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Waterdeep Background Hooks: A Dragon Heist supplement
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Waterdeep Background Hooks: A Dragon Heist supplement


Turbo charge your Waterdeep: Dragon Heist campaign – and maximise player engagement - with these 30+ background hooks that tie your PCs to the storyline's NPC cast with bonds of love, friendship, jealousy, prophecy, justice and revenge.

***SPOILER ALERT:*** This is a DM supplement, do not buy this, or even read the preview, if you're a PC about to play Dragon Heist... instead send your DM a link to this product (and give them 2 dollars!).

Why buy this product?

The best DMs use their PCs' back stories as one of the key driving forces in any campaign. However that's often difficult when playing a published adventure, when so much of the plot is already determined.

The goal of this product is to personalise Dragon Heist for your players, interlinking the PCs' and NPCs' back stories, so that the moment a villain (or potential ally) steps onto the stage the stakes are higher.

I hope it brings plenty of extra enjoyment to the already intriguing Waterdeep: Dragon Heist storyline!

What is a background hook exactly?

A background hook is something from the PC's back story that can be woven into a forthcoming adventure. This product suggests over thirty that will come back to help/haunt players as the events of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist unfold... check the preview to see examples.

What's included in this product?

  • Thirty background hooks (including at least one suggestion for every background type in the Player's Handbook).
  • A player handout of all the hooks, without the DM's Notes, which you can quickly share with players by copy and pasting into an email, or handout as a session zero, as you plan the campaign.

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Matthew K January 27, 2020 11:22 pm UTC
any possibility of a printer friendly version of this?
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Andrew R November 15, 2019 1:37 am UTC
Any chance of having a version that is solely the player info?
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Duncan R November 23, 2019 11:20 pm UTC
Hi Andrew, the player only version is built into the pdf. However if you want to separate it, you could do that very easily using this tool I believe...
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Samuel S May 12, 2019 6:50 pm UTC
Any chance you have hooks for the backgrounds in the Sword Coast Adventurers Guide?
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Duncan R May 19, 2019 5:03 pm UTC
Hi Samuel, I forgot about those at the time and haven't had the opportunity to go back and add them. If there's a specific background one of your PCs took let me know which one and I will see if I have any good ideas for you.
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Samuel S October 07, 2021 5:31 pm UTC
Sorry for the late response. I missed the notification on this. The two used in my campaign were Far Traveler and Inheritor. But there are some other interesting ones like City Watch and Urban Bounty Hunter.
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Mercedes L March 12, 2019 11:55 pm UTC
Could this be useful if we don't play Dragon Heist and just skip to Dungeon of the Mad Mage?
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Duncan R March 13, 2019 12:25 am UTC
Hi Mercedes... I haven't read DotMM, but I'm pretty sure it won't feature 90% of the NPCs in this product. As far as I know there's little relation between the two official adventures and this product of mine is very much tied to Dragon Heist, not DotMM. So I think it's very unlikely it can be of use to you.

If however you want some cool loot to stick in the Undermountain though, this book of mine could come in handy...
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