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Eilserus
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Posted - 03 Dec 2017 :  08:19:39  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Codenames for the 2018 product lineup per Enworld. Hope the accessory is another Sword Coast Adventurer Guide type book, maybe more campaign guide detail for a given geography etc.

My money for next year's adventures has something to do with Thay, judging from the many mentions from Mearls. I could dream for Catacomb to = Shoonach, but maybe it's the citadel on Thaymount? The dungeon from Spellbound in 2E if I recall.

Thoughts?


D&D "Marathon" HC
By Rpg Team Wizards
ISBN: 9780786966240
format: Hardcover
series: D&D Accessory
pages: 192
publisher: Wizards of the Coast
pub. date: 2018-05-29

D&D "Broadway" Dice
By Rpg Team Wizards
ISBN: 9780786966288
format: Game
series: D&D Accessory
pages: n/a
publisher: Wizards of the Coast
pub. date: 2018-09-18

D&D "Broadway" HC
By Rpg Team Wizards
ISBN: 9780786966257
format: Hardcover
series: D&D Adventure
pages: 256
publisher: Wizards of the Coast
pub. date: 2018-09-18

D&D "Catacomb" HC
By Rpg Team Wizards
ISBN: 9780786966264
format: Hardcover
series: D&D Adventure
pages: 256
publisher: Wizards of the Coast
pub. date: 2018-11-20

Marco Volo
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Posted - 03 Dec 2017 :  16:48:38  Show Profile Send Marco Volo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For one second I thought "Catacomb" could be at last The Haunted Hall of Eveningstar but then I remembered that the 5th edition is North/SwordCoast/Chult based, there is little chance for a Cormyrean adventure.
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Eilserus
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Posted - 03 Dec 2017 :  17:07:18  Show Profile Send Eilserus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's possible. They've said they would be exploring other areas. Haunted Halls would be awesome if it got the original Ed treatment. I think one of the upcoming adventures will deal with Thay and maybe the Sea of Fallen Stars provided they're doing a Slavers module rehash.
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Markustay
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Posted - 03 Dec 2017 :  17:31:43  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The obvious choice would be something in the Lands of Intrigue, in order to connect the other two areas they've developed - Chult, and The Sword Coast. Then they'll probably start working their way down the 'right side' of the maps - eastern heartlands (2019?), Old Empires (2020?), etc.

That would at least be the logical thing to do, so they can finally give us complete (Faerūn) 5e campaign maps.

I'm more interested in what that 'Marathon' product is - I'm not big on dungeon-crawls anymore. It sounds like it might be a "Once Around the Realms" style AP, similar to what the old Fate of Istus did in Greyhawk (basically, a series of linked adventures {early AP} that takes you on a 'grand tour' of the setting). That would be pretty neat.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 03 Dec 2017 17:32:45
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 07 Dec 2017 :  16:16:38  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Do we know if the code names have anything at all to do with the product? After all, "Blue Harvest" was the code name for Return of the Jedi -- and if there's any connection at all between that name and the finished product, it eludes me.

Either way, at this time, I personally don't have enough information to weigh in. I barely pay attention to WotC, these days... It used to be that I checked their website daily, sometimes more than once in a day, looking for whatever new free content was posted. Now I'm doing good to hit their site once a month.

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Irennan
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Posted - 07 Dec 2017 :  20:22:57  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't think that codenames have anything to do with the actual content. IIRC, the codename for Storm King Thunder was cloak, and I don't know how the actual product and the codename would relate.

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Markustay
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Posted - 07 Dec 2017 :  20:33:20  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That's true.

4e's codename was 'the next great thing'.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 07 Dec 2017 20:33:40
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 07 Dec 2017 :  20:50:07  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay


4e's codename was 'the next great thing'.



Send for a priest! We need a cure serious wounds for that burn!

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Mankyle
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Posted - 07 Dec 2017 :  22:16:21  Show Profile Send Mankyle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Irennan

I don't think that codenames have anything to do with the actual content. IIRC, the codename for Storm King Thunder was cloak, and I don't know how the actual product and the codename would relate.



Cloak was Curse of Strahd (vampires wear cloaks)

Storm king's Thunder was dagger (as in a dagger assassination like in Shakespeare tragedies)

Xanathar was Midway

Tales of the Yawning Portal was labyrinth (all adventures set in dungeons/labyrinths)

Tomb of Annihilation was dust (there is always dust in a tomb)


I don't have any idea about the content in Marathon but being it an accessory, and seeing that we have to see the artificer and the mystic in a further product.....

I think this could be a setting book.a chapter could be Greyhawk, another with the Artificer Eberron, another one could be Dark Sun with the Mystic, another one for Planescape (yesterday they talk about Sigil in one of the podcasts) or Dragonlance...

