Dungeons and Dragons just announced that its physical books are about to get a lot more expensive. This price hike is going into effect with the next sourcebook and will affect all Dungeons and Dragons products from here on out.
According to the recent post it made on the D&D Community Update page, Dungeons and Dragons has been able to keep its sourcebooks with a relatively stable price tag since 5th Edition began. Since the core rules in 2014, new D&D books cost about $50 when they were first released.
Unfortunately, that is about to change. Starting with Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants, Dungeons and Dragons’ next sourcebook releasing in August, the physical versions of major 5th Edition sourcebooks–which also include the digital PDF–will cost $60 to pre-order. However, once the pre-order window closes, that price will jump up to $70. Luckily, digital-only PDFs and older products will not be affected by this price increase for the time being.
This is bad news for the wallets of Dungeons and Dragons fans. Starting this summer, Wizards of the Coast is printing a new D&D book every month through most of the year. If players want to pick up physical copies of Bigby Presents: Glory of Giants in August, Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk in September, Sigil and the Outlands in October, and The Book of Many Things in November, they will have to spend $240–or $280 if they miss the pre-order window.
Needless to say, fans aren’t happy about Wizards of the Coast’s upcoming price change. While plenty of work goes into creating a 5th Edition product, few believe these books should be priced as much as AAA games. What’s more, many have been disappointed with the length and quality of recent Dungeons and Dragons products, even before the price hike. Each one has gotten shorter and has given little reason for players to buy it–Glory of Giants, for example, has a modest bestiary and collection of magic items in it, but only one subclass, two backgrounds, and is less than 200 pages long.
For better or worse, D&D isn’t slowing down in 2024, with revamped versions of the Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual already planned alongside several new adventure paths. Considering some Dungeons and Dragons fans have still not fully forgiven Wizards of the Coast for its other recent questionable business practices, only time will tell how players will react to this expensive new era of D&D.
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