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5E WotC Announces An Impending Announcement: New Setting, Storyline

Early this week, WotC announced on Twitter that today there would be some kind of announcement on their Twitch channel. Those who heard that announcement and tuned in were treated to an announcement that the new storyline will be announced at a live event in June.

The press release announcing the impending announcement also mentions a new setting, as well as the storyline, so it sounds like it might not be set in the Forgotten Realms (or maybe is in a new region - to 5E - of the Realms, such as Icewind Dale). The adventure and the setting might be the same thing, or they might be completely different things. Recently, WotC has released a bunch of settings: Eberron, Ravnica, Wildemount, and the upcoming Theros.

Fans of D&D will learn all about the new setting and storyline

The new storyline specifically will be revealed at 12pm PST (8pm GMT) on Thursday, June 18th.

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The June event will raise money for Comic Relief, and will feature celebrities including Brandon Routh (Superman), and will preview the brand new storyline. It takes place June 18th-20th. Other names involved include Felicia Day, Deborah Ann Woll, Amy Acker, David Harbour, Matthew Lillard, and more.


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 PRESS RELEASE



RENTON, WA – May 21, 2020 – People all over the world continue to stay safe by staying home, but that doesn’t mean the adventuring has to stop. Dungeons & Dragons is more popular than ever because it allows people to weave compelling stories together even when they’re physically apart through online videoconferencing. Now, Wizards of the Coast brings the stars to this virtual table with D&D Live 2020: Roll w/ Advantage. An amazing cast of characters led by expert storytellers preview the latest D&D storyline with live gaming sessions, all while raising money for Red Nose Day to help the most vulnerable children across the US and around the world, who have been so affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.The adventure begins 10:00am PT on June 18, 2020 and will run through June 20, 2020 at dungeonsanddragons.com.

D&D Live 2020: Roll w/ Advantage features big personalities playing elves, wizards and fighters to accomplish quests using their imaginations. Funny people like Brian Posehn, Kevin Sussman and Thomas Middleditch will work together to solve problems or, more likely, cause some hilarious new ones. WWE ® Superstars Xavier Woods ®, Tyler Breeze ®, Ember Moon ®, Alexa Bliss ® and Dio Maddin ® will contend with beefcake destroyer Jeremy Crawford, a.k.a. Principal Rules Designer for D&D. Deborah Ann Woll will lead a group of actors in improvising a way to help people in a fantasy world not that different from ours. And principal D&D writer Chris Perkins takes players

Fans of D&D will learn all about the new setting and storyline as well as accompanying new products plus tons of unique gameplay available on June 18, 2020. D&D Adventurers League has four new short adventures everyone can enjoy. By donating a small amount to Red Nose Day, fans will have access to sign up for D&D sessions with players around the world! During #DnDLive2020, fans will also be able to choose the character best suited to help the region through Reality RP, a mashup of fantasy storytelling, community engagement, and reality television.


 
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dm4hire

Explorer
Karen Gillan!! Doctor Who and Marvel fame. I don't think I've ever seen her connected to gaming or at least RPGs directly so that's a big first time player.

Edit: Could they have a cast for a new movie or cartoon and these are actors/voice for said project?!?!
 


Birmy

Adventurer
There was a Reddit thread where someone's friend-of-a-friend (possibly flouting an NDA) said the new book was
a return to Icewind Dale,
and the module and shirt suggest that's a strong possibility. I suppose we'll know when Amazon leaks the book June 5.
 
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Parmandur

Legend
There was a Reddit thread where someone's friend-of-a-friend (possibly flouting an NDA) said the new book was (POSSIBLE SPOILERS)

There are spoiler tags in The forum :)

The tea leaves have pointed that way for a while, honestly.
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
I'm switching over to this thread, but Tito made a Spelljammer confirmed joke, and Mike Mearls is back full-time working on D&D RPG.
 

got the adventure can’t read it now though...


Also the tshirt image is cool.

New campaign confirmed! March of the Owlbears in the DarkPlaneJammerSun

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This one may be for the event next month, but it is not for a new setting. Read the preview pages for it and you will see it is set near Turmish, and everyone plays orcs.
 


Parmandur

Legend
I'm switching over to this thread, but Tito made a Spelljammer confirmed joke, and Mike Mearls is back full-time working on D&D RPG.
David Harbour as Bruenor Battlehammer? I can see that too. Middleditch as Regis? Hoo-boy. The biggest badass gets to play Wulfgar, which IMO would Karen Gillian. Awesomesauce.
Perkins game with Harbor I'm it, per the schedule, looks to be Theros based ..
 

Yes, I read in wikipedia Cris Perkings created a setting with the name Iomandra, practically a rehush of "Councyl of Wyrms". I imagine Io's blood islands as a demiplane, and in that "crsytal sphere" there are enough space for all cannon dragons from all editions.
 


Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
Is the Underdark a "new setting" (from Out of the Abyss)? Is Chult a "new setting"? I'm just curious what the definition here is for "new setting".
 


vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
Is the Underdark a "new setting" (from Out of the Abyss)? Is Chult a "new setting"? I'm just curious what the definition here is for "new setting".
Considering, IIRC, Ravnica and Wildemount were considered new settings, I doubt the new setting will be a totally new creation never seen before in any other media. My guess is more on a popular fantasy setting that never had a D&D release.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Oh! Ha, I did not realize that. Fixed.

Are you thinking of any specific hints?
The Lore You Should Know content. The inclusion of Icewind Dale in the Lareal Silverhand Explorer's Kit (other than Icewind Dale and Neverwinter, every other location in that product is the center of an Adventure book...). Just... little things. But they add up. And the NDA people do let little bits and bobs loose out there, like that Reddit thread. Not the first time.
 

Parmandur

Legend
No clear definition was provided. I assume that is means, any place we haven't already visited in a setting book or adventure.

So that could be something like Cormyr, or as far as Spelljammer.
It could easily mean Theros, too, given the schedule for the event.
 

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