Tales From The Yawning Portal - 7 Classic Dungeons Updated To 5E!

Coming in April is WotC's next official D&D product, Tales from the Yawning Portal. This hardcover book contains seven classic dungeons updated to 5th Edition, from adventures such as Against the Giants, Dead in Thay, Forge of Fury, Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, Sunless Citadel, Tomb of Horrors, and White Plume Mountain. This is, presumably, the product previously codenamed Labyrinth. It's set for an April 4th release, for $49.95.



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When the shadows grow long in Waterdeep and the fireplace in the taproom of the Yawning Portal dims to a deep crimson glow, adventurers from across the Sword Coast spin tales and spread rumors of lost treasures.

Within this tome are seven of the deadliest dungeons from the history of Dungeons & Dragons. Some are classics that have hosted an untold number of adventurers, while others are newer creations, boldly staking a claim to their place in the pantheon of notable adventures.

The seeds of these stories now rest in your hands. D&D’s deadliest dungeons are now part of your arsenal of adventures. Enjoy, and remember to keep a few spare character sheets handy.

For use with the fifth edition Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide, this book provides fans with a treasure trove of adventures, all of which have been updated to the fifth edition rules. Explore seven deadly dungeons in this adventure supplement for the world’s greatest roleplaying game:

  • Against the Giants
  • Dead in Thay
  • Forge of Fury
  • Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan
  • Sunless Citadel
  • Tomb of Horrors
  • White Plume Mountain

Find it on WotC's site here. Forbes has an interview about it here. Mearls says "We're announcing a new D&D product, a book coming out this spring. It is called Tales from the Yawning Portal(out March 24th in local game stores and April 4th everywhere else) It's a collection of seven of the most famous dungeons from Dungeons & Dragons history. They're all collected in one hardcover book. The idea behind it is not only do you want to capture some of the most famous dungeons from the game's history, but we also wanted to give a selection of adventures that you could in theory start at Level 1 with the first dungeon and play all the way up to Level 15 by playing the adventures one after another."

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Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan



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Barantor

Explorer
Six of the seven set in Greyhawk, but it sounds like they are moving all of them to Forgotten Realms.... hopefully they have at least a paragraph about Greyhawk in there somewhere.
 

TwoSix

The hero you deserve
As someone who's never played any of these, I freely admit that I find this idea tremendously exciting.
 

flametitan

Explorer
Six of the seven set in Greyhawk, but it sounds like they are moving all of them to Forgotten Realms.... hopefully they have at least a paragraph about Greyhawk in there somewhere.
I don't know if that's entirely the case. They might leave the locations as relatively ambiguous, allowing for DMs to more easily drop them in whatever setting they please.

Personally, I'm curious to see how AL will handle this, as I doubt there will be a specific "storyline" this season.

As someone who's never played any of these, I freely admit that I find this idea tremendously exciting.
As someone who only started playing D&D in 5e, I am also extremely excited, as while I know they're on DMsGuild, I've not had an opportunity to read any of these besides Tomb of Horrors, nevermind play them.
 

Corpsetaker

Visitor
So they use the good old Yawning Portal in the title to suck in the Realms fans only to find that only one of them is a Realms adventure.

If you are going to use the Yawning Portal why not just go ahead and use the biggest dungeon that sits under it and already has an entrance right there in the room?

Sorry Wizards but your cross-overs are getting more ridiculous by the second.
 
Six of the seven set in Greyhawk, but it sounds like they are moving all of them to Forgotten Realms.... hopefully they have at least a paragraph about Greyhawk in there somewhere.
Mike Mearls, in the Forbes article, refers to stories being passed around in the Yawning Portal about legendary dungeons from a variety of worlds - I'm wondering if they might be introducing a little intra-planar travel to the different prime material worlds, via the story for this series of adventures...
 
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Jer

Adventurer
Six of the seven set in Greyhawk, but it sounds like they are moving all of them to Forgotten Realms.... hopefully they have at least a paragraph about Greyhawk in there somewhere.
Sunless Citadel and Forge of Fury are not really set in Greyhawk in any meaningful sense. In fact, I'm trying to remember if they even use Greyhawk names for anything other than the mentions of deities (since those were the default deities from the 3e PHB). So it's more like 4 of the seven.

What's really funny is that I've already run Sunless Citadel as a 5e adventure and I did it all on the fly with no prep beyond marking pages in the Monster Manual for the various beasties in the dungeon. This product may be the first that actually gives me little to no utility since I own all of them except for "Dead in Thay" already. It'll be interesting to see how they connect them all together. And I suspect that at least Against the Giants will get a major revamp to make it a more modern adventure.
 
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Jeff Carlsen

Adventurer
This is very appealing to me. I've been wanting smaller adventures, and I haven't actually played or run most of the classic dungeons. I'm sure there are some older players who have each of these in their original form, for whom this will be less interesting. On the other hand, there are going to be tons of players for whom this will be their first introduction to some classic adventures that have already stood the test of time.

I wonder if the Adventurer's League will be playing these.
 

mach1.9pants

Adventurer
Nah it will all be set in FR imo, they've done that with everything else. Until we get a SCAG equivalent for another setting they'll all be ported to FR. Not that it bothers me, you can astro that out easy as! But I'm very interested in this book, shorter adventures are better for me and my kids. Bring it on!
 

hawkeyefan

Adventurer
Sounds pretty good! I'm sure I'll be able to put each of these to use in some way.

Do you guys think that in a case of some of these, that they will have the entire adventure, or just one dungeon from it? Like, from Against the Giants, will they have all three giant lairs, or just one?

I'm a bit curious about that....the way the announcement is worded, it sounds like it could be either way.
 
Sunless Citadel and Forge of Fury are not really set in Greyhawk in any meaningful sense. In fact, I'm trying to remember if they even use Greyhawk names for anything other than the mentions of deities (since those were the default deities from the 3e PHB). So it's more like 4 of the seven.

What's really funny is that I've already run Sunless Citadel as a 5e adventure and I did it all on the fly with no prep beyond marking pages in the Monster Manual for the various beasties in the dungeon. This product may be the first that actually gives me little to no utility since I own all of them except for "Dead in Thay" already. It'll be interesting to see how they connect them all together. And I suspect that at least Against the Giants will get a major revamp to make it a more modern adventure.
Ironically I've played in both and run them as well, but never in Greyhawk. As a player I experienced them set in FR and as a DM I set them in my home setting.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Really looking forward to this. And for those who didn't play D&D back in the 80s, even though the adventures were technically Greyhawk, it was more the norm than exception that people played in their own homebrew campaign worlds, and the adventures were designed to be drag and drop very easily.

Also, over the past few years with 5e, I have probably drag and dropped a dozen adventures into the 5e world. It's easy. Do not let setting compatibility worries stop you from buying this product, just like you shouldn't have used setting compatibility worries to stop you from buying Volo's guide. You'd be missing out.
 

TwoSix

The hero you deserve
So they use the good old Yawning Portal in the title to suck in the Realms fans only to find that only one of them is a Realms adventure.

If you are going to use the Yawning Portal why not just go ahead and use the biggest dungeon that sits under it and already has an entrance right there in the room?
What's the Yawning Portal?
 

CapnZapp

Hero
So they use the good old Yawning Portal in the title to suck in the Realms fans only to find that only one of them is a Realms adventure.

If you are going to use the Yawning Portal why not just go ahead and use the biggest dungeon that sits under it and already has an entrance right there in the room?

Sorry Wizards but your cross-overs are getting more ridiculous by the second.
I'm willing to bet you a whole dollar the product will not say "this dungeon can't be place in the Realms" anywhere.
 

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