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D&D’s Deck of Many Things launch delayed until January 2024

Wizards of the Coast had originally expected to ship cards in November

A product shot of The Deck of Many Things, which includes a slipcase with a goblin shaman on the inside. The cards are tarot-sized. Image: Wizards of the Coast
Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Dungeons & Dragons’ highly anticipated launch of The Deck of Many Things was delayed in October when publisher Wizards of the Coast discovered defects in early copies sent to Polygon and other outlets for review. A new batch of products is being manufactured, the publisher announced on Monday, and the United States’ launch date has been moved to Jan. 5.

“Production on a new round of The Deck of Many Things sets has begun,” Wizards said on the D&D Beyond message boards. “For U.S. players and stores, we expect The Deck of Many Things set to be in hand starting January 5. EMEA and APAC will see shipments a little later than this; we will update you further when we can share a more exact timeline. If production runs into issues that cause further delays, we will provide additional updates as soon as possible.”

The Deck of Many Things is a three-part product that includes 66 tarot-style cards and two hardcover books: The Book of Many Things and Card Reference Guide. Those who pre-ordered the set already received a digital copy of The Book of Many Things, but both the cards and the Card Reference Guide have been otherwise unavailable in any way. Both are expected to arrive alongside physical copies of the core book in January, according to Wizards.

An uneven stack of cards, nearly impossible to shuffle.
Among the issues with our Deck is that one set had cards that were different sizes, making shuffling a real pain.
Photo: Charlie Hall/Polygon

As far as the eponymous deck that was received by Polygon, one of the decks we received contained cards that were both damaged and clearly made wrong. While some had marks from mishandling or poor production methods, others were simply the wrong size. We won’t have our full thoughts on the final product until after we receive an updated sample for review.

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