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D&D Gift Set Brings New Book, Streamlined Rules That Put Story First

New year, new D&D. Well, not really. After many months of fear and loathing amongst the tabletops of the world, the release of the Dungeons & Dragons Gift Set has come. With it comes Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse, a collected tome of monsters and races that represent long awaited changes to the over six year old Fifth Edition system. With the big gift set coming out on the 25th and the standalone release of Monsters set for May 17, let’s look at what these new releases actually have in store for us?

D&D Rules Expansion Gift Set

D&D Rules Set contents

The new gift sets will contain two of the best selling books of the past year, Xanathar’s Cauldron of Everything and Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, and the aforementioned Monsters of the Multiverse. The “evergreen” set as seen above will be the version seen online and for the future, with foil treatments for the books as well as a DM screen from the Essentials Kit.

D&D Rules Alt Set contents

As with previous D&D releases, the gift set will also have a special “alt” release for Brick & Mortar shops. This release contains special covers for all three books as well as the slip case plus a unique DM’s screen in the same style. These aren’t foiled, instead giving a soft touch treatment to complement Joy Ang’s art style.

D&D Rules  Alt Set DM screen
The included DM’s screen

Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse

According to Jeremy Crawford, the new book is meant to be a “one stop shop” for DM’s and players alike to find information that previously has been scattered across multiple books and errata. It is, for instance, the first time the tortle race has appeared in a book. With the collected creatures, however, came some tweaks on the part of the D&D team to make everything fit together and get things in line with the modern landscape.

Monsters in the new book have gotten a considerable buff in order to get things equal. Some, like the Kobolds and the Goblinoid races, also got a total overflow of their flavor and rules to update them into what the players and dev team wanted. Kobolds lost much of their cowardice and became even more closely related to dragons, while goblins now have a backstory as being ex-fey who were enslaved by an evil deity (something with a murky basis in canon but nothing said outright).

Small rules tweaks are also coming, like the removal of “culture” based racial traits, an overhaul to how elves sleep, and floating ability score modifiers to give players more flexibility with their character. So no, it isn’t 5.5. It’s a rules patch. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t impactful.

The Dragonborn comes

The D&D Rules Expansion Gift Set will be available on store shelves starting on January 25, 2022, with standard covers by Grzegorz Rutkowski (Monsters of the Multiverse, DM’s Screen and slipcase), Magali Villeneuve (Tasha’s), and Jason Rainville (Xanathar’s) featuring a shiny foil treatment.  The new alternate covers, designed by Joy Ang, feature a distinctive design and soft-touch finish and are available exclusively in game stores.

Monsters of the Multiverse will debut in the D&D Rules Expansion Gift Set on January 25, 2022 and will be available everywhere, including via digital partners, as a standalone on May 17, 2022. Fans can pre-order the standalone book starting January 18, 2022.

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  • Dan Arndt

    Fiction writer, board game fanatic, DM. Has an MFA and isn't quite sure what to do now. If you have a dog, I'd very much like to pet it. Operating out of Indianapolis.

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