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

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.
 

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Bitbrain

Black Lives Matter
That's what I'm leaning towards myself - a book with rules for ships and underwater adventuring, a section on water-based PC races (possibly reprinting sea elves and tritons, but adding new options like merfolk and locathah), and a bestiary focusing on aquatic creatures and nautical NPCs. Possibly a short adventure as well...
This would be perfect.

And if the PC options included Tritons, Merfolk, Sahuagin, and some kind of Crabfolk, I'll actually be able to run a game based on the new Aquaman film!
 

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Parmandur

Legend
That's what I'm leaning towards myself - a book with rules for ships and underwater adventuring, a section on water-based PC races (possibly reprinting sea elves and tritons, but adding new options like merfolk and locathah), and a bestiary focusing on aquatic creatures and nautical NPCs. Possibly a short adventure as well...
Very solid core idea for a full book. I'm excited, especially since I just got Goodman Games Isle of Dread book.
 






That's what I'm leaning towards myself - a book with rules for ships and underwater adventuring, a section on water-based PC races (possibly reprinting sea elves and tritons, but adding new options like merfolk and locathah), and a bestiary focusing on aquatic creatures and nautical NPCs. Possibly a short adventure as well...
As an addendum to this, they could also include a chapter describing a typical aquatic/nautical-themed region. Either of the two sets of pirate isles in the Forgotten Realms (in the Sea of Swords or in the Sea of Fallen Stars) would work admirably.
 

Staffan

Adventurer
It would be cool if the book in question moved away from the Sword Coast to the Sea of Falling Stars. Coasts are nice and all, but for great naval stuff you usually want something less linear. The Sea of Falling Stars is sort of Faerûn's Mediterranean Sea (complete with Greeks and Egyptians).

It would also be interesting to see how the Sea of Falling Stars have recovered post-Sundering - as I recall, the 4e version was dominated by aboleths and their minions.
 
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Retreater

Legend
I have to cross my fingers about the ship book. If it's an adventure, I've found most gaming pirate-based adventures are dark, gritty, and unpleasant; D&D/PF has done a pretty bad job of capturing high adventure, swashbuckling daring-do. Campaigns that promise Jack Sparrow, then you end up getting keel-hauled by a maniacal captain and spend most of the adventure in prison-like conditions.
 


Parmandur

Legend
Um, guys, I think Stewart just slipped that they have Dragonlance in the pipeline, around 30 minutes in when they are discussing replica weapons: might just be me, but I don't think so...
 
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dynath

Villager
No Spelljammer this year huh... Well I guess I will be waiting for clearance sales for all 3-4 books released in 2019. I hit aggregate levels of "I don't care" with the re-releases of old campaign books. More money for miniatures i guess.
 

vecna00

Explorer
I'm, guys, I think Stewart just slipped that they have Dragonlance in the pipeline, around 30 minutes in when they are discussing replica weapons: might just be me, but I don't think so...
I caught that too, but I didn't put much stock in it in that moment, someone had mentioned it in the Twitch chat. It'll still probably happen though!
 

Parmandur

Legend
I caught that too, but I didn't put much stock in it in that moment, someone had mentioned it in the Twitch chat. It'll still probably happen though!
It's certainly something they want to do eventually, but the cagey way they were behaving, the description of when they could talk about it, and then his slipping the Dragonlance by name accidentally anyways...I think we might see DL sooner rather than later.
 

Prakriti

Hi, I'm a Mindflayer, but don't let that worry you
There will be 3-4 big releases this year, with plans for spring, summer, and fall.
Not good. Now that there's a sizable 5E library, they need to transition to fewer releases per year. A lot of people are already suffering from official-release fatigue.
 

gyor

Legend
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.
There is a third party setting called Hellenika that is coming that would likely fill much of those needs. The Hellenized world included areas in Europe, Africa, and Asia, it's was one of the most philophical and spiritual eras of history, the exchange of ideas and resources between so many cultures, the art, and so on is made it one of the most important eras in human history and inspired others, it was fresh exposure to knowledge from the Hellenistic era that had been lost to Western Europe that inspired the Renaissance. It really doesn't get the respect it deserves.
 


Parmandur

Legend
Not good. Now that there's a sizable 5E library, they need to transition to fewer releases per year. A lot of people are already suffering from official-release fatigue.
Don't really see the need for that: WotC is interested in keeping people playing as much as anything, and Quarterly releases are about right to keep the enthusiastic buying and enough to get folks who want just a few books onboard with a release that appeals specifically to them. The 3-4 books a year has never been considered a fast release schedule, but as long as people are buying I doubt they will slow down either. Nice and steady.
 

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