I know what day it is and it’s not the right day to be gullible. Also, I know this blog is about homebrew and the occasional related topic. That said, since this blog was started, I have made posts about how I fanboy at the idea of Science-Fantasy D&D! Seriously, do a search, more than half of the posts on this blog are science-fantasy related! Hell, I made my own adventure that I’ve also been recording for the D&D podcast I’m on (called FlumphCast, look us up! We play D&D very drunkily!) But, I digress. Wizards of the Coast has earned my love back. How, you may ask? Through their next plot based adventure, of course! So, breaking tradition a little, I wanna ramble about Wizards of the Coast’s next big announcement for the Fall 2017 super adventure!
For some context, I’ve grown to dislike the formula they’ve done since 5E’s launch and often felt alienated by it. Organized Play bores me, the modules feel long winded and just don’t engage me, the organization in the adventures alone just boggles my mind at times. Their use of the Forgotten Realms setting felt quite uninspired and bland to me, akin to how Greyhawk was handled during 3rd edition’s organized play. But, enough ranting about the past, let’s focus on the future! (Yes, that’s a pun.)
And by future, I mean indeed a Science Fantasy adventure! And not just any is a source of inspiration, one of the greatest classics is! I’m talking about Expedition to Barrier Peaks! I mean, come on, they teased a chunk of it in Volo’s Guide to Monsters! Many saw it coming! It was likely cut from Tales of the Yawning Portal due to space, but it’s being fleshed out! The hints here and there likely imply an alien invasion stemming from a crashed ship in what I can only guess will be either Icewind Dale or the Bloodstone regions. On top of that, many tiers of play will involve the Xeno Threat as it brings chaos to parts of the Realms. What’s this, Doc? You’re ranting about Realms-Shattering Events and misuse of lore? And here you are celebrating a literal alien invasion of the setting? HAVE YOU GONE MAD? Well, kinda. I dunno, I just love this idea in any capacity and D&D doesn’t do it often enough… especially in recent years. So, this is one instance that I’m willing to let this sort of things slide. Plus, just look at the name of the event, “The Assault of Radiant Steel!” It sounds more like a prog-rock song than a D&D adventure, but I don’t care! That makes me love it even more!
Read onward for more information, including launch info! WOOOOOO!