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Apparently "Adventurer's Vault II" is visible *somewhere* on the Wizards website. Meh. I mislike the shopping list approach to gaming...

Open Grave (book of undead?) Lots of new monsters, that's a no-brainer...some special focus on Vecna, that's kind of fun. Undead oozes? Uh...This is more a DM's resource book with very little player focus, moreso than any previous book. *sigh* So, no necromancy for my character right now. A few rituals which might be useful to players. More "color text" than before.

Stronger tendency as a design strategy to seperate Player books from GM books, which might impact sales a bit, but players won't need to buy quite as many books as last time...

Monster Manual II in production. About time...Not listed in the catalog, tho, so I assume this (and Vault II?) are coming out next summer or later. This is a big assumption. The text for Vault II is written already, so maybe they'll advance that one more quickly.

PHB II - Swordmage will not be reprinted in PHBII (that's not very interesting, but it's information of some sort...no reprint material.) However, there's supplemental material Arcane Power for the Swordmage. New build for Swordmage, apparently, in Arcane Power. Possibility of a Necromancer build for Arcane Power? Hmm. No martial classes in PHB2. Extended rules for Polymorph-type effects will be included in PHB2, tho (probalby because of the Druid class...)

Arcane Power - No new classes (only in PHBs and campaign settings).

Eberron next setting book, Dragonlance pretty likely to be next...maybe Ravenloft next?

Upcoming "digital initiative" for Forgotten Realms - villians, societies? New content for various settings will PRIMARILY be released in a digital format (Dungeon, Dragon), to keep the sourcebooks down to a minimal number.

Additional sourcebook releases (as of Gencon:)
5/19/09: Monster Manual II
July 2009: Divine Power
August 09: Adventurer's Vault II

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Oct. 24th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Sigh. Why does the future setting book have to be Dragonlance? I can forgive them doing Forgotten realms because it's their baby and they need a default fantasy world. Eberron is too new and popular to not support. But Dragonlance? It's just another variant high fantasy setting. Why not try something different? They have a couple settings from the contest they did to give us. With the limits on setting support, it's a great time to use them. If we were going to get another classic setting, why not something cool like Darksun?
Oct. 24th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah...they're basically going with what's popular. On the other hand, the general policy, currently, is to release only a very few numbers of books, so Forgotten Realms should never be the sprawling 30-book library it was in 3.5.

I'm still in mourning for Spelljammer, myself :(
Oct. 24th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, oh! I was just about to mention Dark Sun. :)

Although, I'm really fond of Dragonlance because of my youthful days in as a Champion of Krynn :3
Oct. 24th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
I kind of like Dragonlance more than I like the other default settings. It's got some interesting idiosynchresis that set it apart from standard D&D - the Tinker Gnomes are one of my favorite D&D races evar, and the Draconians are fun.

But...really, there's nothing to specifically mark it as being other than a generic fantasy setting. At least Ebberon has a sort of space-opera (fantasy-opera?) Epic feel.
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