D&D 5E Quest From The Infinite Staircase Adventures Revealed

Crystal caves, barrier peaks, pharaohs, lost caverns, lost cities, and fallen stars feature in the adventure anthology.

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Roll20 has today revealed some information about July's Dungeons & Dragons release, Quests from the Infinite Staircase.

The Infinite Staircase spirals in a dreamlike expanse, with doors leading to fantastic realms. It's home to the noble genie Nafas, who hears wishes made throughout the multiverse and recruits heroes to fulfill them. These pleas summon adventurers to lost caverns suffused with planar energy, fairytale gardens in the Feywild, futuristic spaceships, and other wondrous locales.

This anthology weaves together six classic DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® adventures while updating them for the game's fifth edition. You can run these quests individually or as a campaign that takes characters from level 1 to level 13.

This book includes the following adventures:
  • Beyond the Crystal Cave
  • Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
  • Pharaoh
  • The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth
  • The Lost City
  • When a Star Falls

These are all adventures from previous editions of D&D (in much the same way as Ghosts of Saltmarsh was). All of them are AD&D (1E) adventures except for The Lost City, which was a Basic D&D adventure.

EN World member @pukunui provided a quick summary of each:

For those like myself who are unfamiliar with (some of) these adventures, here are summaries based on info from wikipedia:

Beyond the Crystal Cave: An AD&D 1e adventure set in Greyhawk which sees the PCs hired to save a couple who eloped and fled into the Cave of Echoes. The PCs must resolve the secret of the cave to reach a magical garden where it is always summer. The adventure is noteworthy for rewarding players for resolving encounters non-violently.

Expedition to the Barrier Peaks: An AD&D 1e adventure written by Gary Gygax himself. In this adventure, the PCs explore a mysterious spaceship that crashed in Greyhawk's Barrier Peaks mountain range. The ship is filled with robots, laser guns, power armor, and all manner of strange creatures (including vegepygmies and a froghemoth). The adventure also involves collecting colored access cards to open restricted areas and the like.

Pharaoh: An AD&D 1e adventure written by the Hickmans of Ravenloft and Dragonlance fame. This one sees the PCs exiled into a desert after being falsely accused of a crime. They end up encountering the spirit of a dead Egyptian-style pharaoh who implores them to break into his supposedly thief-proof pyramid tomb and steal some things that will enable him to find eternal rest or something.

The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth: Another of Gary Gygax's AD&D 1e Greyhawk modules. This one sees the PCs as treasure hunters seeking the wealth of the archmage Iggwilv. During their search, they encounter a vampire.

The Lost City: This is a Basic D&D adventure written by Tom Moldvay. The PCs get lost in a sandstorm and discover the lost city of Cynidicea, where the inhabitants are degenerate drug addicts. The PCs explore a pyramid and fight an evil monster.

When a Star Falls: An AD&D 1e module in which the PCs search for a fallen star in the moors. They encounter svirfneblin and derro as they seek to give the star to its rightful owner.
 

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jdrakeh

Front Range Warlock
Wait what? Aren't the OARs still in print and sold retail? Or do you mean the original adventures that the OARs covered?

Nope. The only OAR book currently in print is Dark Tower (the latest one). All of the ones licensed from Wizards are OOP and increasingly scarce in retail. Some of them (notably #2 and #4) are selling (actually selling, not just asking prices) for ridiculous amounts on eBay.
 

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Distracted DM

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Nope. The only OAR book currently in print is Dark Tower (the latest one). All of the ones licensed from Wizards are OOP and increasingly scarce in retail. Some of them (notably #2 and #4) are selling (actually selling, not just asking prices) for ridiculous amounts on eBay.
Wow, I just looked it up after replying above. I can't believe I never got Lost City! I had it sitting on my cart at $42 on Amazon a year or two ago 😆

On the other hand I have most of the others...
 


el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
I can't believe I lost my chance to get Into the Borderlands at a decent price. I have the ToEE one and the Castle Amber one. I would sell the former, given how much I am using it despite trying to run it right now (the PCs never made it to the moathouse!)
 




Parmandur

Book-Friend
You know what, though, WotC refusal to let Goodman have a digital copy license makes sense as futureproofing now from their businesspoint if view: anyone who wants to play a digital copy on Roll20 or whatnot wouldn't have already bought it.

The Mije Schley maps should be nice for online play, too.
 


Warpiglet-7

Satan’s Echo Chamber! Muhahahaha
You know what, though, WotC refusal to let Goodman have a digital copy license makes sense as futureproofing now from their businesspoint if view: anyone who wants to play a digital copy on Roll20 or whatnot wouldn't have already bought it.

The Mije Schley maps should be nice for online play, too.
I want physical books for reading but with prep I need digital resources.

That is going to be 50% of my reason to buy the WOTC versions…
 

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