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Spring's D&D Release Will Be Ship-Themed

WotC's Kate Welch and Nathan Stewart talked about the next big D&D release a little bit on tonight's Spoilers & Swag streamed chat. They mentioned that the full reveal is coming at a later date, but it will be a ship based product. It's almost done, but cover and title are not yet finalized.

Other notes from the chat:
  • There will be 3-4 big releases this year, with plans for spring, summer, and fall.
  • There will be no Spelljammer this year.
  • In 2020, there will be a couple of products that will touch on cultures that don't usually get exposure in their products — “I will say that in 2019 I don’t think that we’re going to get much more culturally diverse with the content that’s in there, but in 2020 we’re going to go…really…lots of different diverse stuff that brings in some different cultures and some different influences. We’re bringing in a lot of consultants this year to kind of vet the product…make this stuff… You won’t see much of it in 2019, but 2020 products I think will have a couple major products that have a lot of influence from cultures that we have not really touched on before that I think are pretty prevalent. I don’t want to give away too much, but I’m proud of the influences and the work that they’re doing, and how they’re doing it.”
  • The ship book will be a Spring release. The big Fall products will be announced during their big stream event May 17-19.
  • When asked about how the Eberron PDF experiment did, Nathan Stewart's response: "It was great, but we can't talk about it further."
  • ​They have a team of 25 people.
They also mentioned some joke names for the ship-based product, and four mock covers with the words "Everything you need to float your boat for the world's greatest roleplaying game."

There was an Unearthed Arcana playtest article a couple of months back called Ships & The Sea.



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Parmandur

Legend
So they talked about it a little bit on today's Fireside Chat. They mentioned that the full reveal are coming at a later date, but it will be a ship based product. It's almost done, but cover and title are not yet finalized.

Not much else was mentioned except some joke titles!
Not too surprising, given the UA, the upcoming seafaring comic book, the ship mini set, etc.
 


vecna00

Explorer
Also mentioned: "All we are prepared to tell you is that there will be no Spelljammer this year."
 

When I think about ships in D&D if it is not Spelljammer, then the answer should be Red Steel/Savage Coast, a spin-off of Mystara.
 




vecna00

Explorer
In 2020, there will be a couple products that will touch on cultures that don't usually get exposure in their products.
 


Parmandur

Legend
Did they give any indication if this is a late Winter or late Spring sort of release?

It strikes me that a Volo/Mordy-style book with nautical monster lore and additional rules for sea and ship related stuff would be awesome.
 

vecna00

Explorer
Al-Qadim, Kara-Tur and/or Maztica...?
Quite possibly! It was in response to a question asking if they were going to delve into a campaign featuring Africa or another area we haven't seen before. If not those campaigns specifically, we could get something like them, but it'll probably be those in some form.
 

vecna00

Explorer
Did they give any indication if this is a late Winter or late Spring sort of release?

It strikes me that a Volo/Mordy-style book with nautical monster lore and additional rules for sea and ship related stuff would be awesome.
The ship book will be a Spring release. The big Fall products will be announced during their big stream event May 17-19.
 


Arnwolf666

Adventurer
Al-Qadim, Kara-Tur and/or Maztica...?
This is what interested me. I don’t care what setting or culture. I just want something besides medieval Europe. Stone Age, Bronze Age, Persian, Mesopotamia, India, Southeast Asia, urban arcana, old
West, Victorian, anything but medieval Europe.
 


Parmandur

Legend
The ship book will be a Spring release. The big Fall products will be announced during their big stream event May 17-19.
So this is set to release significantly earlier than MToF, since that came out on 5/29 last year and the Stream of Annihilation was the next week...

ANy hint as to whether we are looking at three or four big books this year?
 


vecna00

Explorer
So this is set to release significantly earlier than MToF, since that came out on 5/29 last year and the Stream of Annihilation was the next week...

ANy hint as to whether we are looking at three or four big books this year?
All they kept saying was "3-4 big releases." However, when asked about how the Eberron PDF experiment did, Nathan Stewart's response: "It was great, but we can't talk about it further." It makes me think we're going to be seeing more of that!
 

Parmandur

Legend
All they kept saying was "3-4 big releases." However, when asked about how the Eberron PDF experiment did, Nathan Stewart's response: "It was great, but we can't talk about it further." It makes me think we're going to be seeing more of that!
Interesting, that suggests they have some stuff up in the air still, in terms of whether a fourth book makes it this year.
 

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