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"The FANTASY GROUNDS version is now available!"

"This adventure is written in an excellent manner, full of engaging narrative elements and with great care to detail. I find the narrative intertwines perfectly with the combats to create a good balance of story beats, without the presence of empty encounters. Personally, I consider this adventure to be of better quality than the Starter Set." Filippo M.

"This adventure is an excellent snag for anyone looking to grab a newer and more mature intro to D&D. As I was reading it, I kept getting feelings of Warcraft II, Diablo, Wheel of Time, The Black Cauldron, and other classical fantasy books and video games. With excellent layout, well-balanced combat and roleplay encounters, and a cast of NPCs that truly make the players want to connect and get invested in the adventure; Marco has done a great job of taking those features of European game-making - heavy storytelling, heavy action, heavy adventure, and close attention to visuals - to the greater D&D world." Cameron D.

"This is a fantastic adventure if you are looking for something a bit more mature than the Lost Mines of Phandelver to start your dnd adventure" Brad R.

The Second Black Dawn has reached the "Platinum Best Seller"! Thanks to all those who have allowed this goal to be realized!

The Second Black Dawn is coming ...
The king is missing. Hordes of undead spread across the kingdom like a plague. Outlaws attack and pillage defenseless villages. A party of adventurers is called upon to explore the region and investigate the mysterious disappearance of the king... In this epic adventure, fierce combat alternates with exploration and investigation, in scenes brimming with adrenaline and mystery. Travel through the dangerous lands of a previously unexplored kingdom!

Main features:

- A detailed 55-page adventure, echoing the style and graphics of official Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition products.

- A compelling, dark adventure estimated to last over 30 hours of gameplay and bring the characters from 1st to 5th level.

- Five new monsters and a new weapon – the goblin bill hook.

- Numerous maps included.

- Illustrations carefully chosen to enhance the text of the adventure.

- Random encounters designed specifically to integrate with the tone of the adventure.

- Advice for the DM throughout the adventure to create a more engaging gaming

- A list of songs suitable for use as a soundtrack to accompany the adventure, to
engage the players and emphasize the adventure's atmosphere.

- Four pre-generated characters usable for the adventure.

- Hypertext links in both the index and the text and bookmarks included.

- An optimized PDF also available in a printer-friendly version, for eco-friendly printing.

Find out what is bringing the kingdom to its knees... before it’s too late!

Content Warnings for the adventures in this volume:
Sexism, Violence, Dark Horror, Corpses, War, Assault, Murder, Torture, Abuse, Lies, Threat, Manipulation.

Introduzione della Seconda Alba Nera

Major changes in version 1.1
- Fixed some typos.
- New beautiful map of the Kingdom (Created by Brad Roeger)
- New Cover

You can play Inquisitor in this campaign, you find here:

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Francis D June 06, 2021 5:03 am UTC
Any updates on the next module?
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Marco B June 14, 2021 11:14 am UTC
Thanks for your interest! I hope to be able to release it by the end of July.
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damon J November 29, 2020 9:53 pm UTC
Fantastic work! Where does the work on the second part stand? I am eager to get it. Thanks for your hard work.
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Marco B November 29, 2020 9:55 pm UTC
Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it! The War for the Throne is in writing, I hope I can get it out on dmsguild as soon as possible!
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Nick K May 15, 2020 9:13 pm UTC
Any chance to see the second part of the adventure "The War for the Throne"?
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Marco B May 15, 2020 9:15 pm UTC
Hello, thanks for the question! Unfortunately various duties have prevented me from continuing steadily, but I am in the process of writing and I will make sure to get it out as soon as possible.
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Leiden R March 11, 2020 12:29 am UTC
Any chance we can get a list of sources or file for all the maps in this adventure? I'd love to get them for VTT use.
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Marco B March 11, 2020 1:31 pm UTC
hello, another user had asked me, I will do it this week. But if you use Fantasy Ground, you find here the version for it:
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Marco B March 11, 2020 1:41 pm UTC
Maps are uploaded!
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Leiden R March 12, 2020 12:05 am UTC
Awesome! Thank you Marco!!
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Christopher R March 10, 2020 2:25 pm UTC
How hard would it be to adapt this adventure to the Forgotten Realms? If you have a suggestion, I'd be glad to hear it. Thanks.
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Marco B March 10, 2020 2:37 pm UTC
Hi, no, I think you can take the generic setting information from the adventure and adapt it to the places and locations of FR setting. Changing the names and places of the adventure to something more fitting to FR setting should be easy enough.
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William S February 01, 2020 3:37 pm UTC
My group is having a lot of fun with this. Very well put together.

