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DnD Player’s Handbook alt cover chooses cosy over combat

How many Dungeons and Dragons sessions start with a soothing cup of tea? Not enough, says the alt cover of the 2024 Player’s Handbook.

Wizards of the Coast art of a Rogue from the new DnD Player's Handbook alt cover

The alternative cover for the next DnD Player’s Handbook has been revealed, and it has serious cosy gaming energy. Polygon shared the first look at the new cover on May 16, and its artwork shows a classic four-person Dungeons and Dragons party, sharing tea with a golden dragon.

This cover for this version of the One DnD book comes from the mind of Wylie Beckert, whose soft lines and pastel tones can also be seen on the alt cover for Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything. We see a DnD Fighter taking a quiet rest with a DnD Cleric and a DnD Wizard. The party DnD Rogue is also hopping down from the dragon’s back to grab a brew.

2024 DnD Player's Handbook alt cover by Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast’s head of art, Josh Herman, tells Polygon that this cover aims to show that D&D is about more than just fighting. Non-violent roleplaying moments are of equal importance in today’s DnD campaigns. This is just one of the ways the new book covers show how DnD has changed since its inception.

The regular cover of the same DnD book was revealed earlier this week, and this has a much more traditional focus. Namely, it shows a heroic party of adventurers about to swing swords and sling spells in battle. This art was created by Tyler Jacobsen, and, like Beckert’s cover, it uses huge splashes of gold to remind us that 2024 is D&D’s 50th anniversary.

Both versions of the new Player’s Handbook will be available from September 17, 2024. You can read more about the alternative cover in Polygon’s article from Thursday.

For more upcoming titles, here’s the rest of this year’s DnD release schedule. You can follow us on Google News for more D&D updates. Or, for something you can use all year round, here’s everything you need to know about DnD classes and DnD races.