D&D 5E Free 'Descent into the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth' Adventure on D&D Beyond

Abridged version of the full adventure, which appears in Quests from the Infinite Staircase.

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Descent into the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth is an abridged version of the full adventure, which appears in Quests from the Infinite Staircase. You can access it for free on D&D Beyond.

Deep in the Yatil Mountains lie the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, formerly occupied by the legendary archmage Iggwilv the Witch Queen. Though Iggwilv is long gone, her lair is anything but empty. Demons, giants, and other formidable creatures haunt the perilous caverns, and the archmage’s magical defenses remain intact. The rewards for braving these threats defy imagination. Iggwilv is rumored to have amassed a magical hoard of unsurpassed value, a trove of such fame that scores of adventurers have perished in search of it.

This supplement is part of a yearlong celebration of Dungeons & Dragons and its 50th anniversary. The adventure presented herein is an abridged, quick-play version of “The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth,” which appears in Quests from the Infinite Staircase. See that book for the full adventure.

“Descent into the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth” is designed for four to six 9th-level characters.
 

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Ok. Here's a comparison. When you buy an official WotC adventure on Roll20, it has stats and tokens for all relevant creatures - whether they're original to the adventure, in another supplement, or from one of the other core rulebooks.
I begrudgingly accept that they may not want to reprint stats from the MM in a print book, but they can certainly link it into an adventure you purchase digitally.
And we're not even getting into the ridiculous price of $1.99 for one monster stat block. How many "$1.99" microtransactions would I need to purchase to run this adventure for my group - after presumably having purchased the adventure itself?
I'm just ... I'm just bewildered that anyone is okay with this.
It's like I'm in a Twilight Zone episode about the RPG hobby.
However much the Monster Manual costs, the book is free if buy enough contents piecemeal to equal the price
 

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Retreater

Legend
I think wanting to buy this adventure but not wanting to buy the Monster Manual is such an edge case that you may literally be one of the first people to run into this.
When you don't create your own encounters and run predominantly published adventures, it's a thing.
OR when you bought the MM in print a decade ago but maybe want to run an adventure on DND Beyond without alternating between books/tablets depending on which encounter you're running.
It's just a bizarre bit of penny pinching that WotC doesn't give you the monster stats you need to run the adventures in the adventures and charges DMs $2 a pop for them.
It's even more bizarre that I must be the only person on this forum who finds a problem with this and people are suggesting I'm some sort of mutant for thinking so.
Again, it's a Twilight Zone feeling for me.
 

Whizbang Dustyboots

Gnometown Hero
When you don't create your own encounters and run predominantly published adventures, it's a thing.
OR when you bought the MM in print a decade ago but maybe want to run an adventure on DND Beyond without alternating between books/tablets depending on which encounter you're running.
It's just a bizarre bit of penny pinching that WotC doesn't give you the monster stats you need to run the adventures in the adventures and charges DMs $2 a pop for them.
It's even more bizarre that I must be the only person on this forum who finds a problem with this and people are suggesting I'm some sort of mutant for thinking so.
I'm not arguing that you're a bad person or making a bad decision. I'm saying you're unusual. Here, at the internet's home of complaining about Dungeons & Dragons, you appear to be the first person to make this particular complaint.
 






Vexorg

Explorer
Absolutely love that the adventure is only viewable on the web page and not downloadable.

Absolutely love that the provided map is not scaled or optimized for VTTs. I always use 56.6 pixels per square.
 


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