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Welcome to our Roleplaying News, traveler! These are good times, a lot of interesting events happening in the roleplaying world lately... Everything expands and changes constantly, and we're here to let you know what's worth checking out. We're gonna search all the known planes and report back to you, so visit us often! Eberron in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition? Fans of the pulp, steampunk-inspired universe recently got a major adrenaline injection. We have discovered a peculiar tweet coming directly from a D&D executive, Nathan Stewart, and it's totally spreading hype over the web right now. Here's the tweet from WotC employee Nathan Stewart: That's from San Diego Comic-Con. Dungeons & Dragons' senior director Nathan Stewart was there promoting the WotC's new deal with popular Bait store. A clothing line Bait is supposed to release an officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons merchandise in the near future. Nathan, in response to Jess Dampsey's tweet, promised to give away a custom twenty-sided die to the first 20 people who shall find him there during SDCC convention. And it wouldn't be about anything more than a few nice ampersand d20s, if not what's visible in the blurred background of his photo: doesn't take a 20 on INT roll to decipher the words "Eberron" and probably "Campaign Setting" written in a classic, Eberron stylized font. What could that mean? Well, we've already had some Spelljammer gossip going around the web lately (we'll dive into details in another article). But short story even shorter, some of us started to hope for a return of that long gone Campaign Setting. And now we have this. Not sure what we'll get for Spelljammer, we're not sure what it means for Eberron either, but let us say it aloud: the bait was pretty obvious. What is this Eberron about? Eberron is an award winning, high-magic fantasy world that stormed it's way to popularity with a sourcebook released back in 2004. Its planet's greatest continent, Khorvaire is a place that suffered a major war in which advanced wizards used bio-mechanical constructs known as warforged. Once obedient servants, after the war warforged turned into an independent race capable of adventuring. That's how they became a playable character race. The setting is also known for the elementally propelled airships, some of which move on a "lightning rail" that spans across continents, the popularity of low-magic among societies, an Artificer class (interesting mix between apprentice of alchemy and a mad scientist), and an untouched by war Xen'drik - a warm continent which is also a starting location for a unique MMORPG, Dungeons & Dragons Online. The game is worth mentioning, as it started in 2006 and is interestingly still thriving, maintaining a loyal, active player base. Developer, standing Stone Games is constantly adding new content, with the latest addition being a Ravenloft based Module, but the game is still focused on Eberron. Are we about to get new Dungeons & Dragons Campaign Settings? That would be highly realistic assumption. If not the fact that through they years the 5th Edition is running we only got Sword Coast: Adventurer's Guide. Not even a Forgotten Realms: Campaign Setting. And we all know it's the most popular universe for D&D franchise. So will WotC go with a less popular Campaign Setting first? Will they resurrect old classics like mentioned Spelljammer, Eberron or Dark Sun (which had some revival in 4th Edition), and leave Forgotten Realms for maybe later? Heck, we can't rule that out. Current Wizards of the Coast staff is a very creative and often unpredictable lot. And while their plan isn't always understandable to mere mortals like us, we can't not appreciate what they released so far. There were indeed baits here and there, and we do have a growing hype that WotC will get back to some, uh, forgotten settings, but what's that about, currently no one can tell. We didn't get a real Campaign Settting for Fifth Edition D&D yet, so starting with something else than classic FR could be an interesting twist. We're sending our planewalkers out and we'll be watching the masterminds at work for further reports. ~ W.M.
Searching through the planes, we suddenly stumbled upon a thing totally unexpected... There is a possible surprise announcement of a new Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons Campaign Setting. And it's a Magic the Gathering's world, Ravnica! We're talking about a hardcover book with a release date of November 20th 2018. As for the title, there are many interpretations. In my opinion, calling it "Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica" could mean that the books' authors are changing the term "Dungeon Master" into "Guildmaster" for this specific world, suggest a connection to the WotC Dungeon Master's Guild, or hint on some unique guild mechanic that could be devised for this setting. Maybe something else, we'll have to see. I'm writing this late at night, but it's 23rd of July. This means that, according to Nathan Stewart, today is the day Wizards of the Coast should announce new products. Roleplaying community generally hoped this could be about some awaited 5e Campaign Settings. And with most people expecting those to be Eberron, Spelljammer or even Planescape, nobody seen Magic the Gathering's Ravnica coming. You can find the book on Amazon. We'll quote the description for you: Is it really happening? Or is it maybe a placeholder?... I must confess it doesn't seem like a placeholder to me. But we'll know for sure after it's officially confirmed. If you'd like to know more about this (originally) MTG trading card game setting, look no further. In addition to the above Guildmaster's Guide, Amazon prepared respective pages for two other D&D Ravnica products: D&D Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica Map Pack D&D Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica Dice So, there would be also a set of maps for the enormous city of Ravnika (a really big metropoly) and a custom dice set. We don't know more at this point. Was our yesterday's hype a bit premature?... Must admit I feel a bit like that at the moment. But let's wait for more details and the official announcements. Such a twist sure could be unexpected for us, players, but not business-wise. Though keep in mind it's still unofficial. Nonetheless, the setting is a world coming from a popular trading card game, another big Wizards of the Coast intellectual property. There certainly is a big audience. So, what do you say. Love it, hate it? Confused?
Wandering Mage posted a blog entry in Roleplaying NewsSo here's the news! 2 newly edited, official D&D 5e worlds (Campaign Sourcebooks) coming to Dungeons & Dragons! First one is a Campaign Prototype for Eberron available on WotCs' DM's Guild. Second is a Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica. Eberron: Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron is available now on DMsGuild.com. Ravnica: Guildmasters’ Guide to Ravnica in game stores November 9, everywhere else November 20. Eberron 5e - Availability Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron is available now on DMsGuild.com and sold in PDF format for $19,99. Keith Baker, the original Eberron's creator, describes the original idea behind the Eberron Campaign Setting: Wayfinder's Guide to Ebberon - Printed Version? There is no printed version of Eberron Campaign Setting announced at this moment. Placing Wayfinder's Guide on DMs Guild most likely means that Eberron is going to be another world, after Forgotten Realms and Ravenloft, available for DMs Guild users to create content with. We'll confirm that as soon there's official permission, but it looks obvious. UPDATE: And here it is. Eberron is now officially allowed. More about the War of Eberron from Keith Baker: And the player races of Eberron in 5e through the words D&D Beyond's Todd Kenreck & D&D Creative Director Mike Mearls: Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron - Book Description From DMsGuild about Eberron's Wayfinder's Guide 5e: Remember though that this is only a prototype Eberron Campaign Setting! Which means the following: So this new PDF ebook is basically something between Unearthed Arcana and retail Campaign Setting - an official release, but targeted for DM's Guild which is a specific place, serving its purpose. That doesn't mean it's not a valuable new material - it's just not allowed in Adventurer's League yet, and it's not a fully finished Campaign Setting. Such would be priced higher and sold as hardcover. Which may happen in future, like with Ravnica. UPDATE: According to D&D's Mike Mearls, this prototype ebook will be updated with new data and revisions in the process of production of the final Eberron Campaign Setting. So if you buy the PDF now, you'll have the latest content added later for free. Still, those 2 books (pdf and hardcover setting) should have some original content, as Mike Mearls said on Twitter: "we want the owners of both to be happy". Sources (check details in the replies): Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica - Information In our previous article we've mentioned some information and sources about Ravnica, check it out. See how Todd Kenreck and various other designers discuss Magic: The Gathering's "Ravnica" coming to Dungeons & Dragons: Official Press Announcement More official information available here: LINK Safe travels! ~ W.M.