Critical Role The New D&D Book Is 'The Explorer's Guide to [Critical Role's] Wildemount!' By Matt Mercer

It looks like Amazon has leaked the title and description of the new D&D book a day early (unless it's all a fake-out by WotC) -- and it's a new D&D setting book called The Explorer's Guide to Wildemount; it's the Critical Role campaign setting, penned by Matt Mercer!


image from Critical Role wiki

There's no cover image yet, so we're stuck with the "Coming Soon" image.

This book appeared without a title on Amazon last week, and a 'reveal' date of January 9th, which was then later delayed until January 13th. Amazon appears to have jumped the gun a day early.

Here's some information about Wildemount, which is a continent in the same world as Critical Role's other setting, Tal'Dorei. It is described by the official wiki has having "real-world Eastern European influence.... The Dwendalian Empire takes inspiration from 15th century Russia as well as Germanic nations in Central Europe (e.g., Prussia). Xhorhas has a more 13th-century Romanian flair. Outside of Wynandir, on the edges of the Dwendalian Empire, the cultures and peoples of those regions display a distinctly 14th-century Spanish flavor."


A war brews on a continent that has withstood more than its fair share of conflict. The Dwendalian Empire and the Kryn Dynasty are carving up the lands around them, and only the greatest heroes would dare stand between them. Somewhere in the far corners of this war-torn landscape are secrets that could end this conflict and usher in a new age of peace—or burn the world to a cinder.

Create a band of heroes and embark on a journey across the continent of Wildemount, the setting for Campaign 2 of the hit Dungeons & Dragons series Critical Role. Within this book, you’ll find new character options, a heroic chronicle to help you craft your character’s backstory, four different starting adventures, and everything a Dungeon Master needs to breathe life into a Wildemount-based D&D campaign…
  • Delve through the first Dungeons & Dragons book to let players experience the game as played within the world of Critical Role, the world’s most popular livestreaming D&D show.
  • Uncover a trove of options usable in any D&D game, featuring subclasses, spells, magic items, monsters, and more, rooted in the adventures of Exandria—such as Vestiges of Divergence and the possibility manipulating magic of Dunamancy.
  • Start a Dungeons & Dragons campaign in any of Wildemount’s regions using a variety of introductory adventures, dozens of regional plot seeds, and the heroic chronicle system—a way to create character backstories rooted in Wildemount.
Explore every corner of Wildemount and discover mysteries revealed for the first time by Critical Role Dungeon Master, Matthew Mercer.

Critical Role's other setting, Tal'Dorei, was published a couple of years ago by Green Ronin. This brings the list of settings in official D&D books to five: Forgotten Realms, Ravnica, Ravenloft, Eberron, and Wildemount.

UPDATE! Barnes & Noble has the cover (but not the title or description).

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Rehashing old stuff endlessly just makes my eyes roll. Love the idea of a fresh setting!!
The problem is WotC is the only one that can do 5E versions of the settings they own. So fans of the existing properties are depending on WotC for an update.

Whereas there are probably a dozen plus "fresh" settings that have been put out for 5E by 3PP - including Matt Mercer's Tal Dorei.

Personally I've got 5E Eberron and Greyhawk is essentially edition neutral so I'm happy. But I think fans of Dark Sun, Planescape, Spelljammer, etc. have a legit gripe that their settings are getting passed over in favor of the flavor of week taking up one of the VERY limited release slots.

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On that metempsychosis tweak
As long as the release of this book (which I have little interest in) is merely an additional 'bonus' book which does not interfere with the release schedule, I'll be happy for anyone who wants to buy it. Heck, I'll be happy for anyone who wants to buy it, regardless of all other factors.

I'm just not interested.


Kobold Enthusiast
Honestly I'm relieved. My reading backlog is plenty full, and this isn't the slightest bit interesting to me. Setting books can be a great inspiration, but I'm not through the ones I've already bought!

Congrats to the Critters though.

bedir than

Full Moon Storyteller
An official Blood Hunter and whatever they call their Gun Toting dude is obvious.
What else exists within Critical Role that isn't in the official game so far?

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