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Solve a brutal crime on the mean streets of Waterdeep in this madcap companion adventure for Xanathar's Guide to Everything!

This adventure was brought to you by D&D Adventurers League admin Lysa Chen and Tomb of Annihilation author Will Doyle, as part of the Guild Adepts program. The product also includes new player options and NPC villains for your campaigns.

Inside, you'll find:

  •  A thrilling murder mystery balanced for five 1st-level characters, with guidelines for scaling the adventure up to APL 4. The adventure is playable in 3-4 hours.

  • Two new NPC villains: the Rat King and the Lady of Plagues.

  • Three new player options: the Detective background, the Rat King archetype for rangers, and the Circle of Plagues archetype for druids. 

This product is now legal for play in the D&D Adventurers League, and has the following adventure code: DDHC-XGE-01.

PLEASE NOTE that the two class archetypes in "Appendix A" are NOT legal for use in Organized Play. You can use the Detective background. 

Version 1.3 notes: Fixed cipher wheel errors and provided solutions in adventure text. Provided higher res handouts as separate downloads. Provided version with watermark removed. Tweaked Circle of Plagues archetype.

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Cosmin J July 17, 2018 11:19 pm UTC
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Had the privilege of playing this at Montreal Comiccon with Will Doyle himself as DM.

Unlike other reviews I've read, our party was able to solve the puzzles fairly quickly; one of our players even solved the first cipher puzzle without the cipher!
It might be that these puzzles are harder than your average ones though, so please keep that in mind and be ready to help your players out if needed with hints or pushing them in the right direction!

Overall I really enjoyed it, there were many tense moments with the NPCs and the intrigue kept up until the end!

I'll definitely be running this at others events!
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Will D July 18, 2018 1:05 am UTC
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Thanks for the kind words, Cosmin! I had a blast playing with you!
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Philippe I July 17, 2018 5:11 am UTC
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Had the (huge!) chance to be part of this adventure, DMed by Will Doyle himself at the Montreal Comicon! Had great fun!

More intrigue and choices than the other AL adventures I read or played, interesting puzzle, good balance. Make sure you print the puzzle with good quality though, as it might comes out unclear and a bit smallish.

Strongly recommend!
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Will D July 18, 2018 1:07 am UTC
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Cheers, Philippe! It was a pleasure to run the game for you! I've added separate handout files to the bundle now so they should be easier to print!
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Xinyi C July 14, 2018 10:54 am UTC
Just played this module, and while certain parts were fun, our game ground to a complete halt because of the cipher puzzle. The instructions are wrong in certain places, and it got to the point that half the party was sitting around twiddling its thumbs while even the DM tried to solve the puzzle. It took us at least a full hour and really had a negative impact on the overall flow of the game. Our overall game time for a party of 6 4th level players was almost six hours and mostly due to that puzzle. Strongly suggest you check your cipher and the instructions!

