New D&D Adventure Reveal On 17th May at 'The Descent'

Perkins was talking about the 9 Hells...
 

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Parmandur

Legend
Thinking about Perkins detailed description of Baldur's Gate some more, it really sounds like a Hell on Earth, in D&D terms: a rigid, militarized plutocracy ruled by corrupt Dukes. Gave it a violent Lawful Evil cast of character. I could see BG being the springboard for a...descent...
 
Pretty sure the Lore you should know is talking about Baldurs Gate because of the DMs Guild Hardcover that was just released, written by the guy that did the video games.
As that is set over 100 years ago in the setting, and the political situation is completely different these days, probably not.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
New D&D Adventure Reveal On 17th May at 'The Descent'

I’ll be checking out the stream next weekend but luckily if I miss anything, ENworld will cover it for me pretty quickly! :)
I’m not going to be up at 2am Saturday morning! But I’ll catch up later, hopefully. You’ll probably know before I do. :)
 

gyor

Adventurer
I hope you wrong about the Baldur's Gate link, enough with the Swordcoast already, the realms are big go somewhere else.
 

Parmandur

Legend
It's not completely different. It's still ruled by a ducal council. The Dukes may have become more evil over the years, but what would you expect?
The point is that Perkins goes into great detail about the NPCs who hold those positions currently in the late 15th century DR, and the work the WotC has put into figuring out the current situation: which is completely unrelated to the DMsGuild product set in the mid-14th century DR. The only reason Perkins would have spent this much energy on the topic, behind the scenes, would be if it is relevant to his job, namely writing the big Adventure Path for the year
 
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The point is that Perkins goes into great detail about the NPCs who hold those positions currently in the late 15th century DR, and the work the WotC has put into figuring out the current situation: which is completely unrelated to the DMsGuild product set in the mid-14th century DR. The only reason Perkins would have spent this much energy on the topic, behind the scenes, would be if it is relevant to his job, namely writing the big Adventure Path for the year
"Heroes of Baldur's Gate" includes suggestions for setting the adventure in the FR present, with replacements for the shorter lived "heroes". However, it does not go into detail about the current political situation in Baldur's Gate. The podcast could be simply rectifying that.
 

Parmandur

Legend
"Heroes of Baldur's Gate" includes suggestions for setting the adventure in the FR present, with replacements for the shorter lived "heroes". However, it does not go into detail about the current political situation in Baldur's Gate. The podcast could be simply rectifying that.
Or the insiders prepped some supporting material for an upcoming product.
 

CapnZapp

Hero
I hope you wrong about the Baldur's Gate link, enough with the Swordcoast already, the realms are big go somewhere else.
WotC wants as little division among it's customer base as possible. They aren't going back to supporting lots of regions and worlds.

Remember, the end goal for Hasbro here is movies and merchandise, not ttrpgs.
 

DEFCON 1

Legend
People all along have kept insisting that this whole FR / Sword Coast thing is only due to some grand edict from Hasbro just because they have this idea they need to keep the area "fresh" for a D&D movie-- but I never have and still don't believe it. Movies take so freaking long to get into production and make that there is absolutely no reason anyone would think they need to keep the D&D game into a holding pattern just to justify it. And more especially, any powers-that-be at whatever the "film side" of Hasbro is or the film company that is producing and/or distributing the eventual D&D movie have probably little to no concern about the current state of the game at all. If/when a movie gets made, the producers and directors will set it wherever and whenever they want regardless of where/when the actual RPG sits, and if/when any marketing for the RPG comes up to connect it to the movie, they'll just make any and all products for the movie. There's absolutely no need to make sure the grand state of the D&D RPG in its entirety matches up with whatever movie D&D decides to go with. Especially considering it already has and will continue to take YEARS before any move actually rears its ugly head.

