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D&D 5E Witchlight Promo Video: Ellywick Tumblestrum

WotC posted this short video on its social media accounts today, featuring a character called Ellywick Tumblestrum, who is a bard from the Magic: the Gathering D&D set, Adventures in the Forgotten Realms.

“Join Ellywick Tumblestrum from @Wizards_Magic's Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, bard of the multiverse, guest of the Summer Queen & bearer of Morningmist, as she casts Legend Lore to uncover the next Dungeons & Dragons story!”


 

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Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
I don't think Tito works on marketing for anything other than the core D&D game, does he? So that at least suggests it's not a board game, MTG cards or a video game.

Shelly Mazzanoble (co-host on the podcast) does do the board games (and I think some other things), and they have done promotion for non-core D&D products on the podcast before.

I think it's quite possible that if they announce something new, it's not the last major product. It still could be, but I'm trying to hedge my bets here.
 

Shelly Mazzanoble (co-host on the podcast) does do the board games (and I think some other things), and they have done promotion for non-core D&D products on the podcast before.

I think it's quite possible that if they announce something new, it's not the last major product. It still could be, but I'm trying to hedge my bets here.
Yeah, but she specifically said he was working on copy for it. Unless she has him look over stuff from other departments -- which is good policy, if everyone has the time, since fresh eyes are always good -- it would be a D&D core product.

But I agree that it's hard to really know until tomorrow, unless more information comes out.
 





Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Yeah, but she specifically said he was working on copy for it. Unless she has him look over stuff from other departments -- which is good policy, if everyone has the time, since fresh eyes are always good -- it would be a D&D core product.

But I agree that it's hard to really know until tomorrow, unless more information comes out.

Yeah I'm not sure what "working on copy," means. Could just be a description for say the accessories kit, or even the script for the Dragon Talk episode.

So anyway, I don't think that specific quote means much. I think it still could be the last core D&D product, but I dunno.

Did something in their announcement preclude a book being announced? I didn't watch the video.

They say nothing about a book, but it seems pretty much like no, there isn't a new one coming. Mostly talked about about everything they already have released, and the upcoming new streaming show.

Shelly's role has shifted. Per VGR she is now Global Brand Manager for D&D

Didn't know that, thanks!
 


Yeah I'm not sure what "working on copy," means. Could just be a description for say the accessories kit, or even the script for the Dragon Talk episode.

So anyway, I don't think that specific quote means much. I think it still could be the last core D&D product, but I dunno.



They say nothing about a book, but it seems pretty much like no, there isn't a new one coming. Mostly talked about about everything they already have released, and the upcoming new streaming show.



Didn't know that, thanks!

We know per Ray Winninger that 3 major books are planned for the rest of this year. The first of these is Chris Perkin's "summer" adventure witchlight, the last of these is Amanda Hammon's Strixhaven: Cirrculum of Chaos. That leaves just one book, the middle one by James Wyatt to be revealed. Why revealnthe first and last out of order, leaving the middle one unrevealed my dear Dr. Watson? Elementary, you as they say save the best for last, the grand finale, it meant to be the book that generates the most excitement for the year. Hence why the D&D team revamped their Amazon page so that another accident leak won't ruin the spectical of their grand finally reveal. Its all being building towards tomorrow.
 

Parmandur

Legend
We know per Ray Winninger that 3 major books are planned for the rest of this year. The first of these is Chris Perkin's "summer" adventure witchlight, the last of these is Amanda Hammon's Strixhaven: Cirrculum of Chaos. That leaves just one book, the middle one by James Wyatt to be revealed. Why revealnthe first and last out of order, leaving the middle one unrevealed my dear Dr. Watson? Elementary, you as they say save the best for last, the grand finale, it meant to be the book that generates the most excitement for the year. Hence why the D&D team revamped their Amazon page so that another accident leak won't ruin the spectical of their grand finally reveal. Its all being building towards tomorrow.
Unless they don't plan on talking about that book for a while, because they already tested everything. They revealed the Adventure, because it is time to start building up hype, and Strixhaven because they couldn't hide what they were doing with the UA. "Volo's Guide to Dragons" or whatever probably is fine for whenever they want to go there.
 


We know per Ray Winninger that 3 major books are planned for the rest of this year. The first of these is Chris Perkin's "summer" adventure witchlight, the last of these is Amanda Hammon's Strixhaven: Cirrculum of Chaos. That leaves just one book, the middle one by James Wyatt to be revealed. Why revealnthe first and last out of order, leaving the middle one unrevealed my dear Dr. Watson? Elementary, you as they say save the best for last, the grand finale, it meant to be the book that generates the most excitement for the year. Hence why the D&D team revamped their Amazon page so that another accident leak won't ruin the spectical of their grand finally reveal. Its all being building towards tomorrow.
"Products" not "books"
He never said book
He could have also gotten the order wrong or that product could have been delayed (COVID or quality) or even cancelled
 


Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
We know per Ray Winninger that 3 major books are planned for the rest of this year. The first of these is Chris Perkin's "summer" adventure witchlight, the last of these is Amanda Hammon's Strixhaven: Cirrculum of Chaos. That leaves just one book, the middle one by James Wyatt to be revealed. Why revealnthe first and last out of order, leaving the middle one unrevealed my dear Dr. Watson? Elementary, you as they say save the best for last, the grand finale, it meant to be the book that generates the most excitement for the year. Hence why the D&D team revamped their Amazon page so that another accident leak won't ruin the spectical of their grand finally reveal. Its all being building towards tomorrow.

Good theory. I think it's possible that the reason is because the last book isn't a book at all... they aren't actually referred to as "books," but as "products." Now, I think because they still have a head designer, that means they aren't something small like the accessory kit, but it could be a new boxed set. It could be something good like the Essentials Kit (Chris Perkins was head there) or not like the Rick & Morty box (Kate Welch headed that).

I think it still could be a book, but it being a box would explain some of the inconsistencies, like why it presumably would be release soon after/before another book instead of a month gap like normal.
 



Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
No, it's explicitly something they're going to announce on Friday that she kept referencing "look at the calendar" to remind him what it was.

So? That could still be the accessory kit, it's not technically announced yet. It could be on the calendar. I'm actually concerned that Tito not immediately recognizing what Shelly referred to means it's not a major product.
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
And none of that precludes a book being announced.

Ok, they didn't explicitly say, "Hey guys, we aren't releasing a new book big book like Wildemount again this year! So don't ask!" But like... who would ever make an announcement that they aren't making something?

It seems pretty clear from that video that there is not another jointly made CR/WotC book coming out this year.
 

Why is everyone calling Wild Beyond the Witchlight, the big Summer release? It comes out on Sept 21, the literal last day of Summer? And June, July and August are normally called the Summer months, so whatever this third book may be, it could be revealed tomorrow and have a release date of the same time as the D&D Live event. Then they could show it off and have the usual gaming groups trying it out live on the stream.
 

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