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.

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Chris Perkins is posting some pics of the art from the book on Twitter:




Ah ! But you forgot the one with the half-naked pirate in bondage getup.

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who or what is the dark elf? and the floating tentacle thing? actually does anyone know the names of each of these NPC's? i for one am excited for all the urban rules, i have a character i have wanted to own a chain of pubs and this will further that even more.

i hope the naysayers and people made tired by this see some merit in a design doc for cities, though i am sure their home brew stuff is just top notch.


The Drow is Jarlaxle. They haven't confirmed that the beholder is Xanathar that I'm aware of, but it's Xanathar. They've both been characters in Forgotten Realms for a long time now and if you're not sure who they are, the links go to the FR wiki for a background.

ah no, i meant in the little character portraits someone posted, it looks like a dark elf or something blue and the monster over the shoulder is a floating thing with tentacle things flowing underneath it, i dont think that is a beholder.

(and a side note, the book is out in game stores on the 6th of september too)


In the first set of images, there’s a picture of a halfling attempting to steal the Xanathar’s goldfish!

Also, there are three “seasonal” variations of the same city street.

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