Column by Scott Thorne
Posted by Scott Thorne on August 22, 2022 @ 2:46 am CT
It looks as if Wizards of the Coast will take a break from the seeming onslaught of new releases we have seen so far in 2022 (though when I actually counted them the number was not quite as big as I thought, only eight, or roughly one every month and a half). I only count two releases for the rest of the year, three if you count the Dragonlance boardgame separately from the Dragonlance RPG book.
Hasbro Announces New D&D Starter Set in 2022 Lineup Trailer"). At least it’s October if you are a Friendly Local Game Store. If you are Target, you got the set at the end of July. Of course, FLGS do get the opportunity to promote the Dragons of Stormwreck Isle set, and Dungeons & Dragons in general, all throughout the month of October. For Target, the set is just one more tiny part of its product mix; for game stores, it is a fairly important component of their marketing program for the entire D&D line. We still sell the current Starter Set and Essentials Set regularly, and have not had a customer ask us about Dragons of Stormwreck Isle, so I suspect Target’s customer base is not a particularly strong target for into D&D sets. Game stores will likely sell Dragons of Stormwreck Isle long after Target either clearances them or returns them to Wizards of the Coast.
’D&D: Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen’").
Coming in 2023, WOTC has Tales from the Golden Vault scheduled for February (see "WotC Teases 2023 ‘D&D’ Slate"). This is a scenario collection, similar in format to Tales from the Yawning Portal and Candlekeep Mysteries, only themed around heists and thefts instead of books and bars. Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants releases in the second quarter and tips its hat back to the past with its nod to Bigby, a PC from the early days of D&D and "creator" of the assorted hand spells. As a longtime D&D player, I enjoy seeing these references to the game’s early days.
Then, during the summer, stores will see the release of the, as yet unnamed, Phandelver campaign, based on The Lost Mines of Phandelver, the adventure included in the current D&D Starter Set, although this campaign book will have "tinges of cosmic horror," to quote D&D Product Manager Chris Lindsay. Call of Cthulhu meets D&D? It has happened before in 1st Edition.
Finally, the year wraps up with a relaunch of the Planescape campaign setting, though in what format WOTC has yet to say. Given the prices current commanded for Planescape materials, with the boxed sets regularly selling for $200 and up, I can see even more demand for this set than for Spelljammer.
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