at heart, it held up for a long, long time.
It also does help. I've many players who wanted to play a Cyran, and this does a good job of exploring their psyche. It's also pretty clear to see how and why House Cannith in many ways also embody Cyre. They were the House headquartered in Cyre and largely are about building through helping hands by taking a bit from what the other houses are doing.
 

Marandahir

Crown-Forester
I found it while on Sageadvice, not Facebook.

More to the point, I’m not on Facebook. Never have been. Never will be.
Oh, that's fine. What I meant is that the source isn't Sageadvice. That would be like posting a link to a Screenrant article talking about an official D&D news release on twitter… I don't like FB anymore than you, but it was the primary source. Good reporting means posting primary sources.
 

ChaosOS

Adventurer
Well, that might have been one of my favourite articles, I'm super stoked for Exploring Eberron, that's a day 1 purchase, since I missed the kickstarter.
There wasn't a kickstarter, the rules about dmsguild publications make kickstarters difficult to run (you can't give out the book as a reward)

Oh, that's fine. What I meant is that the source isn't Sageadvice. That would be like posting a link to a Screenrant article talking about an official D&D news release on twitter… I don't like FB anymore than you, but it was the primary source. Good reporting means posting primary sources.
All the previews are cross-posted to the Twitter and Facebook account for people who are only on one of them (eg I don't use Facebook). But yes, the @inmyeberron accounts are the primary source rather than sage advice.
 

Marandahir

Crown-Forester
There wasn't a kickstarter, the rules about dmsguild publications make kickstarters difficult to run (you can't give out the book as a reward)
Ah thank goodness; I thought I had missed it somehow. I've been watching Exploring Eberron since it was announced, so I was really confused. I spent like a hour digging through the interwebs this morning looking for this supposed kickstarter, or similar such crowdfunding websites, and found nothing.

All the previews are cross-posted to the Twitter and Facebook account for people who are only on one of them (eg I don't use Facebook). But yes, the @inmyeberron accounts are the primary source rather than sage advice.
I didn't realise that same share was on twitter, as Sageadvice only linked to the FB posting (hence why I mentioned it in the first place).
 


Marandahir

Crown-Forester
I'm literally on the edge of my seat. I couldn't remember what Malenti were when I saw that recent preview, so I did a google search and ended up reading the Sahuagin Empire stuff from 2015 that Keith posted on his blog. I can definitely see the inklings of what became his Thunder Sea chapter musings more recently, and am super excited for this Sahuagin-disguised-as-Sea-Elf Player Race!!!!

Not to mention additional options for Changelings and Goblinoids. I wonder if the Dhakaani Goblinoids will be presented similarly to how Rising From the Last War presented Aereni and Valenar elves - rather than whole new subraces, featuring cultural substitution features you can take instead of a standard feature. While VGM and GGR didn't suggest as much, both E:RLW and EGW suggest that Goblinoid is the race and Bugbear, Goblin, and Hobgoblin are subraces…
 

ChaosOS

Adventurer
New (short) Keith post


Also, someone on the discord pointed out that the Malenti are mentioned under the backgrounds header, for what that's worth.
 

Marandahir

Crown-Forester
New (short) Keith post


Also, someone on the discord pointed out that the Malenti are mentioned under the backgrounds header, for what that's worth.
Ah, good point. That actually makes a lot more sense. Malenti must be a background exclusive to Sea Elves - you're not a Sea Elf, you just look and act and have the powers of one. You're actually a Sahuagin agent in disguise. ;)

And that makes sense for Goblinoids too. Not much room for subraces/racial substitute abilities, there. But it makes sense for a Goblinoid background. And Changelings don't have much room for alt racial features, either. Backgrounds makes a lot of sense. I should have seen it.

Races include Gnolls we know. I wonder what else. Maybe he'll reprint the expanded Shifters, Tieflings, & Halfling, subraces from Morgrave Miscellany?
 


Marandahir

Crown-Forester
I can't wait for the subclasses.
Any idea what they might be? I think he's played the cards close to the chest, but maybe I missed something in the blog (and/or he posted exclusively to his Patreons about it). I was a little disappointed by Morgrave reusing some subclasses from Xanathar's Lost Notes…
 

Weiley31

Adventurer
Any idea what they might be? I think he's played the cards close to the chest, but maybe I missed something in the blog (and/or he posted exclusively to his Patreons about it). I was a little disappointed by Morgrave reusing some subclasses from Xanathar's Lost Notes…
Well Gentle, the Kalashtar character from the book, has a whole new Monk subclass that pretty much gives ya Eldritch/Mind Blade Claws so there's that. She is seen wounding an Aberration with em on the cover of the book. So I have no idea if its Baker's take on the Way of the Soulknife monk subclass that Mearls made or something else entirely.
 


ChaosOS

Adventurer
The back cover of the book mentions a darkblood dwarf subrace which seems to be a dwarf specific Daelkyr Half Blood.

Re:morgraves misc. Keith got a new mechanics designer after what happened with that book, so there's not going to be any subclass overlap. From what I've heard on the discord all the mechanics are brand new (to 5e - apparently at least a few things, not sure in what categories, will be conversions of 3.5 mechanics)
 

ChaosOS

Adventurer
Small update from the Discord - Editing and layout are in the final stages, they're just trying to catch as many errors as possible before POD submission.

The Editor/Layout said:
Which is why I had the final chapter of the book in a state I thought was ready to publish 2 days ago, but went ahead and followed my plan to work through it one more time, just in case. And I I'm very very glad I did. Print-on-demand is brutal. You can't make mistakes and fix them later.
 

Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
The back cover of the book mentions a darkblood dwarf subrace which seems to be a dwarf specific Daelkyr Half Blood.

Re:morgraves misc. Keith got a new mechanics designer after what happened with that book, so there's not going to be any subclass overlap. From what I've heard on the discord all the mechanics are brand new (to 5e - apparently at least a few things, not sure in what categories, will be conversions of 3.5 mechanics)
Good, I was less than impressed with the mechanics in Morgraves.
 

Marandahir

Crown-Forester
Good, I was less than impressed with the mechanics in Morgraves.
It was hit or miss for me (much like Xanathar's Lost Notes, and that's Guild Adepts!), but I hope that he steer's clear of the flavor from Morgrave Miscellany to avoid having some of us pay twice for the same concept, but with different mechanics. Sure, update the mechanics through playtest (like with the Wayfinder's Guide), but don't make us shell out twice for two alternative takes on the Greater & Siberys Dragonmarks, Child of Khyber, Bone Knight, etc).

I'd rather he either reprint the content from Morgrave if it HAS to be in Exploring Eberron or else publish an update to Morgrave with the revised version from Exploring. Of course, most of all I'd rather the two books have no overlap whatsoever, so that I can use Rising From the Last War, Exploring Eberron, and Morgrave Miscellany as a three-book set to review different Eberron mechanics and areas of interest.
 

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