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  • Published: 14 November 2019
  • Noir-inspired mystery meets swashbuckling adventure in Eberron. Jeremy Crawford & James Wyatt explain what makes Eberron special, and why Eberron Rising from the Last War is the most ambitions campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition so far.

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Comments • 132

  • D&D Beyond
    D&D Beyond   2 months back

    What elements of Eberron appeal to you the most? The technology, the races, the swashbuckling adventure?

    • R7
      R7  2 weeks back

      The mysterious lore like Droaam, The Daughters of Sora Kell, King Kaius, Lady Erandis Vol

    • strangedos
      strangedos  2 months back

      Beyond the new races and the magic and tech i have always enjoyed the concept of the world, a word emerging from a vast conflict. I find the themes appealing and even topical. It is a setting where you can tell a very different kind of story with your games or stick to the classics with new toys for your players to enjoy.

    • Baronmumu
      Baronmumu  2 months back

      @Micheal Boudreaux Johnson
      Man i Will cry If dragonborn can be played

    • Baronmumu
      Baronmumu  2 months back

      Dinosaurs in Talenta
      Psichics in Riedra
      Gnome elemental Magic
      Daelkyr Simbyont
      Druids orders
      The Silver flame
      Elf Necromancers
      Siberys Mark
      Shadow Mark
      Rains of shards

    • digunder14
      digunder14  2 months back

      honestly am curious how the progenitor dragons relate to the cosmos of dnd over all, best I could find via a google search is that they are some form of gods, but nothing else not even what status of lesser, greater, ect...

  • R7
    R7  2 weeks back

    These settings (Eberron and Ravinica) are pretty pedestrian to be honest. When will you they do the truly interesting stuff like Planescape, Dark Sun and Spelljammer??

    • tolhsadum
      tolhsadum  1 months back

      What becomes of the subraces of the warforged we can find in the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron? Should we not use them anymore? I personally love the Envoy :D.

      • C Brett
        C Brett  2 months back

        Sharn is the medieval Coruscant

        • Kaityn Grey
          Kaityn Grey  2 months back

          So, am I the only one that hates the new changeling? Like I got my copy of RFTLW in today and the changeling got completely neutered and is so dull now. I can't say much for the warforged, because I've never played one, but the changeling really bums me out

          • Belltower
            Belltower  2 months back

            It's funny when he says to look at the words, but Last War contains a lot of copy pasted information from Wayfinder's Guide.

            • kori228
              kori228  2 months back

              Changelings and Warforged got nerfed haaaaaaaaaaard

              • Time Squid
                Time Squid  2 months back

                I'm just disappointed that Archivist got the axe. It was my favorite subclass.

                • Adam DeLocke
                  Adam DeLocke  2 months back

                  WoTC somewhat jumped the gun on a lot of the changes of the races in my opinion. I mean, yes, the integrated protection for Warforged from the UA was stupidly broken and definitely needed fixing to where the current changes feel fair but they needlessly stripped out the subraces that sort of made Warforged unique and feel like they were indeed created with specialized purposes. Feels like they beat Warforged with the Nerf Hammer a few too many times to the point of being flat and bland. As for the Changelings, I don't think the removal of Unsettling Visage and Divergent Persona was needed and although you could argue they don't make sense, removing them all together and not replacing them with something else makes the race feel more empty and lacking features. Kalashtar definitely feel more balanced but the removal of the range limit of Mind Link didn't seem necessary. And don't get me started on Wildhunt Shifters. You pretty much made a subrace that Barbarians can now play to get free advantage on Reckless Attacks without the downsides. Granted, it's once per long rest but if you're pairing it with a Berserker Barbarian, you're pretty much getting 3 attacks at advantage with no downside when you decide to go all out.

                  • strangedos
                    strangedos  2 months back

                    Awhile back in a previous incarnation of Eberron my gaming group played a squad of warforged soldiers during the Last War belonging to a unit that came to be called the " Iron 8th ". We had a lot of fun slogging through the mud and conflict just trying to survive. Maybe now it is time to revisit our old characters and find out what those warforged veterans are doing with themselves. Maybe they can make a new life for themselves beyond the Last War, beyond the horror and the meager victories.

                    • Barry Dunn
                      Barry Dunn  2 months back

                      I really want to run a ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ storyline looking for some lost gold in this setting.