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Markustay
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Posted - 08 Dec 2017 :  07:05:41  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A 'marathon' is a series-race, so perhaps a timed AP, with certain events happening at specific times, with PCs needing to 'stay ahead of the game' (like how Scales of War was - the attacks happened in precise order, so if the PCs delayed, they lost the opportunity to 'do the thing' at a particular location, lessening their chances for an end-game victory). I've never run that type of adventure, only because I can never find a group that stays on task ("lets spend three days chasing a squirrel in the woods!" - I've seen that happen). Probably good scenarios to run at conventions, tournament-style, though.

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sleyvas
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Posted - 08 Dec 2017 :  18:05:20  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

A 'marathon' is a series-race, so perhaps a timed AP, with certain events happening at specific times, with PCs needing to 'stay ahead of the game' (like how Scales of War was - the attacks happened in precise order, so if the PCs delayed, they lost the opportunity to 'do the thing' at a particular location, lessening their chances for an end-game victory). I've never run that type of adventure, only because I can never find a group that stays on task ("lets spend three days chasing a squirrel in the woods!" - I've seen that happen). Probably good scenarios to run at conventions, tournament-style, though.



Of all the above though, it says "accessory" and the others say adventure. So, I'm thinking something not an adventure.

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Markustay
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Posted - 13 Dec 2017 :  08:43:17  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If is a 'tour of the Realms' cleverly disguised as a series-adventure, it might still be considered 'an accessory'. I recall people buying Mysteries of the Moonsea, thinking it was going to be a regional splat, and it turned out to be a series of adventures that took you to locales all over the Moonsea north. As an Adventure Path, it was sorely lacking (I don't even think the stuff was linked that well, if at all), and as a regional source, it was dismal, so in the end it made no-one happy. There have been others like that - most notably GH's Fate of Isthmus. Basically a regional source with an over-aching storyline to tie it together (because in 4e/5e, we are never going to see a 'pure lore' type book again).

Come to think of it, the last few APs they did were along those lines - half adventure, half regional splat.

Anyhow, I am just taking shots in the dark. I just hope it isn't a new rulebook.

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moonbeast
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Posted - 16 Dec 2017 :  04:18:46  Show Profile Send moonbeast a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Three new 2018 D&D accessories just showed up for pre-order.

But these are three of the same kind. So it's really the same accessory, comes in three separate sets. Dungeon Tiles Resurrected: Dungeons, Wilderness, City
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Gyor
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Posted - 18 Mar 2018 :  00:58:23  Show Profile Send Gyor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Marathan is Morkdienen's Tome of Foes. It will have chapters on Blood War, Elves, Gith, Dwarves, Halfling/Gnomes and a monster chapter like VGTM.

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BlackAce
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Posted - 21 Mar 2018 :  17:08:34  Show Profile Send BlackAce a Private Message  Reply with Quote
*delurk* Hey guys, quick question. [Here seems like the best place to ask it.] Have they kept the 4e time jump for 5e?

The best backstories are longer than a sentence and shorter than a page.

Edited by - BlackAce on 21 Mar 2018 17:09:22
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dazzlerdal
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Posted - 21 Mar 2018 :  17:34:18  Show Profile Send dazzlerdal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Unfortunately yes they did, and then they added another tiny but unquantified timejump onto the 4e timeline for 5e.

I don't think I've ever heard anyone ever say that a timejump is a good idea, but witch keeps trying to flog the idea to death

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BlackAce
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Posted - 21 Mar 2018 :  18:18:56  Show Profile Send BlackAce a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Dazzler. It's been 4-5 years since I heard about the Sundering but it really didn't seem to come to anything and I'm well out of touch now. Oh well.

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dazzlerdal
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There really isn't that much to 5e so you may as well stick to the 2e/3e realms (5e tells you to use those resources anyway). I'm always finding new stuff by reading my old sourcebooks so go with what you like

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Markustay
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Posted - 21 Mar 2018 :  19:26:31  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Because of all the oddness surrounding the Spellplague and Mystra's death (they even went back to the Sundering... and then pretend it only just happened), a paradox was created and the world is 'stuck in a loop'. So now we have an in-game reason why all the NPCs keep 'respawning' like in a video game.

You can kill the same (2e) shopkeeper a hundred times, and they'll still be there the next day... smiling their idiotic grin.

In other words, use the older sources, because it literally does not matter - no-one really ever dies. they just get turned into a statue, or get stuck in a blue-flame thingy, or absorb some 'shadiness', etc, etc...

The only people who die are the PCs... and even then, they come back... FR has truly become Hell, and everyone is stuck in a scenario of Groundhog Day.

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Derulbaskul
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Posted - 23 Mar 2018 :  16:58:35  Show Profile Send Derulbaskul a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

That's true.

4e's codename was 'the next great thing'.



Actually, it was Orcus.

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