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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 tuned in were treated to an 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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jasper

Rotten DM
Does any one else tired of the "official" announcement which are not really anything but a tease. Psst I have an official announcement tomorrow. Fool you. Tomorrow is here. I will really do the announcement at the first of month. In the Army when the LT announce we were only going to do one more lap around the quad we quit listening to him till the Sgt told us to fall out.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Does any one else tired of the "official" announcement which are not really anything but a tease. Psst I have an official announcement tomorrow. Fool you. Tomorrow is here. I will really do the announcement at the first of month. In the Army when the LT announce we were only going to do one more lap around the quad we quit listening to him till the Sgt told us to fall out.
Nah, honestly, it's pretty fun.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Does any one else tired of the "official" announcement which are not really anything but a tease. Psst I have an official announcement tomorrow. Fool you. Tomorrow is here. I will really do the announcement at the first of month. In the Army when the LT announce we were only going to do one more lap around the quad we quit listening to him till the Sgt told us to fall out.
That was the joke...
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
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.
Link please!
 


Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
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.
Oooh, linky please!
 





pukunui

Adventurer
OK so Avernus took the setting guide for Baldur’s Gate from the playtest Murder in Baldur’s Gate adventure and updated it / made it official for 5e.

If the next adventure is set in Icewind Dale, I hope they do the same for the gazetteer from Legacy of the Crystal Shard.

Those gazetteers were the best!
 


Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
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.
Ok, yeah, I think that's what WotC thinks too. More confirmation on June 18 I guess if its Icewind Dale.

Which btw, I'm sort of SUPER BORED with the North as an overall set of locations. We've had Waterdeep, Storm King's, Dragon Queen, Elemental Evil and other's I'm forgetting I'm sure.
(I have not forgotten DM's Guild...)

Faerun (and Toril of course) are much larger than just the North. I would have thought the success of ToA and Chult would have encouraged them to go further afield...
 



Parmandur

Legend
OK so Avernus took the setting guide for Baldur’s Gate from the playtest Murder in Baldur’s Gate adventure and updated it / made it official for 5e.

If the next adventure is set in Icewind Dale, I hope they do the same for the gazetteer from Legacy of the Crystal Shard.

Those gazetteers were the best!
Yeah, if not now, I expect they will do that sooner or later.
 


Mepher

Explorer
I am not super versed in Strahd or the Realms - how do you see Perkin's mention of Curse of Strahd lining up with Icewind Dale?
I don't see it lining up with Icewind Dale at all. Curse of Strahd wasn't a setting book though. Barovia is a small part of the Domains of Dread and every part has a much different feel to them. I could see them easily deciding to run another adventure based off another a different domain and some of them could even serve as an entry to other settings.

Vecna is a Darklord in Ravenloft and can tie in with Greyhawk. Lord Soth and Vlad Drakov were both Darklords in Ravenloft and can tie in with Krynn.

I am not saying I really see any of these things happening but they barely dipped their toes in the water with Curse of Strahd when it comes the the Ravenloft setting so I could see more in the future.

Personally I am really bored with Forgotten Realms as the setting. They initially didn't want to muddy the water by introducing more settings but I think that ship has sailed. Rather than give us more MTG and Critical Role settings, how about we finally get to explore a little of other other famous settings that people have been asking for.
 

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