Project codenames are a tradition within many companies’ practices, and Wizards of the Coast is no stranger to them as seen in their Magic the Gathering products and even within Dungeons and Dragons. According to sources from ENWorld, the codenames for D&D’s product line for 2018 were recently revealed within McNally Robinson, a Canadian bookstore’s website. The codenames: “Marathon,” “Broadway,” and “Catacomb” leaves plenty of room for speculation without revealing the content itself.
“Marathon” is the first product scheduled to be released May 29th, 2018, a 192-page hardcover D&D accessory, according to details from the McNally Robinson’s website. “Broadway” will be the first D&D adventures product for the upcoming year, scheduled to be released September 18th along with an accompanying dice product. Finally, “Catacomb” will the be the final product, a 256-page D&D adventure scheduled for November 20th, a year after Xanathar’s Guide to Everything.
Previous codenames include Tomb of Annihilation as “Dust” and Xanathar’s Guide to Everything as “Midway.”
Regarding the content of these codenamed products, there are pages of speculation circulating within the ENWorld’s forums. Given the recent promotion period for the latest products it can be inferred that more information will come early in 2018, assuredly a few months before “Marathon’s” release date. The upcoming 2018 fiscal year will highlight the final pieces of Wizard’s plans for their adventure storyline as stated by Mike Mearls, “We’re looking at two storylines a year. Right now, we have plans laid down for stories up through 2018.”
Speculation about future storyline plans undoubtedly will be relevant after recent job postings were sighted on Wizards of the Coast’s career page in early November. While information is scarce and will likely remain that way for some time until formal announcements are made, the game’s popularity continues to soar. Xanathar’s Guide to Everything remains within the top 20 bestselling books on Amazon at the time of this article.