Friday, 6 January 2017

New D&D book taps into the old school


Wizards has just announced a new 5e book for April 2017 and, guys, it's a bit of a curve ball.

Tales from the Yawning Portal isn't the usual single module we're used to, but a mashup of several adventures from first and second edition D&D. So what have we got?

  • Against the Giants
  • Dead in Thay
  • Forge of Fury
  • Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan
  • Sunless Citadel
  • Tomb of Horrors
  • White Plume Mountain
I have to admit that being a player who started around 3e, I've not been through any of these, but it does seem like Wizards is trying to take a slice of that OSR pie. Who can blame them? They did release a 4e version of Tomb of Horrors some years back but I can't remember how well received that was. I do remember that it was a bit more 'Fouthcore' than all those other frankly woeful modules for the edition.

My first thoughts are whether it would be cheaper to buy the modules separately and just re-stat yourself, but I suppose this does save time having everything done for you. 

The book will take players from levels 1-15.