April 21, 2022 at 6:59 pm #43224
The announcement that Dungeons and Dragons fans have waited almost thirty years to hear has finally been made, as the Spelljammer campaign setting is returning to the game, in the Spelljammer: Adventures in Space box set. Spelljammer is a D&D campaign setting that takes the players to space, where they can sail the stars behind the rudder of a mysterious sea ship.
Spelljammer debuted during the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons time of the game, bringing sci-fi concepts to the D&D multiverse. It was currently possible to go between the D&D campaign worlds by flying to them by ship. This implied that players could become intergalactic pirates, while still fighting with swords and sorcery. The Spelljammer campaign setting stopped being supported during the D&D 3e period, yet it has been referenced ordinarily in the following years, both in the D&D gamebooks and video games.
Wizards of the Coast held the first-ever D&D Direct occasion today, where it was finally announced that Spelljammer is making its return, in Spelljammer: Adventures in Space. In a departure from the other classic campaign setting books, Spelljammer: Adventures in Space is really several items in a slipcase. Spelljammer: Adventures in Space contains a DM screen, a poster guide of the Rock of Bral, an asteroid-city that can serve as both an adventure area and a campaign center point in the Astral Plane, and three books: Astral Adventurer’s Guide, Boo’s Astral Menagerie, and Light of Xaryxis. Fans will not need to stand by long to take to the stars, as Spelljammer: Adventures in Space will launch on August 16, 2022.
Astral Adventurer’s Guide contains rules for the Spelljammer campaign setting, including six new playable race options. The new D&D Unearthed Arcana Spelljammer article hinted at these races, as the book will contain astral elves, auto gnomes, hadozee, giff, plasmoids, and the thri-sharp. Boo’s Astral Menagerie stars the famous miniature goliath space hamster from the Baldur’s Gate series and it acts as the Monster Manual for the Spelljammer setting. Light of Xaryxis is another adventure set in wild space and the astral sea, containing twelve different exciting episodes. There will also be a prequel adventure released in July.
The nods to the Spelljammer setting over the course of the years had given fans trust it would return someday, such as the opening of Baldur’s Gate 3 taking put on a Nautiloid ship. Spelljammer was one of the most profoundly anticipated D&D classic campaign settings and it’s amazing to see it return to D&D 5e. The groups that are looking for something new and different can’t turn out badly with Spelljammer, as there is a whole universe of adventure waiting to be found.
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