Plane Shift Zendikar
Plane Shift Zendikar is a project that wasn’t attempted before by Wizards of the Coast and is quite astonishing to think of the possibilities that it opens. Bringing together Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, two of the most successful games in their field is a titanic task but one that should get a lot of people interested.
As they explain, the world of Zendikar was considered an adventure world from its inception so the plane took its inspiration from D&D with many ruins to explore and monsters to fight. Plane Shift Zendikar combines the Magic the Gathering world with the D&D fifth edition rules to allow you to create new adventures here either before the Eldrazi arrived or after.
The Plane Shift Zendikar tells us about the history of the plane and then also gives us stats of the major races found here, making it a great source for those wanting to play a Merfolk, Kor, Vampire or Goblin as well as the more common Human or Elf races. The elves are divided into several nations: Tajuru, Joraga and Mul Daya, each with their own traits so there are plenty of choices to start with.
With a new world there are also some strange new creatures that weren’t previously in the D&D pantheon such as the Archon of Redemption, the celestial Felidars or the Kraken. These three are the only monsters that come with stats for the game but they also mention many others. They offer a toolkit to create your own Eldrazi, Hellions, Surrakar or Gomazoa while also discussing the changes that come to some of the more typical D&D monsters like the demons, dragons, undead, ogres or trolls.
Some of the older players might remember the wonderful Shandalar Magic the Gathering video game from 1997 where you played as a hero trying to defeat the planeswalker Arzakon. The game brought adventure and role-playing elements (dungeons, gold and various items) but the combat was resolved through card duels. The resulting game was truly amazing and it is one of the best Magic the Gathering games released to this day.
With the release of Plane Shift Zendikar it seems that you could recreate such a universe in which you bring together MTG and D&D for a truly unique experience. Might be a lot of work but if you have a group that is interested in both games then this may prove to be a feast! You can read the Plane Shift Zendikar text here and Wizards of the Coast also presented a lot more about the lore of Zendikar on their website so check that out as well and let us know your opinions!