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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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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
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.

Usually the adventure books come out in September, but the D&D staff call them the "summer release." I think it has more to do with the promotion for the book, which is all in the summer, as opposed to the actual release date.

That said, I agree and personally hold that September is part of the Fall season. Hopefully the last product is announced tomorrow, that'd be nice.
 

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Parmandur

Legend
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.
Because every Summer Adventure since 2015 has come out in September, and still been called a Summer release.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Usually the adventure books come out in September, but the D&D staff call them the "summer release." I think it has more to do with the promotion for the book, which is all in the summer, as opposed to the actual release date.

That said, I agree and personally hold that September is part of the Fall season. Hopefully the last product is announced tomorrow, that'd be nice.
September is part of Fiscal Q3, so for business purposes it is "Summer." Q4 is "Fall," Q1 is "Winter" and Q2 is "Spring." This is fairly standard in business, and WotC has been applying that consistently for years, prior to 5E I'm pretty sure.
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
September is part of Fiscal Q3, so for business purposes it is "Summer." Q4 is "Fall," Q1 is "Winter" and Q2 is "Spring." This is fairly standard in business, and WotC has been applying that consistently for years, prior to 5E I'm pretty sure.

In business terms, I understand. But it's nuts that real-world people would ever consider January as spring, or October as winter.
 


Parmandur

Legend
In business terms, I understand. But it's nuts that real-world people would ever consider January as spring, or October as winter.
No, no, October is Q4, so "Fall." January is Q1, so "Winter." It's really just a little over a week each Quarter that doesn't overlap: June is mostly Spring.
 

No, no, October is Q4, so "Fall." January is Q1, so "Winter." It's really just a little over a week each Quarter that doesn't overlap: June is mostly Spring.

You may be running on old data, or WotC does not use the same quarters that Hasbro does. I was just looking at the most recent quarterly report for Hasbro, from the end of April, and it is for the first Quarter 2021, and includes Jan-March. So it looks like this company is not one that still counts the months weird for their fiscal quarters. And yes, they do not follow the seasons for their fiscal quarters.
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
No, no, October is Q4, so "Fall." January is Q1, so "Winter." It's really just a little over a week each Quarter that doesn't overlap: June is mostly Spring.

Still silly. December is winter, not fall. March is spring, not winter. I know the astronomical season thinks most of December is fall, but the astronomical seasons are silly; long live the meteorological seasons!
 

Parmandur

Legend
Still silly. December is winter, not fall. March is spring, not winter. I know the astronomical season thinks most of December is fall, but the astronomical seasons are silly; long live the meteorological seasons!
I mean, where I live the only two seasons are "water" and "fire." It's all relative.

It is interesting that this is the first year where WotC will succeed in releasing a book each fiscal Quarter.

Edit: I guess they did in 2019.
 
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People were speculating that their announcement was going to be synchronous with WOTC’s announcement today.
I would think the big live show on Friday would be the time for the big announcement, since they've got the "what's going on with the next season" stuff out of the way. It doesn't mean it'll happen, but expecting CR to make all their announcements one time and then not announce anything else for weeks or months ignores history.
 

Parmandur

Legend
I would think the big live show on Friday would be the time for the big announcement, since they've got the "what's going on with the next season" stuff out of the way. It doesn't mean it'll happen, but expecting CR to make all their announcements one time and then not announce anything else for weeks or months ignores history.
I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Mercer is cooking up a new book with WotC, while he does the prep work for Campaifn 3: having a Campaign book that matches up with the starting state of Campaign 3 would make solid sense, but I wouldn't expect it this year.
 

I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Mercer is cooking up a new book with WotC, while he does the prep work for Campaifn 3: having a Campaign book that matches up with the starting state of Campaign 3 would make solid sense, but I wouldn't expect it this year.

Yeah, someone else mentioned the first two books were not timed even close to the start of the first two campaigns, so I had to go look that up. And yeah, the Tal'dorei book was published about two years after the start of that campaign arc and the Wildemount book was published a little more than two years after the second one started. So while they are better known now and a book for a new campaign would be expected, if they use one of the other continents, it would probably still not come out for at least a year after the start of their third campaign arc. Even if Mercer has been writing it, it is highly unlikely to be ready this soon to be revealed, or be published this year.
 

And none of that precludes a book being announced.
No... but none of that precludes them switching to their own custom game system
Absence of proof isn't proof

People just expected it because the new campaign was coming and CR had a press release incoming the same time as WizCo's announcements
Turned out it was a coincidence

They might do a new book, but I doubt Mercer was working on campaign 3 in detail 18 months ago when they were doing the 2021 publication schedule
I'm sure they'll do a new book. Eventually. A year into the campaign when they have a better idea what's going on
 

Absence of proof isn't proof
I'm not a partisan in this fight. I was just saying that everyone going "ah ha, they announced some things, therefore, they will not be announcing a book" is an illogical leap.

If anything, I'd expect a revised Tal'dorei book to come out before a campaign three sourcebook. It's out of print, they control the rights and it'd be an easy sell to their now-expanded audience.

EDIT: Ooh, and they can use the art created for the Legends of Vox Machina animated show, which would be a natural point to re-release the book.
 
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doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
In business terms, I understand. But it's nuts that real-world people would ever consider January as spring, or October as winter.
Where I live, January is spring. The world turns green and flowery and its cold unless you’re in the sun some days, and warm unless you’re in the shade other days.

We get rain and warmth in January.

Of course “spring” is relative. It’s going to be 110 next Wednesday, but it was in the 70’s today. In “Spring”, it just from low 60’s to mid 80’s day by day. It’s more like winter and summer are battling to the death, winning and losing on a day by day basis, until summer finally brutally murders winter and then proceeds to run about beating everyone it sees with a red hot iron.

But January and February are pretty nice.
 

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