Ravnica: Is This The New D&D Setting? [UPDATED & CONFIRMED!]


Waterbizkit

Explorer
This could be cool, glad they're going to try something a bit different. The backlash and people whinging about them not updating other settings first will be worth a laugh too. I look forward to seeing how this all plays out.
 

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Staccat0

First Post
Star Wars' Coruscant has been around for awhile.

And at least in sci fi waste disposal, food and water distribution, etc can be hand waved away by science. A fantasy city that size is one in which magic is EVERYWHERE.

Yeah I’m not implying it’s a NEW idea. Just more interesting to me than many existing settings in regards to stuff I can steal from.
 

S

Sunseeker

Guest
Neither did Eberron, until it did.

And what, exactly is D&D anyway?

Is it hard medieval fantasy? Is it gothic horror? It is high-magic shenanigans? Is it sy-fantasy? D&D has covered all of these things long before Ravnica, even the MTG set, was ever released.
 

mjsoctober

Explorer
Interesting... I guess it's true. Nobody wants anything new, they just want the same things rehashed over and over.

Simple truth is: This is the first new setting for D&D for years, and the overall response is... <looks over the posts> Horror and denial... I'm not surprised, but it does make me a bit sad. It's not like all the other settings don't have decades of RPG books and expansions out there on ebay just waiting for you to grab them all. It's not even that much effort to shift them to 5th edition. Or even pathfinder. Or any other game system.

I mean, is ONE new setting book that horrible a thing?

It's not that we don't want something new, it's that we don't want MtG in our D&D.

And technically it's not a new setting, since it already exists in MtG, it's just "new" to D&D.

How about something actually new and original?
 

Magic: the Gathering has got a background and lore too rich but the planerwarlkers have got a special game mechanic can't be adapted to d20 system, or can they? The guilds of Ravnica are too linked to the colors of mana to use a standard d20 magic.

I remember when I published in April's 1st about a crossover among Kaladesh and Transformers. X-DD

If the worlds of M:tG become canon in D&D, then will we see a mash-up, a fusion or amalgam among Ravenloft and Innistrad?
 

Winterthorn

Monster Manager
Well *that's* a surprise! I figured if WotC was going to do a setting book they would do Dominaria which has a lot of history/lore and they recently returned to it with a nice card set (block). However Ravnica was, and still is, a favourite plane for this amateur MTG player, so this is a pleasant surprise for me. I too anticipate the Artificer will show up as a class as it fits the ongoing lore in MTG.

Truly an intersting development IMO. Now WotC needs to be careful to avoid fracturing the D&D fan base - a new setting for D&D is always a gamble, and plenty people still express interest in updates to older D&D IP.

Not everyone likes chocolate with their peanut butter, but I do, ;).
 
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Vicente

Explorer
This is great news. MtG has a ton of great lore, so I'm very excited about this product (and more excited if this means at some point we get Zendikar or Dominaria :D).
 

Alikar

First Post
I love this! Its super nice to see Wizards:

1. Not release another FR related product.
2. Visit a world that has never had a campaign book before.
3. Not be Dark Sun or Eberron or Greyhawk. There are plenty of recent books on these settings that are still usable.

I would have loved to see something completely new, but if they are going to use MTG at least they chose one of the best planes.
 
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MechaPilot

Explorer
Ravnica was my favorite block of MtG cards. I just really loved the Orzov, the Golgari and the Dimir. This is really the only MtG/D&D crossover I care about, but I'm not 100% sold on the book, especially if it's as sparse as the other MtG D&D PDFs have been.

Combine this with the $50 adventure that only takes characters to level 5 (Dragon Heist says on the WotC products page that it's an adventure for lvls 1-5. That's $10 per level, and the first three levels of play are really short in 5e.) and I'm not terribly impressed by what's been announced for release this year.

I'll definitely give the products a proper once-over when they arrive at my local hobby shop, but the only one I'm currently thinking I might buy is the 5-20 adventure. Maybe. It depends on how interwoven it is with Waterdeep. I don't play in FR.
 

Ravnica was my favorite block of MtG cards. I just really loved the Orzov, the Golgari and the Dimir. This is really the only MtG/D&D crossover I care about, but I'm not 100% sold on the book, especially if it's as sparse as the other MtG D&D PDFs have been.

Combine this with the $50 adventure that only takes characters to level 5 (Dragon Heist says on the WotC products page that it's an adventure for lvls 1-5. That's $10 per level, and the first three levels of play are really short in 5e.) and I'm not terribly impressed by what's been announced for release this year.

I'll definitely give the products a proper once-over when they arrive at my local hobby shop, but the only one I'm currently thinking I might buy is the 5-20 adventure. Maybe. It depends on how interwoven it is with Waterdeep. I don't play in FR.

I mean, it's not like a single level in DND actually has a set length of time, it's entirely possible that there's an immense amount of low level content in that book where you can play at low level for months with interesting and engaging content. It's not really $ per level that matters, more like $ per session, and even that's kind of dubious. I would be very surprised if that adventure doesn't use milestones to focus in on 1-5 with an experience that would take a normal amount of time for a hardcover.

In fact with the companion book being what it is, I wouldn't be surprised if it had decelerated leveling 1-5, and then accelerated leveling to get players to 10+ or 15+ in the early part of undermountain.
 

robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
So the streams are finally, officially, being crossed?! I’ve been saying it makes sense for a long time. Interesting times ahead!
 


robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
My "MtG Lore" is pretty mediocre... but from what I do know about it, Ravnica sounds like a pretty good setting for a D&D game, probably the best of the bunch (that I know about!)

I think someone started noticing that there was duplicated effort going on: Ravenloft - Innistrad, Chult - Ixalan, Dominaria - Forgotten Realms. It’s time to put the wood behind one arrow. New Magic plane, new D&D campaign setting. It makes a lot of sense and lets D&D remain evergreen rather than mired in the past.

I know it will make many folks unhappy, but sometimes you have to let the past go in order to thrive in the future.
 


Mercule

Adventurer
So torn. It's not the Realms, which is awesome. But, it's Mtg, which is something I've actively avoided for about 20 years, after a brief flirtation.

I'd say I'm mostly disappointed, but I think some of that is my interest in Eberron, some is disinterest in Magic, and some is that the hype was explicit in this not being a new setting. Well, this is a new setting for D&D.
 


FitzTheRuke

Legend
This sounds like a great idea to me. A new D&D setting is an exciting thing, and they've already done a lot of the work to make this setting interesting, different, and have a lot of art assets for it. It just makes sense.

They'd better make some announcements on their plans to do some material for the other settings too, though...
 

vecna00

Speculation Specialist Wizard
So torn. It's not the Realms, which is awesome. But, it's Mtg, which is something I've actively avoided for about 20 years, after a brief flirtation.

I'd say I'm mostly disappointed, but I think some of that is my interest in Eberron, some is disinterest in Magic, and some is that the hype was explicit in this not being a new setting. Well, this is a new setting for D&D.

That last part is me right now. I know some will argue that it's not "new" because it's existed in Magic, but it is new for D&D heads. I don't hate this, but it's not what I prefer. I may well warm up to it leading up to release, but I want to be mad for a week or so!
 

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