Exciting News: Dungeons & Dragons’ Upcoming Book Takes a Deep Dive into Planescape


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In the vibrant realm of Dungeons & Dragons, the connection between tabletop gaming and video game adaptations has a rich history. Way back in 1998, the classic video game “Pool of Radiance” set the stage for the renowned Gold Box series, making its way to the tabletop world as the pen-and-paper adventure known as “Ruins of Adventure” in the very same year. More recently, the epic “Baldur’s Gate 3” wove elements from the adventure “Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus” into its storyline, providing answers to the enigmatic tale of the fleeing tiefling refugees from Elturel. (Yes, even Wyll’s father makes an appearance!)

Now, the forthcoming D&D supplement, “Planescape: Adventures in the Multiverse,” promises to be an exciting journey for fans. It holds delightful nods to the iconic 1999 video game “Planescape: Torment.” The official artwork teases the iconic Smoldering Corpse Bar, which may still host Ignus the burning wizard or unveil a worthy successor.

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But there’s more! The heart of this supplement, the adventure book titled “Turn of Fortune’s Wheel,” commences with a familiar scene. Senior game designer F. Wesley Schneider unveils in a first look video: “You wake up in the mortuary. I’m sorry to say that you’ve died. Morte, the witty floating skull, welcomes you, revealing a perplexing mystery. Your memories are fragmented, and each resurrection leaves you altered.”

While Morte might not be a constant companion as in “Torment,” the narrative explores similar thematic depths. As senior game designer Justice Arman shares in a deep dive, “Devotees of the ‘Planescape: Torment’ video game will encounter numerous allusions, not only in the adventure’s opening but also in the core mechanics that thread through the story.”

A captivating twist, described as a “multiversal glitch,” allows your player characters to return from the afterlife, akin to the enigmatic amnesiac Nameless One. When a character meets their demise in “Turn of Fortune’s Wheel,” they gain the chance to return with changes, possibly adopting a different class. Death becomes a unique opportunity for character evolution, enabling each player to craft three incarnations of their hero and switch between them.

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Morte also takes the spotlight as the host of the bestiary, aptly named “Morte’s Planar Parade.” If it resembles the Spelljammer bestiary, “Boo’s Astral Menagerie,” it may offer a charming cameo appearance. It’s heartening to see Morte make his presence felt in this grand adventure.

What has enthusiasts most excited is the third book in this set: a background book titled “Sigil and the Outlands,” focusing on the pivotal city at the heart of the multiverse. Hopes are high for a comprehensive portrayal, surpassing the somewhat sparse background in the Spelljammer set.

Mark your calendars for the grand unveiling of “Planescape: Adventures in the Multiverse” on October 17. Meanwhile, for those seeking a nostalgic journey, “Planescape: Torment” is readily available in its enhanced edition on both Steam and GOG.

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