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D&D 5E Strixhaven Previews Start to Appear

It's that time in the D&D pre-release publicity phase where previews of the upcoming book start to appear across the web on various sites. It looks like each site is getting a different college to preview -- Screenrant has Prismari, and Polygon has Silverquill, for example. There are 5 colleges in total, so if the other three (Lorehold, Witherbloom, and Quandrix) show up I'll post here. Be sure to click through to each site to see the full articles and all the previews.


Strixhaven's release date was pushed back a month or so from November 16th, presumably due to the global production and shipping issues, and should begin showing up in mid-December.

Screenrant has a number of pieces, including a page describing the Prismari college faculty, the prismari student background, and art piece showing an NPC. In that article WotC's James Wyatt described how the "Relationship mechanics and the rules around Extracurricular activities and Jobs ensure that players keep their attention on how they’re relating to other students"; 18 NPCs form part of that Relationship system, and you are a friend or a rival of each: "For example, if you’re friends with Greta Gorunn, an affable, fun-loving, bodybuilding dwarf, members of the Iron-Lifters Society might show up to help you with any tough physical tasks you encounter. If you’ve annoyed her, one night when you return to your dorm you’re likely to find a bunch of heavy furniture blocking your way to your room."

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Polygon gets the Silverquill college, again along with its related background and an NPC.

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Amanda Hamon talked to Polygon and describes how the book is comprised of four 'arcs', one for each college year. She also talks about "gamifying romantic relationships with non-player characters, a system for taking exams, and a vaguely Quidditch-like ruleset for the popular intramural sport of Mage Tower."
 
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey


Scribe

Hero
1. Why do so many guys pick up a guitar in University? Because they want to roll well on their "relationship" scores as a Bard.
2. Taking exams...as part of rules.
3. "Its not Harry Potter."

YEET! :ROFLMAO:
 

ReshiIRE

Adventurer
Anyone else for it funny how Paizo and Wizards dropped school of magic centered content around the same time?

To be fair, the two focus on very different things from what I've heard - and the Pathfinder 2e adventure you're referring to (Strength of Thousands) does go to level 20, so it's likely significantly longer.

Plus, that campaign ties much more into the Mwangi Expanse and has a very different central theming - I think it will appear less significantly influenced by Harry potter than Strixhaven.
 


darjr

I crit!
Anyone else for it funny how Paizo and Wizards dropped school of magic centered content around the same time?
It's not the first time there as been "synergy" among the two companies. The two giants campaigns for instance. There are other instances.

I'm not saying there is a conspiracy, not in the least. For example the two giants things were a year apart in release and the development probably started at different times. However I don't think it's merely a coincidence either. Their headquarters are close, they have swapped employees and freelancers (sometimes sharing them), and I think some of the employees/freelancers are in each others games. Cross pollination is bound to happen.
 

It's not the first time there as been "synergy" among the two companies. The two giants campaigns for instance. There are other instances.

I'm not saying there is a conspiracy, not in the least. For example the two giants things were a year apart in release and the development probably started at different times. However I don't think it's merely a coincidence either. Their headquarters are close, they have swapped employees and freelancers (sometimes sharing them), and I think some of the employees/freelancers are in each others games. Cross pollination is bound to happen.
TONS of overlap for sure
 




Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Amanda Hamon talked to Polygon and describes how the book is comprised of four 'arcs', one for each college year. She also talks about "gamifying romantic relationships with non-player characters, a system for taking exams, and a vaguely Quidditch-like ruleset for the popular intramural sport of Mage Tower."
Gamifying Romantic relationships - I hope WotC does a good job with this. There are all sort of ways this can go cringe to downright scary/dangerous. But if done right - wow that would be such a great add to the game.
 


Parmandur

Book-Friend
Gamifying Romantic relationships - I hope WotC does a good job with this. There are all sort of ways this can go cringe to downright scary/dangerous. But if done right - wow that would be such a great add to the game.
Based on what they've said, and the structure of the academic year for play, suggests that they have bolted on some highly involved downtime mechanics here.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Based on what they've said, and the structure of the academic year for play, suggests that they have bolted on some highly involved downtime mechanics here.
I’m really interesting in what they’ve come up with to expand Downtime, and whether it will be things that can be extrapolated to other downtime activities than the ones in the book.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
About multi-company synergy, I don’t see what the big deal is. Why not coordinate themes like that?

I mean, my impression is that the Greek themed stuff that came out the same year as Theros sold more and got more hype because it all came out spaced out over a goodly chunk of the year, so it was the year of Greek themed D&D stuff.

Why not do the same again?
 



darjr

I crit!
About multi-company synergy, I don’t see what the big deal is. Why not coordinate themes like that?

I mean, my impression is that the Greek themed stuff that came out the same year as Theros sold more and got more hype because it all came out spaced out over a goodly chunk of the year, so it was the year of Greek themed D&D stuff.

Why not do the same again?
I think it’s cool. We get more choices in that theme.
 



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