5E Poll: What D&D setting do you want to have an official 5E book?

What would you want in an official D&D setting book?

  • Greyhawk

    Votes: 22 18.8%
  • Mystara

    Votes: 4 3.4%
  • Pelinore

    Votes: 2 1.7%
  • Dragonlance

    Votes: 5 4.3%
  • Kara-Tur

    Votes: 3 2.6%
  • Spelljammer

    Votes: 6 5.1%
  • Dark Sun

    Votes: 23 19.7%
  • Al-Qadim

    Votes: 9 7.7%
  • Birthright

    Votes: 4 3.4%
  • Council of Wyrms

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Planescape

    Votes: 22 18.8%
  • Jakandor

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Rokugan

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Dragon Fist

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Maharsapa

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Ghostwalk

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Nentir Vale

    Votes: 8 6.8%
  • A Magic the Gathering Setting

    Votes: 2 1.7%
  • Other 3rd-Party Settings (please comment with your choice)

    Votes: 5 4.3%

  • Total voters

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
The title says it all, but I'm making this as there does seem to be a (small) controversy brewing about the choice to give CR an official campaign setting book.

However, the reasons for why people feel that way seem to be scattershot, so I want to know from you... what settings do you actually want to see?

I'm only giving people one vote as I want to see what people want first. The positioning of settings in the poll is based on their release, and there are a lot of settings. I didn't include Blackmoor because it technically falls under other settings, but I did include Kara-tur/Al-Qadim as people do seem to want that.


In order: Birthright, Planescape, and then either Dragon Fist or Rokugan as a third-place setting - I'd either like something that's really different from a conventional Western Fantasy style of setting, or something that brings something different to the table mechanically like Birthright's domain management.


Nentir Vale- That's it.

Don't ever let Perkins get anywhere near your old TSR anything. That goes for Mike, Monte,Sean and Bruce too.

Sword of Spirit

Dark Sun is going to get the most votes because it needs the most crunch—not just races and (sub)classes, but full psionics rules and essentially its own Monster Manual since 90%+ D&D monsters aren’t found there (although there can be some reskinning suggestions like the MtG setting UAs).

You simply can’t do Dark Sun without a ton of personal design work put into it. None of the other settings need quite as much work done, though there are some that still need plenty.

Dark Sun is also, lore wise, a fairly easy one to do because they already figured out that people prefer the classic original setting date (as indicated by the positive reaction to the 4e presentation), so they can stick with that and make most fans happy. The other settings often have tough choices to be made about what date to set it at to make the most people happy. (The right answer is to pick the most iconic one and then have sidebars and a good sized appendix covering how to have a campaign in other time periods. That’s what the failed to do with FR, making most of their setting material useless to me, because I don’t play with the ridiculous “we advanced the timeline way ahead and totally changed the Realms for 4e and people weren’t generally happy about that, so we did it again for 5e, but this time we made it mostly look like the pre-4e Realms people loved (with all your favorite characters from before inexplicable back from the dead) except with odd 4e stuff incongruously still present, so nobody who actually cared about the old lore or a continuing campaign would be happy, so you can’t say we’re playing favorites, but new players who don’t know about the old lore can hopefully be just as delighted by it, since it was popular in the day, and they don’t realize the ridiculously contrived way we’re now presenting it!”)

Greyhawk will get votes just because of popularity, but frankly (and I say this as a fan) it doesn’t need an update since its crunch is almost entirely covered by core D&D stuff presented in 5e already.

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Should you have included Forgotten Realms. To at least make @gyor happy?
Nope. Sword Coast has a book, and there are options for Al-Qadim and Kara-Tur for people to choose.

If I allowed a general "the rest of FR" option I'd have to add one for Eberron (beyond Khorvaire) and Ravenloft (beyond Barovia), which I'm not planning on doing.


Dark Sun.
I realize this will require working Psionics rules and a lot of 'why this world is different' discussions. I am willing to be patient while WotC gets it all put together and done well (the 4e DSCS and DSCC will be a tough act to follow).
But I still want Athas to be next on the list.


Second choice: Nentir Vale.
This seems to need the important information collected into one place, not a whole lot of new development work. It is a small enough task to be done both quickly and well.


FFG's Midnight (I know, won't happen), Greyhawk, Dark Sun, Birthright, Ravenloft (beyond Curse of Strahd), Planescape and, oh why not, Mystara, in that order. And an updated version of Gamma World using the D&D 5.0 chassis would be cool!

Evidently, I don't feel the need for other brand new settings/IPs, but I can see why those would be appealing and provide a stronger pull for newer/younger players. Newer settings/IPs are also kinder to my bank account.