Saturday, September 24, 2022

Wizards of the Coast reveals the future of “Dungeons & Dragons” and “Magic: The Gathering”

Wizards of the Coast has plans for the future of its two biggest properties: “Magic: The Gathering” and “Dungeons & Dragons.” And during the Wizards Presents 2022 stream, they let us know all about them. So what’s next for the massive fantasy franchises? Let’s take a look and see…

Dungeons & Dragons

The biggest D&D news is the announcement of what they’re calling “One D&D.” This is the next evolution of D&D, featuring a revamped Player’s Handbook with updated characters and rules, while remaining backwards-compatible with the current 5th edition. Plus, it will include bundled physical and digital products, along with a virtual tabletop (VTT) for online players.

Players can get a preview of the planned updates by getting the new Character Origins playtest on D&D Beyond, and by checking out a video exploring the changes to races, backgrounds, and more.

On top of that, as previously announced, Dragonlance is making its return to D&D with “Shadow of the Dragon Queen,” taking players into the War of the Lance. Players can expect the Kender as a new playable race, a new Lunar Sorcerer subclass, and backgrounds for the Knights of Solamnia and Mages of High Sorcery.

“Shadow of the Dragon Queen” will also be the first physical/digital bundle, so players can pre-order both the digital and physical copies from Wizards’ D&D store or D&D Beyond.

For players who want more Dragonlance, there will also be a “Warriors of Krynn” board game that can be directly connected to the adventures in the book.

But what if Dragonlance isn’t your jam? Well, Wizards announced many more upcoming books for 2023, including:

  • “Keys From the Golden Vault,” a new anthology of adventures built around heists
  • “Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants,” a book all about giants (presumably including new character options previewed in Unearthed Arcana)
  • “Phandelver Campaign,” which expands the “Lost Mines of Phandelver” adventure from the 5th edition starter set into a full campaign
  • “The Book of May Things,” which provides new options for players and Dungeon Masters, inspired by the Deck of Many Things
  • “Planescape,” a return to the famous multiverse-linking setting Sigil

And for fans of Drizzt Do’urden, the famous drow ranger by R.A. Salvatore, the entire series of books are being reprinted with brand new covers and a new art book exploring the characters and locations in stunning detail. Plus, there will be a new webcomic on Webtoons, focusing on Drizzt and Catti-brie’s daughter, Brie, as she sets out on her own heroic journey. Purpah, creator of “Suitor Armor,” is writing it with guidance from R.A. Salvatore, and features art by Ryan LeCount.

Finally, players in Japan will also be able to get their hands on D&D books, as the TTRPG expands around the world, as shown in this new trailer:

Magic: The Gathering

Wizards Presents also focused on “Magic: The Gathering,” which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. For that, they announced new sets, events, and universes beyond.

Magic’s “Universes Beyond” series is used for crossovers, as seen in Secret Lairs for “Stranger Things,” “Street Fighter,” and more. The “Lord of the Rings” and “Warhammer 40,000” sets were previously announced, but now we’ve received new information and artwork from them.

On top of that, they announced that the next “Universes Beyond” set will include “Doctor Who,” featuring the Doctor in all his regenerations, iconic companions, enemies, and even characters we haven’t seen yet.

Next, Wizards announced the return of in-person tournaments and celebrations, starting with Magic’s World Championships in Las Vegas, celebrating Magic’s 30th anniversary. It’ll be held from October 28-30, and tickets are available now.

And of course, there will be promos and a new Secret lair featuring 30 reprinted cards – one iconic card from each year of the game’s history.

Along with the celebration, Secret Lairs, and Universes Beyond comes new sets from the rest of 2022 to 2024. These sets will expand existing settings, build on the lore and story of the card game, and shake up the meta across formats:

  • Dominaria United
  • The Brothers War
  • Phyrexia: All Will be One
  • March of the Machine
  • March of the Machine: the Aftermath
  • Wilds of Eldraine
  • The Lost Caverns of Ixalan

So, what are you looking forward to from “D&D” and “M:tG?” Will you be building a deck where the Doctor teams up with Gandalf, and playing against the Imperium? Or are you getting ready to take a trip from Krynn to Planescape? Let us know in the comments, and keep an eye on G33k-HQ for all the latest nerdy news.

Robbie is a lifelong nerd and a familiar face in the Northern California convention-going community. In addition to writing convention reports, interviews, and nerdy news updates for G33k-HQ, he’s an ENnie Award-winning adventure writer, and a comic/TV show reviewer at Multiversity Comics.

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