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D&D 5E The March D&D Book Will Be Announced Next Tuesday

As has become standard these days, the upcoming D&D book has appeared -- in an anonymous, secretive guise -- on various bookstores in advance of an announcement. In this case, Amazon, Penguin Random House, and Barnes & Noble, all of whom confirm that the book will be announced next Tuesday on January 12th, and released on March 16th.

The book will cost $49.99. B&N has its dimensions as being 6.5 x 9.5 inches, which is smaller than a standard D&D hardcover (but that information could just be a placeholder). B&N also indicates that the authors are Peter Lee and Rodney Thompson, but they also say that for Tasha's Cauldron and other WotC books, so that also looks like it's just their boilerplate for WotC. There's also an ISBN number: 978-0786967223.

This is almost an exact mirror of this time last year, almost down to the dates (last year it appeared on stores on Jan 6th, was announced as Explorer's Guide to Wildemount on Jan 9th, and released March 17th).

There's been plenty of speculation recently. Last year WotC said that three classic settings were getting active attention, and that the coming years would have a greater emphasis on settings, as well as more anthologies and Magic: The Gathering collaborations. And, of course, WotC has recently been involved in a Dragonlance lawsuit, which was voluntarily dismissed in December with Margaret Weis tweeting that there was exciting news in the weeks to come.

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My wish: New book detailing equipment, magic items, making items, and bookkeeping for campaigns overall.
Title: Aurora's Whole Realms Catalog.
The original was great. I remember it had gone out of print by the time I heard about it. Finally found it online and paid $40 for it and waited over 2 weeks for it to come in the mail and was like a kid on Christmas morning when it did come. The good old days before instant gratification.
 


tetrasodium

Legend
Supporter
My wish: New book detailing equipment, magic items, making items, and bookkeeping for campaigns overall.
Title: Aurora's Whole Realms Catalog.
I doubt wotc will bite thst bullet during 5e. Admitting that "complex" systems like crafting need more than tool proficiencies and ask your GM is a very bitter pill and it would probably require stepping away from the whole "natural language" experiment to do in a way that avoids spotlighting the deficiencies in using natural language with a very bright light.
 






whimsychris123

Explorer
I feel certain that it will be a settings book. I feel almost certain it will be Dragonlance, but it could be a Forgotten Realm expansion, or Planescape, or Dark Sun. Or maybe another M:tG crossover.
 
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skinnydwarf

Explorer
Supporter
I hope I'm proven wrong, but I don't think this will be a Dragonlance book. Months ago WoTC stopped work on Dragonlance, prompting the lawsuit. The lawsuit only ended a few weeks ago. This March book would have been in development during all that time, and thus it can't be the Dragonlance book.
 



Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I hope I'm proven wrong, but I don't think this will be a Dragonlance book. Months ago WoTC stopped work on Dragonlance, prompting the lawsuit. The lawsuit only ended a few weeks ago. This March book would have been in development during all that time, and thus it can't be the Dragonlance book.
The thing that was stopped was a licensed novel trilogy. This is a game book, whatever it is.
 


Baseless guess, with no evidence to support it:

Disney recently purchased D&D. The new book is a primer to showcase a new set of rules and a new direction for the game, curated by Kathleen Kennedy.
 


embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
I'm against a book about merchants, inns, or other miscellanea if only because I happen to like the third-party indie community and happily give them my coin when I can.
 

March Title will go down in history as an absolute landmark D&D release!

I called it! I knew the next book would be a 5E update for the classic Coming Soon.

I hope they haven't nerfed Soon.

I'd love it to be something Dragonlance-related, but I'm not even going to speculate, since I've gotten it wrong every single time in the past.
 


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