Dungeons and Dragons’ Stream of Many Eyes was this past weekend and Twitch was awash in D&D streams. During the stream, D&D announced upcoming storylines and hinted at opening up the current 5e to include other worlds. Here’s what is coming up for D&D and why you should be excited:
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, is going to take place in the crown jewel of the Sword Coast of Faerun, the massive city of Waterdeep. The storyline is going to be a low level one, levels 1-5 and it is going to be a massive urban treasure hunt, a la Oceans 11 or The Italian Job. There will be 4 different villains the DM can choose to run as the primary big bad. It gives players the Yawning Portal Inn and a new area, The Fields of Triumph. D&D lore is extensive, so this seems like it would work as a good introduction to the massive city that is the center of so many of the current fifth edition offerings.
This looks like it is going to be a great intro game for people who haven’t play before, or for those who aren’t so sure about playing D&D. There is still some stigma with tabletop games and having a D&D that can run a little more straight, instead of super obvious fantasy, might make people more willing to try it. Having this based in a city, and not having goblins and everything else running around (so prominently, I’m sure they’ll be there somewhere) might make it a little more palatable for people who are hesitant or ‘don’t like fantasy’.The game is scheduled to be released on September 18, 2018.
Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
So imagine this. Your characters go to a tavern called the Yawning Portal Inn to get an ale after stopping some elaborate jewel heist. There is a giant whole in the floor. Your party falls in. You are now in the legendary dungeon called Undermountain. Created by the crazed mage called Halaster Blackcloak, the dungeon ranges 23 levels and will take your characters from level 6 up to level 20. The highest level in the game.
This is the classic dungeon crawl. For people who have been playing D&D for years, Undermountain is a well-known, and feared, area. It’s a bit of a meat grinder. This module can be played right after Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. This game is schedule to be released on November 13, 2018. Which should be enough time to get through Dragon Heist, so you’ll have your level 6 character all ready.
Unnamed Upcoming D&D Releases
On top of announcing both of the Waterdeep adventures, there were also some upcoming modules hinted at. In an interview with Comicbook.com, Nathan Stewart, the Brand Director and Executive Producer of Dungeons & Dragons announced there would be some new information coming out in the next month. Stewart explained that these would be introductions to the world, much like Curse of Strahd and Barovia are tastes of the Ravenloft plane.
There is a ton of speculation going on within the community about what these two new planes are going to be. One of the main suspects is ‘Spelljammers’. (Basically take a bunch of standard D&D stuff and put it in space.) It is a super popular world and fans have been hoping for it since 5th edition was release. Perkins’ response that the mad mage in Waterdeep has a certain helm definitely fueled that fire.
— Christopher Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDnD) June 3, 2018
Aside from Spelljammers, it is a bit of a toss up on what the other upcoming storyline might be. Mike Mearls, the co-creator of 5th edition has been working hard on a psionic class, which was originally released in Dark Sun. However, he is personally pretty damn fond of the Eberron setting. So, it could go any which way.
Or they could just come out of left field and give us Krynn and Dragonlance. Who knows? They did say that the games may be ready as early as this year. So we wont have to wait too long.
Are you looking forward to running any of these for your groups? What do you think the upcoming mystery settings will be? Let us know in the comments.