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WotC WotC Announces D&D Live Streaming Event

On July 16th-17th WotC is running their now-traditional online streaming event, D&D Live. The press release is below.

“D&D Live 2021 will be streamed on July 16th & 17th and will feature star-studded casts playing with expert DMs, special product announcements, giveaways for those with high enough INT rolls & more!”

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Last year, D&D Live 2020 featured a bunch of celebrity guests, and the announcement of Rime of the Frostmaiden and some other accessories. This one mentions product announcements, so we have our first official announcement of an announcement of the year, coming in July!

This morning I rolled a critical success on a d20, valiantly earning the right to announce Wizards of the Coast and G4 are partnering for D&D Live 2021, a special two-day streaming event on July 16-17 and continuing with four all-new limited-run campaign series to premiere on G4 this Fall.

“D&D Live 2021 is going to be an innovative event with new forms of interactivity for a live streaming audience and the perfect D&D introduction for new audiences,” said Brian Terwilliger, 12th level VP of Programming and Creative Strategy at G4. “We’re thrilled to partner with Wizards of the Coast to give fans adventure, comedy, and an incredibly entertaining journey into the theater of the mind.”

“D&D Live has been such an exciting event for both fans and Wizards, and it’s amazing how it has grown each year. In 2021, we are expanding D&D Live’s impact by partnering with G4,” said Nathan Stewart, Level 20 Wizard of the Coast, Head of Franchise. “With G4 joining our party, we aim to bring even more fans to Dungeons & Dragons by showcasing friends adventuring together.”

D&D Live 2021 will take place on the 16th and 17th of Flamerule (which is equivalent to “July” in the Forgotten Realms calendar in case you were rusty). The two-day event will feature four games with star-studded casts playing with expert DMs, as well as hosted content featuring games, interviews, special product announcements, a Dungeon Master roundtable, and exclusive giveaways for those with high enough INT rolls. The timing and casts will be announced soon, and my halfling rogue is always good to go in case they need backups.

This alignment – which I’d totally call Chaotic Good - will continue through G4’s official launch later this year as the two brands party up for a limited series premiering after the network’s launch. The series will follow four campaigns with a mix of G4 talent, veteran D&D players, and celebrities for a new generation of D&D fans.

“As we continue to interact with our audience leading up to the launch of the network, one of the most resounding requests was for tabletop gaming content,” said Kevin Sabbe, Head of Content, G4, who looks great in a hooded traveler’s cloak, I must admit. “This partnership reinforces our focus on authentic gaming content that will entertain existing D&D fans and those new to the world of tabletop as well.”

The announcement comes as G4 continues its Epic April celebration, a classic G4 tradition where the network unveils an ogre’s load of talent/programming announcements, summons big giveaways, and generally behaves like a dwarven berserker nine espressos in. Previous announcements include G4’s partnership with WWE for a competition video game series, the return of the fan-favorite classic Ninja Warrior to the network, and the introduction of Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez and Kassem G as G4’s newest cast members.

Roll for excitement - nat 20!

Sincerely,
Phil “Philandraell” from the Marketing Guild


WotC is partnering with a 'next generation network' called G4. "G4, the next-generation network created for gamers, by gamers. Authentic to its legendary roots, G4 returns in 2021 with classic shows and brand-new original content driven by a passion to entertain, unite and inspire gaming’s enthusiastic and diverse communities. Based in Los Angeles and available everywhere gamers congregate, G4 is committed to bringing the industry together through content, commerce, and experiences that set a new standard for gaming innovation, inclusion, and accessibility. Reinvented by Spectacor Gaming, owner and operator of a growing portfolio of gaming and esports assets – including Overwatch League’s Philadelphia Fusion and T1 Entertainment & Sports – G4 is also connected to and inspired by the technology and creativity of Comcast NBCUniversal."

This is what G4's website says:

Like for real. It's really coming back. There's a website with a fancy purple shape design with stars in it and everything. You might be asking, "Why relaunch a TV network about video games now? We already have Twitch and YouTube!" Great question, we'll think about it. In the meantime, here's what we CAN tell you...
  • G4 is a digital first network going live in 2021.
  • Will it be on TV? Comcast pays the bills, so take a guess!
  • The network will feature gaming and pop culture shows plus epic live special programming. And an alpaca every now and then.
  • It will look awesome, but also kind of low budget at the same time.
  • We're doubling down on reruns of COPS and Cheaters.
Okay, that last one was a joke. The rest is true.
 
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
It wouldn't surprise me if we hear about a July product soon (though I'm not dogmatic about it), and this livestream is designed to dovetail with hyping that product, and the Magic Set, whilst previewing the next product, for sure. If I've learned anything about the 5E product schedule the last 7 years, it's that WotC is not beholden to doing things exactly the same every year, although they tend to be evolutions or spins rather than radical departures.

Yeah, if there is a July book it should be announced relatively soon. As in, sometime this month. Typically announcements are Tuesdays I believe, though the Amazon filler page drops a couple days earlier. I think they now drop little teasers too once that happens.

So could have some idea what is happening as early as this weekend, if patterns hold.
 

