Dragon Heist: The Waterdeep Experience
Dungeons & Dragons 5e on Discord
About the adventure
Welcome to Waterdeep, The City of Splendors! You are part of a group of adventurers looking to cut your teeth and maybe even make a home in one of the most beautiful cities in the North. Rumor has it that there's a giant stash of gold lurking somewhere in the city. Will you be the one to find it? Or will one of Waterdeep's many villains get there first? Designed for characters starting at 1st level and going through at least 5th level, Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is fun, light-hearted, and fast-paced but still full of plenty of sandbox opportunities to make this sprawling city your own. Will you get caught up in the warring factions hiding in the city's alleyways and sewers? Will you open a business and gain the support (or ire) of Waterdeep's many guilds? The choice is yours!
How to prepare
For gameplay, you'll need a webcam and mic (your default phone or computer cam and mic are fine) as well as Discord, which will host our voice/video/text. I understand that some people prefer to not to use video, so if that's you, I'm totally fine with that. We'll be using theater of the mind for encounters, although I may pass along maps for reference in some cases. Please provide your own method for rolling dice. For creating characters, you'll need to use D&D Beyond to create a digital character sheet. However, I will be able to share paid D&D Beyond content with you in advance to broaden your character building options. Once you have this digital character sheet, you can use it to keep track of spells, abilities, items, and gold. If you have a Player's Handbook and any other books, feel free to have them with you for reference, but they won't be necessary. And have something to take notes in case there are things you want to remember from session to session.
What I provide
I will provide all players with paid content from D&D Beyond to create character sheets in advance. I'll also provide information about getting set up in Discord if you require assistance.
Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is a published adventure from Wizards of the Coast. It's the perfect game for new players as you jump right into the action with 1st level characters. At the same time, Waterdeep is a sandbox of things to do, allowing for even seasoned veterans of D&D to have an amazing adventure. In addition to the story outlined in the book (which includes both a linear plot as well as many player-driven twists and turns that make the story unpredictable), I will work with players to ensure that each character's personal backstory is woven into the game to create a truly unique and tailored experience. To help ensure that every player is comfortable and having a great time as we traverse the city of Waterdeep, I'll be setting lines and veils prior to the start of gameplay with each player to ensure maximum comfort. These lines and veils will inform gameplay and ensure the ability to "fade to black" whenever needed. During the session, we'll be employing X, N, and O signals in chat as needed. We'll also be ending each session with a brief Highlight Reel and Wrap Session to discuss the game session and ensure fun and engaging future sessions.
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How will character creation work
During the first game session, we will kick things off with a brief session zero where players can select their character and form a cohesive unit before jumping into the story. Any races, backgrounds, and subclasses from officially published Wizards of the Coast 5e source books or adventures are acceptable. I can also provide pre-designed character sheets for anyone who needs them.
Players can expect
- Combat/Tactics: Medium
- Roleplay: High
- Puzzles: Medium
- Experience Level: Open to all
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