D&D 5E Unearthed Arcana: Travelers of the Multiverse

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Looks like Spelljammer and/or Planescape is back on the menu!
 
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Chaosmancer

Legend
Sure it is, only a very few elites ever read his writings, so if you want to know what most people believed, it's no good looking at Aristotle.

He led science up a whole bunch of blind alleys. Four elements bollocks! You can't learn about the world by thinking about it, you have to look at it.

I think you are in a bit in a bubble with regards to the popularity of steampunk.

Agreed.

Okay, I'm not usually the guy to point this out, but when we are beginning to debate the merits of logical thought versus pure observation... I think we might have hit a tail end. I would think it is obvious that you need both, and that while Aristotle didn't invent modern science, some of his ideas were incredibly influential and almost right. Which, for a guy who just sat around and talked about the world, is damn impressive.
 

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Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
Sorry, but what is the speed of the spelljamming helms, and the distance between the crystal spheres?

I have a feeling about WotC wants to allow space about future "crossovers" with sci-fi, something like modules "Expedition to the Barrier Peaks" and "City of Gods", and a "hidden pilot episode" for possible spin-offs.

But high-tech can break the power balance too easily in a D&D game.

"When a ship is travelling at spelljamming speed, regardless of its tactical SR, it can travel 100 million miles per day, or 4 million mph"
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Okay, I'm not usually the guy to point this out, but when we are beginning to debate the merits of logical thought versus pure observation... I think we might have hit a tail end. I would think it is obvious that you need both, and that while Aristotle didn't invent modern science, some of his ideas were incredibly influential and almost right. Which, for a guy who just sat around and talked about the world, is damn impressive.
Aristotle wasn't primarily a philosopher, y'all, he was a practicing physician and veterinarian. Granted that I'd take any modern doctor over Aristotle for medical advice, but he was very hands on with practical observations of the real world on the ground in a proto-scientific manner, even if it was not yet science.
 

Aristotle wasn't primarily a philosopher, y'all, he was a practicing physician and veterinarian. Granted that I'd take any modern doctor over Aristotle for medical advice, but he was very hands on with practical observations of the real world on the ground in a proto-scientific manner, even if it was not yet science.
The thing with Aristotle was that he was just so comprehensive. He wrote on basically everything. And his ideas were on the surface sensible, as long as no one started rigorously applying the scientific method to them. Which no one really did for thousands of years - after all, when you have someone who basically covers all knowledge, why question his conclusions?
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
The thing with Aristotle was that he was just so comprehensive. He wrote on basically everything. And his ideas were on the surface sensible, as long as no one started rigorously applying the scientific method to them. Which no one really did for thousands of years - after all, when you have someone who basically covers all knowledge, why question his conclusions?
I mean, he gets the blame for when he was wrong, but he had some in the W column, too. Even with practical experiments, a lot of his ideas (or more accurately, the Greek cultures ideas) held up in practice: more often it was the model that was wrong, not the practical implications.
 

I mean, he gets the blame for when he was wrong, but he had some in the W column, too. Even with practical experiments, a lot of his ideas (or more accurately, the Greek cultures ideas) held up in practice: more often it was the model that was wrong, not the practical implications.
Indeed. I don't think the issue was whether Aristotle got it right or wrong, it's that his reputation was TOO BIG. There was exactly the same issue with Newton centuries later (and maybe Einstein now). The person is so famous that everyone is afraid to challenge them, and when they do they get laughed out of town. And that holds back new advances. In science, famous names are bad. Take the name off and look at the evidence.
 
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overgeeked

B/X Known World
I'm not sure why they're holding the survey. They usually drop after one or two weeks. This is week three. I guess they could be waiting for the people who hate Spelljammer to calm down. Shrug.
 





Parmandur

Book-Friend
Now announce the Spelljammer book! Come on!

ETA: Anyone got numbers on how long they usually wait between the survey and the book announcement?
That varies considerably: in the past, they've done UA testing as late as after they announce the book (Ravnic, to as early ~10 months before the announcement (Fizban material last year).

We know that the Critical Role Adventure is coming in March: this past year, the May book, Ravenloft, was announced around the time that Candlekeep came out in March. So, March-Jube before we hear about the book, even if it is the next book after Critical Role.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Now announce the Spelljammer book! Come on!

ETA: Anyone got numbers on how long they usually wait between the survey and the book announcement?
Specifically, the Fizban's subclass options were put into UA on 10/26/2020, exactly one year before release to the day. We heard about the book in June for the first time.
 

JEB

Legend
Pretty sure that was the most detailed feedback I've provided for a UA yet... will be curious to see what changes are made before the final release. (On a few, I hope we get to see another UA first... they need a lot of work.)
 



Pretty sure that was the most detailed feedback I've provided for a UA yet... will be curious to see what changes are made before the final release. (On a few, I hope we get to see another UA first... they need a lot of work.)
Yup, lots of new ideas in need of polish. I always try to give plenty of feedback on these surveys though. The simple scale isn't nuanced enough to distinguish between like/not like the idea and like/not like the execution.
 


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