Spelljammer Confirmed With New D&D Campaign Book Coming This August


Spelljammer, a setting mixing high fantasy and space travel, returns in Dungeons & Dragons. Wizards of the Coast announced the return of the setting Thursday during the D&D Direct streaming presentation. The set in three volumes, entitled Spelljammer: Adventures in Space, Comes in its own case and includes a double-sided map and dungeon master screen. Pre-orders appear to be live now at Amazon with a list price of $69.99. The release date is set for August 16.

Spelljammer was first introduced in 1989, also as a box set titled Spelljammer: Adventures in Space written by Jeff Grubb. Originally published by TSR, it is still in print with physical copies available through a partnership with OneBookShelf.

The setting takes its name from its eponymous ships, huge flying vessels piloted by powerful wizards. You can see one in action in the trailer above. Spelljammers resemble sleek, open-deck ships with distinctive wing-like sails used to travel through space, through the air of Earth planets, and even between different planes of existence. In this way, they were used to connect the many disparate settings of the D&D multiverse, including The Forgotten Realms, Eberron, and Dragonlance’s Krynn.

The first of three volumes of Spelljammer: Adventures in Space is titled Astral Adventurer’s Guide. Wizards says it contains everything DMs need to run a campaign as well as six new options for playable characters – specifically the six races included in recently released playtesting materials. This includes the industrious autognome, bipedal hippo-like giff, primate-like hadozee, seeper plasmoids, astral elves, and insectoid thri-kreen.

The second book is titled Boo’s Astral Menagerienamed after the eponymous giant miniature space hamster from the original Baldur’s Gate video game. This is where things get particularly weird: among the new monsters introduced to the setting are evil space clowns, vampires, sentient comets and, of course, space dragons.

The last book is an adventure called Light of Xaryxis. Set in Wildspace in the Astral Sea, it features 12 episodes, each ending with a cliffhanger. It is not yet known at which level the characters will begin or end the adventure.

This isn’t the first time Wizards has unveiled these kinds of case-packed collections. Mordenkainen’s Monsters of the Multiverse was released as part of a three-volume set earlier this year. The books included with Spelljammer: Adventures in Space are much slimmer though at just 64 pages each. Previously released hardcover materials for D&D 5th Edition are usually well over 250 pages each.


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