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D&D 5E Which Non-Classic/Magic Settings Would You like to see WotC Publish?


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Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light. It was a regrettably short-lived '80s post-apocalyptic science-fantasy show and toyline. It's basically about knights turning into holographic animal totems. In addition, each had either single-use magic staffs or vehicles powered by magic. They would go on quests for powerful wizards to recharge their magic.

It also had a pretty catchy intro:

yeah, I am going to cut that up for my setting idea as my idea is ideally supposed to be nuts.
 

Aldarc

Legend
yeah, I am going to cut that up for my setting idea as my idea is ideally supposed to be nuts.
The '80s was a golden era of gonzo science fantasy: e.g., Thundarr, He-Man, Thundercats, Visionaries, etc. It was the product of toy marketers throwing random ideas against the wall and seeing what sticks. I can't deny that it was a massive influence on a lot of my own tastes.

And the history of the lines is one of the funniest things ever:
 

The '80s was a golden era of gonzo science fantasy: e.g., Thundarr, He-Man, Thundercats, Visionaries, etc. It was the product of toy marketers throwing random ideas against the wall and seeing what sticks. I can't deny that it was a massive influence on a lot of my own tastes.

And the history of the lines is one of the funniest things ever:
that is gold right there.
 

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Hasbro has got a partnership deal with Renegade Games for a d20 version of Transformers, G.I.Joe, Power Rangers and My Little Pony.

Gamma World is possible, but it needs a lot of playtesting for a right power balance of melee-combat vs firearms.

Aliens from d20 Future (Star*Drive and Star Frontiers) could be added to Spelljammer. The fraals were canon in AD&D.

* Games Workshop acquired by Hasbro? I don't say it could be impossible. Hasbro and Asmodee merging? Pure speculation and nobody can safe that. If Hasbro becomes the next Disney in the future, I wouldn't be too surprised with an aquisition of Chaosium and White Wolf/Onyx Path, be we can agree these are only conjectures.

* I wish long a long live for the 3PPs that create cool new settings, but if any one doesn't survive enough, the IP being bought by WotC shouldn't be so horrible.

* It is very hard to create a d20 Superheroes with a right power balance to avoid possible abuses by munchkins. Do you remember defeating Doomday as boss in DC-Online? Or Galactus as final Boss in Marvel vs Capcom (hard, but not totally impossible). We would need a mash-up with nerfed version of most powerful characters if we want adaptations of famous franchises.

* Blizzard's Diablo and Warcraft by WotC? I am very opened-mind about that idea. It is possible, more if there is agreement to produce toys and figures.

* My wish is a setting based in the cultures from Far East, China, Korea, Japan and others, with new PC races (or updated version) but enough politically right for the different Asian audences. My fear Asian communities suffer predjudices against their own neighbours, and even against people from the same country but different regions. (Sang-Chi's movie has been banned in China). Asians should understand this setting may be a great opportunity to introduce their titles in the western audence.
 


Azuresun

Adventurer
Runeterra, the setting for League of Legends.

No, I'm completely serious! Riot have really expanded on the lore for their world beyond "goofy fantasy mashup setting", making it into a coherent whole and giving the different factions depth and development. Considering the actual game barely uses the lore, it's surely a perfect candidate for some kind of RPG.
 

TwoSix

Unserious gamer
Runeterra, the setting for League of Legends.

No, I'm completely serious! Riot have really expanded on the lore for their world beyond "goofy fantasy mashup setting", making it into a coherent whole and giving the different factions depth and development. Considering the actual game barely uses the lore, it's surely a perfect candidate for some kind of RPG.
This actually makes a ton of sense. I can't think of a specifically fantasy property that has more inroads with a Gen Z audience. And like you said, they're really worked on fleshing out the world via Legends of Runeterra.
 

Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
Steamfantasy. C'mon. Were you really expecting something else, from me?

Full on Victoriana. Urban Adventures, Ingenuity Systems, Airships and Flying Combat...

Could also explore different Steampunk themes. And there -are- different steampunk themes people don't really think about too terribly much.

Gaslamp Romance: Urban Adventures, Wealth and Power, New Technology, Polite Society. The pains and changes to society through advancement and the inevitable backlash against that advancement. Fear of the Future collides with Horrors of the Past. This is where your Jekyll and Hyde, Phantom of the Opera, and Penny Dreadfuls happen. But it's also where political intrigues, secret societies, and detectives seeking terrible truths exist.

Weird West: Wide open Prairies, Small Towns, Edge of Expansion. Where modern technology is crashing into ancient myth. Where old cultures and new cultures clash and colonialist intentions can be examined through a lens of allegory. Where Legends roam and fall and rise anew. Folk Tales and Ghost Stories told around the campfire.

Adventurism: King Solomon's Mines, Indiana Jones, the Mummy franchise with Brendan Frasier at his height. Safari and Exploration, pressing the edges of the map to find out what lies beyond the frayed edge. Airships and Pirates, Lost Worlds, Insane Depths of the Sea or the World itself.

