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Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle Excerpts: Adv 2
The Cursed Crypts of Ambergul

Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle is a D&D Next preview and mini-campaign comprised of four thrilling adventures designed to advance characters from 1st level to 10th level. The book also contains everything a Dungeon Master needs to run the adventures, including D&D Next game rules developed during the massive public playtest, monster statistics, spell descriptions, magic item descriptions, and background information on the coastal town of Daggerford, where the campaign is based.

For players planning through the book's Daggerford campaign, here are the first words you may hear regarding the area:

Where to Begin

Every year around midsummer, the population of Daggerford swells as people come from up and down the Sword Coast to partake in the town’s annual festival of games. While merchants hawk their wares along crowded boulevards, crowds gather to witness all manner of contests, from archery and tug-o’-wars to wrestling and pie eating.

But alas, ill weather has dampened this year’s festivities. Torrential rain falls from thick black clouds as wild coastal winds howl through the darkened streets. Guests pack the local inns and taverns, hoping for some reprieve while keeping their spirits high with drinking games and music, but the storm has been relentless, and there’s no end in sight.

Not surprisingly, the storm has given rise to lots of gossip about recent events in town, namely the capture of a tattooed man believed to be a Red Wizard of Thay. What would a Red Wizard be doing so far from home, you ask? Well, according to the local gossipmongers, he was magically disguised and working for Lord Floshin as a gardener, of all things! That’s right, the same Lord Floshin whose estate was attacked and looted by orcs and half-orcs a fortnight ago. They say the Red Wizard was behind it, and that’s why he’s doomed to hang after the festival.

It’s a good thing Lord Floshin wasn’t home during the attack. He could’ve been captured and taken away by the orcs. That’s what happened to his servants, gods protect them! One can only imagine their horrible fate.

For Dungeon Masters, you'll also need to know the following background:

Daggerford Campaign

Daggerford is a small but important Sword Coast town where fledgling adventurers can make names for themselves. It’s a great starting point for a campaign because there’s so much territory around Daggerford to explore, and the town is within reasonable traveling distance of three very important cities: Neverwinter and Waterdeep to the north, and Baldur’s Gate to the south. In short, the Sword Coast is where the action is.

Players can choose from the pregenerated characters or create their own using the D&D Next rules. Some of the player characters might be lifelong residents of Daggerford or hail from farms or estates within the surrounding Delimbiyr Vale (also known as the Shining Valley). You can use the material in the “Town of Daggerford” section to help players flesh out interesting backstories for their local characters and forge ties with NPCs who can serve as mentors and trainers. Other characters might be travelers passing through town, on their way to some other destination when they are drawn to Daggerford by the promise of adventure.

Daggerford is, in many ways, the quintessential rural town, complete with monster-infested hills, spooky forests, ruined castles and mansions, and forlorn swamps. What makes Daggerford stand out are the colorful NPCs and the memorable dungeons that the player characters get to explore.

The first adventure in the campaign, Fane of the Sun Swallower, This adventure is designed for four to six 1st-level characters, and the adventuring party should reach at least 4th level by its conclusion.

DMs should read on. Players should be advised that they do so at the risk of knowing more than they should!

Adventure 2: The Cursed Crypts of Ambergul

DMs: Click here to read on....

Pre-orders have now officially opened for Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle. This exclusive Gen Con 2013 D&D Next preview will only be available to Gen Con attendees—but don’t wait until the convention. When you pre-order your copy of Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle you will also receive a free collectible D&D miniature designed by Gale Force Nine.