                      • Justin Daughrity
                        Justin Daughrity  2 months back

                        You killed Warforged. Congratulations. All you had to do was either nerf Integrated protection or get rid of it, but no!! You took Warforged(the unofficial sponsor of Eberron, to the point that ONE IS ON THE COVER) and watered them down to the point were they are barley recognisable. You killed Juggernaut and Skirmisher, you axed Integrated Tool, hell you even took away a +1 to stats, and gave us nothing in return exept for 1 tool proficiency and 1 language! The race feels so bland now! Shouldn't a race that was created to replace human soldiers on a battle field be at least as good as a human?

                        • Bobby Morris
                          Bobby Morris  2 months back

                          Honestly sad to see what they did to warforged and changeling.

                      • racekitty
                        racekitty  2 months back

                        (At the start)
                        DM:alright let's get started.
                        Players:let's save the world.
                        (At the end)
                        Players:did we just accidentally start a war.
                        DM:yes you did.

                        • Francis Xavier
                          Francis Xavier  2 months back

                          no planescape
                          no ravenloft
                          i sleep

                          • Alex McClay
                            Alex McClay  2 months back

                            haven't seen James Wyatt in DnD in a long time, good to see him, he is the best!

                            • Keovar
                              Keovar  2 months back

                              On Eberron, sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology.

                              It’s one of my favorite worlds, as it shows you can do high fantasy with plenty of diversity without losing flavor. Forgotten Realms, on the other hand, tastes like you threw a seven-course meal into a blender.

                              I really miss Cerilia (Birthright) too.

                              • Rick-James
                                Rick-James  2 months back

                                Eberron planes of existence, Ravnica or Planeswalking in General. I am hyped 🤩

                                • DJ Dally
                                  DJ Dally  2 months back

                                  I would like to see Dragonlance, Grey Hawk, Ravenloft and Al-Qadim, all with books this next year!

                                  • Jay Wingate
                                    Jay Wingate  1 months back

                                    @Ogre Jehosephatt Point, the best thing to come out of 4E really was the Dark Sun books, such a weird, unique setting

                                  • Ogre Jehosephatt
                                    Ogre Jehosephatt  2 months back

                                    I'd put Dark Sun before all of those.

                                  • DarthBinary
                                    DarthBinary  2 months back

                                    That sounds rather unlikely but I wouldn't complain if they did that! Probably they'll make one setting like how they did Ravnica a year ago and Eberron now

                                • Spencer Minton
                                  Spencer Minton  2 months back

                                  wait are they adding new subclasses as well? i dont remember hearing that from anywhere else

                                  • Tim Lewallen
                                    Tim Lewallen  2 months back

                                    Are the same materials presented in both books? Do you need both?

                                    • Wynter Ray
                                      Wynter Ray  2 months back

                                      We won’t know for sure till the 19th

                                  • Chase Watson
                                    Chase Watson  2 months back

                                    So we had water vehicles land vehicles and now airships.... I Hope we are going in the direction i think we are.

                                  • Shayne Sangster
                                    Shayne Sangster  2 months back

                                    A teaser for Planescape?

                                    • DabIMON
                                      DabIMON  2 months back

                                      I always thought Vi was a planeswalker.

                                      • maggintons
                                        maggintons  2 months back

                                        What they said about some of the gods from Greyhawk and Forgotten Realms meddling with multiple planes throughout the multiverse made me think of how such a situation could be used in a Level 20 arc where the players are trying to push back a gods influence throughout the multiverse, moving from plane to plane.

                                        • Spartacus547
                                          Spartacus547  2 months back

                                          I thought eberron was in Pathfinder, did wotc by their company and we didn't hear about it?

                                        • Dcypherman plays
                                          Dcypherman plays  2 months back

                                          If you could match the audio volume of both people it would be greatly appreciated 😊

                                          • Randall Johnson II
                                            Randall Johnson II  2 months back

                                            I fell in love with it in Dungeons & Dragons Online

                                          • rothera is scott
                                            rothera is scott  2 months back

                                            Have any of the subclasses for this book been revealed? I really want another warlock, monk or druid subclass so fingers crossed (just wondering since the meantion of subclasses at the start is the first I've heard of it)

                                            • Gyor Gyor
                                              Gyor Gyor  2 months back

                                              The subclasses in this book are all for artificers, they include Battlesmith, Alechemist, and a third one I forget it's called.

                                            • Hood Trix
                                              Hood Trix  2 months back

                                              @Tyler Klee that is for unearthed arcana. This book will not include those

                                            • Tyler Klee
                                              Tyler Klee  2 months back

                                              There are new subclasses for each class, not sure if they are in the book but they are on their website for playtest

                                            • Wynter Ray
                                              Wynter Ray  2 months back

                                              Idk I was wondering the same since he said new subclasses, and artificer like they are separate things.