Other than that, quite a fun module!
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Will D July 14, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
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Sorry to hear the puzzle slowed you down! Sometimes you need to read the wheel from outside in, and in other times from inside out - plus there is an error in one of the codes! I'm going to simplify it for the next update and provide solutions in the DM text.
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Will D July 18, 2018 1:07 am UTC
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Should be fixed now in the new update!
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Darion S July 06, 2018 3:31 pm UTC
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Is there any consideration of a clean, printer friendly version of this? The texturing of the background (while not as bad as some things) is awkward for some printers.
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Will D July 14, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
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I can certainly remove the background and provide that separately in the bundle.
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Will D July 18, 2018 1:07 am UTC
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Should be available now in the new update!
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Brian J July 06, 2018 3:58 am UTC
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Hi! Love the module, my players are going to LOVE it! Just curious- what is the minimum/maximum experience points for this adventure? Thank you!
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Darion S July 06, 2018 3:32 pm UTC
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Since you're asking about Min/Max XP, I'm going to assume for AL play. Since the adventure is coded as a Hardcover (DDHC), there is no minimum or maximum.
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Jack T July 05, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
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Is there any chance of getting the handouts as separate assets for me to use in Roll20?
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Will D July 05, 2018 1:22 pm UTC
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Definitely! I'm away this weekend but I'll try to update the package on my return.
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Will D July 18, 2018 1:08 am UTC
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Should be available now in the new update!
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Guy D July 05, 2018 8:41 am UTC
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For some reason it won't let me write a review even though I have purchased this.
***** 5 star, excellent module. Light on combat, but heavy in investigation and role playing. Smells like Cloaks and Shadows.
It took me three hours to run a group of 5 players through.
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Will D July 05, 2018 1:21 pm UTC
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Thanks, Guy! Glad you all had fun :)
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Marcello V June 25, 2018 5:30 am UTC
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I was wondering. The fill in the blank security questions were fun for my players, but they guessed at grapes. Was there supposed to be some sort of clue in the module to help players realize this? Maybe in the icebox in the Captain's Apartment? I did also notice that even three thugs was quite the challenge for an APL 1 party. Was that intentional right at the beginning of the module? I enjoyed the adventure immensely and so did my players, both online and at my FLGS. I added a little more Waterdeep flavor to prime players for season 8, but the module alone provides just enough to get their appetites sated! Thank you!
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Will D June 26, 2018 11:02 am UTC
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Hi Marcello! Thanks for running the adventure and glad you had fun. I did toy with putting grape seeds in the icebox alongside the cracker box and the cheese, but figured that players would be able to guess grapes once they'd received the other two clues. The thug fight isn't supposed to flatten the party: I may modify that in the next revision. Cheers!
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Jasmine L June 21, 2018 1:28 am UTC
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Is it safe to assume that the Circle of Plagues's Rite of Rebirth ability is intended to reset after a long rest? Also, is it supposed to combo so well with a bag of chickens?
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Will D June 21, 2018 1:57 am UTC
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Hi Jasmine! No, for simplicity's sake, Rite of Rebirth is an ongoing thing. Comboing with the bag of chickens is a good catch though: I'll change this to "enemy" rather than "living creature" in the next update.
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Jasmine L June 21, 2018 2:28 am UTC
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Better include language about the creature posing a threat to you or your allies, then. "Enemy" is pretty vague!
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Will D June 21, 2018 10:39 am UTC
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Fair point!
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Ekaterina L May 02, 2018 1:50 pm UTC
Will it be legal for DnD Adventurer's League one day? I adore investigation, esp. urban ones and I hoped for a long time that an adventure like this will be released! A pity I can't play it in Adventurer's League though :(
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Will D May 02, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
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Hi Ekaterina! All Guild Adept content is considered for AL approval, but it can take time. In this case, I can safely say that the subclasses won't ever be available, but the adventure could be one day.

In the meantime, I humbly recommend you check out my adventure "Cloaks and Shadows" if you haven't already! It's an urban investigation that in some ways inspired this one.
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Ekaterina L May 05, 2018 10:19 am UTC
oh I will wait for approval and yeah, I've played and DMed "Cloaks and Shadows" for about 5 times :) I think it is the best adventure ever written and I'm a bit sad cause I can't find anything with such a great plot! Thank you for that adventure very much!!! :)
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Will D May 08, 2018 9:21 am UTC
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Thank you for running it! :D
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Matthew P May 30, 2018 2:26 am UTC
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I got a Cloaks and Shadows vibe when I saw the preview for this. Excellent. Im going to buy it.
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Mike B June 20, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
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This was just in an email announcing that it was now legal for AL play with one caveat:

Note: Nothing from Appendix A, with the exception of the Detective Background, is legal for D&D Adventurers League play.
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Charles G June 21, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Awesome, what module code did it get?
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Will D June 21, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
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DDHC-XGE-01
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