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The Waterdeep Primer is a Dungeon Master's go to document to learn about or refresh their knowledge of the current state of Waterdeep. The primer is a summary, distillation and update of the AD&D, 3.5e, and 4e printings about Waterdeep. The Primer saves Dungeon Masters' time by reducing the amount of searching and reading needed to gain an up to date understanding of the current state of Waterdeep. The Primer will provide you will all you need to know to start creating your own adventures or campaigns in Waterdeep. Once a DM has a base understanding of Waterdeep, they can use the Waterdeep Primer to locate other DMs Guild products that provide more detail and useful tools for running an adventure or campaign in Waterdeep.

The 23-page Waterdeep Primer provides Dungeon Masters with an overview of Waterdeep's:

  • History
  • Geography and interesting locations
  • Government and legal system
  • Military and police organizations
  • Social groups and secret societies impacting Waterdeep's politics
  • and educational opportunities for citizens
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July 13th, 2021
I really enjoyed this primer. I've been reading A LOT of Waterdeep information and this one had a nice solid quick to the point angle that I enjoyed. 5 Stars. HOWEVER, I came across something in the Primer and I can't find anyhting on [...]
September 11th, 2018
The Waterdeep Primer is a good source for a simple, well, primer on the history of Waterdeep and a brief synopsis for each important area; wards, factions, government, etc. Most of the source material is from several years back, with the only recent re [...]
August 14th, 2018
The Waterdeep Primer is an excellent offering for those looking for a resource to get up to speed on the largest city in Faerun. It’s well written and succinct which is it’s most beneficial aspect. The City of Splendors is so rich and layered with [...]
August 5th, 2018
I am thrilled with this! Jason has done an excellent job with this synopsis of Waterdeep. It's concise and packed full of details. No rambling or long dissertations, just one well written detail after another. If you are going to run Waterdeep, [...]
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August 14, 2018
This title was added to our catalog on August 04, 2018.