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D&D 5E The New D&D Book: Tasha's Cauldron of Everything!

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The new D&D book has been revealed, and it is Tasha's Cauldron of Everything, "a magical mixture of rules options for the world's greatest roleplaying game." The 192-page book is due out November 17th, with standard and alternate covers, and contains more subclasses, spells, character options, group patrons, and rules. Oh, and psionics!


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Cover art is by Magali Villeneuve

WHAT WONDERFUL WITCHERY IS THIS?

A magical mixture of rules options for the world's greatest roleplaying game.

The wizard Tasha, whose great works include the spell Tasha’s hideous laughter, has gathered bits and bobs of precious lore during her illustrious career as an adventurer. Her enemies wouldn’t want these treasured secrets scattered across the multiverse, so in defiance, she has collected and codified these tidbits for the enrichment of all.
  • EXPANDED SUBCLASSES. Try out subclass options for every Dungeons & Dragons class, including the artificer, which appears in the book.
  • MORE CHARACTER OPTIONS. Delve into a collection of new class features and new feats, and customize your character’s origin using straightforward rules for modifying a character’s racial traits.
  • INTRODUCING GROUP PATRONS. Whether you're part of the same criminal syndicate or working for an ancient dragon, each group patron option comes with its own perks and types of assignments.
  • SPELLS, ARTIFACTS & MAGIC TATTOOS. Discover more spells, as well as magic tattoos, artifacts, and other magic items for your campaign.
  • EXPANDED RULES OPTIONS. Try out rules for sidekicks, supernatural environments, natural hazards, and parleying with monsters, and gain guidance on running a session zero.
  • A PLETHORA OF PUZZLES. Ready to be dropped into any D&D adventure, puzzles of varied difficulty await your adventurers, complete with traps and guidance on using the puzzles in a campaign.
Full of expanded content for players and Dungeon Masters alike, this book is a great addition to the Player's Handbook and the Dungeon Master’s Guide. Baked in you'll find more rule options for all the character classes in the Player's Handbook, including more subclass options. Thrown in for good measure is the artificer class, a master of magical invention. And this witch's brew wouldn't be complete without a dash of added artifacts, spellbook options, spells for both player characters and monsters, magical tattoos, group patrons, and other tasty goodies.

Here's the alternate cover:

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UPDATE! An online event called D&D Celebration from September 18th-20th will be hosted by Elle Osili-Wood, which is "an epic live event with panels, gameplay, & previews of the book!" See the video in the Tweet below!

Gather your party and join the adventure at  D&D Celebration 2020, an online gaming event open to fans all over the world!

Celebrate the release of  Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden  with a weekend of Icewind Dale–themed virtual play sessions and help us create the biggest virtual tabletop roleplaying game event ever! Fans will also get the chance to preview some content from  Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, the forthcoming book featuring massive rules options, subclasses, and more for the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Watch featured play sessions with D&D luminaries and learn something new with a slate of panels led by the D&D design team and community.


UPDATE! Check out the Nerdarchy site for some previews.


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UPDATE! Other news items around the web about this book:




 
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Dire Bare

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The unwillingness to open up settings on DMs Guild confuses me.

WOTC: YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO RELEASE A 5E JAKANDOR PRODUCT. JUST PUT IT ON DMS GUILD FOR THOSE FOUR PEOPLE WHO LOVE THE SETTING TO DO SOMETHING WITH.
Oh, another setting for you to open up on DMs Guild, WotC: Thunder Rift. You could even explicitly say it's a Tier 1-2 setting and content should be designed for beginning players and/or DMs. Other than the boxed sets, that's not an area the company is targeting. (Obviously, Mystara covers some of that territory, too, but is much more sprawling in comparison.)
You know, I'm probably wrong, but . . . .

Jakandor and Thunder Rift never had there own distinct product lines like the "big" D&D settings did. It's possible they just might be fair game on the DM's Guild . . . .

Fun Fact: Jakandor was supposed to get it's own product line, titled "Steel & Bone". Had a neat logo too! But then it got folded into the "Odyssey" series of products and never was granted elite setting status . . . .
 

Dire Bare

Legend
Supporter
What's the one with chivalry and faeries that people were talking about here a few months ago? Again, not a MTG fan, but that sounded like a lot of fun and a fantasy focus that D&D hasn't had since the TSR days. My daughter would flip for faerie tales plus knights.

Throne of Eldraine.

It's a pretty neat setting, but fairly new and not as well developed as Ravnica or Theros. It's not too far from core D&D, and might not have much to offer to expand the game. Unless WotC figured out some way to emphasize the fairy tale nature of the setting as a differentiator.
 

Dire Bare

Legend
Supporter
I assume Weis and Hickman's price is higher than WotC thinks is worth paying at the moment.

The original Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy of novels by Weis & Hickman was work-for-hire. WotC owns Dragonlance lock-stock-and-barrel, and doesn't need to worry about Weis & Hickman's price at all.

But, like Salvatore and the Realms (or at least Drizzt's corner of it), having Weis & Hickman as a part of the Dragonlance team has cache to it. I can see WotC wanting to have a new Weis & Hickman trilogy to go along with a refreshed campaign setting . . . but they certainly don't need to have them involved.
 


Throne of Eldraine.

It's a pretty neat setting, but fairly new and not as well developed as Ravnica or Theros. It's not too far from core D&D, and might not have much to offer to expand the game. Unless WotC figured out some way to emphasize the fairy tale nature of the setting as a differentiator.
I actually like the storybook aspect of it. Especially with how some of the cards are.
 

