D&D 5E Strixhaven: Orientation

WotC has released an overview of the upcoming Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos, as adventurers of levels 1-10 uncover a plot against the university. Teased are activities like tavern games, a magical frog race, an improv festival, and other social encounters. You can also take exams to improve your skills, join clubs, or get jobs.

Also included is a bestiary of over 40 new creatures.

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The Bibloplex contains most of the information in the multiverse. Plenty of other locations fill the book, such as Captain Dapplewing's Manor, a mansion built for the university professors. One adventure has the PCs breaking into the manor. Another adventure involves the main Strixhaven student sport, Mage Tower.

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Keefe the Thief

Adventurer
Well well well, if it isn't the book that makes knuckles go white because wizards in D&D have to be homeschooled, otherwise Harry Potter or something.

I am thinking about using the book to do a campaign like this:

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Ikenfell is a great RPG about some happenings at a magic school. Interesting, dark, fun, gay, inspired and all around very creative. A great example for using a setting and filling it with intrigue and adventure.

I'm just happy that we get more settings for D&D about places that are interesting and colourful. Admittedly, if Ren o' the Blade turned up in Strixhaven, the campus police would disintegrate him, but is that really a negative?
 

I’m not investigating the depths of the product, but are you sure it’s an actual “prom”? Is that the word used?
It doesn't really matter if the word is used, since "prom" has lost much of it's original meaning, and could refer to any kind of formal dance for late teens.

"Is it appropriate" depends entirely on the culture of the setting. If you are being informed by some sort of pseudo-medieval context, then colleges should be single sex, with no officially sanctioned socialising. Something to consider if you wanted to drop it into the World of Greyhawk, but otherwise not really an issue.
 
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Well well well, if it isn't the book that makes knuckles go white because wizards in D&D have to be homeschooled, otherwise Harry Potter or something.

I am thinking about using the book to do a campaign like this:

iu


Ikenfell is a great RPG about some happenings at a magic school. Interesting, dark, fun, gay, inspired and all around very creative. A great example for using a setting and filling it with intrigue and adventure.

I'm just happy that we get more settings for D&D about places that are interesting and colourful. Admittedly, if Ren o' the Blade turned up in Strixhaven, the campus police would disintegrate him, but is that really a negative?

Why would Campus police disintegrate him? He's a Rogue yes, but they have Rogues attending Strixhaven.
 



Azuresun

Adventurer
Well well well, if it isn't the book that makes knuckles go white because wizards in D&D have to be homeschooled, otherwise Harry Potter or something.

Just point out that a big chunk of A Wizard of Earthsea follows the protagonist at a magic school, where he encounters an overprivileged rival, a loyal best buddy and a wise, father-figure headmaster, and gets into trouble through using magic carelessly.
 

Azuresun

Adventurer
No, nothing like Harry Potter at all. These adult wizards are just very, very childish even though they're attending University. It's just a coincidence that as adults there's a coming of age story, childish hi-jinks, and a plot against the school that only the children, er um, adult students can resolve.

As we all know, university is a very serious place, with absolutely no childish hijinks from anyone who goes there, ever.
 




eyeheartawk

#1 Enworld Jerk™
Yep. This are all tropes. A lot of stories used the same tropes. Thinking Harry Potter invented or owns any of that is much like saying any game that starts in a tavern is copying D&D
I don't think anybody is claiming that here though? Looking at the images and how it's being promoted they are clearly going for a Harry Potter like vibe rather than Earthsea or Kingkiller. Is that even a controversial take?
 

Bolares

Hero
I don't think anybody is claiming that here though? Looking at the images and how it's being promoted they are clearly going for a Harry Potter like vibe rather than Earthsea or Kingkiller. Is that even a controversial take?
I wouldn't call it controversial. But there is kind of a confirmation bias going on. There is just as much that is different from Harry Potter, than there is that is similar... Sure, there was a joke tweet referencing harry potter, but A LOT of stryxhaven is very different.
 

eyeheartawk

#1 Enworld Jerk™
I wouldn't call it controversial. But there is kind of a confirmation bias going on. There is just as much that is different from Harry Potter, than there is that is similar... Sure, there was a joke tweet referencing harry potter, but A LOT of stryxhaven is very different.
There are differences, sure. But I don't think you'd be wrong to call this simply D&D Harry Potter. A bit reductive, maybe. But as a succinct summary, it works pretty well. The same way how it's somewhat reductive, yet accurate to call Shadowrun "Cyberpunk but with orcs".
 


Bolares

Hero
There are differences, sure. But I don't think you'd be wrong to call this simply D&D Harry Potter. A bit reductive, maybe. But as a succinct summary, it works pretty well. The same way how it's somewhat reductive, yet accurate to call Shadowrun "Cyberpunk but with orcs".
Except you would be wrong. Both are magic schools, but stryxhaven has a lot of focus on teaching real life subjects, in fact all the colleges have a focus on a real world subject (math, history, biology, writing, performative arts) with a magical lense. All the students are adults. they don't need to hide magic from a real world.... if you go to stryxhaven expecting hogwarts, I'd bet you'd get frustrated, because that's not what stryxhaven was going for. When the MTG set was being previewed a lot of the same criticisms and reductionisms were happening, and now that it's been out for about a year, the comparisons stopped... Being a fan of both MTG and D&D, this all feels a little deja-vu for me :ROFLMAO:
 



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