The maps are a little hard to use, you'll need to get a PDF editor to extract the pictures, and some of them just refuse to fit into roll20's grid. I feel it could be improved with another zip file of all of the maps as separate files as part of the download.
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Marco B February 01, 2020 3:39 pm UTC
Thanks, the second chapter is being written! You're right, soon I will make an update where I will put all the maps in a folder!
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William S February 01, 2020 4:16 pm UTC
Excellent, I look forward to it. Great job with your story and setup, I have a few first-timers in my group and they're absorbed!
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Marco B March 11, 2020 1:42 pm UTC
Thanks! Maps are uploaded!
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Guilherme S November 07, 2019 6:32 pm UTC
What a awesome adventure and kickass art!
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Marco B November 07, 2019 8:11 pm UTC
Ty! I hope for Christmas to release "The War for the Throne", the second chapter of the Saga!
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Mario R August 19, 2019 9:12 pm UTC
Great Story, perfect for new players, im runing it with a roup of 8, so i have to create more challenging encounters, but they are loving the story, i cant wait till they arrive to the zombie dragon...when will you release the second part?
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Marco B August 19, 2019 10:16 pm UTC
Ty for your support Mario, I'm glad you enjoyed it! It should be out by the end of December.
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Steven L August 18, 2019 8:47 am UTC
I have downloaded the PDF, but the file has no maps, no art - just text.
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Marco B August 18, 2019 9:38 am UTC
Hi, you should find 2 different files: 1 is Black and White, with only text; the other is original adventure with 55 full color pages. You should download both.
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Steven L August 18, 2019 10:59 am UTC
Nevermind, the file was corrupted. Redownloaded at a new location and it's fine.
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Marco B August 18, 2019 6:01 pm UTC
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Trung P July 18, 2019 5:00 pm UTC
i started playing DnD as a DM last month and i am so glad that the author introduces me to this well suited beginner campaign for both DM and PCs.
- Firstly, the first part of the this campaign which covers how to run the game is extremely detailed from adventure theme, advices for dungeon master.
- Secondly, The campaign has an interesting opening, hooking the PCs through the desolation of the people and malevolent force of the BBEG.
- Thirdly, the author took his time preparing certain lines for NPC when enquired about quest related questions, which newbie DM does not need to prepare so much in advanced to roleplay the NPC (of course, DM can improv still). Speaking of roleplaying NPC, The author also gives depth to the factions (their belief, rule, etc). Although the descriptions are quite lengthy, i find it wonderfully written.
- detailed description which matches the battle maps.
In conclusion, i absolutely love this one because it is very dm friendly campaign and suited for...See more
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Robert R June 24, 2019 3:58 am UTC
Before I delve too far into this adventure, I just want to say that the layout, art (whether stock or not) and placement of this adventure is spot on. It is as professional as any independent handbook I’ve seen and is very true to 5E’s style. What’s more impressive is that the author took the time to have this Italian adventure translated into English and its amazing to see the setup to an adventure from someone from a different country because they way they design an encounter and the way they layout a game is different than the usual ones seen in most adventures.

At first, this adventure might seem like a very straightforward adventure in pretty much an D&D setting that is out there, but once you get deeper into the game (and beyond level 3) you really start to see it branch off into a darker and deeper role-playing experience.
I don’t want to give away details about this adventure because I think its worth a buy and I’d hate to spoil anything, but here are a few things that...See more
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