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D&D 5E The New D&D Book: Candlekeep Mysteries: 17 Mystery Adventures [UPDATED!]

The cover of the upcoming D&D book has been revealed! Candlekeep Mysteries is an anthology of 17 mystery-themed adventures for character levels 1-16.

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The image has appeared on Penguin Random House's product page for the book.



UPDATE! Penguin's product page appears to have now vanished, but we now have the product description! Thanks to @Fezzwick for spotting that!

An anthology of seventeen mystery-themed adventures for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

Candlekeep attracts scholars like a flame attracts moths. Historians, sages, and others who crave knowledge flock to this library fortress to peruse its vast collection of books, scribbled into which are the answers to the mysteries that bedevil them. Many of these books contain their own mysteries ̶—each one a doorway to adventure. Dare you cross that threshold?

· 17 mystery-themed D&D adventures, each tied to a book discovered in the famed library fortress of Candlekeep
· Easy to run as stand-alone mini adventures or to drop into your home campaign
· Adventures span play from levels 1 to 16
· Includes a full poster map of Candlekeep, plus detailed descriptions of the various locations, characters, and creatures that reside within it
· Introduces a variety of Dungeons & Dragons monsters, items, and non-player characters (NPCs)

Candlekeep Mysteries is a collection of seventeen short, stand-alone D&D adventures designed for characters of levels 1–16. Each adventure begins with the discovery of a book, and each book is the key to a door behind which danger and glory await. These adventures can be run as one-shot games, plugged into an existing Forgotten Realms campaign, or adapted for other campaign settings. This book also includes a poster map of the library fortress and detailed descriptions of Candlekeep and its inhabitants.


There have been mentions of an upcoming adventure anthology since 2019, with Kate Welch's name attached, along with other celebrity adventure writers including Critical Role's Marisha Ray, and actor Deborah Ann Woll. There were also suggestions that the authors might all be women. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow!

 
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey



This would tie to Tasha's puzzle mechanics, so there's some sense in it - and we have heard that Kate Welch was working on an adventure anthology.

Depending on how investigation-based they are, that might cool my interest. Some players handle mysteries better than others - some key right into them, while others will get stuck and frustrated or go haring off after a red herring at the drop of a hat. But having some adventures I can quickly insert here and there might be useful.
 





schneeland

Explorer
Certainly not what I expected. Will be interesting to learn if these are actually new adventures or conversion of older ones like previous adventure collections.
In any case, a few good investigate adventures for D&D would be appreciated.
 



el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
Anyway, I am very interested in this, but would have page through it and/or read an in-depth review before getting it.
 






el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
I actually liked the concept of Name of the Rose. So a DND themed version with an NPC monk that sounds like discount Sean Connery sounds like a fun idea to me.

There is a fantastic adventure in Dungeon Magazine #54 (July/August 1995) called "Unhallowed Ground" based on The Name of the Rose - it was written for 2E but easily adaptable. I highly recommend it. I have run it and played in it.
 

Stormonu

Legend
I actually liked the concept of Name of the Rose. So a DND themed version with an NPC monk/cleric that sounds like discount Sean Connery seems like a fun idea to me.
Don't get me wrong, I like that movie (and Father Dowling / Cadfael mysteries), but it's not something I'd be interested in as a D&D campaign.

<Edit: tried to combine two shows into one name>
 


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