Dungeons and Dragons News
Wizards of the Coast delighted us with a lot of Dungeons and Dragons news about their upcoming products these days and unveiled their new storyline for the tabletop RPG which will be released on the 6th of September 2016.
Entitled Storm King’s Thunder, this story is about giants running wild through the Forgotten Realms and the campaign will be previewed in a weekly show called Force Grey: Giant Hunters that will be co-produced by Nerdist and Geek & Sundry. There will be eight episodes in total and a preview was released which you can watch below!
What is known about Storm King’s Thunder so far is that it will start from level 1 and bring you up to level 11 and beyond with 256 pages of content that will introduce rune magic items, new treasures and monsters.
“Giants have emerged from their strongholds to threaten civilization as never before. Hill giants are stealing all the grain and livestock they can while stone giants have been scouring settlements that have been around forever. Fire giants are press-ganging the smallfolk into the desert, while frost giant longships have been pillaging along the Sword Coast. Even the elusive cloud giants have been witnessed, their wondrous floating cities appearing above Waterdeep and Baldur’s Gate. Where is the storm giant King Hekaton, who is tasked with keeping order among the giants?
The humans, dwarves, elves, and other small folk of the Sword Coast will be crushed underfoot from the onslaught of these giant foes. The only chance at survival is for the small folk to work together to investigate this invasion and harness the power of rune magic, the giants’ weapon against their ancient enemy the dragons. The only way the people of Faerun can restore order is to use the giants’ own power against them.”
In August 2016 you can also get hints on what to expect from this campaign with the release of the new expansion for the Neverwinter MMORPG (which will be playable on PlayStation 4 soon) and a little while after the Storm King’s Thunder comes out they will also release Volo’s Guide to Monsters which is a book that expands the Monster Manual with new monsters and much more lore about some of the ones we already saw.
This will come out on the 15th of November 2016 in a hardcover format with 224 pages and it will also come with some new race options such as the goblin, orc or firbolg. “The esteemed loremaster Volothamp Geddarm is back and he’s written a fantastical dissertation, covering some of the most iconic monsters in the Forgotten Realms. Unfortunately, the Sage of Shadowdale himself, Elminster, doesn’t believe Volo gets some of the important details quite right. Don’t miss out as Volo and Elminster square off (academically speaking of course) to illuminate the uninitiated on creatures both common and obscure. Uncover the machinations of the mysterious Kraken Society, what is the origin of the bizarre froghemoth, or how to avoid participating in the ghastly reproductive cycle of the grotesque vargouille. Dungeon Masters and players will get some much-needed guidance as you plan your next venture, traipsing about some dusty old ruin in search of treasure, lore, and let’s not forget … dangerous creatures whose horns, claws, fangs, heads, or even hides might comfortably adorn the walls of your trophy room. If you survive.”
100 new monsters will be included (froghemoth, the neogi and the vargouille have been mentioned) and from what they mentioned they intend to give us more info about mind flayers, orcs and beholders among many others. This will come in a limited alternative cover edition as well that will be a great chase for collectors, especially when you look at the amazing art it will have.
WizKids will release a new line of miniatures to accompany the Storm King’s Thunder story and these will be 44 in total with fire giants, Lymrith a Thri-Kreen and Kleef Kenric unveiled so far. A new board game will come out as well and it is entitled Assault of the Giants. It is made for up to six players and each player controls a giant, competing with the other ones, assaulting settlements for resources and trying to claim your rule over the other giants. It will have 14 miniatures that will have a size from 4” to over 5 1/2” but we will have to wait until the Spring of 2017 for the Assault of the Giants to come out.