The New D&D Adventure Is - Tomb of Annihilation!
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  • The New D&D Adventure Is - Tomb of Annihilation!


    Tomb of Annihilation is in the Forgotten Realms set in the Lost Continent of Chult - Away from the Sword Coast (the hosts of the live stream are very interested with undead dinosaurs). Acererak is, as many predicted, the source of this plotline as the Archlich is more or less "eating" resurrection magic from the rest of the Forgotten Realms and causing a zombie apocalypse. Pendleton Ward from Adventure Time is a creative consultant on this adventure.



    More updates will be coming through the Dungeons & Dragons marathon live stream live on Twitch throughout the weekend.
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    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      Next Storyline: The Tomb of Annihilation
      Taglines are "Death and what people will do to avoid it" and "Indiana Jones with zombies"
      September 8th in speciality stores and September 19th everywhere else.

      http://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabl...b-annihilation

      The lich Acererak, formerly of the Tomb of Horrors (and formerly a demilich...), is on the island of Chult, the "lost continent" of the Forgotten Realms. He's stealing resurrection magic from individuals who have been brought back to life, causing them to weaken, waste away, and then die. Which is bad, especially for many famous and powerful figures in the Realms who may have been resurrected.

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      The adventure will include a gazetteer of the Chult region, and Port Nyranzaru will be featured, and it is "fleshed out and brought to life". There will be lots of exploration: lost cultures, lost cities, and mysteries, with NPCs and interesting places. There will odd creatures coming back, like the zorbo (a psychic koala), froghemoth, and su-monster. "You never know what you're going to find around the corner."
      Chult is being treated like a location. Because the peninsula is detailed, you can just use the book and skip the main quest and explore Chult. It's a "location with a story on top". Because it's self-contained, Mearls says you can just take the location and drop it in (almost) any D&D world. (Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide returned Chult to being a peninsula so it's only a metaphorical island... )

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      The adventure is likely inspired by Isle of Dread in that you land on the shores of an island that is mapped on the outside with the interior unexplored, that you have to explore. It starts very open and gets more and more claustrophobic when you reach the titular tomb. And whom you choose as a guide will be important for the early sandbox parts of the adventure.
      The jungle is currently suffering from an undead contagion/ infestation. There will be T-Rexes, and zombies, and zombie T-Rexes that vomit zombies.
      The tomb itself will be trapped. But these will be "puzzle" traps where you have to "think your way passed".

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      It's designed to be tougher. There will also be a "meat grinder mode" where you need to make a DC 15 to succeed on a death saving throw. And rules for what happens when you die while Acererak's plan is ongoing...

      Also, this is the one Pendelton Ward worked on.

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      Artus Cimber and the ring of winter were name-dropped in Storm King's Thunder to be appearing in a 2017 adventure. As both appeared in the novel The Ring of Winter, which was set in Chult, that's presumed to also be a part of the story.
      This has since been confirmed by Perkins on the Dungeon Life video cast: https://youtu.be/0FRe8KFc2-w

      WizKids Miniatures
      WizKids is doing a set for the RPG. Acererak will get a mini - both regular and invisible - and there will be others like a four-armed gargoyle and a rolling stone juggernaut.

      The case incentive will be trap elements, like spiked and runed tiles, a leering green devil face, and arch of mist, potions, and the like.




      There will also be a new board game using the same format as Castle Ravenloft and Wrath of Ashardalon by WotC or Temple of Elemental Evil by WizKids.



      (The above image features painted minis, but I imagine those are the CG mock-ups for the RPG set and the actual minis in the boardgame will likely be unpainted.)

      November Book: Xanathar's Guide to Everything
      "Explore a wealth of fantastic rules options for both players and Dungeon Masters in this supplement for the world's greatest roleplaying game."

      http://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabl...ide-everything

      November 10th (IIRC) in speciality stores and November 21st everywhere else.

      New tips, tools, and toys for Dungeon Masters and players. There will be two or three new subclasses for each class (except for the wizard who only gets one). It's implied all the subclasses will be ones we've seen, the ones that tested as the most popular; the best of the best from Unearthed Arcana.

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      New downtime rules were given as an example. More traps with added depth and complexity. Expanded guidelines for DMs to create their own traps.
      No word on the artificer, mystic, or revised ranger.

      Again, there will be two covers, with Hydro74 doing the "speciality" one:


      (Goldfish on the cover because The Xanathar has a pet goldfish that is the only thing he cares about.)


      Dice Masters
      There will also be a Tomb of Annihilation set for the dice building game.


      Dice and a Dice Tin
      This is also a thing. I'm sure someone will like it. It's kinda cool (but I'd like an ampersand one more...)

      http://dnd.wizards.com/products/tabl...ihilation-dice



      Avalon Hill
      New D&D-ish board game. Betrayal at Baldur's Gate.

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      A twist on Betrayal at House on the Hill but with more D&D/ the Realms. A good 50 "scenarios"/ haunts in the game. Lots of classical D&D monsters and artifacts. More cooperative haunts than the base game.
      Explore cities and streets. Or go out to the catacombs, which are a completely different set of tiles.

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      Gale Force 9
      They're doing the DM screen, as expected.

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      They're also doing some miniatures. Acererak of course. Batiri "Jungle goblins" with masks, that can be stacked (a battle stack). Ras Nsi the undead yuan-ti (featured in art above and as a test mini below.) A paladin riding a velociraptor. A prototype of Minsc and Boo was also mentioned. (They *wanted* to do the zombie vomiting T-Rex but couldn't manage it.)

