Wizards of the Coast, publishers of the immensely popular pen-and-paper RPG Dungeons & Dragons, have announced a new two-part campaign adventure set in the infamous city of Waterdeep. During this weekend’s huge D&D ‘Stream of Many Eyes’ event, the company announced Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage.
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist will see adventurers become embroiled in a world of crime, deceit, corruption and wealth in the titular city of Waterdeep. Lead writer Christopher Perkins has explained the adventure’s unique new approach to storytelling. Perkins has stated that Waterdeep: Dragon Heist will feature an optional main villain. Dungeon Masters will be able to select a bad guy from a list, each with their own motivations, resources and deadly abilities, with their selection having huge ramifications on how the campaign will play out.
Players will interact with the city’s many wonders and dangers as they attempt to steal a large hoard of treasure before the villain can get their hands on it, in a clear nod to heist movies such as Oceans Eleven and The Italian Job. The adventure will focus more on role-playing than pure combat. They will have to work within the confines of an organised and lawful city; players will not be able to run wild without consequences. This will present veteran players with fun new opportunities to embody their characters.
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist will be followed by a more traditional dungeon crawler, Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage. A continuation of Dragon Heist, Dungeon of the Mad Mage will see players venture into the massive dungeon beneath Waterdeep known as Undermountain. Players will descent deeper and deeper into the depths of Undermountain, facing monstrous enemies, deadly traps and bizarre magical phenomena. Christopher Perkins has stated that this adventure will give Dungeon Masters the opportunity to build upon and expand on the dungeon itself, allowing them to tailor parts of the adventure to their own preferences. He has also stated that the sheer amount of content in Undermountain is almost unprecedented.
As a huge fan of Dungeons & Dragons, and an enthusiastic Dungeon Master, I am very excited to take my players to the city of Waterdeep and allow them to stretch their role-playing skills to the limit. Not to mention that Undermountain itself sounds like every Dungeon Master’s dream setting, with a variety of unique and deadly locations to explore and torment, erm i mean excite players with.
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist will be released on September 20th 2018, Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage will be released on November 20th 2018.
So what do you think about Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage? Are you excited to lead your intrepid band of adventurers into the dangers and wonders of Waterdeep? Or would you prefer to stay outside? As always, let us know in the comments and on social media!
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