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5.5E "The Future of D&D" (New Core Books in 2024!)

The online D&D Celebration event, which has been running all weekend, comes to a close with The Future of D&D, a panel featuring WotC's Ray Winninger, Liz Schuh, Chris Perkins, and Jeremy Crawford, hosted by Elle Osili-Wood.

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D&D is exploring the multiverse
Revisiting classic settings. 1st of 3 settings (Ravenloft) released this year. Next year, the other two major classic D&D settings come out. Both in formats they've never published products before.

Plus a "little peek" at a third classic D&D setting - a cameo.

In 2023, yet another classic setting is coming out.

Evolving D&D
Because of new players, they're always listening. Exploring new styles of play (like no combat needed in Wild Beyond the Witchlight). Also presentation of monsters and spells. New product formats. More adventure anthologies.

Making products easier to use. Ways to create the best experience. Experimenting and looking into technology.

Approaches to Design
Wild Beyond the Witchlight has interior design and tools to make running the adventure easier. Story tracker, guidance.

Beyond the books, they want to make different and varied products - packaging and form factor. Things different to hardcovers and boxed sets.

A blog post is coming soon detailing some of the changes, with more to come in future posts.

50th Anniversary in 2024
They've begun work on new versions of the core rulebooks. Recent surveys tie into that. They're still making plans, but expect more surveys. More will be said next year.

They will be completely compatible!

New experiences in the digital arena.

January Gift Set
Rules Expansion Gift Set -- Xanathar, Tasha, and a new book: Mordenkainen Presents Monsters of the Multiverse. All in a slipcase. Was intended for the Holidays, but global production issues mean January instead. There's also an alternate cover version.

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Mordenkainen Presents Monsters of the Multiverse
A treasure trove of creature related material from previous products compiled into one book and updated.

Opportunity to update material with a feel for how the 50th Anniversary books will be.

Improvements based on feedback, rebalancing, new and old art.

Over 250 monsters, and 30 playable races. All of the setting agnostic races that have been published outside the Player's Handbook.

Some content from Witchlight, Fizban's, and Strixhaven was influenced by Mordenkainen's.

Available first in the gift set, but separately later in the year.

Monsters alphabetized throughout rather than using subsections.

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Stat block changes --

Spellcasting trait is gone. Spellcasting action, slimmed down. Spellcasting monsters need less prep.

Spell slots are gone for NPCs. Regular actions that would have once been spells.

It was too easy for a DM to use spells which result in the monster having a too low effective CR.

Monsters can be friends or foes, and some magic will help rather than hinder PCs.

Where are we going?
More adventure anthologies. Another classic setting fairly soon.

Two all-new settings. Completely new. In development stage, an 'exploration' phase, testing the viability of them. They might not see the light of day.

Retooling nostalgia and blending it with new concepts. A blend of things that you know, and things that they have never done before.

In the short term -- more news next month about a new product for 2022 which goes into a new scary place we've never been before.

Boo the miniature giant space hamster
Below is an sketch from Hydro74's alt cover, which features Boo the miniature giant space hamster.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

ReshiIRE

Adventurer
With the new stat blocks and such or updated Tasha and Volo gift set for errata and reprint, I wonder if my dndbeyond will get those updates for me to download.

The place D&D Beyond are in right now is going to be potentially complicated; they'll ideally want to make sure they don't step on anyone's toes that may not want the changes or revisions. But how will WoTC's contract with them interact with that?
 

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Scribe

Hero
Will be interesting to see what they come up with. Full backward compatibility certainly limits the amount of changes that can be expected. Not necessarily what I would have hoped, but makes sense from a business perspective.

Just look at the way races and monster stat blocks are done in Feywild. Thats it for those things I would think, backward compatible because its just saying 'do as you please' for most of what defines a race.

Class/Subclass will get cleaned up to look like the Tasha's model.
 


schneeland

Adventurer
Just look at the way races and monster stat blocks are done in Feywild. Thats it for those things I would think, backward compatible because its just saying 'do as you please' for most of what defines a race.

Class/Subclass will get cleaned up to look like the Tasha's model.
Yeah, that would be in line with having an edition that's generally doing quite well, while at the same time addressing the issues some of the player's have with fixed racial bonuses.
 


overgeeked

B/X Known World
With the new stat blocks and such or updated Tasha and Volo gift set for errata and reprint, I wonder if my dndbeyond will get those updates for me to download.
The gift set is Tasha’s and Xanathar’s and a new Mord Monsters book. They’re not updating the reprinted books. They’re releasing a new book with monsters in the updated format.
 








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