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Mystery's Afoot in D&D's Newest Release

Today, Dungeons & Dragons confirmed what had been teased for almost a week: Candlekeep Mysteries!

Candlekeep is the great library near Baldur's Gate (and featured prominently both in the BG computer games and Descent Into Avernus). In order to enter, an aspirant needs to provide a book or work that the library doesn't have.

Candlekeep Mysteries, the supplement, is in some ways similar in concept to Ghosts of Saltmarsh. A series of adventures, similar, but not connected. Candlekeep contains 17 one-shot adventures for characters levels 1-16.

On theme, each adventure starts with a book, which leads to a quest, which leads to adventure. Likely there'll be some mystery involved...but that's just a guess. The book will also include a detailed poster map of the library and a gazeteer of Candlekeep and its inhabitants.

Perhaps the most intriguing thing about Candlekeep Mysteries, is that the adventures are written by a diverse group of authors! Many of whom are streamers, content creators, or RPG writers. Many of their names will likely be familiar to you: Mark "Sherlock" Hulmes, Kelly Lynne D'angelo, Chris Perkins and others.

It's perhaps the largest introduction of new-blood into officially printed material for D&D ever. Giving talented people a platform to ply their trade is a worthwhile endeavour and only strengthens our hobby. It doesn't hurt that most of the writers seem like cool people, as well.

As usual, the book will be produced in two formats, the mass-market edition, and the game store exclusive soft-touch finish edition pictured here.

It sounds like you should be able to plug these adventures into any setting, including of course, the Forgotten Realms.

Candlekeep Mysteries is scheduled to release on March 16th, 2021.


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