Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Discussion: The Next D&D Setting

Today's Friday Discussion takes up back to D&D, and I figured I'd lob a softball after a tough week.

Well, with Blackmoor being pulled back to WotC and Dark Sun on its way, what does everyone think will be the next announced setting after Dark Sun (I don't know either, just that it won't be Blackmoor)? What would you like it to be (or like it not to be)?

A cookie for displaying your incredible powers of logic! Have a great weekend!

25 comments:

Bonemaster said...

I think, I'm going to predict Spelljammer. Not that I care that much for it, but it does seem like a good possibility.

Wyatt said...

Spelljammer is already kind of part of the 4e meta-setting "Points of Light", since it has some of those trappings already and I don't now if WOTC would decide to base a whole setting around it. There's planar ships and such in Manual of the Planes, and beyond the terrestrial world in 4e there is the astral sea which they sail, and many of the planes are planets there, such as the Nine Hells being a red freakish rock in space.

I'm still thinking Dragonlance, if only because we keep seeing little nods to it in 4e books like stats for NPCs from it, and because it'd be a pretty big, distinctive property for WOTC to tap into.

But who knows, Spelljammer's as good a guess as any. Maybe after Dark Sun they'd even try to do something original.

NewbieDM said...

They are releasing novels based around the POL setting... so it wouldn't surprise me if the world finally gets a map and a name.

I was hoping for Dragonlance, but if they failed to do it at Gencon in time for its 25th anniversary, I don't see why they'd do it at all.

David said...

I think Spelljammer would be a natural fit considering what has been written so far and the focus on the planes that 2010 seems to be bringing.

I'd like to see something radically different, along the lines of Greywulf's Endday campaign - http://blog.microlite20.net/tag/endday/

Russ said...

Oh no. I hate to say it but I think a lot of guys are right and spelljammer is a perfect fit for "points of light."

More reason to stick with pathfinder.

Tyler said...

Much as I would like Spelljammer to enjoy a full-on setting treatment, I suspect it will only ever be a meta-setting element, to help move characters from one milieu to another.

The Recursion King said...

I'm kind of surprised that no one has brought Dragonlance up.

It really wouldn't surprise me if WOTC looked to bring this back, or perhaps a brand new setting of their own.

David said...

If there was ever a setting I couldn't be less interested in it would be Dragonlance. Never did it for me at all.

Joseph said...

I sort of glad that nobody's mentioned Greyhawk yet. Frankly, I'd be happy if they never released it for 4E; no chance for them to screw it up like they did FR.

Dragonlance isn't a bad guess for the next official setting, but I'm going to go with Ravenloft.

Dr-Rotwang said...

Twilightloft.

Michael Curtis said...

Tékumel...just to watch the heads explode as folks try to wrap their heads around it.

Mike said...

I'm going to guess a brand new setting, partly based on the Points of Light already presented.

Ravenloft, Spelljammer, Planescape, and most of the other old settings are too specialized to appeal to a mass audience.

I guess it could be Dragonlance, but some reason my gut instinct says no.

I actually hope it would be Mystara, but that's not going to happen.

stirgessuck said...

Minaria for the win.

P_Armstrong said...

One of the MtG worlds such as Dominaria.

Mike Schulz said...

I think Spelljammer or a fully fleshed out Points of Light setting seem like a good bets.

I believe that there are too many outstanding rights issues with Dragonlance to make it really attractive to WOTC/Haboro.

rmckee78 said...

They have a Ravenloft board game coming out next year and vampires are in right now. Ravenloft seems likely to me.

On the other hand, the board game could be all they want to do with Ravenloft so it could eliminate it as a setting. In that case I would go with Dragonlance. They still put out a lot of novels.

There is always the possibility of a new setting.

kensan-oni said...

My bet is it will be Birthright. Or something completely new... but mostly Birthright.

newbiedm said...

Mike, what outstanding rights issues do you mean in regards to Dragonlance?

Tyson J. Hayes said...

More out of fan love I would love to see Ravenloft re-released and get some updates to the material. I doubt it'd really fit well into the 4e design but I have enjoyed it when I played it previously.

Mike Schulz said...

It shows how little I've paid attention to the thing, but I was under the impression that Margret Weiss had the license to Dragonlance and that WOTC's hold on the license wasn't ironclad.

A little research tells me I'm wrong.

Since WOTC did haul the license back in house in late 2007, it seems bizarre to me that WOTC hasn't developed anything for the Dragonlance line.

Why wouldn't you renew a third party license for a property with the creator of said property unless you plan to do something with it?

I wonder if a project was aborted or stalled at some point?

Andreas Davour said...

Isn't Dragonlance the biggest moneymaker after FR? It do sounds likely it will return some day. It doesn't feel like it's happening soon, though.

OTOH, I seem to remember that when Eberon was published, they said they wanted to hang on to the second and third placed contest entries for leter publication. Beats me what those entries were, though.

Geek Gazette said...

Maztica!
It will never happen now that they've kind of written it out of FR, but that's still my pick.

rmckee78 said...

Maztica would be awesome. Actually a non-western fantasy inspired setting in general would be great. South American. Native American, African, Asian, Indian. Maybe some kind of world culture survey in one setting.

Jeff Carlsen said...

With they way they're doing specialized books for each of the four major planes, I don't know if they will jump on Spelljammer, Ravenloft, or Planescape yet. But I could certainly be wrong.

Elements of each have already found their way into the Points of Light setting, with Ravenloft's Dark Lords being within the Shadowfell, Spelljammer ships existing already, and Sigil being in the DMG2.

I think the chances are good that we'll see Greyhawk next. They've avoided generic fantasy settings for a reason, but it might be time.

Frederic said...

incredible powers of logic you said?

well I'm afraid that won't do in this case... and it won't matter either. They pick something, "we"'ll like/buy it.

Although Birthright might even see me have a go at 4th edition.