The recent D&D Direct was full of news to excite every adventurer! | Source: Wizards of the Coast

D&D Direct dropped yesterday, March 28, and the virtual presentation brought all sorts of exciting updates for tabletop players. Get ready for the Mojang collaboration no one saw coming, Honor Among Thieves Magic: The Gathering cards, MMO expansions, and more!

The new Minecraft DLC features new mechanics based on the rules of D&D. | Source: Wizards of the Coast

Those with a passion for the classic survival crafting game Minecraft can now combine that love with their Dungeon Master skills. The new Minecraft D&D DLC will feature a full story, voice-acting, and beloved locations from the Forgotten Realms, such as Candlekeep and Icewind Dale.

Choose your class and roll up a character to adventure through the story and see your favorite D&D monsters reimagined in the Minecraft style, with mimics, displacer beasts, beholders, and more making an appearance. Multiple Minecraft monsters will also appear in the virtual crossover game, with official stat blocks releasing for creatures like the Creeper, Enderman, and Ender Dragon.

According to Wizards of the Coast Senior Producer Tom Argent, Mojang and Everbloom Games — makers of the DLC — have a “deep understanding and love of the brand.” So expect to take your favorite tabletop title to the world of Minecraft with accurate lore and tons of fun. 

The Neverwinter expansion will be adding plenty of content to the MMO. | Source: Wizards of the Coast

That’s not the only update video gamers are getting, however. People who can’t resist every opportunity to game in the Forgotten Realms can also pick up the new, upcoming expansion to the MMO Neverwinter. Menzoberranzan is the 25th expansion to the popular game and was released yesterday. Well-known D&D writer R.A. Salvatore joined in as a writer on the project and has said it feels good to see Neverwinter incorporate his previous work in the Forgotten Realms. 

For those who want content outside of video games, the D&D movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is releasing in just two days, and Wizards is giving Magic: The Gathering players a Secret Lair drop featuring characters who are sure to be favorites from the film. The pack offers six cards, including Edgin, Larcenous Lutenist; Forge, Neverwinter Charlatan; and Holga, Relentless Rager. The new drop is available for preorder now so if you’re already sure you’ll love the movie, you can be first in initiative to grab it!

Some new figure drops are both cute and scary! | Source: Wizards of the Coast

Plenty of figures are coming down the line for collectors as well. With the Golden Archive releases from Hasbro featuring Xanathar, an owlbear, and a displacer beast designed after its Honor Among Thieves appearance, there are some cool gets for any collection shelf.

WizKids is also releasing some exciting new figures in the new D&D Replicas of the Realms set, introduced as part of yesterday’s Direct. The set centers two popular monsters: a fearsome mimic and an adorable baby owlbear.

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Dungeons & Dragons players everywhere can get excited no matter their favorite way to play. The Minecraft DLC and Neverwinter expansion give gamers the chance to experience the Forgotten Realms in new ways, the Magic: The Gathering Secret Lair drop includes some movie favorites, and new figures make sure that your love for D&D can be front and center in your collection. And for those who just want more for their favorite tabletop game, Wizards is planning the release of a virtual tabletop system.

With this and even more, there’s never been a better time to roll up to the table! Check out the video below to see the full D&D Direct update.

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