Because the core of Steampunk, the most central tenet of that idea, that genre, is that humans are inventive. We may not be the strongest or the fastest, may not even be the smartest. But we are -creative-. We build new devices, we formulate complex plans, and we overcome strange forces and terrible plots by innovating our way around the obstacle to achieve our goal.

But it's also a double edged sword. In fighting against cosmic forces with our ingenuity, we can sometimes create terrible things because we've transgressed. Whether it's waking the Mummy, creating Frankenstein, or far worse things... we can become our own monsters.

I'd love to see D&D give a Steampunk world the same level of narrative attention that they're applying to Ravenloft, now.
 

Runeterra would be possible, but Hasbro should talk with Tecent. Adaptations of famous fantasy videogames is possible. Even also maybe one based in Hyrule (Legend of Zelda).
 

Undrave

Hero
Speaking of which...

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... would still like to see this.
YES! I was just thinking of that myself. I think it would be perfect as a D&D setting! Heck, we already have rules for vehicles in Avernus!

I could imagine them making RPGs using the D&D 5e engine for other product lines owned by Hasbro, like G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Power Rangers.

It's not what I would want, but I could see them doing it.

As far as fantasy settings are concerned, I also agree with the OP that something alone the lines of Council of Wyrms is not only possible, but likely. Could tap into the current popularity of both Kaiju and superhero movies.
They got a third party (I want to say Renegade Studios is the name?) working on a Transformers RPG (they also got a Deck Building game on the way). I think they're supposed to do other Hasbroverse properties.
 

Laurefindel

Legend
Gaslamp Romance

YES!

our present game is a girl genius campaign in Eberron. I contemplated advancing the timeline 100-200 years toward a Franco-Prussian wars aesthetics, but decided to forward only 15 years (day of mourning = disappearance of the other) and stay true(er) to the setting.

but a complete gas lamp fantasy setting would be awesome!
 
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Jaeger

That someone better.
1. Warhammer Fantasy (... the Old World ...)
Yes, I know they have their own TTRPG and probably would never do this. Yet despite being competitors, Magic the Gathering is partnering with Games Workshop to make Warhammer 40,000 cards. So, the two companies seem capable of working together even in today's competitive time; a remote possibility that they would partner on an official 5E book release.
I really like this idea. Which of course ensures that it will never happen. But I'm pretty safe in saying that it wouldn't anyway.

I'm sure it wouldn't be truly "5e compatible" if I were in charge of it though. I'd essentially take the concept of Ten Dead Rats:
www.paulsgameblog.com/ten-dead-rats/
www.paulsgameblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/tendeadrats-charsheet.pdf

And expand on the concept using the basic 5e mechanics and WHFRP 2e as a guide. Stealing and converting the good bits off of 4e & 1e; to make a d20 roll-high version of WHFRP!

(I'd still put that "5e compatible" logo on the cover though!)

This is one game engine conversion that I can actually see outselling the 'official' percentile system. Yes it would only be quasi-5e compatible, but the basic mechanics of it would be very familiar and it would have a much less perceived learning curve for D&D players to give it a shot.

In the fantasy world that something like that would actually happen; I can already hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth from WHFRP grognardia...
 






GreyLord

Hero
Well, another more comprehensive Magic the Gathering combination sourcebook with D&D is a possibility.

Oh...we are going off bonkers off the rail here with our suggestions instead?

"Masters of the Universe" campaign/module of 5e D&D.

That or a new iteration (though more likely a 3rd party off of the SRD instead) of Wheel of Time when the new series (a new series is coming out...right?) comes out for TV.
 

Who is the owner of Thundar the Barbarian? I think "Pirates of the Dark Waters" would be easier to be adapted into a D&D by setting, or maybe some partnership deal.

Legend of the Five Rings d20? If it was possible in the past, we can't say it to be impossible again. Maybe it is only my speculation, but I am open-minded about something could happen in a future and we can't know yet. They are only my conjectures, but it is strange a great silence about certain threads, as if something was being "cooking" behind the curtains.

Gamma World is closer to be published than Star-Frontiers/Star*Drive/d20 Alternity, or that new IP videogame by Archetype Entertaiment. Maybe Icewind Dale: Dark Alliance the next project by Torque Studio could be linked to Gamma World.

I guess Hasbro would rather to develope their own IPs with total creative freedom, but if a franchise is very famous and popular. I guess Hasbro has noticed IPs can become valious cash-cow with the right Hollywood production or videogame to be promoted, earning with other merchandicing products. This means Hasbro could acquire more companies in the future, and with this more franchises ready to be adapted into d20 system.

Other possibility is a d20 Modern 2.0. designed not for the tabletop only, but for CPRGs based in other videogames franchises, beat'em or shooters. This would allow something like a Batman vs Snake Eyes(G.I.Joe), Lara Croft vs Chun-li or a Ghostbusters vs Terminators.
 

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