D&D 5e

Upcoming D&D Products for 2018

Wizards of the Coast (WotC), has been using codenames for their upcoming products for quite a while to prevent fans and competitors from figuring out what’s in their pipeline. In the past, we’ve seen codenames such as “Labyrinth” (Tales from the Yawning Portal), “Dust” (Tomb of Annihilation), “Midway” (Xanathar’s Guide to Everything), “Cloak” (Curse of Strahd), and “Dagger” (Storm King’s Thunder). These codenames usually lend a vague idea of what the product will be, but they are just as likely to confuse fans.

Marathon”, “Broadway”, and “Catacomb” are the latest batch of codenames for us to wildly speculate about. I’m not even going to pretend to have answers, but I will take a look at the few facts we have and what other people are seeing in their crystal balls. These codenames were just released earlier this month and we don’t know much about what each of the specific codenames represent, other than all three are hardcover books (and a set of dice like we saw with Tomb of Annihilation).

Gamehole 2017 – State of D&D

We do know from past experience that WotC likes to throw a few details about their upcoming products at Gamehole Con, and 2017 was no exception. What we learned from a panel featured Chris Perkins and Mike Mearls included:

  • Mystic, Artificer and Revised Ranger are upcoming
  • D&D is now the most popular it has ever been since the 1980s
  • Potential for four major products for 2018 with a balance between rule crunch and adventures
    • Every product being released in 2018 has either been written, or is being written
    • One is at the tail end of the editing/layout process
    • Another is in the playtest phase
    • Third is in the finalizing development phase
    • And a fourth Mearls won’t talk about at all
  • Settings – they are thinking of D&D as a multiverse
    • There were lots of mentions of Eberron
    • Mentions of Dark Sun and Psionics
    • Focus on genres such as “Post-Apocalyptic D&D” (Dark Sun), “Gothic-Horror D&D” (Ravenloft), and “Film-Noir D&D” or “Pulp D&D” (Eberron)
    • Don’t want it to be a wide product line and you will never need more than that book and the 3 core books

You can listen to the State of D&D panel thanks to Nerd on Earth or read the recap on the EN World forum.

The specific details we have on the books come from ENWorld forum user Sean who found details on these upcoming items on McNally Robinson, a Canadian bookstore’s website. Here are the links to check them out or you can see the full details below.


Marathon

This book is being listed as a “D&D Accessory”, so it is unlikely that this book would be an adventure if we are to believe what is listed on the McNally Robinson bookstore site. Looking at the page counts, Marathon might be a player/DM resource instead of an adventure/module collection, being 192 pages (which matches Xanathar’s page count), but this would be odd as we have always seen the release of an adventure/module collection in the spring since 5e launched. Having a lower page count adventure or module collection might be the plan. The buzz around the Internet is that the codename “Marathon” could have something to do with the Modron March, with the book being a planar supplement.

D&D “Marathon” HC
By Rpg Team Wizards
ISBN: 9780786966240
format: Hardcover
series: D&D Accessory
pages: 192
publisher: Wizards of the Coast
pub. date: 2018-05-29


Broadway

This book matches up with the big fall adventure release of a hardcover book, dice and all the twitch feeds. We just saw this type of release for Tomb of Annihilation back in September.

D&D “Broadway” HC
By Rpg Team Wizards
ISBN: 9780786966257
format: Hardcover
series: D&D Adventure
pages: 256
publisher: Wizards of the Coast
pub. date: 2018-09-18

D&D “Broadway” Dice
By Rpg Team Wizards
ISBN: 9780786966288
format: Game
series: D&D Accessory
pages: n/a
publisher: Wizards of the Coast
pub. date: 2018-09-18


Catacomb

This book’s release date matches up with the November Player/DM resource book, but it a little heavier in page count that even the longest similar book, Volo’s Guide, which had a page count of 224. There has been some talk of a campaign setting book, but guessing by the name – many people are expecting this to be some kind of an Undermountain adventure. The last time I saw an Undermountain book was 2012’s Halls of the Undermountain for 4th edition. There has also been talk of moving to one big adventure a year, so this could even be a campaign guide with player options and world specific rules and a starter adventure for DMs.

D&D “Catacomb” HC
By Rpg Team Wizards
ISBN: 9780786966264
format: Hardcover
series: D&D Adventure
pages: 256
publisher: Wizards of the Coast
pub. date: 2018-11-20


Let the speculation begin! Tell us what you think the next D&D books from WotC in 2018 will be.

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  • Manos Ti

    Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. I just love it when this happens.

    Well, I might be hugely wrong, but yesterday I wrote about one collection of older modules of various settings converted to 5e. This might as well be “Marathon”, although the page count seems a bit slim. On the other hand, this could provide the perfect lead for the grand autumn publication “Broadway”, exactly as TftYP did for ToA.

    What “Broadway” is about I really do not know. From the things they’ve mentioned my guess is either Eberron or Planescape and either way I’d be more than happy. But of course, steering away from FR might prove difficult and I’d not be surprised if “Broadway” is in the Realms.

    Anyhow, all of these are great news, let’s just see what WotC have in store for us.

  • Colin McLaughlin

    Modron March into Dead Gods, please!

  • Wyvern

    Where did you learn about these codenames?

  • Sporelord0179

    I’m not sure what I’m more excited for. The move away from Forgotten Realms, the fact that D&D is now as strong as it was at it’s peak or that we’re getting more crunch next year (like the revised ranger at LAST).

    • D&D’s in a good spot. Lots to be excited about.

  • Lilfut

    I want to believe in Spelljammer.

    • Lilfut

      It could be Broadway, actually – a joke on “space opera” perhaps? And of course Spelljammer is more than aesthetically distinctive enough for a dice set.

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