Planescape, Gonzo Gaming, and Being Totally Rad

Cold eyelids that hide like a jewel
     Hard eyes that grow soft for an hour;
The heavy white limbs, and the cruel
     Red mouth like a venomous flower;
When these are gone by with their glories,
     What shall rest of thee then, what remain,
O mystic and sombre Dolores,
     Our Lady of Pain?

-Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs), Algernon Charles Swinburne


Sometimes you want to have a serious, down-to-earth game. You want to experience a gritty world where scars are plentiful, combat is frightening, and magic is the stuff of legend and nightmares. You want to scrape by for your food, track every ounce of weight, and know the perils of dying of thirst while traversing an untamed sea. When you see a goblin, you want to stop and think, “Oh hell, she has a spiked club. This might get messy.” You want to feel the filth and smell the stink off of every inch of the environment.

UPDATED: D&D to Release Two Storylines a Year Through 2018

Since I wrote this article in November 2014 quite a few things have changed, so I thought it was time to update the original article.

  • In a recent interview, Jeremy Crawford commented that the official setting of the D&D tabletop RPG “is the multiverse, which includes all D&D worlds.
  • On Twitter, Chris Perkins revealed he has something in the works for 2016, which just might be a new setting based on his own world called Valoreign.
  • Errata documents will be released this spring.
  • It is likely that the Warforged race (from Eberron) and Kender race (from Dragonlance) will be covered in an upcoming article on the Dungeon & Dragons site. Comments by Mike Mearls have pretty much confirmed this, with Warforged “up first”.
  • Previously, Mike Mearls let us know that they are ” looking at two storylines a year” and have “plans laid down for stories up through 2018.