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D&D 5E Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn Releases January 18th 2022!

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Critical Role's publishing arm, Darrington Press, has announced the release date for the Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn (which was originally published in 2017 by Green Ronin).

TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING REBORN RELEASES JANUARY 18TH!
Mark your calendars, for Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn now has a release date: January 18, 2022! You’ll find it first at Critical Role shops (US, UK, CA, and AU) and Darrington Press Guild stores, followed soon after at friendly local gaming stores. The deluxe treatment from the team at Beadle & Grimm’s will release on January 30, featuring its own stunning in-world player handouts, maps, a GM screen, jewelry, and more—check out the preorder page for all the details.

 
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Marandahir

Crown-Forester
Love how they're just using the Dawn War pantheon with the names dropped for the same titles. Kinda funny.
Yeah! Wish they had the greenlight to use the real names but glad that WotC didn't make them drop the pantheon altogether for non-WotC published books.

Paizo too; you KNOW they KNOW that Rae/The Everlight is Sarenrae with a name change for IP reasons… Mercer's just too big a name in the scene. Nobody wants to look bad giving Critical Role trouble.
 

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vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
I cant remember if Wildemount used the real names of the gods or just their titles? It would be strange to have two different publications for the same setting (Exandria) but having to conform to two different naming convention.
 

I cant remember if Wildemount used the real names of the gods or just their titles? It would be strange to have two different publications for the same setting (Exandria) but having to conform to two different naming convention.
They used the names, because it was a WotC release. This is not. So they can't.
Secrets of the Netherdeep is a WotC release and will use the names (if the gods are mentioned in that book) I'm sure.
 

I'm not a Critical Role viewer, not necessarily an Exandria fan, but I have to say, the goddamn artwork in this and some other Exandria books is so damn hot, as is some of the graphic design/layout that honestly, I know this is a dumb reason, it's making me think about not only getting it, but getting it in a physical version. Last time I bought a physical RPG book for myself was several years ago.
 

Dire Bare

Legend
It's a shame Mercer screwed Green Ronin over just to bring this to press.
Sigh. Nobody got screwed.

Publishing contracts are often limited time deals, after they expire, the author is free to bring their work to another publisher. This is normal for works that aren't work-for-hire, which the original Tal'Dorei book was not.

WotC owns Dragonlance . . . . so everything Dragonlance is work-for-hire (with the possible exception of the upcoming Dragonlance Destinies trilogy) . . . . WotC owns full rights to all of it.

Critical Role is an author-owned property. The CR books published in partnership with Green Ronin and WotC are not work-for-hire, Matt Mercer retains ownership . . . . and once his publishing contract expires with either company, he's free to publish again with another publisher, including his own company, Darrington Press.
 

Scribe

Hero
I'm not a Critical Role viewer, not necessarily an Exandria fan, but I have to say, the goddamn artwork in this and some other Exandria books is so damn hot, as is some of the graphic design/layout that honestly, I know this is a dumb reason, it's making me think about not only getting it, but getting it in a physical version. Last time I bought a physical RPG book for myself was several years ago.
You are not alone. Physical books can be appreciated just for how they look.
 


teitan

Legend
It's a shame Mercer screwed Green Ronin over just to bring this to press.
How? Why is it automatically assumed they screwed GR over for this when the contract for the book expired well over a year ago? You don't think Mercer and company talked to GR before they started working on it? You know that some of the names on the book are also people who work closely with Green Ronin yeah?
 






IIRC, the new faction called the League of Miracles has a unique dragon-like construct. Maybe that's it?

I also just noticed two of the characters on the cover seem to be the same ones depicted on the illustration for the Character Options section. One of them is the Moon Domain Cleric, and I'm guessing the other is the Blood Magic Wizard.
 

BRayne

Adventurer
IIRC, the new faction called the League of Miracles has a unique dragon-like construct. Maybe that's it?

Haeck previously confirmed that the cover monster is an Adranach, and he talks about the League of Miracles having adranach servitors here:

I also just noticed two of the characters on the cover seem to be the same ones depicted on the illustration for the Character Options section. One of them is the Moon Domain Cleric, and I'm guessing the other is the Blood Magic Wizard.

I think all the cover characters are the "iconics" for the subclasses in the book. The ones we know the names of currently are the elf moon cleric Nalys Ildareth and the firbolg blighted druid Camilla Springshower. The white tiefling is definitely the blood wizard though (and the gold dragonborn is the runechild sorcerer)
 


Skyships in Exandria are actually surprisingly rare (unless there are new developments in this book). Very few places have been mentioned as having skyship ports. I can't recall if they're even mentioned in Explorer's Guide to Wildemount.
 

Reynard

Legend
For someone who is only passingly familiar with Critical Role in general and not at all familiar with the world, is this a thing I should buy? If so, why?
 

BRayne

Adventurer
Skyships in Exandria are actually surprisingly rare (unless there are new developments in this book). Very few places have been mentioned as having skyship ports. I can't recall if they're even mentioned in Explorer's Guide to Wildemount.

There's a section on them in the Port Damali section, as it is the only city in Wildemount with a skyship port, as opposed to Tal'Dorei which has two mentioned in that blurb, in Emon and Whitestone.
 

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