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D&D 5E Mearls on other settings

gweinel

Explorer
Below you can see three very interesting tweets by Mike Mearls regarding the non-published dnd settings (even Spelljammer).

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Although he doesn't mention how it supposed to support these settings, it seems to me that it will gonna be a holistic approach.
 

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I find that encouraging news! I'm fine with waiting so that things are done right, rather than doing them just to do them. I know many others may not agree, but that's my approach.

Until we have official material for those settings, I am getting by just fine by using a mix of my old material and making up my own. It's working just fine so far.
 

jgsugden

Legend
I wish they'd just hit a reboot button and give us back DL, FR, Greyhawk, Spelljammer, DS with the original materials updated to 5E rules. An 'alternative universe' reset.

These settings worked best when they were introduced and before so many bandaids were applied to them. Take them back to the basics.
 

TerraDave

5ever, or until 2024
He has been hinting all along that we would see other setting, and that they where taking the long view.

What stands out here is this idea that they have some 10+ year plan that says things like: and in year 8 we will release spelljammer.
 


robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
The best way to do it IMHO would be with a setting book that also includes an introductory (1-5) adventure for each of the main settings. That way people can get the rules and world expansion they need along with a way to take their group on a test run.

I think the big problem WotC sees is that they can't really stop there. Once a setting has been added they'll need to keep feeding it with content and whilst the setting+adventure books would probably sell well (for the curiosity factor alone) the adventures would probably appeal to only a subset of the audience, and thus volumes go down and more settings just makes the problem worse.

To counter that I think the DMs Guild should be the place to expand that and perhaps the best adventures could be given a WotC gloss and sold for a higher price-point (but still digital/print on demand only to maximize profit).

Selling niche hardback adventures is not going to work IMHO.
 

Valetudo

Explorer
I think a free to play aproach might work. If they make the crunch books setting nutral, make setting fluff once a month or whenever. That way you dont split the consumer base.
 

GMforPowergamers

Adventurer
I wish they'd just hit a reboot button and give us back DL, FR, Greyhawk, Spelljammer, DS with the original materials updated to 5E rules. An 'alternative universe' reset.

These settings worked best when they were introduced and before so many bandaids were applied to them. Take them back to the basics.

I agree, set up a Basic Darksun, Dragon Lance, and SPellJammer with it being similar to orginal box sets with MAYBE add on little sidebars on advancing story ideas and I would snap them all up... do so with BIRTHRIGHT and make the rules work with it I will buy 2 day 1
 



JeffB

Legend
I don't trust WOTC to do older settings like Greyhawk or The Known World or Dragonlance justice. There is too much pressure to squeeze things to fit their business/product/story model.

Move on,WOTC. Do something new and creative that the team can really get behind.

Outsource old stuff to Goodman (or others) like you are doing with B1 and B2.
 

guachi

Adventurer
I'll believe it when I see it.

At least if they open up DMsGuild to other settings I can hope for Bruce Heard to do The Known World proud.
 

vpuigdoller

Adventurer
I don't trust WOTC to do older settings like Greyhawk or The Known World or Dragonlance justice. There is too much pressure to squeeze things to fit their business/product/story model.

Move on,WOTC. Do something new and creative that the team can really get behind.

Outsource old stuff to Goodman (or others) like you are doing with B1 and B2.

I think I agree with you. I would love to see new settings, maybe even continue with the Points of Light one i hear so much about in this forums or Eberron. I like the realms but I need a break badly!!
 

gweinel

Explorer
I'll believe it when I see it.

At least if they open up DMsGuild to other settings I can hope for Bruce Heard to do The Known World proud.

Ι would love something like this, but I don't find it likely. They could do something like that with Al Qadim, but as we saw neither Jeff Grubb, neither Wolfgang Baur, or anyone else took the opportunity to make material for 5e.
 

Staffan

Legend
Ι would love something like this, but I don't find it likely. They could do something like that with Al Qadim, but as we saw neither Jeff Grubb, neither Wolfgang Baur, or anyone else took the opportunity to make material for 5e.

Ed Greenwood is dipping his toes into the waters of the DM's Guild, though. I also understand that Keith Baker is prepared to do a bunch of Eberron stuff if they ever open that on DM's Guild.

Wolfgang Baur is, as I understand it, fairly busy with Kobold Press.
 

Ι would love something like this, but I don't find it likely. They could do something like that with Al Qadim, but as we saw neither Jeff Grubb, neither Wolfgang Baur, or anyone else took the opportunity to make material for 5e.

Wolfgang makes lots of 5E material through Kobold Press.

As for Al Qadim or other existing D&D settings... The terms of DM's Guild are friendly to newcomers with small projects. They're a lot less enticing to people who want to do larger, more comprehensive books, since they don't allow for crowdfunding and have some other terms that many pros--not all, but many--are leery of.
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
I don't trust WOTC to do older settings like Greyhawk or The Known World or Dragonlance justice. There is too much pressure to squeeze things to fit their business/product/story model.

Move on,WOTC. Do something new and creative that the team can really get behind.

Outsource old stuff to Goodman (or others) like you are doing with B1 and B2.

This is why I think the other settings are currently off-limits. I think they're going to do something like what I suggested up above and produce a 5e setting guide with short adventure and then open up the setting to the DMs guild.

As far as doing anything new I doubt it. Their business model seems firmly wedded to the FR sadly.

I would like them to do a proper setting book for the more interesting M:tG planes but I think the art books (and PDFs ) are as good as we're going to get.
 

gweinel

Explorer
As for Al Qadim or other existing D&D settings... The terms of DM's Guild are friendly to newcomers with small projects. They're a lot less enticing to people who want to do larger, more comprehensive books, since they don't allow for crowdfunding and have some other terms that many pros--not all, but many--are leery of.

Exactly this. This is the reason why i think dmsguild alone is not the solution for the other settings. It must be something more. I don't know what will be, but i think wizards will cover all the other setting with one "stroke" and supplementary will open the ip in dmsguild
 

Lost Soul

First Post
I would love for them to bring back Dragon Lance and do the original Chronicles for 5e. That would be great! I know that they are hesitant but the 90's boxed sets and multiple worlds had a diversity and a richness that D&D really needs. The key to avoid splitting the fan base is to keep the world designers in line and not allow every new splat book to have powers and abilities that make previous stuff weak. That is what killed off 3E IMHO. New splat books had the new shiny power you just had to have. Do not create bloat, create richness & legitimate choices.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
The setting could be done as one off campaign books with no follow up support/adventures/novels.

Best way to do this would be outsource it to 3pp using original authors where possible (Heard, Baker are keen?) and adventures can be put on the DMGuild.
 

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