Looks like the Displacer Beast is out of the Bag of Holding and the release schedule for the next version of the popular tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) has been revealed. Development on this new version of D&D was announced in January 2012 with no release date, but it was estimated at two years. Fast-foward two years and do we have release dates in 2014, which marks the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons. It looks like this new version may just be known as "Dungeons & Dragons" though it is the 5th edition and has previously been known unofficially as D&D Next.
Gamers will get their first taste of the new version on July 15 with the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set: Fantasy Roleplaying Fundamentals. This will be a boxed set containing a slimmed-down version of the rules, pregenerated characters, and a starter adventure. The set will retail for $19.99
The real deal starts one month later. It looks like Wizards of the Coast hasn't changed up the traditional setup of having three core books for the game. The Player's Handbook is the first up and will appear on shelves on August 19 and retails for $49.95.
The Monster Manual core rulebook will then shamble into bookstores on September 30.
Finally, the Dungeon Master's Guide will roll onto shelves November 18.
Two adventures will also be available in 2014: Hoard of the Dragon Queen on August 19 and The Rise of Tiamat can be encountered on October 21. These products should tie in to the Tyranny of Dragons storyline set for this year.
Minatures are also on the table with the Icons of the Realms Starter Minatures Set and Icons of the Realms: Booster in July.
The information on the changes is surprsingly light in the promotional material. There have been events held with drafts of the new rules and the Wizards of the Coast website does have a Q&A column. Are you ready with your funny multi-sided dice?