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D&D 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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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Parmandur

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I'm a fan of the Scag but there is no denying it could be better and new stuff like Wildemounts adventure seeds in the gazetteer and Theros mythic monsters are an example. Now that said I feel like it did what was supposed to do and it is used by many people. Now taken that aside, maybe there is room for a new Xanathars type book that is also part setting guide. The late trend has been a mix of a few char options (either race or class / or both), setting gazetteer of an area of interest with some mentions on the wider scale and a bestiary. It has been very successful but that doesn't mean a book that relies more on the character option side of things is out of the window. So time will tell. I am perfectly happy with how they are at the moment. Its not a flood of options and there is a lil bit of everything I can use or adapt to my games.

Yeah, a matter of emphasis: Subclasses do not take up much room. A 320 page Setting book that takes as much space for Subclasses that Eberron did for Dragonmark Race options would fit quite a few in.
 

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Shroomy

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It doesn't take much prognostication to see that WotC is planning a book with an emphasis on player options similar to XGtE - I would say it's probably the 2020 Q4 release (I also don't think it will include psionics). That said, I wouldn't expect that it wouldn't include as many subclasses as XGtE, even if you factor in reprints, because it's likely to contain the class variants and dare I say, a reprint of the Artificer (assuming the armorer subclass and new infusions made the cut).
 



Parmandur

Legend
And that's the right attitude to have IMO. I think if there is an artificer reprint, it will include one of the subclasses from E:RLW - I'm just going to assume the alchemist.

Yeah, that seems likely.

They've really been pushing Vi the Gnome Artificer as a planar connecting character...
 








They're going to have to reprint all the infusions (plus the new ones), so I'm not so sure.
Good point, that hadn't occurred to me.

As I said, I think we are looking at a "consolidation book" in November, reprinting the vast majority of subclasses, spells etc that are not in the PHB or Xanathar's. As well as new stuff of course.
 
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They could make me very happy by adding the satyr in there.
My guess would be that it wouldn't include races. Whilst the satyr is easily portable most of the recently published races are far too setting specific for a "general consolidation" book.

(anyway, if you want PC satyrs in your game you can easily find the stats on line, and the lore is in the monster manual).
 
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Hey, if it's Planescape/Xanathar's 2.0, I think races are likely. Reprints of Genasi, Aasimar, Shadar-kai, Eladrin, and a few other new races, like Bauriar and Rogue Modrons.
 


If that's not just some clever Photoshop job, looks like we're in for some Auril-centric goodness (with both her epithet "Frostmaiden" and what looks to be her symbol in the upper left)...

The three- or four-fingered hands (it's hard to tell, the creature's right hand looks like it has three, while the left looks like four, could definitely use a higher quality image) are interesting - is it a mind flayer behind that owlbear mask? It's obviously not an actual owlbear (no wings for starters), and mind flayers have long been rumored...
 
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