D&D General Random House Announces Three New Licensed Dungeons & Dragons Books

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Random House opened pre-orders for three new licensed Dungeons & Dragons books coming later this year. The first is A Long Rest for Little Monsters (Dungeons & Dragons) written by Brittany Ramirez and illustrated by Shane Clester, which will be part of the classic children’s book line Little Golden Book. From the product description:
Little ones can meet iconic monsters from Dungeons & Dragons in this adorable rhyming Little Golden Book!

Colorful dragons settle down for the night.
No matter what color—blue, green, black, or white!
Red dragons curl up, protecting their gold,
While white dragons lie outside in the cold!


Little dungeon masters will meet dragons, owlbears, beholders, and more as they all get ready for bed in this fun, rhyming Little Golden Book. Perfect for adventurers ages 2 to 5 as well as Dungeons & Dragons fans and Little Golden Book collectors of all ages!

Little Golden Books enjoy nearly 100% consumer recognition. They feature beloved classics, hot licenses, and new original stories . . . the classics of tomorrow.

The 24-page hardcover is available for pre-order now for a retail price of $5.99 and an expected release date of January 23, 2024.

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And for just about the complete opposite, we will also get later this summer Puncheons & Flagons: The Official Dungeons & Dragons Cocktail Book [A Cocktail and Mocktail Recipe Book] by Andrew Wheeler and “Official Dungeons & Dragons Licensed”. From the product description:

Complement any game night with 75 deliciously clever Dungeons & Dragons-themed cocktails and bar bites to sustain any group of players for any time of day.

Entertain fabulously while you adventure in your next D&D campaign! Puncheons & Flagons is a delightful and fun-filled cocktail and snacks book filled with fare that would be served up at your character’s favorite tavern, inn, or market along the Sword Coast. All seventy-five dishes, created by a professional recipe developer, are easy to prepare and provide everything you need for hosting and entertaining with D&D flair.

Dishes are organized by in-world drinking establishment and by base ingredient with options for every occasion—especially game nights!—including:
  • Adventurous cocktails such as Necromancer and Hand of Vecna
  • Batch cocktails such as Candlekeep Tea and Faerie Fire
  • Nonalcoholic concoctions such as Mourning Cup and Baldurian Tonic
  • Tasty morsels such as Luiric Rarebit and High Sun Florentines
Drink up!

The 192-page hardcover is available for pre-order for a retail price of $29.99 for the hardcover and $14.99 for the Kindle ebook edition with an expected release date of August 27, 2024.

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Finally coming this summer is Dungeons & Dragons: Spelljammer: Memory’s Wake by Django Wexler. This makes the first solo Spelljammer novel for Dungeons & Dragons since 1993. From the product description:

A Dungeons & Dragons novel set in the Spelljammer universe

In this reboot of a beloved D&D setting, join Axia, a young woman with a mysterious past, as she embarks on a piratical adventure aboard a Spelljammer, a flying spaceborne vessel powered by magic.

Dungeons & Dragons: Spelljammer: Memory’s Wake is available for pre-order for $28.99 in hardcover, $14.99 in Kindle ebook, and $35.00 for the audio book with a scheduled release date of July 2, 2024.

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teitan

Legend
The Little Golden Books have been doing cool pop culture books for a while now. As I recall, they're doing a Little Golden Book version of Alien this year as well.

I will wait on the reviews of the cocktail book. In my experience, a lot of the themed cocktail books either just rename existing cocktails (boo) or include recipes that need a ton of obscure and expensive ingredients that most people don't have the ability to have on hand (also boo). I think one of the many, many, many existing unlicensed Hobbit cookbooks/cocktail books might be a better way to go for me.

And, despite its issues, obviously WotC feels like Spelljammer was a success, which is interesting. Maybe the chances of a Van Richten's style second book, with more setting information, isn't off the table.
I have a Witcher cookbook that my wife got me and she made this meat pie from it that was incredible.

 

I will wait on the reviews of the cocktail book. In my experience, a lot of the themed cocktail books either just rename existing cocktails (boo)

I absolutely hate when they do that. It's like, no, you're not fooling anyone by renaming a negroni. It's the height of laziness.

or include recipes that need a ton of obscure and expensive ingredients that most people don't have the ability to have on hand (also boo).

That is the tricky bit. Having to buy a $30-$50 bottle of booze just to pour half an ounce into a cocktail can be a big ask.
 

Whizbang Dustyboots

Gnometown Hero
That is the tricky bit. Having to buy a $30-$50 bottle of booze just to pour half an ounce into a cocktail can be a big ask.
I got into tiki cocktails during the pandemic, and I'm only now winnowing down the truly silly amount of rums I was convinced to get. For tiki drinks, you probably need about three (a white rum, a funky Jamaican rum and a distinct third choice for blending with the others), but I have more than nine, which is silly.

And that's to say nothing of the mixers in cocktail culture. I have found no satisfying uses for St. Germain, which is allegedly the "bartender's ketchup" that makes everything better.

Still it's been a good journey because I have a good sense of what my wife and I like, and in a few months, we'll be down to just our core bottles and saving a whole lot of space in our cabinets.
 

I got into tiki cocktails during the pandemic, and I'm only now winnowing down the truly silly amount of rums I was convinced to get. For tiki drinks, you probably need about three (a white rum, a funky Jamaican rum and a distinct third choice for blending with the others), but I have more than nine, which is silly.

And that's to say nothing of the mixers in cocktail culture. I have found no satisfying uses for St. Germain, which is allegedly the "bartender's ketchup" that makes everything better.

Still it's been a good journey because I have a good sense of what my wife and I like, and in a few months, we'll be down to just our core bottles and saving a whole lot of space in our cabinets.

Tiki drinks really do go wild with different kinds of rums. My general rum stock is 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 dark, and either a bottle of Pussers or Smith & Cross, depending on my mood and availability.

If you like tiki drinks, I'd suggest Todd Stashwick's Mystic Libations. I think the citrus needs to be cut in half for most of the drinks, but otherwise there are some real gems informed by tiki culture in it.

St. Germain is one of those things that I don't use often, but when it does come up, there really isn't any substitute for it.
 



Incenjucar

Legend
They should make a bundle with the drink book that comes in a mimic-style treasure chest with the tools and alcohol needed to make each drink once.
 

Queer Venger

Dungeon Master is my Dad
wait what?? WotC is getting into the novel/fiction business?
Im very interested in the SJ novel; let's see how the writing is.
 

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