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      And "more surprises" coming.
      The minis will be available in three waves, Sept, Oct, and Nov.


      Videos
      The videos of yesterday are on twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/dnd/videos/all

      Each is separated so you don't need to watch the entire thing.

      -DAY ONE-


      Joe Manganiello's Welcome: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149019422
      Welcome and Product Reveal: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149020077
      Dice, Camera, Action Episode 51: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149021612
      Thomas Foss on Neverwinter: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149029458 / https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149033723
      Dice, Camera, Action interview: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149035094
      C-Team Game: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149037566
      WizKids Interview: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149069733
      C-Team Interview: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149070850
      Meat Grinder Showcase: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149074108 (DMed by Chris Perkins)
      Dice Tin Announcement & Dice Rituals: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149076777
      Force Grey Interview: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149080811
      One Grung Above: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149082941 (DMed by Christopher Lindsay)
      D&D Beyond: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149210701
      Critical Role Interview: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149211506
      Maze Arcana: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149212213
      Fantasy Grounds: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149213039
      Tower of the Curator: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149214990 (DMed by Mike Mearls)


      -DAY TWO-


      Welcome, Announcemnet, & Highlights:
      https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149247070
      Xanathar's Guide Alt Cover: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149249623
      Girls, Guts, Glory + DM Matt Mercer: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149310127
      Betrayal at Baldur's Gate Announcement: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149310924
      Girls, Guts, Glory Interview: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149312541
      HighRollers Uncharted Territory: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149313432
      Dragon Talk: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149314272
      Roll20: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149315097
      Misscliks: Risen: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149316147
      Maze Arcana Interview: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149318353
      Misscliks: Risen Interview: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149323391
      Dragon Friends: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149485279
      Gale Force Nine Interview & Neverwinter Posters: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149486343
      Dragon Friends Interview: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149487509
      Maze Arcana w/ Special Guests: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149488922
      High Rollers Interview: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149490467
      Stream of Annihilation Recap: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/149496195
    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      Tomb of Annihilation!!!!!
    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      Undead TREX!!!!
    1. Prakriti's Avatar
      Prakriti -
      Tomb of Annihilation, set in Chult and featuring Acererak.

      Called it.
    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      It is Chult. "Lost continent"
      Undead, and dinosaurs. And undead dinosaurs.

      Yup, it is Acererak. Described now as a "lich". The "strongest lich".
      Oh, and the hook of people ressurected are now wasting away.

      So, yup, pretty much all we guessed here over the last couple months...
    1. Ramayana's Avatar
      Ramayana -
      Dinosaurs *_*
    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      Pendelton Ward!
    1. Zaukrie's Avatar
      Zaukrie -
      It's a great way to introduce a new product.
    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      So it's two days - twenty-four hours - mostly of live streamed games. They're not playing the adventure per se, but homebrew module being inspired by the adventure.

      Sept 8 and the 19th release.

      "Indiana Jones meets zombies" was the pitch.
    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      "Zombie T-Rex that's vomiting up zombies."
    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      Meet Grinder Mode!

      crunch crunch crunch
    1. Mercule's Avatar
      Mercule -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jester David View Post
      It is Chult. "Lost continent"
      Undead, and dinosaurs. And undead dinosaurs.

      Yup, it is Acererak. Described now as a "lich". The "strongest lich".
      Oh, and the hook of people ressurected are now wasting away.
      So, they're looting both Isle of Dread and Tomb of Horrors? Cool:

      They should call it: The Lost Island Tomb of Dreadful Horrors. By the time LITDH made it out of anyone's mouth, it'd sound like "Hey, we're gonna play LICH, tonight."
    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      There will be a "meat grinder mode".
      Harder death saves, no returning from the dead, etc.
    1. Sunsword's Avatar
      Sunsword -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jester David View Post
      So it's two days - twenty-four hours - mostly of live streamed games. They're not playing the adventure per se, but homebrew module being inspired by the adventure.

      Sept 8 and the 19th release.

      "Indiana Jones meets zombies" was the pitch.
      That's a good description.
    1. DEFCON 1's Avatar
      DEFCON 1 -
      So the map of the island has the coast filled in and the players have to adventure in and fill in the rest of the map.

      So it *does* have a small connection to Isle of Dread! One point for me! LOL!
    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mercule View Post
      So, they're looting both Isle of Dread and Tomb of Horrors? Cool:

      They should call it: The Lost Island Tomb of Dreadful Horrors. By the time LITDH made it out of anyone's mouth, it'd sound like "Hey, we're gonna play LICH, tonight."
      Kinda...

      Zombies and undead are *really* being played up. And Acererak has a very different a hook, a plan beyond sitting in a tomb trolling adventurers.
    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      So far, it sounds like Storm King's Thunder, it will be a gazetteer as well as a storyline. A big guide to Chult... plus adventure.
    1. MonsterEnvy's Avatar
      MonsterEnvy -
      It's appears Acererak is taking on his form from the DMG cover.

    1. ChapolimX's Avatar
      ChapolimX -
      According to Mearls the book will be like a Gazetteer of Chult with an adventure on top. This is an interesting approach!
    1. Jester David's Avatar
      Jester David -
      Aaaaand the first live game has begun. So likely no more announcements for a while.

      No news on minis or Neverwinter expansions. Or other support. And no news of the fall hardcover.
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