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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 July 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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ChaosOS

Adventurer
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.
Ruty's in charge of the Morgrave mechanics, he said he'd update it for Rising but I've heard nothing to suggest he's going to follow through. As I mentioned earlier though ExE has a totally different mechanics designer who's not going to be copying anything from another 5e source.
 

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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)
What happened with the book?
 





Marandahir

Crown-Forester
Ruty's in charge of the Morgrave mechanics, he said he'd update it for Rising but I've heard nothing to suggest he's going to follow through. As I mentioned earlier though ExE has a totally different mechanics designer who's not going to be copying anything from another 5e source.
Understood. Didn't realise how little Keith actually contributed to that book. I thought it was largely a Keith book for some reason…
 

ChaosOS

Adventurer
Most of the fluff in MorMisc was Keith, he wrote the class intros & a bunch of the races stuff. Then Ruty added the dragonforged.

Oh, content detail from the producer on the quantity of mechanical content in ExE.
The Producer said:
It is possible you won't use the underwater section or aren't interested in the aasimar or going to ignore the section on the Last War except as backdrop... but even the most hardcore crunch-only person will be able to use 40+ pages.
 




New teaser with the list of subclasses!

Okay, of all the places to see the Dirge Singer appear in, this was certainly not expected. o_O

Way of The Living Weapon? So we now know(maybe?) what the Subclass the Monk Gentle is rocking. But how are the Eldritch/Laser claws relate to it? Unless the Claws are made of "Dream Energy" basically.
 

Marandahir

Crown-Forester
Now this is what I'm talking about! :D :D :D

Love these options. Circle of the Forged sounds very very different from anything I've ever heard of before with a Druid. Fascinating.
I'm curious how Mind domain will differ from Knowledge Domain (and Arcana, to some extent). Probably more Psionics-lite. Sounds a bit like the Divine Mind from Complete Psionic…

Dirge Singer is a big YES. As is Living Weapon!!!!!

And Maverick and Forge Adepts sound like great additions to the Artficer fold. Maverick sounds like it could even be a sort of Dr. Frankenstein/Dr. Jekyll/ mad scientist, delving into forbidden fields. I'm curious to see how Science and Arcane Magic will be further distinguished by this book.

And 40 pages of crunch!!!? I'm guessing that's mostly from the Monster portion of the book, but this is a huge expansion to the game. :) Here's hoping we don't get these options in a different form from WotC down the road; I'd hope they'd at least respect Keith Baker's labour of love for his own setting, if they respect anything at all coming from the DM's Guild (we've definitely seen in UA some takes on concepts that appeared earlier in say, Xanathar's Lost Notes, and that was Guild Adepts!).

EDIT: Interesting afterthought - College of the Dirge Singer does, in fact, seem to tread on the same ground as a Xanathar's Lost Notes (and thus Guild Adept) subclass, the College of Mourning. Morgrave Miscellany carried over College of Keys from that book, as they both were Ruty books, but it didn't carry over College of Mourning, so at least we don't have two separate "Dirge" subclasses of Bard in Eberron books.
 
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Kurotowa

Adventurer
Love the sound of those subclasses as concepts, but I'm taking a very Wait And See attitude. It's a rare third party subclass that holds up to what WotC puts out. All the playtesting they do really does show. Still, it'd be very cool if they're worth using.
 

Marandahir

Crown-Forester
Love the sound of those subclasses as concepts, but I'm taking a very Wait And See attitude. It's a rare third party subclass that holds up to what WotC puts out. All the playtesting they do really does show. Still, it'd be very cool if they're worth using.
I've found that subclasses are much easier to create and balance than classes - WotC said as much themselves in the DMG! Keith knows what he's doing, and he hired good collaborators. Give him some credit of doubt, this is the guy who invented Eberron!
 

Kurotowa

Adventurer
I've found that subclasses are much easier to create and balance than classes - WotC said as much themselves in the DMG! Keith knows what he's doing, and he hired good collaborators. Give him some credit of doubt, this is the guy who invented Eberron!
Right, and I'm sure the setting material will be well worth the price of the book. But the people he partnered with for mechanics in Morgrave Misc did not turn in great material, so you'll excuse me if I withhold judgment here until I see it for myself. (Yes, I know this is different mechanics people, we were just discussing that. That's why it's Wait And See and not Ignore Those Bits Entirely.)
 

Right, and I'm sure the setting material will be well worth the price of the book. But the people he partnered with for mechanics in Morgrave Misc did not turn in great material, so you'll excuse me if I withhold judgment here until I see it for myself. (Yes, I know this is different mechanics people, we were just discussing that. That's why it's Wait And See and not Ignore Those Bits Entirely.)
He parted ways with those people. Good riddance to the poor mechanics designers.
 

ChaosOS

Adventurer
Crunch covers chapter 6 player options, chapter 7 treasures, and chapter 8 bestiary, apparently there's a lot of magic items
 

Way of The Living Weapon? So we now know(maybe?) what the Subclass the Monk Gentle is rocking. But how are the Eldritch/Laser claws relate to it? Unless the Claws are made of "Dream Energy" basically.
Manifesting a psychic representation of their linked quori's claws maybe?

EDIT: Interesting afterthought - College of the Dirge Singer does, in fact, seem to tread on the same ground as a Xanathar's Lost Notes (and thus Guild Adept) subclass, the College of Mourning. Morgrave Miscellany carried over College of Keys from that book, as they both were Ruty books, but it didn't carry over College of Mourning, so at least we don't have two separate "Dirge" subclasses of Bard in Eberron books.
I think "Dirge Singer" is more of a ceremonial title for the bards who guided the goblinoid empire rather than a class based around funerary rites.
The names might cause confusion but I'm guessing they will have quite different focuses.
 

Okay, of all the places to see the Dirge Singer appear in, this was certainly not expected. o_O

Way of The Living Weapon? So we now know(maybe?) what the Subclass the Monk Gentle is rocking. But how are the Eldritch/Laser claws relate to it? Unless the Claws are made of "Dream Energy" basically.
You say that as if you think it's improbable... :whistle:
 

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