Staffan

Adventurer
There's this idea that if it weren't for the Ravnica and Theros books, we'd have our Dark Sun or Greyhawk by now . . . . and that simply isn't true. Those settings just don't have the numbers to justify WotC likely ever adapting them to 5th Edition. I'd like to be wrong, and hope I'm proven so someday . . . .
Dark Sun could have the numbers – I think the 4e version was pretty well received, at least. The problem there is that Dark Sun needs a robust set of psionics rules that aren't just sub-classes for normally non-psionic classes (those are nice to have to give some extra psionic spice, but I believe the setting needs at least a dedicated psionic class), and without that it would fall flat. And that's where they're having trouble, particularly since the 5e developers seem to have a fairly different view of psionics than most fans of the settings where psionics is A Thing (Dark Sun and Eberron). For us, psionics is something you can base your character around, and something you can study scientifically and split into multiple different fields. For them, it seems to be more weird, otherworldly Lovecraftian stuff.
 


@Marandahir and @Urriak Uruk Here is the link: With D&D's Next Rulebook, Character Creation Will Never Be the Same, the second paragraph mentions "new creatures," but that could be a reference to something besides "monsters." Regardless, that was the reference I was talking about. Like I said, I didn't believe it either.

Since the book is going to cover psionics at least tangentially (as we're getting psionic subclasses), perhaps they'll have a small selection of psionic monsters and psionic variants of current creatures? That would get the gem dragons in, although they would take up about 20 pages alone...
 

Parmandur

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@Marandahir and @Urriak Uruk Here is the link: With D&D's Next Rulebook, Character Creation Will Never Be the Same, the second paragraph mentions "new creatures," but that could be a reference to something besides "monsters." Regardless, that was the reference I was talking about. Like I said, I didn't believe it either.

If they include the Variant Class Features UA material, there would be Star blocks for the new Ranger options, and maybe for the new Summoning Spells IIRC.
 

dwayne

Adventurer
After seeing what this is about, i changed my mind and will buy this one, as much of the stuff is very useful, think i will get the alt cover as well
 

Parmandur

Legend
I really don't think that is something they said. I think we're dealing with a case of the fan telephone game, where something tossed off by a staffer grows into, "We'll never do that style of book again! EVER!"

The reason why 4E was silly with the "Core Book X" format was because "Monster Manual II" (1st Edition AD&D) is a classic title and the numbered Monster Manuals from 3rd Edition did well (if perhaps not all the way through to, what MM5?). Also, the 3E PHB 2 and DMG 2 were popular titles. So, they went hardcore down that route with 4E, and it didn't turn out quite the way they expected. So, we aren't seeing that style of release for 5E.

But that's a far cry from "Never again!"

Still, even if we never get a 5E Monster Manual 2 . . . WotC could still do a Fiend Folio and a Creature Catalog (both classic titles) . . .

I think both the Monster Manual approach (mostly stat blocks) and the Volo's/Mordy's approach (expanded lore) are awesome and we need more of both!

What they said (multiple times, from multiple people, over multiple years) is that MM2-3 or PHB2-3 depress sales by confusing customers. That means they won't ever do it again, because confusing customers and losing sales is not good for business.
 

The original Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy of novels by Weis & Hickman was work-for-hire. WotC owns Dragonlance lock-stock-and-barrel, and doesn't need to worry about Weis & Hickman's price at all.

But, like Salvatore and the Realms (or at least Drizzt's corner of it), having Weis & Hickman as a part of the Dragonlance team has cache to it. I can see WotC wanting to have a new Weis & Hickman trilogy to go along with a refreshed campaign setting . . . but they certainly don't need to have them involved.
In that case, that probably suggests the setting has really decreased in value in the years leading up to the 5E release, which is a shame.
 
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Throne of Eldraine.

It's a pretty neat setting, but fairly new and not as well developed as Ravnica or Theros. It's not too far from core D&D, and might not have much to offer to expand the game. Unless WotC figured out some way to emphasize the fairy tale nature of the setting as a differentiator.
Maybe take the DMG Honor rules, like Theros took the Piety rules, and run with them to up the chivalric aspect of the setting. Create a toolkit for people who want Arthurian-style D&D play, but set in Eldraine.

That said, given how Hollywood keeps face-planting with Arthurian adaptations, maybe there's just not much audience for that now, other than me and my daughter.
 



Mike Mearls already said what the spin on Greyhawk would be: A more Grimm and Gritty setting.
If you drilled in on Iuz, the Pomarj or post-fall Great Kingdom, that could work. I think you'd need to zoom in like WotC has on individual regions of Faerun, then, because there's a lot of Oerth that isn't particularly grim and gritty, unless you intentionally wreck it.
 


Mistwell

Legend
If you drilled in on Iuz, the Pomarj or post-fall Great Kingdom, that could work. I think you'd need to zoom in like WotC has on individual regions of Faerun, then, because there's a lot of Oerth that isn't particularly grim and gritty, unless you intentionally wreck it.

He implied it would come with alternative rules to support that type of play no matter where you were in the setting.
 

Mercador

Explorer
Volo's Guide to Monsters
Xanathar's Guide to Everything
Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes

Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything
??? Volume of Enemies
??? Tower of Everything
??? Opus of Mobs

I guess they have some sort of pattern.
 

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