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D&D 5E Revisited Setting News: Its not the 2023 Classic setting, but rather for 2024

Plaguescarred

D&D Playtester for WoTC since 2012
There are not issues with Dragonlance, WotC owns are rights to the IP.
Glad to hear this! After the litigation that surrounded the latest novels penned by the creators of DL i wasn't sure about the rest. I"d say it may also be a good contender for classic settings with new novels coming up.
 

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Bolares

Hero
That's my point: newer players might not have any nostalgia for Greyhawk, but they love D&D, and "history of D&D" products have taken off: my kids love those art books, for example. Positioning Greyhawk as the buy-in for learning the history of one's hobby...particularly if they include a Ruins Castle Greyhawk Adventure...I see a real market for it. And it makes more sense as a 50th Anniversary tie-in than the Forgotten Realms. The questionable nature of whether such a product would work would be why it's not set in stone yet, but whatever this project is, it is something that WotC is considering three years in advance for the 50th Anniversary, so it has to be something fitting for that while simultaneously being something they are unsure of: for the very reasons proposed against Greyhawk here by @Ruin Explorer or @Henadic Theologian among others, which are valid, that makes it fit the bill for the "revisit" in my mind. A Greyhawk product would be a perfect fit for a celebration of the history and origins of the game, but maybe it wouldn't sell: so WotC is still considering it and researching how it would work and be received.
We've seen something similar with Magic recently. They didn't come back to Dominaria for years, because they didn't feel it offered something to newer audiences. So they transformed Dominaria in to a "history" plane. Stories there now focus on the rich history of the plane, and it's interaction with past and present. Maybe Greyhawk could be something like that for D&D?
 

dave2008

Legend
Glad to hear this! After the litigation that surrounded the latest novels penned by the creators of DL i wasn't sure about the rest. I"d say it may also be a good contender for classic settings with new novels coming up.
That was the authors of the DL books, they were not the sole creators of the DL setting (many people created the setting with the Authors). The new books only exist because the authors got a license from WotC to use the DL IP.
 

Glad to hear this! After the litigation that surrounded the latest novels penned by the creators of DL i wasn't sure about the rest. I"d say it may also be a good contender for classic settings with new novels coming up.
WotC's ownership of DL was never in dispute. The issue was, having obtained permission to publish a novel using the licence, the authors felt publication was being blocked.
 

Plaguescarred

D&D Playtester for WoTC since 2012
That was the authors of the DL books, they were not the sole creators of the DL setting (many people created the setting with the Authors). The new books only exist because the authors got a license from WotC to use the DL IP.
I thought that Tracy and Laura Hickman were the creators of Dragonlance, and that others expanded it.

Also what this page says Dragonlance - Wikipedia
 


Plaguescarred

D&D Playtester for WoTC since 2012
WotC's ownership of DL was never in dispute. The issue was, having obtained permission to publish a novel using the licence, the authors felt publication was being blocked.
It's a good news that novels in setting other than Forgotten Realms are being licensed. Do we know if any other setting have novel license as we speak?
 


dave2008

Legend
I thought that Tracy and Laura Hickman were the creators of Dragonlance, and that others expanded it.

Also what this page says Dragonlance - Wikipedia
The Hickmans came up with the initial idea (possibly based on their home game), but to say they created the game setting is to far a stretch. Their was a dedicated team at TSR that developed the setting including other writers, designers, and artist. Don't forget that Margaret Weis was a co-author of the original novels was well. And there have been many more authors since those books.
 

It's a good news that novels in setting other than Forgotten Realms are being licensed. Do we know if any other setting have novel license as we speak?
WotC are not currently producing novels, but they have granted rights to a couple of (high profile) authors to use their IP. I guess if a sufficiently high profile writer where to approach WotC and ask to use the licence for an Eberron novel they might get permission.
 


overgeeked

B/X Known World
But any of the classic settings they will revisit is in the same boat as Greyhawk, so WoTC will have their reasons to release some, be it nostalgia, hallmark tribute, origin or whatever other reasons.
Not really. Greyhawk has an even older fanbase than the 2E favorites like Dark Sun and Planescape. With the older guard mostly going into the OSR or sticking with AD&D, there’s really no draw for standalone setting books that will sell to a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of their audience.

The tier rankings that WotC survey revealed are likely what we’ll get. Tier 1 and some/most/maybe all of tier 2. Anything else will be bundled or left on the cutting room floor. We might get an anthology with one adventure in each of the tier 3 settings. Or a multiverse book that treats each setting like a Domain of Dread with a quick few page write-up. Here’s to hoping Mystara gets more than a paragraph.
 


dave2008

Legend
Not really. Greyhawk has an even older fanbase than the 2E favorites like Dark Sun and Planescape. With the older guard mostly going into the OSR or sticking with AD&D, there’s really no draw for standalone setting books that will sell to a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of their audience.

The tier rankings that WotC survey revealed are likely what we’ll get. Tier 1 and some/most/maybe all of tier 2. Anything else will be bundled or left on the cutting room floor. We might get an anthology with one adventure in each of the tier 3 settings. Or a multiverse book that treats each setting like a Domain of Dread with a quick few page write-up. Here’s to hoping Mystara gets more than a paragraph.
Wasn't Greyhawk at the top of tier 2 IIRC?
 







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