Free Download of A Great Upheaval (Storm King’s Thunder)

Like Curse of Strahd’s Appendix B: Death House before it, Wizards of the Coast has provided A Great Upheaval (Chapter 1 of Storm King’s Thunder) for free on the Dungeon Masters Guild. Like Death House (which advanced PCs to level 3), Chapter 1 is an optional part of the adventure aimed at advancing players to the level 5, the starting level of the main adventure.

Storm King’s Thunder Review

The new D&D adventure Storm King’s Thunder™ just launched today (September 6th), and was released early to gaming stores back on August 26th. When I first received my copy from Wizards of the Coast last week, my initial impressions were very positive. The book looks great with half page and double page illustrations breaking up text, runes, lots of maps, tables and more. The adventure is well done and they have put in some work up front to help Dungeon Masters (DMs) by outlining the cast of characters and providing an adventure flowchart. The story mixes “gigantic” intrigue with plenty of exploration and combat. Players are simply tasked with saving civilization from the threat of giants.

After reading this adventure, I think it’s one of my favorite 5th edition adventures, but it might not be for everyone (we’ll get to that below). It’s a really solid purchase that will provide hours and hours of gameplay, as it is somewhat re-playable. This book gives you nearly everything you need to run SKT as a campaign or provides you with a valuable sourcebook when paired with the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide to run adventures in the Northwest of Faerûn.

Extra Life & First Two Storm King’s Thunder Previews

Wizards of the Coast has announced that it will be running its fourth Extra Life event with a goal of making $50,000 or more to add to the already $200,000 they have raised in support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals over the past 3 Extra Life events. The 24-hour marathon starts at 8am PST on Friday, September 16th, and will feature 6 in-house teams throughout the weekend. Depending on how much is raised, we’ll be seeing a number of previews from Storm King’s Thunder, including the first 2 previews which are now unlocked… d100 table for Items in a Giant’s Bag and Appendix A: Linked Adventures. 

Storm King’s Thunder is Next D&D Storyline

During an event this afternoon in Los Angeles, Wizards of the Coast announced Storm King’s Thunder, the new storyline for Dungeons & Dragons is coming Fall 2016. Giants are rampaging the land, the sea, and the skies and the peoples of the Forgotten Realms need a team of heroes to help them. D&D fans will get a preview of Storm King’s Thunder this summer with Force Grey: Giant Hunters, a weekly show starring an unlikely group of comedians and actors.

The Delightful Oddity of Al-Qadim

Not so long ago, I wrote about one of my favorite 2nd editions settings, Planescape. Besides the wacky hijinks of the planes, it was the song of the sands that captured my interests. Not Dark Sun, that fantastical post-apocalyptic adventure wasteland, but Al-Qadim, the Land of Fate. Technically a sub-setting of Forgotten Realms, Al-Qadim has precious little in common with the core setting. In fact, most of the link is through the primordials, which are central to the setting’s past, but less so to the present day setting. While it is easy to dismiss the setting as a riff on One Thousand and One Nights and voyages of Sinbad, it proves to be so much richer than a simple reskinned setting dump.

Curse of Strahd (D&D 5e) – 6 Optional Backgrounds from Adventurers League

Today we get a collection of six optional backgrounds for Season 4 of Adventurers League (or your own home game too) to go along with the Haunted One background.

Surviving the Mists takes guts, courage, and a bit of luck. Contained herein is a selection of new and interesting backgrounds for those who wish to explore the dangers of Lord Strahd’s realm.

The backgrounds are designed for starting play in Phlan and are Black Fist Double AgentDragon CasualtyIron Route Bandit, Phlan Insurgent, Stojanow Prisoner, and Ticklebelly Nomad.

Worth a look for sure.

D&D Curse of Strahd Review – A Return to Ravenloft

The new D&D adventure Curse of Strahd™ comes out on March 15. When I first received my copy from Wizards of the Coast, I turned to the back of the book right away to see the fold out map and then I flipped through page by page. My initial impressions were positive, the book looks great and the maps in the book and the foldout are superb. This book is 256 pages of gothic goodness full of dread, monsters, magic and more. It’s a really solid purchase that will provide hours and hours of gameplay, especially since it is designed to be re-playable. This book will give you everything you need to run CoS as a campaign or provide you with a valuable sourcebook for adding gothic horror elements to your own campaign.

New D&D Movie Will Be Set in Forgotten Realms and Have ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Tone

With both Warcraft (this year) and WB’s D&D movie (in development) both coming to theaters, it looks like fantasy could already be the next big franchise thing. Matt Goldberg just wrote an exclusive article on Collider about the upcoming D&D movie and it having a Guardians of the Galaxy tone. I loved GotG and think this is a really great direction to capture the feeling of a group of adventures coming together to save the day.

Curse of Strahd – Adventurers League

Robert Adduci (D&D Adventurers League Community Manager at Wizards of the Coast) has posted the details on all of the upcoming 14 adventures and the Epic for Season 4 – Curse of Strahd. This includes location of Conventions that the adventures are premiering, levels, playtime, and when they will be available for download.

Check it all out here:

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