Preview of Halflings And Gnomes From Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes Surface Online

Over at Polygon they have some interesting preview images from the upcoming Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes from Wizards of the Coast. Among the things that we will see in the new book will be some expansions to halflings and gnomes. The word is that there aren't any major revisions to the races, but that the new content will build upon what is already in the Player's Handbook.


They say about the book "Tome of Foes is narrated by Mordenkainen, a wizard created by D&D co-creator Gary Gygax for his World of Greyhawk campaign. It will contain lots of new content for the 5th edition, including a lengthy investigation of demons, devils, several kinds of elves and duergar, the infamous dark dwarves."

"Also included in the book will be new tools for building player characters, including halflings and gnomes. Both races of tiny folk were included in the 5th edition Player’s Handbook, which was published in 2014. Tome of Foes doesn’t revise them, but simply adds more depth and color to each race’s backstory."



The release date for Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes is May 29, 2018.
 

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GMMichael

Guide of Modos
Badgers?

Badgers?

...anyway. Halflings obviously have huge brains, since they have "found niches for themselves away from the battles and rivalries" of the big folk. Hence, huge heads.
 

Yaarel

Mind Mage
The descriptions of the halflings describe an emotional intelligence and an ability to read people, that some would associate with a Wisdom improvement, and insight skill proficiency.

However, I want Charisma to handle *all* social skills, including empathy and emotional insight, so I am fine with the Charisma improvement that the halflings have − at least the lightfoot halfling.

So, in order to mechanically back up the flavor of the halfling, the race needs a Charisma boost as well as a proficiency/expertise in an insight skill that keys off of Charisma (not Wisdom).

I also see Charisma associating with an archetypal presence that is larger than life, along with uncanny fate and destiny, so the Charisma flavor works well with the ‘luckiness’ of the halfling as well.

When it is possible to back up flavor with mechnics, it is important for the game design to make an effort to do so. Mechanics ensure that a flavor actualizes substantially during gameplay.
 

gyor

Legend
As I said in the other thread about this, the big thing to me is that it confirms Greyhawk Halfling Goddess of warnings Charmalaine is in the book. I don't know if they will be expanding the FR Halfling Pantheon to include her, but I hope so as she seems interesting.
 



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Elderbrain

Guest
As I said in the other thread about this, the big thing to me is that it confirms Greyhawk Halfling Goddess of warnings Charmalaine is in the book. I don't know if they will be expanding the FR Halfling Pantheon to include her, but I hope so as she seems interesting.

Embarrassed to say I don't recall that deity - where is she mentioned?
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
I like it. It feels like a halfling Norman Rockwell painting his own people.
I wondwr about the actual statistics no for people reacting the Halflings art, because I've seen a few people get cranky about it online, but no indication of this disapproval in broader society.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
As I said in the other thread about this, the big thing to me is that it confirms Greyhawk Halfling Goddess of warnings Charmalaine is in the book. I don't know if they will be expanding the FR Halfling Pantheon to include her, but I hope so as she seems interesting.
The book has a Greyhawk/Planescape basis, we'll probably get some information for generic D&D racial foods and some brief notes how they fit into other worlds as relevant.
 

Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
The book has a Greyhawk/Planescape basis, we'll probably get some information for generic D&D racial foods and some brief notes how they fit into other worlds as relevant.

Has the Greyhawk/Planescape angle been officially confirmed, it is it still just speculstion/implication?
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Has the Greyhawk/Planescape angle been officially confirmed, it is it still just speculstion/implication?
Well, it is written in persona Mordenkainen, with additional notes but Shemeska, which can be seen in the previews. It is certainly very much in the 5E metasetting.
 


SkidAce

Legend
Supporter
Good thing the epic necromancer Notorus Gib cast the 10th level ritual "Genocide" way back in prehistory.

Alfaysia has been halfing free ever since.
 




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