Wizards of the Coast has two of the most popular nerd-culture brands under its wing: and Magic: The Gathering. These two behemoth franchises have been in the public spotlight for years, gathering and building communities across wide swathes of the internet. The combination of the pen and paper games with the collectible card games have made the Wizards of the Coast a powerful organization in the world fantasy fiction. The latest crossover to take the world by storm is a cross-branded promotion of epic proportions in the form of Dungeons & Dragons meeting with Magic: The Gathering.
The crossover was announced over on the official Wizards website, giving a product overview of the D&D Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica. Ravnica, being a setting that has been used in the past, and will be used in the future, for card sets of _Magic: The Gathering. _The upcoming book is set for release later this year during the fall on November 20th, 2018. You'll be able to get the hardcover dungeon guide for $49.95.
D&D Guildmaster's Guide To Ravnica is set within the city of Ravnica, a metropolitan area for cosmopolitan citizens of all sorts. The description notes that the city is wildly diverse and that there are bustling marketplaces, bazaars, and back alleys stoked with the peddling of grifters and merchants, vagabonds and thieves. The city isn't all about the hustle and bustle of the lower-level street life, but also about the wealthy and powerful who inhabit the city's upper echelons. There are guilds that maintain a foundation of influence over Ravnica, and power plays and political intrigue run rampant through the civic municipalities and those who govern them.
Players will be able to take part in the sourcebook based on the upcoming card set featuring the "Ravnica Allegiance". The original card set for the Magic: The Gathering CCG was actually announced back in May, along with the "Guilds of Ravnica", which is another card set that will go live ahead of the release of the guild book in October. The guild set will contain 259 new cards, while the "Ravnica Allegiance" set will contain 264 new cards. The latter deck won't be available until January 2019.
There's also going to be a "Dissension" card pack featuring the location of the demon Rakdos, as well as other primordial inhabitants. The other set, known as the "Return to Ravnica", focuses on the Guildpact living within the metropolis, while the "Gatecrash" set is a 249 black-bordered card pack that contains the occasional premium card. The last of the sets is the "Dragon's Maze", which is pretty much what it sounds like, focusing on the maze-like areas of the Ravnica city.
Quite naturally everyone assumed that the cards would be relegated to the Magic: The Gathering realm, but Wizards of the Coast are now announcing that there will be a Dungeons & Dragons game book to help flesh out the lore of Ravnica.
The location is a strong part of the Magic: The Gathering community, and a variety of card sets help flesh out the city and its wildly diverse inhabitants.
It's unclear how much crossover there is between fans of the pen-and-paper world of Dungeons & Dragons and the collectible card game world of Magic: The Gathering, but clearly, the idea behind the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica is to get fans of one excited about the other.
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