Two New Settings For D&D This Year

According to ComicBook.com, WotC's Brand Director, Nathan Stewart, told them that WotC plans to open up a couple more D&D settings for play later this year. He said "It's going to be more like at the level of how Barovia [introduced in the Curse of Strahd adventure storyline] is in terms of stuff. Here's a thing that's going to give you a taste of the setting, but we're not going to that setting yet, we're just letting you get in there and start doing it."


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Stewart didn't say which settings would be revealed, but did say that it would appeal to "hardcore" fans. Could it be Spelljammer (from recent clues at GAMA and in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes), or Dark Sun (from Mike Mearls' psionics previews on his video series)? It should be noted that Chris Perkins said that Dungeon of the Mad Mage would include a spelljammer helm. Spelljammer and Dark Sun don't sound like bad guesses, and Planescape seems like a strong contender. But these are just guesses.

There are no vacant "placeholder" slots for WotC at Amazon and the like, so it's a reasonable guess that these offerings will be digital in nature. It could be anything from an Unearthed Arcana article to a full PDF like the Magic: the Gathering crossovers WoTC has released. Time will tell!

And when will this happen? Stewart says "We have two surprises that I think hardcore D&D fans are really going to love coming this summer, and then I think we got one surprise that's going to release later this year that we've not told anyone about. We're going to announce it in July."

kbrakke said:
I didn't see this anywhere else, but it looks like we might be getting official support for other settings soon. My guess would be open up DMs guild support and a SACG style book but with a multitude of settings (Or at least, that's what I want. Small primer on the plane, discussions on how the races and classes fit in there, a new race or archetype. Repeat for 200 pages, add 50 pages of monsters). If the announcement is coming in July and we get an extra 4th book this year it could be a big year for 5e.
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TheSword

Explorer
if it comes out this year i would agree with you. Possibly published by a third party company that has a good reputation (Green Ronin etc)

However if it’s coming next year I would stake all the money in my pockets that it will be a Curse of Strahd style book. Campaign with background and new monsters etc. Curse of Strahd was too successful not to repeat!
 

xanstin

Explorer
It feels like their newer books are like this and I love it. OotA 1/2 Underdark Setting , CoS 1/2 Barovia, SKT 1/2 Savage Frontier Guide, ToA 1/2 chult guide. I think its all we will get as far as full fledged settings go. I don't see them doing a full size Underdark book for example when they can combine it with a pre-made story/module and sell 1 book to various audiences.
 

Aldarc

Adventurer
So what settings and associated campaign "guides" do you think we will get?

Planescape/Sigil (1/2 Planar Guide) seems like an obvious one.
 

akr71

Adventurer
[MENTION=6879661]TheSword[/MENTION]
"It's going to be more like at the level of how Barovia [introduced in the Curse of Strahd adventure storyline] is in terms of stuff. Here's a thing that's going to give you a taste of the setting, but we're not going to that setting yet, we're just letting you get in there and start doing it."
They've been dancing around Planescape and for a while now. As Astral Sea primer would be my guess - from there all other settings are just destinations in the Astral Sea.
 

Bitbrain

Adventurer
http://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/06/04/dungeons-and-dragons-fifth-edition-campaign-settings/

I didn't see this anywhere else, but it looks like we might be getting official support for other settings soon. My guess would be open up DMs guild support and a SACG style book but with a multitude of settings (Or at least, that's what I want. Small primer on the plane, discussions on how the races and classes fit in there, a new race or archetype. Repeat for 200 pages, add 50 pages of monsters). If the announcement is coming in July and we get an extra 4th book this year it could be a big year for 5e.
Awesome!

Mearls did say a few months ago that they were planning to release a fourth book this year . . .

My guess? They'll probably start with Spelljammer or Planescape.
 

gyor

Legend
Awesome!

Mearls did say a few months ago that they were planning to release a fourth book this year . . .

My guess? They'll probably start with Spelljammer or Planescape.
Makes sense, maybe they will combine the two, Planejammer ;p

Still it does make sense, easiest transition for parties already in FR.

Then next year maybe Greyhawk, Darksun, Dragonlance, and Eberron. 2020 Mystara and Birthright.
 

gyor

Legend
It feels like their newer books are like this and I love it. OotA 1/2 Underdark Setting , CoS 1/2 Barovia, SKT 1/2 Savage Frontier Guide, ToA 1/2 chult guide. I think its all we will get as far as full fledged settings go. I don't see them doing a full size Underdark book for example when they can combine it with a pre-made story/module and sell 1 book to various audiences.
And Waterdeep Books 1 and 2, 1/2 Waterdeep/Skullport Urban adventure guide and half Megadungeon. This is really the first WotC adventure I've been excited about.

And I'm excited about the new Setting whatever it is (I too am betting its Planescape/Spelljammer).
 

xanstin

Explorer
I'm leaning towards a planar travel guide which folds in basics of planescape and spelljammer as the method of transportation for planar travels. Maybe the location will be sigil as a crossover point from Faerun to a port city.
 

TheSword

Explorer
My money is on either Dark Sun or Planescape. As being the two most unique and different to Forgotten Realms. I will be disappointed if it’s Greyhawk or Mystara. I can live with Eberron.

If it’s Birthright, I will fall off my chair, do a little cartwheel, sing a hosanna and then sacrifice my first born child to the gods of Olympus for the joy of it!
 

TwoSix

The hero you deserve
Me too. Eberron is an awesome setting.
While I would love that too, I think they'll go for settings that are more thematically different than Eberron is from FR. Eberron is obviously different from FR, but it's still a large, relatively generic fantasy world.

My guess would be Dark Sun and either Planescape or Spelljammer (or maybe something that ties them together into an overarching world-transit setting).
 

gyor

Legend
Thought maybe its Dragonlance first, they did just playtest Minotaurs. If we see Kinder as the next UA we will know.
 
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TDarien

Guest
Personally I would love an Omnibus-type book, ~600pp, that includes several different settings. It would be expensive, but I think it would be the best way to put all the most wanted sections in DMs' hands.
 
Hmm, either a single hardcover covering several settings in light detail (with a few races and such to round them out) or a series of Planeshift like Pdfs that do the same thing.
 

Dire Bare

Adventurer
Personally I would love an Omnibus-type book, ~600pp, that includes several different settings. It would be expensive, but I think it would be the best way to put all the most wanted sections in DMs' hands.
I think they could do the idea justice in 256 pages, if they skip less popular settings like Birthright and Mystara. Focus on Dark Sun, Spelljammer, and Eberron, it would fit. We're definitely not getting a 600 page monster.
 

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