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Spelljammer Confirmed? Leaked Cover Confirms A New Sourcebook For The Classic Setting

April Fool’s Day 2021

A recent leak from Wizards of the Coast indicates that the company is working on a new addition to the Spelljammer setting. Fans have been waiting for new additions to the Spelljammer setting in the Dungeons & Dragons universe, and now it seems that the wait is finally over. Sources within the company have revealed that the title will be Minsc’s Guide to Giant Space Hamsters. The cover and several pages of the guide are available exclusively here on Project Derailed.

Minsc's Guide to Giant Space Hamsters cover

There has been a great deal of speculation as to when Wizards of the Coast would finally provide a sourcebook for the most iconic D&D creature: giant space hamsters. Minsc’s Guide will give players hundreds of new and exciting additions to the giant space hamster canon. Since it’s first introduction in the 1990 AD&D publication Monstrous Compendium Spelljammer Appendix 1, fans have been clamoring for more about the unusual space rodents. The docile, yet large, species are an integral part to the long history of Spelljammer and D&D. Though newer fans may not know Minsc, an in-world Dungeons & Dragons’s character popularized by the Baldur’s Gate series of video games, longtime fans will be pleased to see the return of the Rashemaar warrior and his miniature giant space hamster Boo. Minsc, now a self-proclaimed giant space hamster expert, provides commentary throughout the book.

Though there are many types of space hamster, fans need not be overwhelmed by possibilities. To introduce new players unfamiliar with the deep hamster lore, the book provides plenty of background for common space hamsters.

Common space hamsters page

However, for the dungeon masters and players interested in the different types of space hamsters, Minsc has provided plenty of space hamster variations. Fans of the game will learn all about space hamster breeding and the gnome breeders behind the plentiful variations.

Space hamster variations

Additionally, the book provides DMs space hamsters with magical abilities for use in combat. The swarm of giant miniature giant space hamsters and wild magic giant space hamsters are sure to liven up any scenario. Though not yet confirmed, the wild magic giant space hamster may be hinting at other magical variations like draconic bloodline giant space hamsters.

Swarm of giant miniature giant space hamsters and wild magic giant space hamster stat blocks

For fans of the science fiction elements of Spelljammer, the quatum giant space hamster catalogued by Minsc goes beyond the realm of magic into a suspended state of life and death. Move over, Schrödinger’s cat! There’s a new hamster in town!

Quantum giant space hamster stat block

The book even covers space-hamster-adjacent creatures. The space hamster giant is sure to be a new favorite at everyone’s table. When intrepid adventures wander through wildspace, they’ll now wonder “is that a giant space hamster plush or a space hamster giant?”

Space hamster giant stat block

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Pages and Statblocks by Nick Uroseva (@Nick_Uroseva). Illustrations by Chelsea Riexinger (@CLRex4).
Cover by Nick Uroseva, using assets owned by Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast.
D&D, Dungeons & Dragons, and SPELLJAMMER are trademarks of Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast.

Fiona L.F. Kelly (@FionaLFKelly)
Fiona L.F. Kelly is a writer, editor, and podcaster. She has published numerous articles about all things gaming and pop culture on websites all across the internet, was also a writer for Trinity Continuum: Aberrant 2e, and has been published in books and magazines. She is an editor for the pop culture and media website GeekGals.co. In addition to her writing and editing, she has also been a guest and host on several podcasts. She hosts the Project Derailed podcast Big Streaming Pile, produces and performs on Fables Around the Table, and plays the githyanki pirate Rav’nys on Tales of the Voidfarer. Buy her a coffee: ko-fi.com/fionalfkelly

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