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Waterdeep: A Tail of Two Fishies


This is the PDF version. The Fantasy Grounds version is here.

This product has been updated to version 1.2 with some fixes and additions (see full changelog below).

Waterdeep: A Tail of Two Fishies is a comedic heist adventure to steal the Xanathar's goldfish Sylgar from right under the beholder's eyes.

This is a five-hour adventure for 1st to 4th level characters. When playing this adventure, expect to encounter any of the following: a talking goldfish, a table-flipping bugbear, a gnome with ichthyophobia, robot beholders, a disco dance floor, a giant slot machine, a book titled "Wizardry for Dummies," and a chance to steal from a laundry list of magical artifacts out of the Xanathar's personal treasury. This adventure works well as a one-shot or as part of a Waterdeep: Dragon Heist campaign, and there are instructions for inserting the adventure into any number of different places in Dragon Heist.

Xanathar's Guide to Civilization

In addition to the adventure itself, this product also includes a separate PDF called "Xanathar's Guide to Civilization," which is a player options supplement featuring options that work well in a city-based campaign, especially in Waterdeep. The supplement includes the following:

  • Three Subclasses:
    • The Duelist, a strategic fighter that shifts between different stances for different situations.
    • The Exorcist, a monk that specializes in banishing evil spirits and supernatural beings.
    • The Falconer, a ranger who bonds to a hunting bird and fixes many of the beastmaster's biggest problems.
  • Three Backgrounds:
    • Adventurer Fan - You worshipped a famous adventurer, and now you want to follow in their footsteps.
    • Agent of the Eye - You served the Xanathar Guild as a smuggler, an assassin, or a veterinarian.
    • Reformed Cultist - You were once a member of a horrific cult, and now must live with your dark past.
  • Eight Feats
  • And insightful commentary written by the Xanathar!

This adventure comes with the following files:

  • Waterdeep: A Tail of Two Fishies PDF - 45 pages of adventure, including six player handouts and three new magic items. Fully bookmarked.
  • Xanathar's Guide to Civilization PDF - 16 pages of player options, including three subclasses, three backgrounds, and eight feats. Fully bookmarked.
  • Three Maps - A battlemap, a dungeon map, and a map of Waterdeep. There are also gridless variants for the first two, and a no locations variant for the latter.


  • October 10, 2018:
    • Version 1.0:
      • Initial release.
  • November 6, 2018:
    • Version 1.1:
      • Minor text fixes for both documents.
      • ATTF: Added new suggestion for inserting adventure into chapter 4 of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.
      • XGtC: Changed hunting bird to use talons instead of beak.
      • XGtC: Added "Fantastic Beasts and How to Use Them" sidebar for Falconer.
  • November 27, 2018:
    • Version 1.2:
      • Art fixes and more text fixes for both documents.
      • XGtC: Hunting Bird now Dodges when not given an order.
      • XGtC: Exorcist's Spiritual Retaliation is now magical.
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John P December 05, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
I'm trying to locate Richard Gejji. If you are the same who was the DM at Origins Game Fair, running Adventure League games, I did not get your DCMI number for my log sheet. I know it's minor, but if there is anyway you can send me a private message or just reply here, I can update my logsheet and make it complete.
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Richard G December 05, 2018 11:12 pm UTC
One and the same.

Do you have an email I can contact you with? I don't believe dmsguild has private messaging.
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Bryan H November 12, 2018 4:54 pm UTC
I wanted to note, a lot of edits you made to the WOTC supplied images are 100% not kosher. The artwork is supplied without the rights to alter it. The cover of the first product, as well as the Xanathar image in the guide are altered in this way.

I would correct this.
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Michael Z November 14, 2018 6:27 am UTC
Ah, I wasn't aware of this. Will be corrected. Thanks for letting me know!
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Mazetar ' October 27, 2018 2:49 pm UTC
This seems like the perfect haloween adventure for my group, any chance the FG module will be ready for the weekend? :D
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Michael Z October 28, 2018 10:25 am UTC
Sadly not. I'm hoping to finish in maybe two weeks.
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Mazetar ' November 16, 2018 7:41 pm UTC
Is there a way to subscribe to you or something, such as to get a notification when you release a new product?
Like the FG version or mayhaps later some othe fun adventure? ❤️
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Michael Z November 28, 2018 3:44 am UTC
Sorry for the late response. The FG version is ready (link at top of page). I announce new releases on my Twitter account @YMichaelZhang if you want to follow that (I don't really tweet much else). I do have a few upcoming adventures that are likely to be posted around April of next year.
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Benjamin S October 20, 2018 7:35 am UTC
This looks awesome, any chance its going to become AL legal or is it already?
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Michael Z October 20, 2018 8:40 am UTC
We have no control over AL legality, so it's pretty unlikely unless the powers that be will it so.
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