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More on D&D Concept Art

I posted a while ago that I liked the concept art for the new D&D. Now the final product is finally delivered and we get the real thing. I can only say that it is probably what I like most of this new edition.

I’m a hard sci-fi fan, and I don’t think fantasy is equivalent to half-naked female elves, or swords longer than a glaive. There is a minimum of “reality” required to hook me into the story. I don’t need a full genetic study of elves, or a linguist to design every single language of every single species. I just don’t like illustrations to look too cartoonish.

Two good examples

Dwarves. Dwarf women were a joke among fantasy fans. I doubt anyone has ever played a female dwarf, and if someone has, the character probably had a beard.

Female dwarf warrior
Female dwarf warrior

This is a huge improvement over most of the fantasy illustrations I ever saw. I want to play one of those female dwarves, they are not just funny, they now look ready to be the center of epic adventures.

The same with general adventurers. Conan is Conan. Great character, great stories, totally recommended. But not every single warrior is a huge mass of muscles. And the slender types are not just elves.

Illustration of a warrior
Interior of the PHB

Scimitars wielded by cultures not used to face heavily armored opponents. Compound bows built in dry climates, because they fell apart in humid regions. Cultural diversity in clothing.

A trend I support

The truth is Paizo is the company who I believe initiated this trend. Their Pathfinder roleplaying game and adventures did include different cultures, colors and complexions. Diversity to make our imaginations fly.

The only challenge I think they both have not properly addressed are non-human cultures. All dwarves belong to the same culture, as elves do. Let’s see the final Player Handbook, which we can buy this August.

 

Schedule for the new Dungeons & Dragons

My plan was to publish this week a review of the Legacy of the Crystal Shard campaign material. It is a Dungeons & Dragons campaign which I’m currently running, based on the playtest rules for the next edition of D&D. However, I have to delay it. And the reason is that today we finally have the final release schedule for the next Dungeons & Dragons edition, with price tags and product descriptions!

If you want to know the details you should probably head to ENWorld, the main gaming community for D&D and Pathfinder. Or you could even go to Amazon and check all the new products in pre-order.

 

In summary

In July they will publish a Starter Set. It worked wonders for other games like Dragon Age or Pathfinder, and the famous first edition of D&D. An expected move that brings the game up to level 5 at a reasonable price of $20.

Starter Set cover

There will be a Player Handbook in August, a Monster Manual in September, and a Dungeonmaster Guide in November. Three books as usual. But these at a not so reasonble price of $50 each!

Two complete adventures are also scheduled for this year. Within the The Sundering story arc Wizards of the Coast is currently publishing material. This arc is leading all the game material and novels to the Tyranny of Dragons event. With the new edition they plan to release lots of material about this new time in the Forgotten Realms, including these two adventures. And the surprising news is that these adventures will be produced by a different company, Kobold Press!

The adventures will be 96 pages long, and will be priced at $30.

The new schedule also includes several sets of miniatures, sold in boosters of random minis. Each booster will be $20.

 

My two cents

Do these people at Wizards expect me to spend $150 in a single RPG without a setting, and without a campaign book? I got the 3 books of 4th edition at $60!

I’m sure the quality of illustrations and edition will be very high. Full-color pages, thick paper, etc. The new logo and typography chosen for the game are nice, and choosing Kobold Press to design the adventures is a sensible business decision. They are better than Wizards at it, and they bring a great reputation to the product.

New D&D Logo

If the production quality of the Starter Set is good enough I’m certainly buying it. The rules we are playtesting are fun, and the final version is surely worth a try. But $150 is an absurd price for this game, and with the minis they are certainly not targeting me as customer. You will need a couple more of books or heaps of work to really enjoy it, so it can easily go beyond $200.

What do you think? Have you playtested the rules? Are you buying any of the books?