Perkins was talking about the 9 Hells...
It could be a Setting Box Set, say for Eberron, instead of just a Starter Set.Stewart pushing 4 announcements (one of which is a surprise being saved for Sunday) indicates they are more than just accessories. He’s never pushed an accessory with an announcement. They have always been revealed in ads or online articles.
And you don’t push 4 product announcements for your big streaming event if you only have 2 actual announcements people care about. No one is gonna be wowed by dice sets.
Beyond that, we have evidence to assume the box set is much more than just a dice accessory to the main product. Otherwise why cut off his cohost on the last Spoilers and Swag? Everyone already assumes you’re making a dice set for your adventures. So saying “this dice set is awesome, it has so much more in it than the last one” isn’t a huge give away.
And notice the language that was used on the stream. He didn’t refer to the product as a dice set. He referred to it as a box set. And he specifically said it’s better than the last box set they did. They have only ever done one (EDIT: Two with the Stranger Things Starter) other box set for 5e. So there’s no reason for him to have said that unless the new product is a revised or improved version of the starter set.
The speculation will be over soon. Everything will be revealed. But I’m positive the new box set isn’t what’s listed on Amazon.
Boom!So looks like we were spot on with the Adventure book. "Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus"
One correct. 3 more to go. Shout out to Parmandur for being on the Baldurs Gate connection before anyone!
Well, you have to start somewhere: also, based on my intuition after listening to Perkin's LYSK attached to yesterday's Dragon Talk, the whole dang city might be under threat of descending into Avernus. Which is Metal AF.Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus doesn't have the same ring to it as Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, but maybe they're hoping that "Baldur's Gate" will draw more people in, particularly those who are familiar with the video games.
It also seems odd to give equal prominence to a mundane human city and the Nine Hells. I mean, one of these things is a LOT more exciting than the other...
Well, the name to me suggests maybe more of a neo-Expert Set: not an intro product, but a second product for folks who bought the Starter Set and want more. Something for folks with no FLGS, who buy their Magic & DnD stuff at Target or whatnot.https://www.renaud-bray.com/Livres_Produit.aspx?id=2843418&def=Dungeons+&+Dragons+Essentials+Kit+(D&D+Boxed+Set),COLLECTIF,9780786966837
Seems like we were both wrong on the Box Set. The site lists the dice and miscellany separate from this: The Essentials Kit.
So maybe a new revised version of the starter set, but not Eberron specific it seems.
I'm taking half credit for my guess if the Essentials Kit is a new Starter Set. Got the setting wrong but whatever.
Which means I need to hit on one more guess to be over 50%. Really pulling hard for the Eberron hardcover now.
No. At least one reveal is being saved for Sunday night. Not sure when each will be announced outside of the Adventure, which will be announced tonight at the opening ceremonies.I hope your guess is correct. I love Eberron (the setting I always DM in), and my fingers are crossed for an Eberron hardcover. Will all four products be revealed today?
Who says the Essentials Box Set is a beginner box? It could be anything. Starter Sets are labeled as such. What does WotC concider Essential? The PHB at least?I hope your guess is correct. I love Eberron (the setting I always DM in), and my fingers are crossed for an Eberron hardcover. Will all four products be revealed today?
I think it's too early to to say pass.Who says the Essentials Box Set is a beginner box? It could be anything. Starter Sets are labeled as such. What does WotC concider Essential? The PHB at least?
The title is just too vague.
As for Baldur's Gate: Avernus I think it's going to be a hard pass on that one too. I have an excellent Swordcoast Adventure already, the two part Waterdeep, a more interesting city then Baldur's Gate, which is one of the least interesting cities on the Swordcoast, which is one of the least interesting regions in FR, a great, but wasted setting.
I have no idea why I would want this adventure.
I pledged for the Arcana of the Ancients, Odyssey of the Dragonlords, and a Korea inspired D&D 5e Setting all of which appear to being showing more vision and imagination then WotC,while using the 5e system. Oh and I bought the 5e Scarred Lands and next month will likely buy Midguard 5e. So until WotC starts showing some vision and starts making better products and meaningfully moves AWAY from the Swordcoast to other parts of FR, I will focus on 3rd party settings. None of the books so far this year have interested me in the slightest. Not even a player options book, and no Aquistions Inc book does not count, I'm not a fan of Aquistions Inc.
Maybe I will have better luck next year.