A major spoiler dropped for D&D’s upcoming release schedule. There’s a new setting book coming to Dungeons and Dragons next year–more details inside.
This one’s pretty exciting folks. On the monthly Spoilers and Swag stream, as a reward for the generous Extra Life campaign donations, users could spin the wheel of Spoilers and Swag.
As part of it we got to see some new bits of swag–the D&D Mug 2.0, now with an Ampersand on both sides; the new Betrayal Legacy and so on–but the biggest news of them all is a new setting book.
“Next year for our annual release, I can confirm: there will be a setting book. A new setting book. A book that we have not created that is for a D&D setting.” Now mind you, he didn’t say which one–the only details mentioned around it was that it specifically was not Spelljammer or something with airships, even though Chris Perkins and Jeremy Crawford have playtested the rules for flying a ship, and how they’re made.
Whatever it is, it’s definitely not Spelljammer.
You can find the official announcement right here, it comes in at about an hour and two minutes in. Now the main takeaway from this is that it’s a full setting book. Not just a Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide type thing, but something that takes you to a new setting. Popular possibilities for what this could be are:
- Dark Sun which has been featuring heavily in the latest playtesting that Mike Mearls has been generating up on his Happy Fun Hour. Psionics would be a fantastic addition to the game, and if they did it, Dark Sun would be the way to do it. Full of magic that leeches life from it surroundings, ancient powerful sorcerer-kings, and more, Dark Sun is a popular setting.
- Planescape could be due for an official setting treatment. We have been seeing a lot of cross-multiverse type content. With old adventures and new coming together. Planescape is already threaded in the book, the city of Sigil already exists in D&D, but this could be a writeup that brings in new locales and more importantly that sweet sweet Planescape slang, you berk.
- Dragonlance (Dagronlance) which is back in the air right now, thanks to Joe Manganiello talking about how it’d make for an awesome setting for a new D&D movie.
— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) February 14, 2018
I’m personally holding out hope for something more obscure like Birthright or maybe something like Mystara or something more recent like the Nentir Vale, which again, Mearls has been openly experimenting with. The only thing we can say for certain is that it won’t be Spelljammer.
So which Spelljammer–or other D&D I guess–setting are you hoping we’ll see next?