Close
Close
Advanced Search

A Friend in Need - a Waterdeep: Dragon Heist DM's Resource
Quick Preview
/gs_flipbook/flip.php?xml=/demo_xml/253110.xml&w=500&h=354

A Friend in Need - a Waterdeep: Dragon Heist DM's Resource

ADD TO WISHLIST >
PDF
$2.54 
$2.99

 Friend in Need - a Waterdeep: Dragon Heist DM's Resource

The goal of this document is to provide you, the Dungeon Master, with tools and thoughts that'll help you make Chapter 1 of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist more exciting for your players and easier for you to run. This download includes: 

  • Before We Begin - A discussion about choosing a villain, including a brief review of each, as well as a quick guide to understanding the Zhentarim.
  • Enhancing Chapter 1 - Fleshed out ideas on how to run and enhance the events Chapter 1: A Friend in Need, so you get the most out of the chapter.
  • DM's Notes - a single page of condensed notes for the entire chapter, that'll save you from flipping through the campaign book at the table.
  • Monster Stats - the statistics for each enemy in Chapter 1: A Friend in Need, conveniently put together on the same pages.
  • Maps - a map for The Yawning Portal, a map for the Zhentarim Hideout and a map for the Xanathar Guild Hideout all primed for use on digital tabletops.
Zhentarim Hideout Map Preview:
Zhentarim Hideout

Xanathar Guild Hideout Map Preview:
Xanathar Guild Hideout
Update 1.1. Added section 'Before We Begin' on page 1 on the document. Rest of the document largely unchanged.
Update 1.2. Additional proofreading, fixing typos and grammatical errors.
Update 1.3. Added Zhentarim Hideout and Xanathar Guild Hideout maps to the download.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Complete DM's Bundle

You can now purchase this product as well as all our other supplements for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist in one complete bundle and save at least 25% on all products:

Complete DM's Bundle

Valeur RPG

If you like this product, please leave a review – they help us more than you'd think! Also, feel free to check out our other products:

Featured Product:

Heroes of Saltmarsh I

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Book of Vile VicesA Friend in NeedTrollskull AlleyTrollskull AlleyDragon SeasonGray HandsZhentarimXanathar

Compendiums, Rules & Player Options

Book of Vile VicesBook of ShadowsBook of the DeadInjury ManualThe Forest

Storm King's Thunder

A Great UpheavalA Great UpheavalBryn ShanderGoldenfieldsTriboarGrudd HaugThe Chosen PathDoom of the DesertThe Flying MisfortuneKraken's GambleMap Pack 1Amphail

Adventures & Sidequests

Mystra’s SecretA Traitor in Our Midst

 
 More from this Title's Contributors
 
 Customers Who Bought this Title also Purchased
Reviews (11)
Discussions (11)
Customer avatar
Daniel L April 04, 2019 5:02 pm UTC
PURCHASER
This product is top-notch. My favourite part of this series of supplements (and I've purchased several) is the convenient consolidation of monster and NPC stat blocks on the last few pages of the PDF. Can you share what authoring tool or template you are using to generate/format these stat blocks? I would like to be able to create something similar for encounters that are not covered in your series of supplements, or for which the stat block have been omitted due to size/complexity (e.g. Chapter 4).
Customer avatar
Valeur R April 05, 2019 5:56 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Daniel

Of course! I'm using a genius - and free - tool on www.critterdb.com, which creates statblocks through an easy step-by-step process (and even has most of the OpenSRD monsters already made!). These statblocks can then be exported to a D&D layouter like www.gmbinder.com or www.homebrewery.naturalcrit.com, where you can print them or just store them digitally. It takes a while to do, but it's certainly something anyone can do :)

I hope that helps, and thanks for the kind words!
Customer avatar
Benjamin A March 27, 2019 5:32 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Are the maps full-scale and printable or are the only digital?
Customer avatar
Valeur R April 05, 2019 5:57 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Benjamin

Sorry for my late reply. The maps are digital, but they're printable in the sense that you'll have to prepare and format them for print on your own (I have no great experience with this, although I know it's certainly possible).

Best regards :)
Customer avatar
christopher V March 20, 2019 2:41 am UTC
PURCHASER
Hi there! This is an amazing product and I cant wait to use this. I would like to print the maps but I dont know how to make sure they print at the proper scale. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Customer avatar
Valeur R April 05, 2019 5:57 am UTC
CREATOR
Hello Christopher

Sorry for the late reply - I've answered your email on the topic :)
Customer avatar
Marijus L March 05, 2019 6:39 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Is it possible to get all dragon heist stuff as one bundle?
Customer avatar
Valeur R March 05, 2019 9:40 pm UTC
CREATOR
We've just finished our work for the Zhentarim, and are in the process of putting it together. It takes a little while, but I'm cautiously optimistic that we can have it up within the next few days :).

