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The Next D&D Sourcebook Looks to Be a Critical Role Campaign Book

January 12, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Critical Role

Critical Role has been one of the many drivers in bringing Dungeons & Dragons to a new high point in the last few years, and now it looks to be getting an official sourcebook. Wizards of the Coast announced last week that the next book for the tabletop roleplaying game will be announced tomorrow following the discovery of a listing on Amazon for an unnamed D&D book set for a March release.

Now, Amazon appears to have beaten Wizards to the punch as the listing is titled the Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount. Wildemount is the setting for the current Critical Role campaign, a neighboring continent to Tal’Dorei (the setting for the first campaign). The synopsis on Amazon for the book, listed as a “D&D Campaign Setting and Adventure Book,” reads:

A war brews on a continent that has withstood more than its fair share of conflict. The Dwendalian Empire and the Kryn Dynasty are carving up the lands around them, and only the greatest heroes would dare stand between them. Somewhere in the far corners of this war-torn landscape are secrets that could end this conflict and usher in a new age of peace—or burn the world to a cinder.

Create a band of heroes and embark on a journey across the continent of Wildemount, the setting for Campaign 2 of the hit Dungeons & Dragons series Critical Role. Within this book, you’ll find new character options, a heroic chronicle to help you craft your character’s backstory, four different starting adventures, and everything a Dungeon Master needs to breathe life into a Wildemount-based D&D campaign…

* Delve through the first Dungeons & Dragons book to let players experience the game as played within the world of Critical Role, the world’s most popular livestreaming D&D show.

* Uncover a trove of options usable in any D&D game, featuring subclasses, spells, magic items, monsters, and more, rooted in the adventures of Exandria—such as Vestiges of Divergence and the possibility manipulating magic of Dunamancy.

* Start a Dungeons & Dragons campaign in any of Wildemount’s regions using a variety of introductory adventures, dozens of regional plot seeds, and the heroic chronicle system—a way to create character backstories rooted in Wildemount.

Explore every corner of Wildemount and discover mysteries revealed for the first time by Critical Role Dungeon Master, Matthew Mercer.

Interestingly, this means that Critical Role would be a campaign setting with both a third-party (i.e. non-WotC) sourcebook and a Wizards of the Coast-produced book. Green Ronin published a campaign setting for Tal’Dorei, written by Mercer and D&D Beyond lead writer James Haeck, in 2017.

Critical Role is one of the most popular streaming D&D campaigns on the internet, drawing upward of 50,000 to 60,000 viewers every Thursday. The game, run by Matthew Mercer with players Travis Willingham, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Laura Bailey, and Sam Riegel, parted ways with Greek & Sundry last February and launched its own brand and channel. Soon after, they announced a Kickstarter for an animated series that brought in $11.9 million and was picked up for additional episodes by Amazon to bring it to a full two seasons.

Dungeons & Dragons’ last sourcebook was Eberron: Rising From the Last War which released in November.