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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  19:43:53  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
So there's a new product dropping in April...

Tales From The Yawning Portal

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When the shadows grow long in Waterdeep and the fireplace in the taproom of the Yawning Portal dims to a deep crimson glow, adventurers from across the Sword Coast spin tales and spread rumors of lost treasures. Some of yarns overheard by Durnan, the barkeep of the Yawning Portal, are inspired by events in far-flung lands, or even other worlds across the Planes, and these tales have been collected into a single volume.

Within this tome are seven of the most compelling dungeons from the 40+ year history of Dungeons & Dragons. Some are classics that have hosted an untold number of adventurers, while others were some of the most popular adventures ever printed.

The seeds of these stories now rest in your hands. D&D’s most storied dungeons are now part of your modern repertoire of adventures. Enjoy, and remember to keep a few spare character sheets handy.

For use with the fifth edition Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide, this book provides fans with a treasure trove of adventures, all of which have been updated to the fifth edition rules. Explore seven deadly dungeons in this adventure supplement for the world’s greatest roleplaying game:

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



And Mike Mearls talks about it in an interview:

D&D's 'Tales From The Yawning Portal' Is The Game's Greatest Hits


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Irennan
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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  19:56:42  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That title is such a bait, tho. When I read it, I thought they were writing about Waterdeep and UM post-Sundering.

That said, thanks for sharing.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  20:17:25  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Irennan

That title is such a bait, tho. When I read it, I thought they were writing about Waterdeep and UM post-Sundering.



I agree, but at least an explanation was offered in the interview:

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We thought to ourselves these adventures were originally placed in a variety of different settings in D&D's history. Some were in Greyhawk, some weren't really attached to a setting, some were in the Realms. We thought if there was any place where you could go to hear stories of these dungeons, it would be the Yawning Portal in Waterdeep in the Forgotten Realms. The idea is that while obviously most people who go to the Yawning Portal are natives of the Forgotten Realms, there are still sometimes either playing the travelers, or adventurers who've been to other worlds. That's where powerful adventurers congregate and talk.

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Irennan
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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  20:22:58  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah, I know. But still, it got my hopes up for a moment, before I read that it was actually a collection of dungeons.

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Markustay
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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  20:26:19  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Half of me is elated.

The other half of me is saddened by the 'dilution' of The Realms.

Both halves are currently saying, "I knew it!!!"

The Forgotten Realms have always been the 'crossroads' world. They're finally embracing that. One of the few aspects of 4e I liked is how they shunted many of the adventures into 'side planes', so they could be reached 'from any world'. I feel this is just a logical extension of that.

EDIT: Thanks for sharing, Wooly.

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Irennan
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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  20:28:20  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
To my understanding, they aren't porting these adventures to the Realms. They are reskinning them as tales told in the Yawning Portal Inn, but they actually come even from other worlds (they say exactly that).

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Markustay
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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  20:30:32  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I get it, but the tales are being told in the Yawning Portal, hence my commentary.

"All roads lead to the Realms", or some-such. It just makes sense.

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Irennan
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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  20:32:34  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ah, yes, I see your point.

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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  20:39:57  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sweeeeeet! Looks interesting.

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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  21:51:46  Show Profile  Visit Brian R. James's Homepage Send Brian R. James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Would have been more appropriate to title this release: "Tales from the World Serpent Inn"

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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  22:06:08  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lol probably...

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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  22:07:08  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
And yet nothing about the GREATEST D&D Dungeon at all: UNDERMOUNTAIN...

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Irennan
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Posted - 05 Jan 2017 :  22:13:49  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

Would have been more appropriate to title this release: "Tales from the World Serpent Inn"



Indeed.

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KanzenAU
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Posted - 06 Jan 2017 :  01:03:43  Show Profile Send KanzenAU a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So this is Labyrinth...
I wonder if they still have a Tomb of Horrors sequel planned or if it was this all along.

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I think this is their response to the many people requesting more one-shots or smaller adventures. I guess Acererak will appear somehow in their Chult storyline (it's one of the probable storylines for 2017, especially since they mentioned the Ring of Winter, Mezro, etc...), given that RAS mentioned him in Hero in reference to his dungeon, which is stated to be in Chult--that's assuming that I got this right and that I didn't misunderstand anything.

