Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount Announcement – First Thoughts

The next D&D publication has been announced and there’s a lot of talk about it.

As you have probably already seen, the next D&D official book is called Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount, and is the work of Matthew Mercer.

The days after the initial announcement I saw a few different kinds of reactions and that kinda made me want to talk about them.

I wasn’t very happy with one of the reactions. Some people were not just negative towards the announcement, but they even went so far as to say that D&D is finished. Just because the setting of their preference wasn’t the next to be released.

I understand people can be frustrated or disappointed that their favorite setting isn’t available for 5th Edition yet. But there is a fine line between disappointment and plain toxicity. And that’s why I respect the people who just stated that this setting book isn’t their cup of tea and they won’t be buying it. This is a perfectly normal reaction.

Wizards of the Coast is a company and that means they need to generate profit. This can sound cold but that’s the truth. And since the critter community shows untapped potential, of course they would make a move to appeal to the new market.

I see no issue with that. In fact, this could potentially increase the number of people who play D&D. I cannot provide numbers but it has been said that part of the critter community isn’t actively playing D&D (or any TTRPG in general) or they haven’t even tried it. So having a setting that is familiar to them could give them the push they need to start rolling those dice. And for me, the more people playing RPGs the better.

As for me, I look forward to checking out the new book. I respect Matt a lot, both as a GM and a creator, so I am expecting some very good content to be found in that book. In his interview he seems genuinely excited about it and for me that’s a good sign.

I don’t know if I will run any campaigns in the setting. I don’t have an issue with it but I don’t know if I’ll have the time. I mean, I’m still running Dragon Heist and we’re still very early in the adventure. However, I will definitely be using ideas from the book in the future.

But what about you? Are you going to buy the book? Are you interested in the setting, or are you just getting it for character options? If you were hoping for an existing setting, which one was it?

And until next time, have fun!

P.S: I know I am behind schedule on stuff but other stuff that I can’t control keep bothering me. I also know am being very vague in this PS but, unfortunately I can’t give any specifics. Thank you for supporting me and reading the blog even now.