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D&D 5E New D&D Hardcover To Be Announced On The 23rd (Tomorrow)?

According to this page on Amazon.com, a new Dungeon & Dragons hardcover title for May will be announced tomorrow. Users in the US see the product below (those in the UK are seeing a Wizkids miniatures set instead).

So far signs look like Ravenloft, but we’ll know for sure tomorrow.

[Update -- also mentioned by Todd Kendrick, recently of D&D Beyond].

WotC has posted the below animation, which says “The Mist Beckons”.



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Charlaquin

Goblin Queen
Campaign book, with dreadlords, more monsters, spells, tales of van Richten, updated vistani, new player races. Possibly an introductory adventure.

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That would be my guess/hope. Whatever it is, I’m betting this is the second of the two upcoming books with an updated take on the Vistani mentioned in that one blog post. Seems like a Demiplane of Dread campaign setting would be the perfect place to introduce the Vistani as planar nomads rather than servants of Strahd. It would also be easy enough to tie Innistrad in there if they wanted to.
 



After the creepy clown hoaxes of a few years ago, my kids still periodically ask me every few months whether they were real. A murderous clown (fey? undead?) monster seems like a great idea for a 5E Ravenloft/horror adventures book.
Heckna, by Hit Point Press, is basically following this concept as it's about your party trying to survive a killer Carnival that is being runned by what seems to be an Eldritch Abomination/Fey/Something masquerading as a clown jester known as Heckna.
 







Mistwell

Legend
I wish it were Castle Amber instead of more Ravenloft. But since they licensed that out already, I doubt it's that. If it's Ravenloft, I wish it would be picking up where the last book left off in levels, so you can take that campaign to level 20. But I also doubt that will happen as people don't see to buy high levels as much these days.
 

AmerginLiath

Adventurer
I see various folks saying “this generation doesn’t know much about Hammer Horror” and such. But why NOT remix the motifs of Hammer films, Poe stories, Universal monsters and the likes — Appendix N mainstays of previous editions — into current-generation stories? It opens up broad new avenues of sources for younger players and access to old favorites for experienced players. It’s the same way that I expect any Dark Sun release (now that Psionics is percolating out) to remix Sword and Sorcery/Sword and Sandal motifs (especially with a new version of Dune on the horizon).
 

My point is that there's still a lot left to milk in the original. I would think that the sequel would only be for when the sales of the original start to flag, which it isn't yet doing. Strahd Colonel's Original Recipe is still #15 and New Strahd is #43.

Seems, believe it or not, a bit soon to try to put out new adventure content. I can see expanding the Ravenloft setting. But a sequel to an adventure that is still going strong and whose 5e version was just re-released seems a bit premature.
In video gaming, it's common to "remaster" the original just before releasing a sequel. It's a way to rekindle interest in an old product and reactivate fans that drifted away. So it's possible that the Ravenloft deluxe edition was meant to do just that for this upcoming product.
 

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
In video gaming, it's common to "remaster" the original just before releasing a sequel. It's a way to rekindle interest in an old product and reactivate fans that drifted away. So it's possible that the Ravenloft deluxe edition was meant to do just that for this upcoming product.
Todd Howard would like a word with you.
 



Dire Bare

Legend
Supporter
What I'd like to see announced tomorrow . . . .

Van Richten's Guide to the Mists

Table of Contents
  • Player Options - New archetypes, new lineages
  • Guide to Vistani
  • Guide to Vampires
  • Guide to Ghosts
  • Guide to Lycanthropes
  • Guide to the Ancient Dead (mummies, liches)
  • Guide to Fiends (demons, devils)
  • Guide to the Created (golems)
  • EDIT: Guide to Witches (witches, warlocks, and hags)
Each major chapter would give some new creature stats, items, spells . . . but would focus on how to run these types of creatures in a horror campaign, based on the original "Van Richten's Guide" series. Except the Vistani, that section would reinvent them to drop the racist gypsy/Roma tropes and present the culture in how they relate to the horrors of the mists . . . .

EDIT: Added a chapter for witches! This would also require a guide to the classic horror of witches and hags, but . . . . with an attempt to remove the ageism and misogyny inherent in the tropes (powerful females are evil, old and ugly females are evil)

I don't think it will be quite this, but . . . . one can hope! Well, unless you're trapped in the Realms of Dread!
 

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