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KanzenAU
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Posted - 06 Jan 2017 :  01:16:40  Show Profile Send KanzenAU a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah I was just about to edit my post, was reminded of the "Artus Cimber and the Ring of Winter will return in 2017" quote.

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George Krashos
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Posted - 06 Jan 2017 :  01:35:49  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not particulary interested in this. I'll save my $$$.

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Posted - 06 Jan 2017 :  01:56:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

Would have been more appropriate to title this release: "Tales from the World Serpent Inn"



This was exactly my thought too. I guess they just misused the Yawning Portal because they're dead set on staying in the area they focused on in the SCAG. Blech.
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KanzenAU
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It seems like it's essentially an anthology of adventures, not particularly FR related past the framing. I'll pick it up for the old adventures rewritten in 5e - I've always wanted to run Tomb of Horrors but never got around to it.

I just finished listening to the Dragon Talk podcast now, where's they're talking about the Yawning Portal in the lore. A couple of interesting tidbits for those who are interested in the 5e Realms:

Durnan has been taking potions of longevity to prolong his life. He has recently returned from adventures elsewhere to retake control of the inn, possibly from a descendant or placeholder (named as Durnan VI in 4th edition).

Halaster is mentioned as a threat in Undermountain, in the current sense. This is not delved into in any depth, and what happened to him in 1375 is unmentioned. It's unclear if this is an accident of language on their part or an unintentional slip, but my money is on Halaster being back.

Most of the rest is flavour and history of the Inn.

Edit: They also mention Waterdeep as one of the main destinations for interplanar travellers in the Realms, and the Yawning Portal as being one of their main hangouts in the city. As an example, they say it wouldn't be that unusual for someone from Greyhawk to appear in the Inn. They emphasize the interconnected-ness of the different worlds.

Edit 2: They also suggest that if DMs want to use the Yawning Portal as a launch pad for one of these adventures, they could use a portal in Undermountain to get to, for example, the swamps of Greyhawk. Or DMs could even insert a "secret portal" into the inn itself, if they so desired. These aren't mentioned as canon things to do, but more as tips for DMs that want to use them.

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Irennan
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Posted - 06 Jan 2017 :  02:10:37  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Halaster is back. They ran an UM adventure at some Con (can't remember which), and Halaster was back at the end. They also said that they were interested in making that adventure available to the public at some point (I guess they'll do a Waterdeep/UM AP at some point, especially considering that Ed has also said that the Promenade of Eilistraee has been stealthily retaken, and that stuff is going on down there: https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse/status/796182273288704000)

So Durnan's alive. Heh, looks like they might as well delete the end of 3e, 4e and the timeskip...

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 06 Jan 2017 :  02:12:22  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brimstone

And yet nothing about the GREATEST D&D Dungeon at all: UNDERMOUNTAIN...



To be fair, this product seems to be more of adventures set in dungeons, instead of just "here's a dungeon."

I'll agree that the title alone should have been enough for Undermountain to get some love, but I can also see why they didn't.

And let's face it, unless the entire book was on Undermountain, they'd not do it justice. We have entire regions of the Realms that aren't as well-described as Undermountain.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 06 Jan 2017 :  02:14:16  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brian R. James

Would have been more appropriate to title this release: "Tales from the World Serpent Inn"



I agree, but the World Serpent Inn never got as much love as it should have. I'm not sure it's well-known enough in the D&D community, anyway.

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I'm not 100% up on my Durnan lore, but I always imagined he built the Yawning Portal over the ruins of Halaster's Tower because he had become tied to it in some way, beyond his desire to make money of people delving into the ruin. Perhaps Durnan's life-force was bound to something terrible in Undermountain during his delve, and so he's trying to keep himself alive so it isn't unleashed...

I agree keeping so many important folk from the Realms alive an extra century feels very artificial. But, they're normally very powerful and influential people with the means to prolong their lives if they so wished, so I'm not upset by this. As long as there's a good story there.

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Posted - 06 Jan 2017 :  02:20:50  Show Profile Send Irennan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm not upset either, at all. It was just an observation: they are doing all they can to dress the current era as the older ones.

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Posted - 06 Jan 2017 :  03:10:27  Show Profile Send KanzenAU a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Irennan

Halaster is back. They ran an UM adventure at some Con (can't remember which), and Halaster was back at the end.

Argh, I wish I could read this!

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I wish too. But I suspect that the 2nd 2017 storyline will be UM, so we won't have to wait much.

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