WOTC Marketing Department Trying to Rewrite History?

I just saw a copy of what appears to be a press release from Wizards of the Coast: “Dungeons & Dragons Returns to the Legendary City of Neverwinter; Fans Vie for Glory in the City of a Thousand Fates.” It appears WOTC’s marketing department is either ignorant or trying to rewrite the history of RPG publications with this part of the announcement:

Neverwinter Campaign Setting – The Neverwinter Campaign Setting is the ultimate encyclopedia on the inner workings of the city of Neverwinter, containing everything from history and geography to character themes. It is the first-ever RPG book focused solely on one city and conveniently presents Neverwinter content in a single hardcover format containing information for both players and DMs.

The “first-ever RPG book focused solely on one city”? What the heck? Are these folks so ignorant of the history of RPGs that they have never heard of old RPG publications like “City-State of the Invincible Overlord”, City-State of the World Emperor”, and “Tarantis” from Judges Guild? Or “Jonril” and “Tulan” from Midkemia Press? Or the “City of Minas Tirith” from ICE? Or a good number of other “RPG books focused solely on one city” that have been published over 35 or so years? Are they truly not even aware that they own the rights to a least one published in the past — Waterdeep?

Randall Stukey

Randall is the author and publisher of a number of old school games (Microlite74, Microlite81, BX Advanced, etc) through RetroRoleplaying.com. Randall's main job, however, is being caregiver for his MS-afflicted cancer survivor wife. You can support Randall with a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund.

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Anything non-4e, apparently doesn't exist. I suppose they can discount several things, because they were Boxed Sets and not "books."

And FR1, Waterdeep and the North, had a little bit about "the North" so it wasn't "solely" focused on one city. Vornheim is a "city-kit" so they have you there. I don't have the 3e Waterdeep HC, so I'm not sure what excuse they might pull out of their behinds, there.

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Or they are just engaging in hyperbole. Which may ultimately not be better, but it's not so nefarious.

BlUsKrEEm
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Maybe they meant to write "our first ever" instead of "the first ever?"

Fernando "FenrirX" Afonso
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two words: Raven's Bluff

Shinobicow
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Apparently they also forgot Sharn. THe Eberron setting book completely about Sharn. They made that one like 5 years ago… wtf??

faoladh
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I'm starting to wonder if Hasbro/WotC is deliberately trying to disconnect itself from the history of the hobby.

anarchist
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Also Lankhmar, and arguably Empire of the Petal Throne.

The Inn On Palmer ST.
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Never attribute to conspiracy that which is adequately explained by stupidity.