As a 4e player and DM who's been anxiously waiting for the Shadow power source and the Necromancer class in particular, I was very excited when I read the first vague reports at Enworld about this product appearing in a WotC catolog, slated for a March 2011 release. Thanlis fished the catalog blurb out of the enworld thread:
Player's Option: Heroes of Shadow
Mike Mearls and Robert J. Schwalb
The Shadowfell is a cold place through which the spirits of the dead must pass on their way to...whatever. Dark, evil things live there, suffused with the power of shadow.. Some mortals in the natural world learn how to tap into this source. Assassins. Necromancers. Hexblades. By all accounts, a ruthless lot. However, not all beings that draw strength from the Shadowfell are vile, blackhearted fiends. A few even dare to call themselves heroes, using the power of darkness to fight darkness. Are they evil? No. Deeply disturbed and hounded by their own dark demons? You bet.
Player's Options: Heroes of Shadow focuses on characters that fight evil in ways that make others cringe. In addition to exploring the nature of the shadow power source, this book presents races, classes, feats, powers, and other options aimed at players hungry to play the archetypal antihero with a dark edge.
320 page trade paperback (6x9), $19.95
March 15, 2011.
Also some info comming out of gencon:
Dave at Critical Hits wrote:Heroes of Shadow will contain options for all characters to gain shadow powers, not just shadow power source characters. (It’s also likely that this book will contain all new classes and races.) They wanted to add powers that added more flavor to existing characters, and the options in this book will encourage that, like when your fighter has a shadow pact.
The Assassin class is NOT in Heroes of Shadow, but it and the Revenant will appear in Heroes of the Fallen Lands Essentials product. (this part is in dispute)critical-hits.com/2010/08/07/gen-con-201...
57967878 wrote:Don't rely on the info posted there. Dave misheard/misunderstood some of the stuff discussed in that seminar. Assassins and revenants are not going to be in HotFL, for example. Some new stuff for assassins will be released online at the same time as HoS is released in print, and a new 'Essentials' build for the assassin, plus some new stuff for the revenant, will be released online when HotFL comes out in print.
My advice is to listen to the audio recordings of the seminars rather than relying on second-hand sources.
I can't wait, myself. This is a product I've been wanting since 4e was first released. Is anybody else as excited to hear a release date for this as I am? What are you hoping to see in this book?
I am somewhat concerned about some of the rumors, though. I thought having the assassin be DDI exclusive was stupid, and would much rather have Wizards 'change their mind' on that issue then keep them out of a book that they fit so well in.
I'm also worried about the supposed material for non-shadow characters. This book is likely the only book we'll see for the Shadow classes. Losing one of only three shadow classes from the book, and potentially squishing the material for the remaining two, in order to present some shadow themed options for non-shadow characters does not make me very happy. I was hoping for more of a self contained book myself. Oh, well.