                                            • Hood Trix
                                              Hood Trix  2 months back

                                              It will only have the Artificer.

                                          • Carlos Luna
                                            Carlos Luna  2 months back

                                            R.I.P. Arcane Weapon :(

                                            • DarePhish
                                              DarePhish  2 months back

                                              @Carlos Luna oh sorry my mistake

                                            • Carlos Luna
                                              Carlos Luna  2 months back

                                              @DarePhish Arcane Weapon was a spell specific to the class.

                                            • DarePhish
                                              DarePhish  2 months back

                                              artificers should be about magic not firearms. it was a good choice

                                          • Court Joker
                                            Court Joker  2 months back

                                            If I have wayfinders, do I also get last war, or do I have to pay again?

                                            • Sam Gustafson
                                              Sam Gustafson  2 months back

                                              it's a completely revised book with like twice as much content... wayfinders was playtest material essentially.

                                            • Dragon Eater
                                              Dragon Eater  2 months back

                                              As far as I know, you will receive the updated things in the last book, and will need to buy at a lower price the rest of the book

                                          • Jesse Halter
                                            Jesse Halter  2 months back

                                            We need some Dragonlance

                                            • misomiso
                                              misomiso  2 months back

                                              I really liked Guildmasters Guide, thought it was one of the best 5e supplements, and am really looking forward to Eberron.

                                              One piece of criticsm - it would have been great to advance the story a bit, so mayb it was set 7 years after the last war rather than 2. It would just give the setting a fresh wind and allow for a bit more progression, and you don't really lose anything about how the War is still important to the setting and to the characters.


                                              Too late now, but just my two cents!

                                              • misomiso
                                                misomiso  2 months back

                                                @Staffan Johansson I agree that generally you are correct, eg Dark sun, Dragonlance, The FR edition changes, but I think with Eberron it would have been different.


                                                Advancing the storyline 5 years would have allowed for some new ideas, but not setting DEFINING changes. In the analagy of the 1st world war it would have gone from 1920 to 1925.



                                                I just felt that having NOTHING change was a mistake. I've posted this on other forums but just wanted to post it here, but it's WotC's property they can do what they want!

                                              • Staffan Johansson
                                                Staffan Johansson  2 months back

                                                @misomiso I've never seen a setting that was improved by metaplot advancing the timeline. It pretty much always wrecks the stuff that attracted me to the setting in the first place.

                                              • misomiso
                                                misomiso  2 months back

                                                ​@Staffan Johansson I know it is, but i think it would have been good for the setting to move it on a bit imo, but it's just my opinion.

                                              • Staffan Johansson
                                                Staffan Johansson  2 months back

                                                I strongly disagree. A big draw of the setting is that it has *just* come out of the Last War, and everything is still on the edge. It is a setting full of potential, and moving it forward necessitates *resolving* some of that potential, thus reducing its use for actual campaigns.

                                                The closest real-world analogy I can think of is the "roaring 20s". The Last War is very similar to WW1, in that it was highly destructive, brought forth many new technologies, and didn't really have a conclusive ending. They even brought home the analogy by having the armistice treaty signed on the equivalent of November 11 in a lightning rail cart. So, the setting is highly dependent on this post-war era of prosperity and intrigue with the wounds of the war still fresh. Moving the timeline forward would change that - just like the stories you'd tell of a 30s Europe or America would be very different from the stories you'd tell about a 20s Europe or America.

                                                The point of a published campaign setting is not for the designers to tell a story. It is to let DMs and players tell their own stories. Many published settings make this mistake, and I don't want to see that happen to Eberron.

                                            • Troy Seward
                                              Troy Seward  2 months back

                                              I love Eberron can't wait to get my hands on it.

                                              • David Johnson
                                                David Johnson  2 months back

                                                Hope Demise makes an appearance.

                                                • Stevangar Cronox
                                                  Stevangar Cronox  2 months back

                                                  Todd: “So what is up with the 2 new planes of existence?”
                                                  *Earth vibrates as a bunch of Eberron nerds rush to the comments to rant cosmology*
                                                  James, diving out in front: “Actuallyeverythingisdifferentandseparate!”

                                                  • Shiny Lamp
                                                    Shiny Lamp  2 months back

                                                    eberron is a good setting to do epic games beyond level20 and exploring universes beyond

                                                    • ata berk dedemen
                                                      ata berk dedemen  2 months back

                                                      You could continue this progression with letting players get epic boons during that lvl 20 adventure.