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Yeah, if there is a July book it should be announced relatively soon. As in, sometime this month. Typically announcements are Tuesdays I believe, though the Amazon filler page drops a couple days earlier. I think they now drop little teasers too once that happens.

So could have some idea what is happening as early as this weekend, if patterns hold.

I hope your right, I like to plan ahead. I wish they did announcements like the MtG side did last year, they announced Kaldheim, Strixhaven, D&D, and the two innistrad sets at the Zendikar Rising event.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
I hope your right, I like to plan ahead. I wish they did announcements like the MtG side did last year, they announced Kaldheim, Strixhaven, D&D, and the two innistrad sets at the Zendikar Rising event.
Winninger's blog post sheds some light on why they don't, given the one year timetable and only going through with publishing half of products. Magic has a much longer development timeline.
 

I agree, though part of it is that it is Friday-Saturday which is ideal for both livestream events and Magic Set releases. I personally expect the Adventure book this year will dovetail with the Magic product, as well.
Is there any more in-depth info on the M:tG set beyond "it's Forgotten Realms" themed? Anything that hints what the dovetailed adventured might be?
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Is there any more in-depth info on the M:tG set beyond "it's Forgotten Realms" themed? Anything that hints what the dovetailed adventured might be?
Not really, nope. They are just about to start previewing Modern Horizons 2, which is a premium reprint Set, and then in a month-ish we might start seeing AFR ("Adventures in the Forgotten Realms"). Other than it being a Standard legal Set with Forgotten Realms stuff, I think we nothing more specific. Maro did say recently that it does a good job giving D&D fans stuff on cards they want to see, but that vague assurance is about it.
 
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Not really, nope. They are just about to start previewing Modern Horizons 2, which is a premium reprint Set, and then in a month-ish we might start seeing AFR ("Adventures in the Forgotten Realms"). Other than it being a Standard legal Set with Forgotten Realms stuff, I think we nothing more specific. Maro did say recently that it does a good job giving D&D fans stuff on cards they want to see, but that vague assurance is about it.
It's certainly going to use more of the Party mechanic that Zendikar Rising launched. I would expect equipment to continue to be featured (Khaldheim has more than typical).
 




I guess Hasbro wants to be the "Netflix" of the streaming game-shows as Critical Role because these in the future could make a lot of money as the e-sports of youtube streamers playing videogames. Maybe adding some virtual tabletop with miniatures based in PC avatars.
 

Rikka66

Adventurer
I guess Hasbro wants to be the "Netflix" of the streaming game-shows as Critical Role because these in the future could make a lot of money as the e-sports of youtube streamers playing videogames. Maybe adding some virtual tabletop with miniatures based in PC avatars.

Netflix is a very different thing from "trying lots of stream shows that struggle to pick up a following." These announcement streams do well, but that's part of their nature as once-a-year super events.
 

It's certainly going to use more of the Party mechanic that Zendikar Rising launched. I would expect equipment to continue to be featured (Khaldheim has more than typical).

Nope, that is one of the few things we do know about the set, according to Mark Rosewater the Zendikar team came up with the party mechanic they offered it to the D&D team and were turned down. It makes more sense then folks realize because the Party mechanic pushes a set to use only the 4 Party classes to function right, and for the FR set they won't want to restrict classes to warrior, rogue, wizard, and cleric. FR has to many Druids, Knights, Barbarians, Warlocks, and etc... in the setting.
 


Is there any more in-depth info on the M:tG set beyond "it's Forgotten Realms" themed? Anything that hints what the dovetailed adventured might be?

We know that AFR will have Commander Decks and that they seem to share the same expansion code as the main Forgotten Realms set.

Also there is a rumour, so take with a grain of salt, of a DM inspired mechanic that was at one time called Adventure's Choice. When you play the card your oppenents have to choose between two adventages to grant you. The example was an Orc Guard who when entering the battle field let your enemies choose between granting you 2 2/1 Human Barbarian tokens or a Bugbear token with trample. this is just a rumour right now.
 


Von Corellon

Explorer
I’m young enough to remember when DNDLive announcements and event prep were the realm of Greg Tito, at Wizards. Wonder if/how/why his role is diminished as a result of this approach.
I’m also young enough to remember G4 on basic cable, did enjoy the game reviews.
 


dave2008

Legend
Unsubstantiated rumors and wishful thinking then

Check out the product catalog
Whole mess of products in 2020. 23 of them. Still only four new RPG books
A new card game or board game or map pack could still be a "major product."

Yes. All signs point that. And it being Spell Jammer. In a boxed set. With a cloth map
You really are an angry hobbit ;)
 

dave2008

Legend
Right. And the products, and releases, were far better because of it. Miss the Golden Age of 2E. I still read those books over and over. Books nowadays it's one read-through and you're done, unless it's a crunch book.
Yikes, I hated most of the 2e stuff. Though that may be unfair because I was so turned off initially I skipped most of it! That being said, over the last 10 years I have gone back to look at some of it and really can get a quarter of the way through most of it. Just not my taste. However, you can give me the 1e MM and Deities and Demigods any day.
 

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