Wizards of the Coast will be announcing next year’s setting (following in the footsteps of 2008′s Forgotten Realms and 2009′s Eberron) at GenCon this coming week. Speculation is rampant on what the choice will be. Some contenders seem to be leading the way in teh speculation. The inclusion of psionics in PHB3 seems to suggest Dark Sun to some, while this being the 25th anniversary of Dragonlance has fans of that franchise hopeful. And then we have Sigil being laid out in DMG2 and a bunch of forthcoming plane-related books to get folks giddy about Planescape. Simultaneously, these bits are seen as evidence against all of the above settings for various reasons. It’s like trying to guess who will get the nod for vice-president, but more geeky and probably with a less “wtf?” reaction than last time out.
(I don’t buy the whole redacted thing in the recent Ampersand column as being a clue – it’s about 17-18 characters long and Slavicsek was being too deliberately coy to actually have the real name of the setting in there.)
So cast your vote, and let us know in the comments why you think it is what you think it is. Also, I’ve left out Birthright and Al-Qadim because nobody remembers those and like a company is going to put out books with a name that even remotely sounds like “Al-Quaeda” these days