Best regards
Customer avatar
Valeur R March 06, 2019 10:53 am UTC
CREATOR
The bundle is up, you can find it here: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/268461 :)

Customer avatar
Jonathan W February 22, 2019 12:44 am UTC
PURCHASER
Really like the maps and suggestions. I'm going to use some, for sure. That said, I noticed a couple of things you might want to include:

1. Xanathar Bandits are missing a "Fist" attack, though the book describes them as punching Yagra.

2. Yagra Stonefist's stat block is missing darkvision 60 feet, her half-orc Relentless Endurance trait, you have "half-orc" for a language instead of "orc", and you don't have a "Fist" attack action which would be helpful since she's probably not swinging a weapon in public.

3. The troll's current hit points are 44, though it's good to continue showing the maximum as 84, since it can regenerate.

Thanks for putting this together!
Customer avatar
Valeur R February 22, 2019 8:52 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Jonathan

Really appreciate the constructive remarks :)

1. Unarmed attacks like this are not usually included, but you're definitely right that it would be a good inclusion. I'm adding them now – thanks for the suggestion!

2. That's an oversight on my part, it's being fixed as well :)

3. I see your point, but I think it'll cause less confusion to keep this at 84.

Thank you purchasing and taking the time to offer helpful advice.
Customer avatar
Bruce G February 13, 2019 10:45 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Only thing that seems to be missing is the Gazer stats?
Customer avatar
Valeur R February 22, 2019 8:48 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Bruce

You're absolutely right – that's an oversight on my part. Adding it now :)

Thank you!
Customer avatar
Mathew M December 05, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Hi! Really interested in this and all of your Dragon Heist resources. I was wondering if you had considered possibly selling them in a bundle?
Customer avatar
Valeur R December 07, 2018 8:53 am UTC
CREATOR
Hi Mathew

Thanks for your interest, really appreciate it :)

Actually, yes. Unfortunately I have some family issues at the moment, so I haven't really had the opportunity, but I hope to have both a bundle and some new content out before the holidays.
Customer avatar
Colm S March 03, 2019 7:53 am UTC
PURCHASER
I hope you family is ok.

If you are able I would also be interested in buying these in a bundle.
Customer avatar
Valeur R March 05, 2019 9:41 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi Colm

Thank you, everything's fine now, luckily – and I'm terribly sorry the bundle has been so delayed. I'm in the process of putting it together now and am hoping to have it out before the weekend! :)
Customer avatar
Valeur R March 06, 2019 10:53 am UTC
CREATOR
We've created a bundle now, you can find it here: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/268461 :)
Customer avatar
David E October 22, 2018 4:55 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Love these! Great ideas and the maps on your page are fantastic for online play. Using them in roll20, just takes a little time to set up tokens and dynamic lighting. TOTALLY a steal at $1.99. Thanks!
Customer avatar
Valeur R October 22, 2018 6:22 pm UTC
CREATOR
Thanks a lot! Really appreciate it :)
Customer avatar
Gage C October 16, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
PURCHASER
This is a great resource! I just read the campaign before we start running it this weekend and was thinking it could use abit of enhancement! Thanks so much! I just purchased this and trollskull alley and I will be purchasing fireball soon!
Customer avatar
Valeur R October 22, 2018 6:22 pm UTC
CREATOR
I'm happy you like it! Thank you for the support :)
Customer avatar
Michael M September 29, 2018 11:33 pm UTC
PURCHASER
This is a wonderful tool for newbie DM's thank you.
Customer avatar
Valeur R October 22, 2018 6:22 pm UTC
CREATOR
Glad I can help - and thanks for the kind comment! :)
Customer avatar
September 28, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
PURCHASER
More to come I hope?!
Customer avatar
Valeur R September 28, 2018 8:30 pm UTC
CREATOR
If you're talking about more material for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, we're working (hard) on it! Expect something within the week (hopefully before the next session!) :)
Customer avatar
Jean-Luc C October 03, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
I'm currently working on building rules for Chapter 2, not sure if you're interested Valeur R.
Customer avatar
Valeur R October 03, 2018 6:37 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hello Jean-Luc

I'm putting the finishing touches on my own document on Chapter 2, should be out before the weekend. But of course I'm always open to inspiration - two heads are always better than one :).
Narrow Results
 Follow Your Favorites!
NotificationsSign in to get custom notifications of new products!









Product Information
Mithral seller
Community Content
Author(s)
Artist(s)
Rules Edition(s)
Pages
11
Format
Original electronic
Scanned image
These products were created by scanning an original printed edition. Most older books are in scanned image format because original digital layout files never existed or were no longer available from the publisher.

For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. The result of this OCR process is placed invisibly behind the picture of each scanned page, to allow for text searching. However, any text in a given book set on a graphical background or in handwritten fonts would most likely not be picked up by the OCR software, and is therefore not searchable. Also, a few larger books may be resampled to fit into the system, and may not have this searchable text background.

For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
Original electronic format
These ebooks were created from the original electronic layout files, and therefore are fully text searchable. Also, their file size tends to be smaller than scanned image books. Most newer books are in the original electronic format. Both download and print editions of such books should be high quality.
File Last Updated:
February 22, 2019
This title was added to our catalog on September 23, 2018.