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Tales from the Yawning Portal for D&D 5e

Just got an exciting press release in the inbox! Looks like we’re getting a new 248 hardcover page book this spring (April 4th, 2017) titled Tales from the Yawning Portal that will cost $49.95 (C$63.95). This book is aimed at getting newer players a chance to play seven previously published D&D adventures that have been completely updated and ready to run using D&D 5e rules. It will be interesting to see if we don’t get a new storyline this spring, with this taking its place or perhaps we’re on the way to seeing 4 or more books per year now from Wizards of the Coast.Tales from the Yawning Portal Cover

The adventures are:

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

Here is the main content from the press release…

There are many iconic adventures and stories in the 43-year history (!) of Dungeons & Dragons that current fans may not have ever experienced. If you just got into D&D in the past few years, you likely haven’t braved the Tomb of Horrors or climbed White Plume Mountain or fought Against the Giants. Even longtime fans haven’t been able to fully explore the Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan or the Sunless Citadel with stats and monsters updated for the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons.

Now you can jump into some of the most popular D&D modules ever created with Tales from the Yawning Portal. Releasing wide on April 4th, this 248-page book contains seven full adventures including timeless classics and more recent best-sellers like Forge of Fury and Dead in Thay, all completely updated and ready to run using the latest D&D rules.

The cover of Tales from the Yawning Portal was illustrated by Tyler Jacobsen. It depicts Durnan the Wanderer, the longtime owner and barkeep of Waterdeep’s most famous tavern. Adventurers from all over the Forgotten Realms gather in the taproom at the Yawning Portal to trade stories of their exploits and rumors of far-off treasures, some even from other worlds in the D&D multiverse. The Yawning Portal is the one place you’d expect to hear tales of the seven dungeons in this book.

Look for Tales from the Yawning Portal in your local game store on March 24th! Otherwise, you can pick it up on April 4th, and start running these classic adventures for your gaming group. Even if you’re in the middle of a Storm King’s Thunder or Curse of Strahd campaign, clever Dungeon Masters and players can take inspiration from D&D’s history to infuse traps, challenges, monsters and magic items from these adventures into any session.

You can read more about it at the official D&D site.

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  • brettday

    I’d been wondering why Dreams of the Red Wizards: Scourge of the Sword Coast is available for printing at drivethrurpg, but Dreams of the Red Wizards: Dead in Thay isn’t. If they print the map of the Doomvault in this HC all nice like the poster map of Barovia in CoS, all will be forgiven.

  • Mr. Flibble

    I’ve really enjoyed Storm King’s Thunder and Volo’s Guide to Monsters, but this one leaves me a little cool. I’d prefer to see original material or original twists on what has gone before, but so far nothing about this book suggests any real twist on the existing adventures (which I can convert for myself just as easily if I feel the need).

    • MTi

      Well SKT and VGtM are two different kind of books, one is an advernture and the other is a source book, so it is not so easy to compare them. Otherwise, I am fully on board with you here.

      Plus, surprise surprise, this one also is based in FR. Makes me wonder if they are planning to issue any material outside FR. (On that note, Mearls et al answered in Twitter that the said book is based in FR but it is more setting agnostic than the others, for more Q&A on the upcoming book, click here: http://www.sageadvice.eu/2017/01/06/tales-from-the-yawning-portal-question-answers/. Also, at some point, and I cannot find that link, Mearls has hinted that we might have a Spelljammer adventure sometime soon)

  • Ish

    On the one hand, I am extremely happy that WotC is avoiding the “splat book glut” that plagued 3.x for most of its life and made 4e a core to use without their online tools. (This same “splat book glut” made me run screaming in terror from Pathfinder.)

    On the other hand, not counting adventure modules and the “Big Three” core books… We’ve only gotten two supplements in the two years since 5e launched. Both of which are perfectly fine, but kinda lightweight, books about my least favorite campaign setting.

    I don’t want to see a return to the “Book of the Month Club” format — especially at $50 USD a pop! — but I’d like to see some sort of increase.

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