Dungeons & Dragons had one of its best years in 2018, and the popular role-playing RPG wants to build on that moment in the coming year.
While 2018 is not yet technically over, Wizards of The Coast have already hinted that Dungeons & Dragons has gone through another record year. With a surprise campaign, a jump in Digital First publications, and an ambitious and extensive two-part adventure, the developers of the game had an incredibly busy and successful year.
We do not know what's next Dungeons & Dragons but we have a modest list of wishes for what we want to see next for the popular game. We hope the fifth edition is now entering its fifth year of existence, and we hope to add some popular classes and settings next year. Here we hope for the next year of D & D:
Slide 1 of 6 The Artificer Class
Slide 2 of 6 Psionics
Another popular subset of abilities still missing in Dungeons & Dragons are Psionic abilities for players. Certain monsters like the Illithides or Githyanki have innate psionic abilities, but we still have no equivalent for players to use unless they create a Gith character.
We know from Mike Mearl's Happy Fun Hour that Mearls (one of the leading minds behind D & D's Fifth Edition) is working on psionic rules, so it seems that they are somewhere in the D & D pipeline. The psionics would not only open up the possibility of the mysticism class, it is also a core component of at least one attitude that has not appeared in the fifth edition. That leads us to the next slide ….
Slide 3 of 6 Dark Sun or Spelljammer
One of the two campaign settings would be great for the Fifth Edition and would really add new options to players who are tired of playing in standard fantasy-based worlds.
Slide 4 of 6 An Adventure Set outside the Forgotten Realms
Since the release of Fifth Edition in 2014, the content of the game has focused mainly on the Forgotten Realms, the popular campaign of these Setting was created by Ed Greenwood and includes some of the game's most popular characters. Xanathar, Volo, Elminster, Waterdeep, Chult and other well-known D & D characters all exist in the Forgotten Realms. Therefore, it makes sense that the focus is on so many official content of the game.
We love the Forgotten Realms as well as the next D & D fan, but we believe this has become synonymous with the D & D brand in recent years. Since 2014, only Curse of Strahd (an adventure that doubled for Ravenloft as a campaign scene) and Tales of the Yawning Portal (which featured a series of mini-adventures, mostly were set up in Greyhawk) were set up outside the Forgotten Realms.
While I do not believe that D & D will ever stop focusing on the Forgotten Realms, it may be time for adventures outside this campaign. The official D & D adventures have a dual purpose: they give the DMs a ready-made adventure, and they inspire DMs who want to build their own campaigns. If you start an adventure outside of the Forgotten Realms (even if it uses the new Ravnica setting!), This would show some new D & D players.
Dia 5 of 6 Other Magic Items and Spells
Foil 6 of 6 Growing the Community
Since we started D & D earlier this year, the most impressive part of the game is the community built on it. The D & D team is doing a fantastic job of developing an inclusive and open atmosphere for all players, and they have really shown that the game is really for everyone.
I love the D & D community, and I hope it will continue to grow in 2019. D & D is a fantastic creator in many ways, and I want the community to continue to embrace every part of it. Here are even more showcases with D & D cosplay, beautiful art, fantastic storytelling and whatever D & D inspires players to do something next year!