I didn't see that either. Do mongrelfolk appear in one of the adventures they've released, or is this a possible hint of the Monster Manual 2?
I could see them forgoing the "Monster Manual 2" name and instead calling it something like the "Monster Compendium". Just like if they ever do decide to do a splatbook it will be the Adventurers Handbook instead of the Players Handbook 2. I actually think this is smart marketing.
I agree, Creature Catalog and Fiend Folio seem to be likely names they would use instead.
I think they are ready for a potential delay. Nathan Stewart saying we might just see one AP a year might have been such an indicater.True enough. So the question then comes down to whether the theme of all these bosses from the game are connected to the upcoming AP, the AP after that (if WotC wanted to give a bit more cushion for development), or just as-is in order to get the base game released (before adding in the AP stuff as part of the first DLC). No idea how it's gonna go. Although if it's me and the AP, MMO, board game and wiz kids minis are all on schedule but SCL was iffy (and we're talking possibly 6 to 12 month delay)... I dunno I'd want to either hold back all the RPG stuff to wait for the computer game, or tie the computer game so close to the RPG story that you had to release it without that necesary 6 to 12 month delay just for the synergy.
But perhaps SCL is so far along and polished that they already know they don't need to delay it? If they are that strong on the release, then perhaps a day-and-date with the next AP for the RPG is going to work fine? I'll be curious to see.
I think they are ready for a potential delay. Nathan Stewart saying we might just see one AP a year might have been such an indicater.
We'll see. All might go well after all. Doing cross-brand releases is a very good idea, but you highlighted the drawback; what do you do when one product is 6 to 12 months late? And it isn't something minor like spellcards, video games seem very important to WotC.
We'd need to read the actual quote again, but from what I remember that was just brainstorming. No concrete AP. I would be surprised to see an Alice AP in the FR. Alustriel in the Demiplane of Wonder? Follow a chronomany obsess wererabbit into an hole?The two APs we've been given crumbs about are the Feywild / Alice in Wonderland-y themed AP that's next in the pipeline, and "Shakespearean Giants" scheduled to come after that.
Well, the Adventurer's Handbook for PotA was dropped. We do not know why, but it is a skip.But they've managed to get all the planned components of the ToD and PotA releases out on schedule as far as we know, so I'm not really expecting the next one will suddenly be skipped.
I'm sure SCL will come out. And other APs too. It is just the when. Potential delays might explain why we do not have a release date yet. Althought WotC seems to be in the surprise announcements now (e.g. Fantasy Ground, Dragon+). That we know about SCL makes me believe it is a very important project for them. Nathan Stewart comments about video games certainly points to that. The interiew in Dragon+ too.It's a possibility to be aware of, but until I hear otherwise I'm going to assume they'll be able to manage it.
We'd need to read the actual quote again, but from what I remember that was just brainstorming. No concrete AP. I would be surprised to see an Alice AP in the FR. Alustriel in the Demiplane of Wonder? Follow a chronomany obsess wererabbit into an hole?
Well, the Adventurer's Handbook for PotA was dropped. We do not know why, but it is a skip.
I'm sure SCL will come out. And other APs too. It is just the when. Potential delays might explain why we do not have a release date yet. Althought WotC seems to be in the surprise announcements now (e.g. Fantasy Ground, Dragon+). That we know about SCL makes me believe it is a very important project for them. Nathan Stewart comments about video games certainly points to that. The interiew in Dragon+ too.
Do you have the actual quote? All I have is what Morrus posted on ENworld.Did some digging through Twitter for the very first mention of it, from a series of Tweets transcribing Chris Perkins' panel at Gamehole Con. It's absolutely a concrete AP, but clearly it's "inspired by" rather than a literal adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland". In any case, "The Alice in Wonderland" inspired AP is literally all we have been given so far, so it was perhaps inevitable that people (myself included) would begin to associate the name with it more closely and assume it's more tightly tied to the source material than it actually will end up being.
They sent the final cover art work to a distributor around January the 2nd. PotA was officially announced on January the 23rd. Pretty close. I'm dying to know what happened.You know, that occurred to me as I typed it, but I decided to leave it as is because we don't have any idea how far along those plans ever got internally.
I'm not sure mirrored is the right word. Complete seems better. Like the AL and the comics go with the AP, they do not mirror it. The minis do mirror it, but those are different products. Minis can carry less story with them.Yep, I'm positive SCL will get released to, barring some truly unpredictable calamity. It's absolutely an important project for them, especially given that a successful AAA video game is going to be a way bigger earner for D&D than years' worth of pen-and-paper products. I'm just not convinced it's going to be so closely mirrored by an AP yet - it's possible that's what the plot of the "Alice" AP is about but until we know more about that it's impossible to say.
Do you have the actual quote? All I have is what Morrus posted on ENworld.
Oh, sorry! Thought I had included the link in that post!
Here you go.
Also dove back into the scroll-fest that is Twitter on a mobile browser to retrieve this for you. Seems like they were telegraphing back in November their interest in only focusing on one smaller region of the Realms at a time, as opposed to providing a single all-encompassing update.
A book detailing the Sword Coast would make a lot of sense. But it would contradict what we know about their game plan.
As for Alice, I'm not that convinced. Unless Belaphoss is the Red Queen. That would be funny.
There's another possibility, it could be used in a MANUAL OF THE PLANES. The PHB and DMG have a lot of well fleshed-out teases on The Wheel but it doesn't feel like it's intended to stand alone for long. That seems like the kind of book that would be in development parallel to the other books but not depend on them.
In SCL they explore Luskan at some point. Maybe that is a bigger clue than we might think.See, what I think they're actually talking about is the setting components of the adventures and APs. Legacy of the Crystal Shard covered the Ten Towns, PotA focuses on the Sumber Hills, a future urban AP set in Waterdeep could thoroughly cover that city... two or three years from now they'd have enough material to compile everything and put out a complete Sword Coast sourcebook. That obviously doesn't track with the 2015 release date for Sword Coast Legends, though.
I think we are beyond the realm of possibility and are in the realm of plausibility, but we'll see.It's possible that Sword Coast Legends is complementary to said AP, but we're all still just speculating - probably more reasonable for me to say "I don't know yet" rather than set my expectations for one or the other.
Anybody else think that the 'Alice in wonderland' spark might be an underdark 'down the rabbithole' adventure? The Sword Coast Legend drow mage and mongrelfolk would both fit in that.
Thank goodness, Half-orcs, Gensai, Mini-taurs, Dragonborn and Tieflings are enough of a freakshow already.It's definitely a monster write up, this is not PC race format
Thank goodness, Half-orcs, Gensai, Mini-taurs, Dragonborn and Tieflings are enough of a freakshow already.
You are boringThank goodness, Half-orcs, Gensai, Mini-taurs, Dragonborn and Tieflings are enough of a freakshow already.
I bet mongrel folk will be tied into the "Rage of Demons" storyline.