Dungeons & Dragons 2024 - New core books, new evolution

Interesting retail sales numbers in this video. (Ignore the clickbait headline.) These figures DO NOT include Amazon or independent stores. And no digital product. This is retail physical big box/chain stores only like Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble, etc. These are total units sold since the start of 2015:

Player’s Handbook - 1.56M
Start Set - 1M
DM’s Guide - 823K
Monster Manual - 780K
Essentials Kit - 549K
Xanathar’s Guide - 522K

From the recent Hasbro investor call:



Some of these changes in the upcoming revised DMG sound really smart.

“I don’t know if you recall,” said rules architect Chris Perkins at the time, “but chapter one of that book is on building a campaign, and one of the first things you’re told is the difference between a meritocracy and a plutocracy. It’s like, OK. I’m a new DM. Is this the most important thing I need to know about my campaign? No. […] Chapter two is all about the D&D cosmology. Here are the Outer Planes and the Inner Planes. And it’s like, Is this the first thing I need to know to be a DM?

When you open the next version of the 5th edition Dungeon Master’s Guide, Crawford said, you can expect it to be much better organized. You’ll learn how to roll dice, for instance, in chapter one, not chapter eight as it sits now. The book will also be a tad bit longer than the original. And you can also expect to need to fill in some of that space yourself.

“Worksheets [are a] new thing in the book that our previous Dungeon Master’s Guides haven’t had,” Crawford said. “We know that for many DMs, the creation of a world, the creation of adventures, the creation of NPCs and magic items and backstories — it is a solo game, and we want to make sure that this Dungeon Master’s Guide really supports that experience. Which is why it has worksheets.”

That does sound like it is on the right track.

That is one of the winning elements of Pathfinder is the Beginner Box. A bit basic, and for experienced players, it’s probably too slow, but for my group, its been nice to have things show up in small chunks.

Yup. It’s terrific. Well-thought out and nicely paced for beginner players as well as GMs.

The other standout is Call of Cthulhu 7th Ed Starter Set.


  • Critical Role’s Taldorei campaign setting becomes the first 3rd party book published in D&D Beyond.
  • WotC survey sent out to people asking them what they’d be willing to buy on D&D Beyond if it was offered. One of the options was “experimental content to playtest.”

Here’s a great article from the NY Times Magazine. (Gift link.)

Great article! Vice had one a few years ago detailing the nuts & bolts of how prisoners play D&D with DIY dice and other ways they got around the rules for contraband.

Touching article, and while I’ve seen a few NYT articles that touch on “D. & D.”, I never would have expected to read an NYT article that referenced Eberron.

If anyone wants to read this story with a few more images included and without using an NYT gift link, it’s also posted at The Marshall Project.

I suppose this could have gone in the Music 2023 threads or even in the BG3 thread, but here’s a catchy story and beat.

Well it needs to go in the BG3 thread at the very least!

Hey D&D, are you okay?


I kinda laughed at a Cleric(al) Dwarf filing paperwork…

They sure are jonesing for some of that sweet, sweet Critical Role action.

I laughed hard:


The People That Time Forgot is really good, because David Bowie’s ex-girlfriend Dana Gillespie is in it, and she got them big, ole, tit-tays

I think they would be doing better if they just made it on demand. Who watches anything live anymore?

They have finally started to have the shows available on demand.

I wouldn’t subscribe to a service that would provide only those shows, but there’s at least one that I wouldn’t mind checking out (the celebrity-heavy one).

If they did want to make this into a network, and honestly I’m still hazy on the game plan here, what shows would you pitch that you’d want to see? You know, to really pad out the daily schedule.

I suppose many of these were features in the old Dragon magazine, and might not be in line with the underlying strategy of boosting Hasbro’s (and only Hasbro’s) stock price.

  • Rules Lawyer. Hypothetical situations come up around the table and different interpretations are argued between players and the dungeon master. What’s a DM to do? Cut to the Rules Lawyer! The Lawyer would give an official ruling from the Wizards of the Coast perspective, and explain the methodology that led him or her to that conclusion.

  • War Stories. Players and DMs reminisce, with the skill of spoken word artists and the expertise of Rescue 911 reenactments, about some of their favorite in-game experiences. There’d be a special spot at the bar for Veterans of Previous Edition Wars, and maybe the vets could determine what was the best old edition.

  • Review Show! What first- and third-party products have come out recently? Are they worth it? What ideas can a clever DM plunder from them, or how would an exasperated DM remix them to playability, Alexandrian-style?

  • Cosplay Roundup! Maybe only tangentially related to RPGs, but video packages from recent cons about all the pretty costumes people make, and also how they make them.

  • The foreign channel! This would be dedicated to Let’s Plays of non-WotC TTRPG games. Blades in the Dark, Star Trek Adventures, Shadowrun, Path/Starfinder of various editions, the old Palladium Ninja Turtles game, West End Star Wars and Ghostbusters, etc. etc.

  • Very Special Movie Presentations – all those shitty (and some worthy) '80s fantasy movies, from Sorceress to Red Sonja to Wizards to Willow.

Would any of these be worth watching? Maybe, if my whole identity revolved around TTRPGs and knowledge of mass media began and ended with the dawning of Warner Bros. “Prime Time Entertainment Network” but didn’t see how that ended.