You’d be forgiven for thinking that we are currently on a DnD hype-train, what with the last Indie Spotlight highlighting a DnD-inspired Afrofantasy venture and this week’s WoW Wednesday focussing on a Warcraft D&D conversion project that has been years in the making. And if you do think that, you’d be right, as the MMOGames team are currently engaged in our own campaign IRL. But that doesn’t mean that this exciting project from writer Wyatt Trull isn’t worth shouting about. Because, quite frankly, it’s a dream come true for WoW-playing DnD fans (or DnD-playing WoW fans, for that matter).
The initiative, entitled Blood & Thunder, has seen some decent traction online in recent months. Creator Wyatt Trull has created over 65 Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition products over the years. And while there’s next to no doubt that GMs the world over have tried their hand at a WoW spinoff campaign - the depth and complexity of Blood & Thunder paired with Trull’s experience leaves us with the feeling that we’re in especially good hands.
As Trull mentions on his website, there are more hurdles than you might think when transcribing a video game to a tabletop setting. While there are specific rules baked into the video game mechanics, DnD takes a more realistic approach. Or, at least, as realistic as a setting that contains fireball-slinging half-orcs can be.
Just one of the changes to the Warcraft lore is the scrapping of the faction system that sits at the heart of WoW. As Trull puts it: “Playing a tabletop RPG is about having the freedom to express yourself, and that is the exact opposite of what we get in World of Warcraft...It makes very little sense to kill any troll that enters Stormwind just because one tribe is associated with the Horde.”
Similarly, when it comes to picking a class, you can forget about the restrictions that we're used to. While it may be physically impossible for a mage to wield an axe in WoW, DnD imposes no such restraints. Players are free to live their best life and become that weapon-wielding wizard they’ve always wanted to be. Sure, they may be a godawful swordsman but who are we to judge?
Following an online outcry for more updates, Blood & Thunder has picked up steam recently as its creator has found more time to devote to the project. Of course, the more support that Blood & Thunder receives via funding, the more likely we are to see the end result. So - if you’re a WoW/DnD fanatic who finds the thought of a campaign in the Warcraft universe as exciting as we do, then we’d urge anyone to show their support via Wyatt Trull’s Patreon and Instagram.
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