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Play alone or with friends! For characters of 1st to 3rd level.

What begins as a simple job for the oddball wizard Shandalar leads to a heart-pounding romp through the fey-haunted Cloakwood and into the fiery depths of Avernus! Do you have what it takes to escape hell? And just how far will you be willing to go to return home again?

To Hell and Back Again is the perfect adventure for new players and veterans looking to experience Dungeons & Dragons in a new way! It's written as a solo adventure, where choices have gigantic consequences, but it also provides balanced rules to play with a group or a Dungeon Master as well! This 80 page adventure features:

- A heart-pounding origins story that fits perfectly as either a prequel to Descent Into Avernus, a stand-alone adventure, or into your ongoing fantasy campaign.

- Beloved characters like Lulu the hollyphant, Mad Maggie and her redcap gang, the archdevil Zariel, and many others brand new to this adventure.

- Infernal War Machines, and exciting encounters with unique stat blocks.

- Innovative Destiny and Traits mechanics that make your choices really matter.

- A ton of possible outcomes that will fuel your character's many adventures to come!

- Four gorgeous sample characters, with interactive character sheets designed to be new-player friendly so that you can jump right into the story if you'd like.

- A community survey when you finish so that you can see how your outcomes and choices compared to other players!

- A true project of the heart by D&D veterans, but first time DM's Guild creators, Kienna Shaw and Donathin Frye!

If you enjoy the adventure, please let the creators know by leaving a review! You can also get the fully interactive Fantasy Grounds version of the adventure here.

"To Hell and Back Again is one of those unique products that makes you do a double take: it has the length and depth of a massive book adventure, but the simplicity and clearness of the solo adventure mechanic." - Comic, Clerics, & Controllers [5 stars]

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Ned P October 26, 2019 9:37 pm UTC
About how long does it take to complete the adventure?
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Donathin F October 27, 2019 1:08 pm UTC
One playthrough tends to be 2-5 hours, depending on your reading speed and whether or not you play alone or with a group!
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5E Solo G October 06, 2019 10:38 pm UTC
Hi there, what level is this for?
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Kienna S October 07, 2019 2:48 pm UTC
It runs adventurers from level 1 to level 3!
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This title was added to our catalog on September 09, 2019.