With the announcement of the latest setting books that are coming from Wizards of the Coast, I find myself at a point where I doubt the World of Greyhawk is going to come out anytime soon for 5th Edition D&D.
While their slow publishing strategy is definitely working in terms of keeping down the setting creep that so afflicted the later 2E era, and the rules creep that do so to 3.x, Wizards of the Coast does seem more interested in new, “sexier” campaign settings that are more likely to appeal to people who watch Stranger Things, stream D&D games on YouTube like Critical Role, and who listen to what “social media influencers” have to say.
That is, they’re not likely to commit a lot of effort on something that’s likely to appeal to a relatively small (if active and vocal) group of gamers who are dedicated to a setting that literally came out 40 years ago, and whose aficionados are more often than not vocal advocates for older versions of D&D or games that aren’t even published by WotC in the first place. There have been exceptions, of course, and there probably will be in the future. But they’re not the core.
And I completely understand that rationale. As a company, they’re in this to make money, and they’re going to make a lot more money publishing Wildemount than they are Greyhawk. I don’t blame them one bit for the shift, and I would probably do the same in their position.
That said, I’m not in their position, and having reconciled myself to the fact that I am no longer WotC’s target audience, I’m also not going to sit around any more waiting for WotC to publish more Greyhawk content or open up the World of Greyhawk setting on DMs Guild (although I’d be more than happy if they did).
So, since I have developed a ton of 5th edition content for Greyhawk over the years, you can expect a slew of new stuff along those lines very soon. Indeed, here’s the first one already!
Wizards of the Flanaess is a 35 page booklet that expands the options for 5th Edition wizard characters in the World of Greyhawk. Eight new Arcane Traditions are presented; the schools of Bigby, Drawmij, Mordenkainen, Nystul, Otiluke, Otto, Rary, and Tenser, along with more than 100 spells adapted from earlier editions to the latest 5th edition.
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