                                                  • TayseMcAwesome
                                                    TayseMcAwesome  2 months back

                                                    Originally in the 3x days it was the Shifters. I love werecreatures and I got to make one with a +0 LA. Now it's all the Steampunky feel and magic.

                                                    • USCM PFC W. Hudson
                                                      USCM PFC W. Hudson  2 months back

                                                      ravenloft 5e campaign setting please! with margaret weis and tracy hickman involved.

                                                      • USCM PFC W. Hudson
                                                        USCM PFC W. Hudson  2 months back

                                                        @Steve Von Doom yeah that's why the setting would have to have their involvement. it looks really strange without. when white wolf did the 3e book they didn't have permission for that stuff, so they couldn't mention, say, lord soth. instead you get this unnamed dark knight that gets referenced only vaguely.

                                                      • Steve Von Doom
                                                        Steve Von Doom  2 months back

                                                        curse of strahd has hickmans involvement...

                                                      • Jean Pagette
                                                        Jean Pagette  2 months back

                                                        USCM PFC W. Hudson they still alive? Would like to see a full Dragonlance tie in as well

                                                    • Billy Rigby
                                                      Billy Rigby  2 months back

                                                      I am running an Eberron game right now where an ancient forge was turned on, deep in the swamps of Droaam. The party left it on and then caused hell all through Droaam to the border of Breland. Now there is a huge diplomatic crisis! Some want to take an army into Droaam. Some want to use diplomacy. I don't know what is going to happen, but it's getting very exciting! Remember, the Sisters want recognition as a nation, which the Treaty of Thronehold did not give them. It's going to be an interesting couple of Fridays over the coming weeks. Getting this book will only help assist me in running this already complex and great game. :)

                                                      • Giacomo Biagini
                                                        Giacomo Biagini  2 months back

                                                        Such ample new material scares me a little. But I want to DM it so bad. I should start read and study it as it were an exam for university!
                                                        I like it so much!

                                                        • Sam Wise
                                                          Sam Wise  2 months back

                                                          I need to know what subclasses, aside from the Artificer ones, are in Eberron: Rising from the Last War

                                                          • ak318
                                                            ak318  2 months back

                                                            Like WotC would have made a much bigger deal out of new subclasses if any were being released. From what has been said the 3 subclasses are for the artificer and that is it for this book. Like there is alot of other stuff anyway from new races, to dragonmarks and magic items like not every book needs new subclasses and with UA these would have needed a bigger gap between coming out and book release as they need to send a bit in advance the pages to the printers and alot of time needs to be spent as well as on content on layout and art. let's just be happy with what we have.

                                                          • DarthBinary
                                                            DarthBinary  2 months back

                                                            0:08 He said "with multiple subclasses" BEFORE mentioning the artificer which implies that there are at least a few.
                                                            If I had to guess maybe the UA ones that came out over the past few months but it could be anything.

                                                          • Skyblade 743
                                                            Skyblade 743  2 months back

                                                            There's new races, though.

                                                          • ak318
                                                            ak318  2 months back

                                                            from what has been revealed there are none

                                                        • Levi Shackelton
                                                          Levi Shackelton  2 months back

                                                          I played in a homebrew eberron 5e campaign pre the WOC book was released. One of the quests we did involved dealing with the summer and winter courts in the feywild. Because of us winter on Khorvaire was particularly harsh that year, opps.

                                                          • xxNightxTrainxx
                                                            xxNightxTrainxx  2 months back

                                                            So when Rising From The Last War is released what happens with Wayfinders Guide to Eberron? Wasnt it supposed to get an official release eventually?

                                                            • xxNightxTrainxx
                                                              xxNightxTrainxx  2 months back

                                                              @Sam Gustafson I'm aware but we were told we'd get the final copy of wayfinders when it was done if we purchased it while it was still UA

                                                            • Sam Gustafson
                                                              Sam Gustafson  2 months back

                                                              wayfinders was playtest material. the beta for this essentially.

                                                            • Staffan Johansson
                                                              Staffan Johansson  2 months back

                                                              My understanding is that it will be updated with the final versions of the races and sub-races, as well as the base Artificer class plus one of the sub-classes, as well as updated versions of any other rule elements.

                                                            • Jonathan Luoto
                                                              Jonathan Luoto  2 months back

                                                              Seems like they just decided nah, you'll have to buy it again.

                                                            • Patrick Egan
                                                              Patrick Egan  2 months back

                                                              The more I head about Rising From The Last War the more it feels like those of us who bought the Wayfinder's Guide are getting the shaft.

