If I had to say what has led to the popularity of Dungeons and Dragons, it would be the phenomenon known as Critical Role. This show has opened the door to many first time players and has had a great impact on the game. Last week Matthew Mercer unveiled a collaboration with Wizards of the Coast to release Explorer’s Guide To Wildemount.
What Is This?
This is an official D&D licensed book detailing the history and background of Wildmount. It will serve as a Campaign setting, rules Guide, as well as provide other information that enhances the game. This marks Mercer’s Second book after Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting released in Oct 2017.
What’s In It?
The better question might be to ask what isn’t in this book. This book promises something for any fans of the show or game itself. Coming in at 304 pages, This guide details all of Wildemount, a continent located in Mercer’s world of Exandria. This book will allow players to explore a new realm and design there own campaigns. Mercer leaves practically no stone unturned as he goes on to give information about the land, the factions, the history and religions, the races and how they interact in this continent. New character options and Sub-classes are now available as well as a new type of magic created during his Campaign.
What do you think?
As a Fan of Critical role and D&D, I can’t help but be excited about this and Wizards of the Coast. I am happy to see Mercer’s work recognized and canonized into the rich history of the franchise. Mercer has created a unique world and rules and I would love to see so I can potentially use and incorporate it into my games.
As of Right now, the Guide will not be available until March 17, 2020, But stores are taking preorders. If you are a fan of the game or the show I highly recommend picking this up.
If you want to hear more check out an interview with the creator himself by D&D beyond. While you are at it, check out Critical Role and why Dungeon and Dragons has hit such high popularity.
Are you a fan of D&D or Critical Role? Are you excited about the new Guide? Let us know in the comments!