Ex-World of Warcraft dev Chris Metzen is making a new Dungeons & Dragons world

    
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World of Warcraft fans who miss seeing the wild and fuzzy face of Chris Metzen are granted visiting privileges this week to check out what the former MMO lead is up to these days. After founding a new company called Warchief Gaming last year, Metzen finally announced his first post-WoW project: a Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting called Auroboros: Coils of the Serpent.

Auroboros is a 5E campaign setting that is drawn from a roleplaying campaign that Metzen ran with his friends back in the 1980s and 1990s. The CCO said that he’s pumped for it: “I’m really excited to be coming back to this world I developed with my friends so long ago. Building this old campaign into a brand new tabletop experience is an ambitious undertaking, but I always knew it would I’d find my way back to Auroboros sooner or later.”

Metzen’s company is getting ready to run a Kickstarter campaign starting April 20th to help fund Auroboros’ first sourcebook, which most likely will be a success considering the thousands of people already following the project.

Steel yourself for the description of Auroboros: “Ancient magic flows through the grimy streets of Lawbrand’s bustling Trade-Cities. Tensions between the ruling Sularian Church and the new generation of upstart adventurers threaten to ignite a firestorm of societal upheaval. In the wilds beyond Lawbrand’s borders, long-forgotten races and newly formed cults rise to claim their own territories – and exert their will upon civilization. And beneath it all, the ancient World-Serpent, Auroboros, awakens to devour all…”

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Ozzie

I totally get this is a passion project and will probably be cool for the fans…

But I don’t see why Metzen and team are going thru Kickstarter. Maybe I’m just being a stick-in-the-mud here, but there’s gotta be a zero percent chance they need funds to kickstart this project. It’s gotta be totally for the free publicity. I know what the corporate reason would be – “We can engage directly with fans, we can create a channel for direct feedback from the community, and streamline our operation, etc.”, but it just seems the team receives most of the advantages by raising funds for something that doesn’t need it, and shifts risk/investment over to the users. Kickstarter here is just a commercialization platform first and foremost.

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Paragon Lost

Very cool. Nice to see him return to his roots and something he still loves. Also that he’s willing to share it with others.

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MilitiaMasterV

I find it amusing that people haven’t realized most of their MMO’s mechanics/character types are built off DnD to begin with…and they are in here trashing tabletop versions.

I wish I’d been able to maintain a normal human schedule to be able to participate in actual tabletop campaigns. They allow so much more flexibility and a random story created often ‘on the fly’ by a DM. (At least certain aspects). Rather than the static/unchanging stories we get for most of these…

…and as long as the person left that ugly company Blizzard (Or Activision, or whatever the ugly monstrosity is now), I don’t have anything against the individual people.

Hope they can pull their dream off.

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SmiteDoctor

I realize it, that doesn’t mean I’m going to play Pen and Paper either, what I think is you fail to realize we are aware that Pen and Paper contributed towards MMOs we just have no interest in playing Pen and Paper. I’m not knocking other people’s enjoyment of Pen Paper. How ever perhaps others shouldn’t imply people are ignorant just because they don’t like something that you like which is how I kind of broke down part of your comment.

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Bruno Brito

we just have no interest in playing Pen and Paper.

You shouldn’t speak for anyone but yourself.

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Alberto

maybe it was the ROYAL “WE”??…)

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Bruno Brito

Who knows, i’m still salty that no Vampire MMO AND my PnP group can’t gather cuz of the pandemic.

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MilitiaMasterV

Not sure if it applies to what you are talking about, but there is a program to play DnD games virtually…that can do dice rolls and everyone can be on voice comms, and it can visually show whatever the DM wants to show. It could allow people to play during pandemic. I was looking into DnD stuff awhile back to see if I could join one as I’d been randomly coming across streams on Twitch of random groups playing(Not pre-recorded…actual live playing.). It is theoretically possible to put a group together online, assuming everyone has the requisite ability to. (Hardware/software)

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MilitiaMasterV

How ever perhaps others shouldn’t imply people are ignorant just because they don’t like something that you like which is how I kind of broke down part of your comment.

Pot, meet kettle.

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Steven Fox

Yikes. So much negativity. I look forward to seeing what he releases. I may not play it but good for him!

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Ironwu

For me, this is project is of zero interest.

Not interested in any non-computer game and I have no idea why this is being covered here.

There are far better sites out on the ‘net for board and D&D game coverage.

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SmiteDoctor

Must be a slow news day.

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Alberto

Because its Chris Metzen, if he decided to Quit Video games and Open a Dentist Practice it STILL belongs in here as Its Video Game and MMO adjacent.

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Ironwu

You know, maybe you are right. Massively Overpowered may have changed from being the successor to the Massively website and dedicated to Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing games to being more of a ‘General games of all sorts with any relationship at all to computer games’ sort of site.

That’s a lot of ground to cover. What usually happens in that situation is the website simple starts re-posting stories first shown on other websites.

Who knows. Maybe there is not enough MMO news to support a dedicated site anymore.

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Bruno Brito

‘General games of all sorts with any relationship at all to computer games’ sort of site.

That’s only you and a few others. Not the majority by a large margin.

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Blake

You do realize it’s possible to not read and comment on every article, right?

I don’t read and comment on articles I don’t have interest in. It’s easy. You keep scrolling.

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Brian Barrett

Id like a millionaire game designer to let some upcoming talent write worlds and not just pull a 3 ring binder out from a crusty box and IndieGogo 384million dollars to reprint your stoner D&D campaign…..

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IronSalamander8 .

I haven’t played a tabletop RPG in too long but it’s where I started back in the 80s! A friend posted something about this on FB too, so it’s definitely got people interested.

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SmiteDoctor

Pen and Paper, yawn; let me know when he starts developing MMOs again.

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Christopher Allcock

As a Twitch streamer once said “Don’t yuck someone else’s yum”.

It’s a shame people still see Blizzard’s former staff as the ‘WoW devs’ and they should only be that one thing despite Warcraft itself is way WAY bigger than just the MMO.

Metzen is a world builder and writer at heart and has done a lot outside of ‘Blizzard’, like the comic series Transformers: Autocracy. It’s great to see someone like him extend the D&D IP outside the core 3/4 worlds it’s known for.

This may bore you, but rest assured many will be looking forward to ‘Green Jesus” next project.

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SmiteDoctor

I didn’t say the genre sucked, I just said it was boring for me. People are allowed to have negative opinions about something with out forcing other people to believe that something sucks; this is where I lay I’m not out to knock others for a past time they enjoy.

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Alberto

Don’t Yuck someone Else YUM” has been around for 30 + years or more..it picked up steam recently ( due to A Twitch streamer) but its about as Original as saying “COOL BEANS” or that “Fresh” “Rad”.

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MilitiaMasterV

I love how linguistically all sorts of sayings from many years ago are being ‘found’ by someone and then spread like this attributed to some rando, while also seeing the creation of whole new words, and then watching as the masses once again pick them up, after being the same masses who threw em on the ground to shun them.

So many of these sayings actually probably go back even farther but we only documented so many, so even the people we attribute them to, may not be the source…it may just be they heard it from somewhere else themselves and repeated it in a place where someone else remembered it and moved it into mainstream usage again.

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camren_rooke

I’d love a very robust table display that would allow for playing tabletops on.

Would likely be hella expensive though.