As someone who enjoys chasing the news beats, there’s nothing more thrilling than learning about something cool or amazing so you can share it with others. It’s a passion that I hope to continue throughout my journey as a creator and member of the RPG community. Sometimes, news just happens to find you or falls literally on your lap by happenstance. At the time of this article, which is a very late Sunday evening, I stumbled upon a passing Facebook post sharing an Amazon web link on the Dungeons & Dragons 5e Facebook group. I figured it was just another D&D 5th Edition product or similarly adjacent. To my surprise, I saw the cover of a proposed Eberron book that had the strikingly familiar styles of the current 5th Edition products. I decided to click the link to verify the product page while I contained my possible excitement.
You can check out Eberron: Rising From the Last War‘s Amazon product page here.
The first thing you’ll notice is the November 19th, 2019 release date, which is consistent with Wizard’s announcement during the D&D Live event in May of a 2019 Eberron release. Since then, there as has been no other official announcement other than some updates on the Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron, the release of Morgrave Miscellany, and new posts on Keith Baker’s Patreon page.
- Official Amazon Release Date: November 19th, 2019
- Price: $49.95 USD
- This book provides everything players, and Dungeon Masters need to play Dungeons & Dragons in Eberron—a war-torn world filled with magic-fueled technology, airships and lightning trains, where noir-inspired mystery meets swashbuckling adventure. Will Eberron enter a prosperous new age or will the shadow of war descend once again?
- The Artificer arrives as an official new base class to D&D 5e since the release of the Player’s Handbook
- A setting guide to Sharn, city of towers to run your noirish games
- A campaign taking place in the Mournlands, the twisted and warped battlefield of the past
- Over 16 new race/subrace options including dragonmarks
- New game element: Group Patron, a “background” for your whole party
- The current price point and weight of the product suggest it will be
similar in size to the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, roughly 150 pages320 pages (see update below).
Fans have eagerly awaited the officiality of the Artificer class as a permanent member of the class roster both at the table and on services such as D&D Beyond. This product is designed to work along with the current Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron and Morgrave Miscellany since both mentioned products explore more of the world and lore of Eberron. The Miscellany provides several class options reimagined from D&D 3.5 prestige classes, along with character backgrounds, and optional rules for those hard-boiled noir adventures. Both Wayfinder and Miscellany have long awaited their chance to be placed as official content, a miscommunication seen in July of 2018 (see my coverage here) that sparked initial confusion and disappoint from fans.
As the news circulates about Eberron’s cover and product page, anticipation and hype seem to prevail in all the discussions. It would seem Wizard’s Amazon partners continue to jump to the gun on activation of their product page, as Amazon Brazil was again the culprit of this early peak before the US Amazon site had the product page went live.
As always, I looked forward to the official product release, as a fan of Sharn and the Mournlands, Rise from the Last War already has my initial interest. The new Group Patron mechanic sounds absolutely wonderful and fantastic, though it reminds me of a lot of systems that have shared-group mechanics such as Blades in the Dark‘s crew playbook. November is not far away and this will be a great holiday purchase, along with the upcoming release of Baldur’s Gate: Descent to Avernus.
Update (2:10 PM EST, 8/19/2018): In a Twitter post by Jeremy Crawford, Eberron: Rising from the Last War will be a 320-page book following the world of Eberron after the Last War. It will incorporate material from Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron and add more to existing material. Unfortunately, several replies and discussions within the thread express concerns about previous purchases of Wayfinder on the DMsGuild. There are currently no discounts for pre-orders for these previous purchases.
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