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A Guide to Tyranny of Dragons

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A Guide to Tyranny of Dragons is designed to help Dungeon Masters prepare to run both Hoard of the Dragon Queen and Rise of Tiamat. Inside you will find notes on every chapter, ways to link things together, clarifications on confusing sections, breakdowns of the Council of Waterdeep and that long journey in Hoard of the Dragon Queen.

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Jerry T July 24, 2020 3:30 am UTC
I found a lot of this very helpful. One thing I will say, though:

You talk about how you reduced Tiamat's strength. I would not recommend this. I would only reduce Tiamat as much as the players manage by disrupting the ritual. If they don't accomplish enough, she comes through at full strength. She is a god, and should feel like one.

My plan is this:
Tiamat will come through as powerful as she can with the detriments applied. The players will almost certainly die. When they do, I will then flash forward in time about a year, when they'll be resurrected by a group of their allies from the Council of Waterdeep in a world in which chromatic dragons now reign supreme.
The remaining council members will have found an ally, a sage from Chult who has unearthed rumors of a powerful artifact once wielded by the champion of Bahamut, a weapon that acted as a last resort against Tiamat. The sage believes that the tomb lies somewhere within the Mistcliff Mountains in Chult.
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Rafael Q May 23, 2020 10:58 pm UTC
Is this guide compatible with the relaunch of the Tyranny of Dragons by WotC?

I only ask because I was told they reworked adventure balance and included errata and other stuff.
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Badger B March 29, 2022 11:57 am UTC
Sorry the author hasn't responded.

WoTC changed very little in the end regarding the adventure. Fized a few typos and simplified a few encounters bbut by and large its the same.
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Albert L July 07, 2018 6:21 am UTC
"Where the eggs came from is never answered. There is a black dragon in the Mere of Dead Men named Voaraghamanthar who is discussed in episode 6." ...being spied on by dragon mask lady with the castle telescope. They obviously stole the eggs from him or they wouldn't need to spy on him.

I would also point out the green dragon is liberating the elves from the tyranny of racist royalty.

The title of the setting is a red herring, it's actually Tyranny On Dragons, it's the lords of Waterdeep who are the tyrants. BTW, spoiler alert.
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Terrelle S June 29, 2018 3:02 am UTC
Yes, i have been following your guide and it has really help bring clarity and given me inspiration on running this adventure. Thanks!
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Brian S August 20, 2016 8:31 pm UTC
Nice work, this will definitely be of help in running these adventures.

Please note that there are typos on page 6, paragraph 5. Both sentences here have errors.
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Rik V December 10, 2016 11:46 am UTC
To expand on that, there is also a typo in the next paragraph. (payers instead of players).

Other then that this is a very helpful guide to make the running of this adventure both easier and more fun.
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