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Prepare for Assault!

The next D&D Lair Assault begins March 1st, continuing the latest Wizards Play Network program! If you’re not yet familiar with D&D Lair Assault, you’ll need to steel yourself for the challenge:

If you think you have what it takes to brave the fiercest foes, fight the toughest battles, and conquer the vilest enemies, we have a new Dungeons & Dragons play experience for you! Gather your master tacticians and rules experts together to kick down the dungeon doors and begin the assault! D&D Lair Assault is a new Wizards Play Network in-store program that pits tactically-minded players against a super challenge where the difference between victory and defeat is dependent upon your game knowledge, ability to adapt, and a little bit of luck.

You'll pit your wits against some of the most difficult encounters you've ever played. Each challenge is a mega-encounter that plays in just a few hours, but many will need to make more than one run at it in pursuit of victory. D&D Lair Assault challenges are available for a few months, and stores can schedule their sessions at any time during that period.

For players, think of D&D Lair Assault as an ultra-challenging encounter designed to be played in a single game session. Odds are the player characters will be annihilated, but that’s part of the fun!

For DMs, not only will it be your job to challenge the player characters, but also to kill them outright—all in good fun, of course. (Make sure your players know that!) Don’t play favorites or fudge die rolls, however. The encounter is difficult enough that you can let the dice fall where they may. Only the most clever and canny adventuring party has any hope of survival.

As you prepare, we wanted to set the stage for what you’ll soon be facing! Greg Bilsland and Matt James designed our latest D&D Lair Assault:

Attack of the Tyrantclaw

A dryad druid named Hyacinth has recently learned of a ruined village called Tanaroa on the shores of the mysterious Isle of Dread. Now she hopes to land there and delve into the ruins of this long-ago society. She has chartered a ship to the island and hired adventurers to protect her. The job won’t be easy, for a savage clan of orcs called the Tyrantclaw dwells on the island, along with great reptilian beasts.

As you start your assault, here are the first words you’ll hear:

You have been contracted to protect an intrepid druid named Hyacinth. It’s a little odd working for a dryad, but the pay is good, and she assures you that your help is essential to her mission.

As for the mission, it’s no less than an expedition to the mysterious Isle of Dread. Hyacinth needs your help reaching a powerful obelisk deep in the jungle. She has said that she needs your protection while she performs a ritual at the obelisk, which will lay bare the secrets of the powerful transformation magic that the island’s natives once used. The only hitch: The island is home to a host of terrible creatures, including dinosaurs and a tribe of savage orcs known as the Tyrantclaw.

Hyacinth has provided you with a selection of resources to aid in the expedition. Choose wisely, because it could mean the difference between life and death.

Character Creation

A final reminder on characters: Players should create characters of 6th level, using any official 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons sources (print products available in stores or anything currently available in the D&D Character Builder, including material such as themes and backgrounds). Players can also use D&D Fortune Cards during the challenge.

A character has three magic items, one of 5th level or lower, one of 6th level or lower, and one of 7th level or lower. Note: You may only have one rare item. The player also has 1,000 gp to spend on other items, only two of which can be consumables. The consumables must be of the character’s level or lower.

Going into this challenge, players should understand that the encounter is intentionally challenging, and characters and parties optimized for success are the most likely to succeed. Some players might know details about the challenge from previous sessions, which they are free to share with other players.

For more information, be sure to consult the official D&D Lair Assault event page!

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