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D&D 5E Roundup: Check Out These Previews from D&D Celebration

WotC's online D&D streaming event is taking place all weekend, and throughout the process they have released a few previews upcoming books.

From Fizban's Treasury of Dragons:

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From Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos:

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

There was a 2e supplement called College of Wizardry. It's probably darker than what Strixhaven appears to be. Btw, is Strixhaven a girls' school? Just wondering because of the pictures and the names.

No, it's not a girl's school, for example Dean Embrose of Silverquill is very much a man and a father.

I do think Strixhaven is being more marketed towards a female audience then other Campaign settings.
 

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BookTenTiger

He / Him
Is it troublesome and offensive if I say this looks like utter poo?

I so miss when D&D was darker and more Tolkien-inspired. Now it's Harry Potter, but as an anime.
Makes sense however, since the majority of D&D players in general either choose to play as their favorite anime character or as their idealized waifu/husbando.
Its not troublesome and offensive, but it is like worrying that the world is going to flood because it's been raining for the last hour.

As others have pointed out, WotC recently published Ravenloft and Rime of the Frostmaiden. Curse of Strahd is still one of the most popular campaigns.

I bet in the next year there will be something published that fits your style too!
 


Nostalgia for your personal aesthetic preferences is fine, but D&D has been different from standard Tolkien fare for quite some time. 2e gave us Planescape, Dark Sun, Planejammer, and more. Even then I don't think Tolkien is the primary influence on D&D when compared to other writers. The world of fantasy has changed. I don't think that younger gamers particularly care or know about the fantasy of Fritz Lieber, Michael Moorcock, or Robert Howard, which inspired Gygax. That's (mostly*) fine. Our sense of fantasy adventure has changed.

* "That's not a Witcher or Arthas clone, younglings! That's an Elric clone!"
And then WotC takes those same settings and ruins them for the 5e crowd. Ravenloft book is a clear example, being dubbed more "Scooby-Doo" like than Gothic Horror, as it should have been. The fact it lacks Fear/Horror/Madness rules mechanics, which was literally the core of Ravenloft's playstyle, was stripped completely.
 

And then WotC takes those same settings and ruins them for the 5e crowd. Ravenloft book is a clear example, being dubbed more "Scooby-Doo" like than Gothic Horror, as it should have been. The fact it lacks Fear/Horror/Madness rules mechanics, which was literally the core of Ravenloft's playstyle, was stripped completely.
those already exist in the dmg under optional rules plus fear mechanics do not work to place people in the fear only take them out of it.
 

Mallus

Legend
As of right this minute, an anime Harry Potter-esque magical college-set campaign sounds really appealing. Maybe after our faux-Icelandic saga OD&D campaign ends? I shudder to think what my group would do to it, though. Student uprisings? Practically a given. Magical culture wars fought with area of effect damage spells?...
 

As of right this minute, an anime Harry Potter-esque magical college-set campaign sounds really appealing. Maybe after our faux-Icelandic saga OD&D campaign ends? I shudder to think what my group would do to it, though. Student uprisings? Practically a given. Magical culture wars fought with area of effect damage spells?...
I would pay to what the end results.
 

Ezequielramone

Explorer
worst case grab them for a mechanic that is useful.
That doesn't work for me. They re release small mechanics. I have eberron book, but they re-released the artificer... I did not buy the Ravnica guide but wanted the circle of spores druid... they re released it in Tasha's too, so I have the only small part I wanted from Ravnica in another book. So I prefer to wait.
 

Aldarc

Legend
And then WotC takes those same settings and ruins them for the 5e crowd. Ravenloft book is a clear example, being dubbed more "Scooby-Doo" like than Gothic Horror, as it should have been. The fact it lacks Fear/Horror/Madness rules mechanics, which was literally the core of Ravenloft's playstyle, was stripped completely.
Please take some time from your thread-crapping about WotC ruining settings and realize that not everyone shares your opinions.
 

RSIxidor

Adventurer
Drake Warden is intriguing. (Depending on how you rule some interactions with later level features) it's a nice variation on the Beast Master w Tasha's Primal Companion. At later levels, it has much better damage spikes but the Primal Companion seems like it would have more consistency and flexibility (gets extra attack and each form has something that helps them or others to attack). Their scaling being different is also intriguing (Drake only scales by PB, Primal scales based on the Ranger's spellcasting attack). Rangers are less likely to keep their spellcasting stat as high as their primary attack stat, so I could see the Drake being more usable generally. Their defenses are similar (similar AC, similar HP, Drake gets two good saves, Primal gets bonus to all saves).
 


AcererakTriple6

Autistic DM (he/him)
And then WotC takes those same settings and ruins them for the 5e crowd. Ravenloft book is a clear example, being dubbed more "Scooby-Doo" like than Gothic Horror, as it should have been. The fact it lacks Fear/Horror/Madness rules mechanics, which was literally the core of Ravenloft's playstyle, was stripped completely.
1) Horror, and Madness are already variant rules in the DMG. They're there if you want them.
2) Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft introcuded the Fear and Stress mechanics, which also work for the same purpose, while not being so problematic (due to most of the Madness effects being similar to real-life mental conditions and illnesses, like schizophrenia).
3) There are plenty of horrifying things in VRGtR, like the Unspeakable Horror, Relentless Killers, Necrichor, Zombie Clot, and similar monsters. None of those are the sort of things that you'd see in the Scooby-Doo TV show, especially because the whole premise of Scooby-Doo is that the monsters are always fake, which makes them more horrifying in a D&D world where they're legitimately real.
 
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J.Quondam

CR 1/8
Is it troublesome and offensive if I say this looks like utter poo?

I so miss when D&D was darker and more Tolkien-inspired. Now it's Harry Potter, but as an anime.
Makes sense however, since the majority of D&D players in general either choose to play as their favorite anime character or as their idealized waifu/husbando.
Nah, not offensive at all. Though now I find myself wondering why your avatar is an athropomorphic owl with boobs.
 


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