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Yawning Portal Campaign Guide: Volume 1


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Hammer, blade and three-pronged spear.

Weapons worthy of the greatest heroes.

Linked by fate through the ages .

Bane of Giantkind, protector of the Dankir.

Razor of the night, stealer of souls.

Pride of the Home Sought After, evangelist of the sea.

And so starts a heroic quest...

Tales from the Yawning Portal collects the greatest hits from the history of Dungeons and Dragons. The Yawning Portal Campaign guides contains a backstory, hooks and encounters to provide links and context to connect these adventures into an epically deadly and epically fun campaign.

Volume One contains the campaign hook and seven encounters for the Sunless Citadel and Forge of Fury. It also contains Safehouse, an original adventure that takes characters into a Cult of the Dragon safehouse.

The hooks and encounters in this volume can be used as part of a campaign, with individual adventures from Tales from the Yawning Portal, or as encounters in a treasure hunting campaign of your own design.

Note 09/12/17: This product was updated based on the reviews.  The first encounter was switched to adolescent orcs instead of kobolds so that it does not conflict with the Sunless Citadel plot!


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Philip W March 15, 2020 12:50 am UTC
Eric, Love the work, although a minor question. The Bandits! encounter on pp. 10-11 is a little confusing. I'm struggling to follow the text and the accompanying map. Looks like there's a few discrepancies with the monsters' numbering on the map versus the text. Any way to get some of that clarified?
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David V March 26, 2018 2:22 pm UTC
Just finished reading Volume 1 and I plan on using this for my next campaign.
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Eric B September 12, 2017 10:01 pm UTC
Volume 3 is done. Volumes 1-3 are also available as a bundle.
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Jonathan U September 27, 2017 12:55 pm UTC

I just purchased the Volume 1-3 bundle. I am a new DM and will be running this as my first campaign. Would you recommend a world map for this campaign?
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Eric B September 28, 2017 2:10 am UTC
Thanks! Let me know what you think...

I think this map set of the "North" would be perfect for the campaign. I think it has everything except for Chult.
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Jeffrey S November 05, 2017 1:38 am UTC
If you want any tips or advice on running this, im going through it now. My slow group is about to start part 2
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Eric B April 08, 2017 3:40 am UTC
Just a quick update. Volume 2 is about 1/2 way done. It will continue the story arc introduced in Volume 1 and include encounters and connections for Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, White Plume Mountain, and Dead in Thay. It also will include the "Cabinet of Curiosities" adventure as a lead in to Dead in Thay.
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Eric B April 25, 2017 2:42 am UTC
Volume 2 is now available!
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Jeffrey S June 05, 2017 2:19 am UTC
Any timeline on volume 3? Im running the yawning portal modules for my first campaign and your guide has been quite useful for linking everything together cleanly. Im confident I could write my own ending if I had to, but id like to see what you have in store for it
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Eric B June 09, 2017 6:20 pm UTC
I'm hoping for the end of June. Let me know if you need it earlier and I can send you my notes.
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