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D&D’s Big Spring Release to Be Based Around Ships, More Details on 2019 Releases

January 14, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Wizards of the Coast’s Kate Welch and Nathan Stewart have teased a trip over the seas for the next big Dungeons & Dragon product release. As EN World reports, Welch and Stewart did a streamed chat earlier this month where the two talked about the next big release and said it will be a “ship-based” product. The two said that the supplement is nearly done, though the title is not yet finalized nor is the cover.

Dungeons & Dragons has long been a place where ships gets people excited, with November’s Ships and Sea Unearthed Arcana bringing a lot of interest from fans. But of course, not all ships travel on the sea in fantasy settings. Airships in Eberron and other settings are always popular. Even more notable are the ships in Spelljammer, D&D’s famous and fan-favorite space-based setting. Fans have long been clamoring for a return to Spelljammer for Fifth Edition, but don’t get your hopes up quite yet. Stewart noted in the stream that “Spelljammer is not happening this year.”

Also revealed during the chat: there will be three to four major releases this year, with plans for releases on the usual schedule of spring, summer, and fall. The Fall products will be announced during Wizard’s stremaing event that will take place from May 17th through the 19th.

Finally, Stewart said that looking ahead to next year, there will be some products that look at cultures which don’t often get examined in D&D. “I will say that in 2019 I don’t think that we’re going to get much more culturally diverse with the content that’s in there, but in 2020 we’re going to go…really…lots of different diverse stuff that brings in some different cultures and some different influences,” he said. “We’re bringing in a lot of consultants this year to kind of vet the product…make this stuff… You won’t see much of it in 2019, but 2020 products I think will have a couple major products that have a lot of influence from cultures that we have not really touched on before that I think are pretty prevalent. I don’t want to give away too much, but I’m proud of the influences and the work that they’re doing, and how they’re doing it.”

We should find out more about the ship-based product soon. 2018’s spring release, Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, was announced in February before its eventual May release.

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