ou've got questions—we've got answers! Here's how it works—each week, our Community Manager will scour all available sources to find whatever questions you're asking. We'll pick three of them for R&D to answer, whether about the making of the game or anything else you care to know about... with some caveats.
There are certain business and legal questions we can't answer (for business and legal reasons). And if you have a specific rules question, we'd rather point you to Customer Service, where representatives are ready and waiting to help guide you through the rules of the game. That said, our goal is provide you with as much information we can—in this and other venues.
Do sorcerers and wizards have the same spell list?
No. The sorcerer has its own spell list, though sorcerers and wizards do share many spells. The sorcerer also has some spells on its list that the wizard does not have, and vice versa.
Will wizards have access to metamagic effects or is that exclusively a sorcerer thing now?
What we call metamagic effects (the ability to alter the way spells work) is a function of the sorcery point mechanic. We think the ability to alter the way a spell works on the fly fits in more thematically with the wilder, more instinctive sorcerer, as opposed to the wizard, whose academic study and rigid formula implies a broader breadth of knowledge, but a stricter understanding of the way spells function.
Does the gish fighter subclass mentioned in Legends & Lore have spells or just magical effects during combat?
It has a little bit of both. The gish fighter does gain some limited spellcasting ability, but it also has some class features that rely on magical effects that aren’t spells.
How can I submit a question to the D&D Next Q&A?
Instead of a single venue to submit questions, our Community Manager will be selecting questions from our message boards, Twitter feed, and Facebook account. You can also submit questions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. So, if you'd like to have your question answered in the D&D Next Q&A, just continue to participate in our online community—and we may select yours!
Rodney Thompson began freelancing in the RPG industry in 2001 before graduating from the University of Tennessee. In 2007 he joined the Wizards of the Coast staff as the lead designer and developer for the new Star Wars RPG product line. Rodney is the co-designer of Lords of Waterdeep and is currently a designer for Dungeons & Dragons.