Today Founders and Legends is streaming on Dungeons & Dragon’s Twitch channel.
The show features Luke Gygax, son of D&D’s famous co-creator Gary Gygax as he plays in three games and talks to host Satine Phoenix about the origins.
In the first hour of the stream, now available as a video archive, Satine and Luke sat with Mike Mearls, the design lead for D&D 5e. Satine put a question from the audience to Mike about Greyhawk 5e.
Okay Mike, ever see Greyhawk support in 5e?
Skip to 0:49 in the video to watch this live. Mearls clearly had to think on his feet but here’s my transcript of his response;
Oh, I’d love to and … actually, um, we just announced the Ravnica product, the first D&D Magic crossover, so that’s one setting being brought to D&D and … we also just announced the Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron which was Keith Baker’s, the creator of Eberron, … helped drive that.
So we’re definitely going to look at how that plays out because one of the great things about the Wayfinders and that approach is that it lets us getting a setting out there very quickly but also in that’s very connected to the … in this case to Keith who was behind the setting … but, you know, in a way that we connect someone who is attached to a setting in that way which could be interesting.
We’ll see. I don’t want to say anything or get or put… you know, it’s something worth thinking of and I’d love to do something with Greyhawk.
That’s a diplomatically safe mile short of saying ‘We’re looking at doing a Greyhawk D&D 5e campaign setting.
What Mike Mearls absolutely does say is that they’re looking at how the digital launch of D&D Wayfinder’s Guide to Eberron goes. He also makes it clear that he’s looking at working with one of the original setting designers to make it happen.
It might just be that Keith Baker made it possible and easy and attractive for Wizards of the Coast to return to Eberron. Are they trying to negotiate with another property owner?
Possible D&D 5e campaign settings
The creator of Greyhawk was Gary Gygax himself, and the setting was last published by Wizards of the Coast. It is unlikely WotC would need permission from any recognisable name to do a Greyhawk 5e but a famous name might make it more attractive. Luke Gygax was, of course, sitting right next to Mike Mearls as he spoke.
There’s no shortage of other early-ish D&D settings for Wizards to look at. There’s Al-Qadim, Brightright, Blackmoor, Council of Wyrms, Dark Sun, Hollow World, Kara-Tur, Lankhmar, Mystera, Planescape, Spelljammer, Thunder Rift and others to consider.
Do you have a guess to whom Mearls may have been hinting at?
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