Whoever makes, produces or directs the eventual movie is in no way going to be beholden to where the game sits, and no one would ever bother wasting the game department's time by forcing them into a single path that just ends "hopefully" aligning to what the movie people eventually decide to go with. I mean after all... did the people who made the Warcraft movie align their film to the current state of the MMO? No! They decided for themselves where they wanted to set their film, and they did it. And never did the WoW producers have to align the state of the game to them.

Because after all... no one who doesn't play these games cares in the slightest how the eventual film aligns with the games that are inspiring them. They care only about how good a film is. And *if* its a good film, they maybe it will inspire some people to check out the game. And to help those people there will probably be a wonderful supplement produced by the game people that will come directly out of the movie, but which will in no way be connected to the game line as a whole. (See: The Stranger Things Starter Set.)

Because once you hook someone into actually checking out the D&D game... that person learns soon enough that there isn't just ONE game-- there are hundreds of different games and settings that you can make and play in, and thus no alignment to the "movie game" is ultimately necessary nor required.
 
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GarrettKP

Villager
By the same token, sometimes a developer talking about what they are working on is simply that. Which is what Lore You Should Know is about.
That is not technically what Lore You Should Know is about, as they have in the past talked about lore topics that were not being worked on at the time. BUT I am starting to suspect you are correct about the Baldurs Gate connection. Not because of LYSK, but because of something Tito said earlier in that very same episode of Dragon Talk.

Tito mentioned Jim Zub as being a player in one of the upcoming games during the live stream and that his character is a spoiler for the book. For those that do not know, Zub writes D&D comics, including the Rick and Morty crossover and, more interestingly, the Legends of Baldur's Gate books.

If Zub is playing a character that is a spoiler, then the character is likely a named NPC. And if it is a named NPC, then it is likely a character Zub is intimately familiar with. So unless the new adventure book is a Rick and Morty crossover adventure, I would wager a guess he is playing Minsc or one of his companions from Zub's own books. And if so, and if they were a spoiler, then that would point to a Baldur's Gate connection.

So ya, a Baldur's Gate Bloodwar combo adventure seems likely.
 
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Parmandur

Legend
That is not technically what Lore You Should Know is about, as they have in the past talked about lore topics that were not being worked on at the time. BUT I am starting to suspect you are correct about the Baldurs Gate connection. Not because of LYSK, but because of something Tito said earlier in that very same episode of Dragon Talk.

Tito mentioned Jim Zub as being a player in one of the upcoming games during the live stream and that his character is a spoiler for the book. For those that do not know, Zub writes D&D comics, including the Rick and Morty crossover and, more interestingly, the Legends of Baldur's Gate books.

If Zub is playing a character that is a spoiler, then the character is likely a named NPC. And if it is a named NPC, then it is likely a character Zub is intimately familiar with. So unless the new adventure book is a Rick and Morty crossover adventure, I would wager a guess he is playing Minsc or one of his companions from Zub's own books. And if so, and if they were a spoiler, then that would point to a Baldur's Gate connection.

So ya, a Baldur's Gate Bloodwar combo adventure seems likely.
For months leading up to the announcement of Ghosts of Saltmarsh, all the LYSK episodes were about the U series, TSR UK, Saughuin in general, aquatic monsters, Lizardfolk, etc. Most of the time, what he talks about relates to what he is working on.

All of the WotC have been mentioning Baldur's Gate casually recently: it came up during the latest Spoilers & Swag, too.
 

vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
My bet is that we will see an AP featuring Dragonspear Castle which houses a portal to Hell and has long been a thorn in Baldur's Gate foot.

SPOILER for Siege of Dragonspear Castle

The last Baldur's Gate game was a story about a how a crusader wished to invade hell to free a loved one while her close advisor conspired to free his devil master.


There's also a possible link between Hoard of the Dragon Queen and Zariel. The wiki states that Zariel was the one who suggested to the Thayians and the Dragonc Cult to summon Tiamat to Toril because whe wanted to get rid her layer of Hell of her. So maybe we will see the next step in the large metaplot of HotDQ -> Rot -> SKT -> ? .

I believe those events with be linked in the next AP, but I dont know how :p
 

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