Chris Perkins said this on Twitter:
So GamePhantom asked this:@ChrisPerkinsDnD on Twitter wrote:Someone ask me a D&D question. #wotcstaff
And Christopher posted this reply:@GamePhantomDM on Twitter wrote:Will 5th Edition see a Return of Ghostwalk & Incarnum? #dnd
I have actually seen some people talking about Ghostwalk on Twitter (other social media platforms are available), but the term "Ghost Walk" gets used for a number of different walking tours that have a focus on dead people that supposedly haunt certain places. Those false positives tend to flood out the D&D Ghostwalk discussions (because they are at least one or two orders of magnitude more popular than the D&D Ghostwalk) and make it a lot harder for fans to find each other. (I have similar problems finding D&D Birthright discussions, as "birthright" is a term used in certain religions discussions that are significantly more popular than the D&D setting.)@ChrisPerkinsDnD on Twitter wrote:Since you are the first person in the history of Twitter to mention these, probably not for a while. #dnd
The Ghostwalk community is clearly smaller than the communities of some other campaign settings, like Blackmoor, Greyhawk, Mystara, Dragonlance, Spelljammer, Dark Sun Planescape, Birthright and Nentir Vale but it would be nice to see Ghostwalk get some sort of support, both from within the fan community and (if they are up for it) from Sean K Reynolds, Monte Cook.
Before Eberron got released (as a straight-to-DMs Guild setting) I saw a couple of things happen (outside of The Piazza) that I think might be relevant to Eberron winning 3rd Place at the DMs Guild table.
The first was Maze Arcana doing several live-streamed shows in the Eberron campaign setting (and getting some level of WotC approval) and the second was Keith Baker being allowed to run a Patreon campaign to support the creation of new Eberron material. I really like Maze Arcana (and would love to see them do shows for other campaign settings, at some point) but I think that the second thing is probably slightly more important to the return of Eberron. It is easy for fans to talk loudly about wanting a mothballed campaign setting to come back, but Keith Baker's patron is fans "putting their money where their mouths are". Not only have the proved that they are willing to pay for Eberron to come back, they have also created a "fighting fund" which must have helped underpin the design for the official 5th Edition Eberron product. (And now Eberron has gone live, Keith Baker is working with Maze Arcana and Manifest Zone to get other things out there.)
So I wonder if this same sort of thing could be done (even if it was at a smaller level) with Ghostwalk.
Would Chris Perkins be able to get WotC to give Sean K Reynolds and/or Monte Cook permission to run a Ghostwalk Patreon campaign? Would either of them be interested with working with a small fanbase to create new background material about the setting (and 5th Edition ghost rules)?
For me the important question is this: Is Ghostwalk more viable than the other cult campaign settings, like Council of Wyrms, Jakandor, Night of the Comet? Could it return from the dead* and come back faster than them?
* = Did you see what I did there?