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This folio of game handouts provides the front pages of 13 newspapers, broadsheets and scandal rags found in the City of Splendors. As handouts, they serve as table props and boost the game atmosphere for your sessions. The stories and headlines on these pages can provide adventure ideas that can take place alongside Waterdeep Dragon Heist.

Let Volo be your guide:

Volothamp Geddarm -- Waterdeep's erstwhile narrator -- is your guide to the ins and outs of the publishing business, the low-down on the owners, editors and rivals involved in Waterdeep's most popular and influencial publications.

Reporters at the DM's fingertips 

A chart allows a DM to randomly roll up reporters and correspondents that can be used as NPCs in your game.


One map shows the layout of a typical newspaper office in Waterdeep. A city map shows the locations of the publications mentioned in this product. 

About the author: 
Troy E. Taylor has been writing and editing for roleplaying games since 2005. His publishing credits include Dragon magazine, Kobold Press and Engine Publishing. Since 2008 he has been a regular contributor to the multi-Ennie winning GM advice site, Gnome Stew.

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philip L June 14, 2019 5:24 pm UTC
Brilliant resource. Really awesome......adds so much flavour. Thank you so much. It makes waterdeep come alive.
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Jeff J January 07, 2019 1:39 am UTC
Would it be possible to get a version that is not set in Waterdeep. I m pretty much running Dragonheist in a home brew world and would love to use your stuff but it only needs the name changed of the city basically.
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Jordan S January 02, 2019 8:57 pm UTC
A helpful product.

One thing I'd really like to see is a larger map of the newspaper office. I'm planning on putting together a short "heist" where the party has to infiltrate the office, and it would be nice if I had this map as an 8.5x11 that I could hand out tot he players.
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Troy T January 03, 2019 8:53 pm UTC
I don't know if you can make the map hold its resolution that size, but here is the link to the source material. It is a free download here on the guild.
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Jean-Luc C October 10, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Would it be okay if I referenced your document for a Waterdeep "Running a Business" doc? I'd summarize each paper in a single sentence based on your descriptions, and have a link to this page. Thank you.
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Troy T October 10, 2018 9:49 pm UTC
Yes, that would be fine. Thanks for reading.
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September 12, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
This is great (****), I would love (*****) if I could also create news myself via a template, then I can interject story hooks and leads to my own campaign. Via a template of a newspaper.
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Karl A September 12, 2018 12:37 am UTC
I like all of the stuff in this - will stop me doing a lot of double up on my own prep. The one thing I think would add to it would be to add templates for the various newssheets - to make it easier to make up my own versions, to reference things that have happened in my game.
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Troy T September 12, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
That's an interesting idea, at least to explore. It includes a couple of hurdles: embedding fonts is the first, something I presently have no expertise; the second is whether a template created with the application I use for document creation has universal utility; my understanding is that it does not.
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Nicholas M April 29, 2019 4:46 pm UTC
What do you use?
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Troy T April 29, 2019 9:21 pm UTC
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