D&D’s Strixhaven marketing campaign is about ‘what a scorching mess school life might be’

D&D’s Strixhaven marketing campaign is about ‘what a scorching mess school life might be’

When making Dungeons & Dragons marketing campaign books primarily based on the world of Magic: The Gathering, Wizards of the Coast’s designers should give you methods to make current mechanics and characters from the collectible card sport match into a wholly totally different set of established guidelines. That was particularly difficult for the workforce behind the upcoming crossover e book Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos, as a result of they have been additionally on the lookout for a method to translate the faculty expertise.

“As we mirrored on our personal expertise as college college students, we checked out not solely how a lot pleasure there might be, however what a scorching mess school life might be,” principal designer Jeremy Crawford stated throughout a press convention Monday. “The relationships you possibly can construct can turn out to be actually pricey and affectionate, however they will additionally go the opposite course, and you may find yourself with a frenemy who would possibly find yourself inflicting you bother.”

Primarily based on the Magic: The Gathering set Strixhaven: College of Mages, Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos is about at a college of wizardry that owes a good bit to the Harry Potter sequence’ signature college, Hogwarts College of Witchcraft and Wizardry. College students and lecturers at Strixhaven are divided amongst 5 schools with their very own magical foci. For example, Prismari attracts on the facility of the weather, whereas Silverquill’s members use phrases as weapons by means of battle poetry and chopping insults. Regardless of that idea, you don’t should play a magic-using class in a Strixhaven sport. All gamers will obtain a free marketing campaign feat that can grant them some magical talents primarily based on one of many schools.

The first cowl of Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos
Picture: Wizards of the Coast

The bookstore-exclusive alternate cover of Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos

The bookstore-exclusive alternate cowl
Picture: Wizards of the Coast

“It’s not a lot a college to discover ways to be a caster as it’s a college to find out about magic and the applying of magic and the existence of magic on this planet,” senior designer Amanda Hamon stated.

The designers have developed guidelines to simulate school life together with taking checks and dealing on campus.

“Relying on how properly you do in your exams, which largely encompass talent checks and quite a lot of taste, you’ll get bonuses going ahead within the story,” Hamon stated.

The e book additionally accommodates guidelines for increase relationships with different college students, which impacts the narrative, but in addition has mechanical impacts on the sport. There are character profiles for 18 NPCs unfold throughout the 5 schools, and gamers can work together with them throughout relationship encounters similar to an improv competition, home celebration, or Pitch Good-style singing competitors. The selections gamers make throughout these encounters might earn them new allies, or rivals who will attempt to intrude with their plans.

Not like the earlier Magic crossovers, which have been set in several worlds, Strixhaven is designed to be dropped into any D&D marketing campaign. The e book options an journey that may be performed from ranges 1-10 or damaged up into 4 standalone video games, every representing a yr spent on the school. Every of these might be accomplished in two or three classes.

A bestiary accommodates 40 new creatures, plus NPCs together with professors and the dragons that based every school. Gamers will even discover guidelines for Owlin, a brand new avian race that was beforehand examined in Unearthed Arcana, plus feats, spells, and objects similar to magical textbooks to additional immerse them within the setting.

Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos releases on Nov. 16. A model of the e book with alternate cowl artwork will probably be out there solely at native gaming shops.