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A Tale of Two Cities - a Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus DM's Resource (maps, advice, handouts)


A Tale of Two Cities – A Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus DM's Resource!

Chapter 1: A Tale of Two Cities serves as the starting point for the newest official campaign: Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. It's an introductionary chapter packed with action, where the adventurers get a feel for the seedy streets of Baldur's Gate, discover background information and dark secrets that sets them up for their journey into Avernus, as well as where they meet some of the allies that will follow them on their adventures.

This document seeks to provide you, the Dungeon Master, with tools and thoughts that will help you make Chapter 1 of Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus an exciting experience for your players. This product contains:

  • Additional Hooks. Several ideas on how to get the characters probperly hooked and motivated to fight devils and journey into Avernus!
  • Changing Campaigns. Advice on how to transfer your characters from either Ghosts of Saltmarsh or Waterdeep: Dragon Heist to Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus.
  • Running Chapter 1. Ideas on how to run each location in Chapter 1, extra content and advice on scaling difficulty.
  • Monster Stat Blocks. 20+ pages of monster stat blocks covering every foe in the chapter, neatly arranged together on pages, so you don't have to flip through several books.
  • Thavius Kreeg's Contract. A handout showing Thavius Kreeg's contract with the Duke of Avernus.
  • 5 Encounter Maps. Five full-scale digital battlemaps for Elfsong Tavern, Dungeon of the Dead Three, Low Lantern, Vanthampur Villa and Under the Villa in both DM's and player versions primed for virtual tabletops!

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Map previews:
Low Lantern

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Michael H November 17, 2019 6:54 pm UTC
I went to and got pdfs that I printed. These maps turned into a lot of printed pages, but my party loves having more detail to work with instead of my dry erase scribblings.
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daniel M November 04, 2019 2:26 am UTC
what size poster paper would you recommend printing Elfsong Tavern to get grid to proper game play scale? I was thinking of ordering some of these maps from a local print shop in poster format and pray they come out ok.
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Valeur R November 04, 2019 6:56 pm UTC
Hi Daniel!

Wow, that sounds cool – I'd love to see it in action!

I don't have experience printing the maps as posters, but since the map is 40 x 20 squares, you'd probably have to go pretty big. With an A1 size (23.4 x 33.1 inches), you could get the map to a reasonable 16 x 32 inches, which would be 0.8 inch squares. That seems like it would be playable with minis. Mind you, I haven't tried it, so I can't say for sure!

Good luck :)
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Donald S November 02, 2019 8:12 pm UTC
This is very nice! It will be very helpful when I start my group on this tomorrow! I do have a small gripe, however. The DM's version of the Villa has no grid. The other maps and material are fantastic!
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Valeur R November 02, 2019 9:51 pm UTC
Hi Donald

Thanks so much for the kind words and letting us know about the map. I've added a grid to the DM's version of the Villa (which was indeed missing!), you should be able to download it now! :)
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Donald S November 03, 2019 11:39 pm UTC
Thanks for the quick turnaround! :-)
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Justin C October 23, 2019 10:28 am UTC
These maps are perfect, thank you!
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Valeur R October 29, 2019 5:53 pm UTC
Hi Justin! Thanks for the kind words – really appreciate it! :)
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PEDRO B October 17, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
Does this supplement has better maps ? I mean colored ones, not that white background and red lines, I'm more interested in better maps to import into roll20, thanks
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Valeur R October 18, 2019 7:09 am UTC
Hi Pedro

Yes, you can also see previews of them in the text above :)
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Michael H September 30, 2019 2:49 am UTC
Thanks for the work. Will there be an update for the maps that appear later in the book?
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Valeur R October 18, 2019 7:08 am UTC
Hi Michael! Yes - we expect to have Chapter 3 out very soon, and will finish guides for all 5 chapters + some bonus content :)
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Thiago R September 29, 2019 1:38 am UTC
Very good material, only a small mistake at Vanthampur Villa, Second level... at V11, theres a wall that shouldn't be there, it closes the way to V13, V14 and V15
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Valeur R September 29, 2019 5:55 am UTC
Hi Thiago!

Good catch and thanks for pointing it out! I've removed the excess wall and updated the product, you should be able to download them again through 'Updated Titles' in your DM's Guild Account. My apologies for the mistake and inconvenience, but thankful that you pointed it out so we could get it fixed quickly!

Have fun in hell ;)
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Thiago R September 29, 2019 12:28 pm UTC
good, gonna use it today! Im waiting for maps like these for the other chapters!
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Fedor D September 28, 2019 2:39 pm UTC
This is great, thanks a lot!
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Valeur R September 29, 2019 5:55 am UTC
Thanks for the kind words and the support, really appreciate it :)
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Aaron L September 26, 2019 8:47 am UTC
Looking forward to a complete DM bundle for the whole adventure! Going to be directing my players over here from Waterdeep when that wraps up, but it will be a little while yet.
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Valeur R September 26, 2019 10:31 am UTC
Awesome to hear – and thanks for the support! :)
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Alexander W September 24, 2019 5:38 am UTC
glad this came out I desperately need for full color maps for this for my roll20 games
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