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The Next Dungeons & Dragons Storyline Will Be...

And the new storyline for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition is...


Waterdeep: Dragon Heist! The plot will focus on an urban treasure hunt and a focus on urban and city-based adventures with special rules for running games in that environment. The adventure itself will have variable goals and antagonists similar to the original I6: Ravenloft module, where the DM chooses what "villain" will be the secret villain of the campaign, which will change outcomes of various events. The adventure itself will also have downtime built into the adventure along with the ability to own property in Waterdeep. The adventure for Level 1-5 will be released on September 18, 2018, with an MSRP of $49.95.

A second announcement is anticipated later this weekend, as the product codenamed "Catacombs" has a release date of November 20 and is also a 256-page hardcover book. This would make Waterdeep: Dragon Heist the codename "Broadway" (which also had a custom dice release announced for solicitation last year with the other products, including "Marathon" which turned out to be Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes).


Wizards of the coast made the announcement as part of a weekend-long live streaming event on their Twitch channel, "Stream of Many Eyes". Other products announced during the live stream include updates to the Neverwinter MMO and its Barovia expansion, a new official history artbook about Dungeons & Dragons with images throughout the history of the game, and a new series of boxed sets with props and handouts for published adventures released so far as well as for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.

This article will be updated with more information as the Wizards of the Coast live stream continues.
 
Darryl Mott

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kenmarable

Adventurer
I’ve been hoping for an immersive urban adventure, and this hits that nicely. Also being inspired by heists is a definite bonus. I’m sold!

Still disappointed that it’s not a new setting, if they are going to do FR, then this really embraces FR rather just using FR as a generic setting to port Greyhawk stuff to.
 

Freelancers working on the project include Matt Mercer, podcaster extraordinary James Introcaso, and former EN5ider editor James Haeck!
Nice! I love all those people. That just pushed my excitement levels from "eh, maybe" to "okay, must buy".
 

kenmarable

Adventurer
You can choose your villain? It’s like a dark reflection of lords of Waterdeep. Halastar or bust, I say
Yep, 4 villains each tied to a different season. So you can replay it and experience a different part of Waterdeep’s holidays/other annual events/etc.
 

I'm a huge fan of urban D&D/fantasy settings. (As opposed to the "urban fantasy" genre, which is a different thing, though I also like that.) Cityscape might've been a clue to that. ;)

I'll be getting this for urban rules, story seeds, and NPCs/monsters, far more than for the adventure itself. (Though I'm sure I'll mine it for ideas.)
 


pukunui

Hero
New Storyline = Waterdeep

And the new storyline is: Waterdeep!

Part One:


The adventure takes place in Waterdeep. The book is equal parts adventure and "city-based adventure guide". It's *not* a "save the world" adventure.

The DM chooses one of four villains for the PCs to go up against during the adventure, and this choice affects even what season the adventure takes place in. The goal is for the PCs to stop the villain from finding and claiming a hidden treasure hoard.

I imagine there will be more info forthcoming as the Stream of Many Eyes continues.


Also, that would appear to be Jarlaxe on the cover ... and the Xanathar behind him.


Chris Perkins said:
Waterdeep Dragon Heist takes D&D back to civilization in an environment which encourages a lot of roleplaying ... A lot of the inspiration was from things like Ocean’s Eleven and The Italian Job in a city environment. Where the goal of the adventure is to try and find a trove of treasure and keep it out of the hands of villains.

I love this story because it’s not a world-shattering event. It feels very much grounded and you can get the sense that you can lose yourself in this city. Waterdeep is a character. It’s got a personality of its own. And one of the great things about it is it’s a very adventurer-friendly city. The people of the city know what adventurers are like, and they’ve got this kind of New York City blase attitude about them.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, for levels 1-5, will be released on September 20th.


Part Two:


Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage, for levels 6-20, will be released on November 20th.
 
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Prakriti

Hi, I'm a Mindflayer, but don't let that worry you
This is the most promising adventure premise to date. It has the potential to be a classic.
 




kenmarable

Adventurer
Someone in chat said it was for levels 1-20. Did one of the presenters say that?
I didn’t catch the last 10-15 minute of th round table, but prior to that I didn’t hear level range mentioned. HOWEVER, it might be flexible especially since it’s much less dungeon based and more directly competing against rivals that likely scale with you. A big hint in this direction is Jeremy Crawford specifically mentioned it starts with an intro quest and then a downtime pause that could last “weeks, months, or even years” and a DM could fit an entire adventure or other campaign in there before the main heist story starts, implying you could possibly play an entirely other one of the 5e adventures before starting this OR start it right away at low level. They (Jeremy again??) also mentioned you could focus very tightly on just the heist and treasure hunt and play it as a rather short adventure, or expand it with various quests throughout Waterdeep to make it much longer.

All those seem to point to it being scale-able and very flexible.
 



pukunui

Hero
AH I wish they had the player levels on the cover.
I know what levels the playtest version was for, but I'm yet to find an official announcement about the final version's level spread. I will keep looking.

EDIT: Chris Perkins just tweeted: "Level details to come over the course of the weekend."
 
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Nice artwork!

I see an Apparatus of Kwalish in that first one!

And I'm curious... and a bit apprehensive... to find out the story behind fetish-gear pirate...
 


The guy in the second picture, second row, far left makes me think of Steven Brust. :lol:

(If you've met him, you'll understand.)
 


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