Hoard of the Dragon Queen
My exploration of the new 5th Edition Dungeon and Dragons continues. Today I am looking at the mega-module Hoard of the Dragon Queen (D&D Adventure). With a price tag of $29.95 I was a little afraid to buy it. Having looked it over my fear have been abated and I have discovered a book worthy of any gamer’s collection.The module weighs in at 94 heavy duty pages and a solid hard cover binding. I have no fear that this book will outlive 5E as its solid construction is worth the $30 price tag alone.
The adventure is set in the campaign setting of the Forgotten Realms. This is a great fit for me as I have always seen the Forgotten Realms as the most compelte game setting on the market. You can draw from every era of Dungeons and Dragons and every form of media including the game books, novels, and video games for this world. The setting is very familiar and easily drew me in. It is written well enough that it can be drawn into other fantasy settings without difficulty. As the Hoard of the Dragon Queen is the first of two installments for the Tyranny of Dragons story arc, it ends in a manner that sets you up for part two but can be played as a stand alone series of adventures. I really liked this and give the writers kudos for pulling it off so nicely.
The story is divided into eight episodes that are designed to be one nighters. This means you can complete the story over eight or nine evenings if your players can stay on target. One of the nice things about this book is the fact that it can be played by itself with a couple of free downloads. This means that you can try out the 5th edition Dungeon and Dragons with a serious campaign and only spend a mere 30 bucks. That is fraking awesome in the extreme. The two supplements you will need are the free Basic Rules PDF download and the free Hoard of the Dragon Queen Online Supplement.
So lets take a quick look at what your thirty bucks gets you.:
Two free downloads with enough information to get you started as a player of 5th edition Dungeon and Dragons.
Awesome artwork and maps in the extreme
Eight Episodes and literally a campaign to run your players on
A village under attack to get the dice rolling and a giant’s castle floating int he sky to round things off.
Winged Kobolds, dragons, and tons of other monsters to keep your players on their toes.
XP rules or simplistic methods to upgrade characters at the end of each episode.
Is this supplement worth the money? Absolutely. It is one of the best gaming investments in years and it has truly sparked my old school memories of what Dungeon and Dragons was all about. Go see for yourself and you will be doing the kobold dance in the streets as you discover the joy that I have found in this Hoard of the Dragon Queen (D&D Adventure)
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