There can be no mistaking the popularity of Dungeons & Dragons right now. At pretty much any time of any day you can turn on Twitch and watch a group of people, some professional and some less so, play D&D. This popularity is spurred on by well-established groups such as Critical Role, Acquisitions Incorporated the C-Team, and Dice, Camera, Action!
Nowhere else is this evidenced or celebrated more than in WotC’s Stream of Many Eyes. This is a 3-day live-stream event where the Dungeons & Dragons team invite familiar faces from across the D&D roleplaying community to share in their excitement at revealing the next major D&D story.
Last year’s inaugural Stream of Annihilation saw Hollywood actors playing alongside veteran D&D streamers and game designers, all to announce the Tomb of Annihilation storyline. This year the line-up includes even more recognizable names and faces from across the entertainment and gaming industries, all sitting down to play numerous games of D&D to launch the latest campaign, Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
Stream of Many Eyes
The stream begins with host Anna Prosser Robinson of Dice, Camera, Action! and D&D head honcho Nathan Stewart introducing the event and taking us on a tour of the set, designed to imitate the fabled city of Waterdeep.
Then Anna moves on to talk with Dungeons & Dragons hotshots Chris Perkins, Mike Mearls, Kate Walsh, and Jeremy Crawford to reveal as much as they can about the next D&D campaign.
After the round-table discussion of the new campaign, there was just enough time for two live-play sessions with Force Grey and then Dice, Camera, Action!
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist
What we now know so far:
- It will be very different from previous 5th edition stories. In those, heroes fought dragons and giants and evil cults and were taken to Barovia and the far reaches of Chult, all focused around epic, world-ending events. Waterdeep: Dragon Heist takes D&D back to civilization.
- It is an urban romp inspired by heist films such as Ocean’s 11 and The Italian Job.
- It takes characters from level one to level five.
- The new adventure is a natural companion to Xanathar’s Guide to Everything. It exploits new rules and features of that book and the two complement each other.
- The city of Waterdeep becomes a character in and of itself and is as important as the player characters.
- There will be options for shorter campaigns as well as big expansive ones.
- The campaign will reward creative problem-solving.
- It will be released on 6th September 2018.
- The campaign book will contain a large poster map of Waterdeep for use in-game.
Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mage Made
- This follows on from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and takes characters from level six to 20
- It is set in the famous, expansive Dungeon found below Waterdeep, accessed through the Yawning Portal tavern.
- Characters will explore the entirety of Halaster Blackcloak’s subterranean home. Each level of the dungeon is a different setting, a new exciting environment, and will challenge characters in new and unexpected ways.
- Players can expect to encounter all of the most dangerous and notorious monsters from D&D lore.
- It will be released on the 20th November 2018.
More to Come
This was all just the first day of the 3-day Steam of Many Eyes and there is much more to come. There will be more live-stream games from Sirens of the Realms, Rivals of Waterdeep, Dark & Dicey, High Rollers, Girls, Guts, Glory, and more from Force Grey and Dice, Camera, Action! So be sure to check out the D&D Twitch Chanel for updates and past broadcasts.
As well as live games, there’s sure to be more details about the upcoming releases and all of the tie-in games, products, and merchandise related to Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Made Mage.
It really feels like never before have so many Dungeons & Dragons fans been so involved and invested in the roleplaying community, and WotC is doing a fantastic job of encouraging and supporting that investment. Let’s just hope the next campaign lives up to the hype. Watch this space for more information and reviews later in the year.