                                                          • Hikumo
                                                            Hikumo  2 months back

                                                            Can’t wait for this. Bring back PLANESCAPE, come onnnnnnnnn! In essence you’re talking about that!

                                                            • Jacob Hatfield
                                                              Jacob Hatfield  1 months back

                                                              Where did Planescape go? I wasn’t aware it had left.

                                                            • FelineElaj
                                                              FelineElaj  2 months back

                                                              Heck yes! Bring back Planescape!!

                                                            • Staffan Johansson
                                                              Staffan Johansson  2 months back

                                                              @Hikumo Yeah, I get that feeling. That's pretty much how I've been feeling about Eberron for the last decade or so (not counting the 4e attempt which, while it had some interesting stuff in it, was 4e).

                                                            • Hikumo
                                                              Hikumo  2 months back

                                                              @Staffan Johansson I just want Planescape back.

                                                            • Staffan Johansson
                                                              Staffan Johansson  2 months back

                                                              Eberron is in some ways close to Planescape, and in others sort of the anti-Planescape.

                                                              The similarities are mostly in Sharn vs Sigil. Both are vast cities with fantastic geography (the inside of a torus for Sigil, majestic towers for Sharn) populated by a wide variety of weird things and hubs for travel to all sorts of fantastic location (portals in Sigil, lightning train, seagoing ships, and airships for Sharn).

                                                              The difference is that Planescape is very much about philosophy and alignment, while that is specifically de-emphasized in Eberron. Planescape is also intimately connected to the classic Great Wheel cosmology, while Eberron is off doing its own planar thing, and with the focus being on how the planes interact with the material plane.

                                                          • Kerry Collier
                                                            Kerry Collier  2 months back

                                                            We need more Campaign setting books and fewer adventure campaign books. An actual Forgotten Realms setting book aside from Sword Coast would be great, for example. I love the 5E mechanics, but this is my biggest complaint about this version.

                                                            • Kerry Collier
                                                              Kerry Collier  2 months back

                                                              @maggintons but there are those of us that like playing in the offical settings. Give us some stuff too.

                                                            • maggintons
                                                              maggintons  2 months back

                                                              In my opinion they really wanted to revolve things around one campaign, because if everyone playing D&D has a general idea about the motivations and such they are less likely to end up confused and mess up there rp. But other settings should ideally exist for people who are experts at D&D lore and desire something new, But at that point most people homebrew anyway.

                                                            • Kerry Collier
                                                              Kerry Collier  2 months back

                                                              @dungeon delvers I haven't seen much in the way of balance, to be honest. The majority of books are adventures. I want more of the other stuff at this point. As someone that is more of a player, adventures don't interest me nearly as much as other kinds of books do. I want to buy books I can use and enjoy without running the risks of ruining an adventure.

                                                            • dungeon delvers
                                                              dungeon delvers  2 months back

                                                              Kerry Collier while I do agree some of the campaign books are fantastic and I think they’re just trying to find a balance between everything

                                                          • Alexa Davis
                                                            Alexa Davis  2 months back

                                                            Since Wayfinder's coming out I've been running a cop show inspired campaign in Eberron, can't wait to add more to the game with this new book!

                                                            • Tawelwch Gaming
                                                              Tawelwch Gaming  2 months back

                                                              i'm in a campaign in Eberron where we are actually in the war

                                                            • ArchangelDrake
                                                              ArchangelDrake  2 months back

                                                              AAAB (All Adventurers Are Bad)

                                                          • JoaoG R
                                                            JoaoG R  2 months back

                                                            the Eberron Cosmology actually kinda explains what happened to the Dragon gods of The Forgotten Realms after they just vanished

                                                            • Buck Veazey
                                                              Buck Veazey  2 months back

                                                              I want to hear about players handbook 2. So we can use all those "fixed classes" they have been talking about in adventurers League

                                                              • Buck Veazey
                                                                Buck Veazey  2 months back

                                                                Well till they put out something official we can't use it in adventurers League

                                                              • Staffan Johansson
                                                                Staffan Johansson  2 months back

                                                                They will never do a book called Player's Handbook 2 for 5e, because market research has shown that a not insignificant portion of newbies will look at the shelf of D&D stuff at their FLGS and go "Player's Handbook and Player's Handbook II... the second one has to be better, so I'll buy that." That's why we've gotten Xanathar's Guide to Everything, Volo's Guide to Monsters, and Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes instead of PHB2, MM2, and MM3.

                                                                That's not to say there won't be another player-focused book of Stuff, but it would be similar to Xanathar's.

                                                              • Joaquin
                                                                Joaquin  2 months back

                                                                its all in the most recent unerthead arcana