D&D 5E Upcoming D&D Tidbits: Phandelver, Book of Many Things, Venger, & More!

Find out more about 2023's D&D plans

D&D Beyond has shared some more tidbits of information about upcoming products, including this summer's new Phandelver campaign, and information about Vecna, Planescape, and spring's Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants, and more.

Here are the highlights:
  • In the 2024 Vecna adventure, you will visit various worlds.
  • Art by Brian Valezer and Kent Davis from fall 2023's Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants was shared (see below), along with art from the Phandelver campaign by José Manzanedo. There was additional art from Planescape and more which you can see in the video.
  • The new Phandelver book will include the existing adventure Lost Mines of Phandelver in the first half and then continue on to higher levels from there.
  • They're reimagining Planescape for today's audience--honouring the roots then expanding.
  • More cards are being added to the Deck of Many Things in winter 2023's Book of Many Things. A new product type--a deck of cards and an accompanying book. The book digs into the history of the deck and its cosmic place as a force of chaos. It contains player and DM content.
  • Venger, the villain from the 1980s D&D cartoon who will be featuring in an upcoming storyline and WotC's Chris Perkins might have hinted he is actually a Red Wizard--'a redder Red Wizard' was the phrase used.
  • Many of the various bad guys in the League of Malevolence appeared in the D&D cartoon series -- Kelek, Warduke, etc.

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Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants (art by Brian Valezer)
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Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants (art by Kent Davis)

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Phandelver Campaign (art by José Manzanedo)

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Book of Many Things (art by Craig J. Spearing)

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The Glen

Warduke, and all of his 80s toyline friends (but not the kids), showed up in the BECMI D&D "The Shady Dragon Inn" NPC product. Later, the heroes of the toyline were said to be adventure-rulers in Ierendi . . . but I always felt this was quasi-canon. Mystara fans had (have?) a tendency to try and shoe-horn all BECMI products into Mystara, no matter how well or poorly they fit . . . .
It's because of our masochistic love of continuity errors.

BB Shockwave

"Reimagined for modern audiences" are those words that when uttered, summon even more dread than if someone said Demogorgon three times fast. Yeah, I am hoping they do not mess up Planescape badly. I am still on board due to the DiTerlizzi art (and minis based on said art) but my expectations are not as high as before.


Almost sounds like it will be a rehash of Dead Gods and the Tenebreous ploy that had a lot of plane-hopping (including back to the Vault of the Drow) in it.

Possibly more akin to the Vecna Lives!, Vecna Reborn!, Die, Vecna! Die! trilogy.
Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised at a blend between the Vecna trilogy and the Orcus Planescape duology. I'm betting the Great Modron March will be involved, given how much they've mentioned it in various products since the edition started (heck, the DMG has an illustration of it!). So, if the Planescape adventure doesn't involve the Great Modron March (and the adventure book for that set seems to be small for such a wide-ranging event), then I'm almost certain the Vecna one will. Or maybe both will, with one being the sequel to the other...

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