Dungeons and Dragons fans, who are ready for the next level of storytelling and gameplay, need only to wait a few more weeks for the next storyline from Wizards of the Coast to arrive. Out of the Abyss will unleash demons of all shapes and sizes unto adventurers as they try to prevent the horrors from reaching the surface world.
The adventure takes players into the Underdark, a subterranean wonderland with a vast and twisted labyrinth where fear reigns. It is the home of horrific monsters that have never seen the light of day. It is here that the dark elf Gromph Baenre, Archmage of Menzoberranzan, casts a foul spell meant to ignite a magical energy that suffuses the Underdark and tears open portals to the demonic Abyss. What steps through surprises even him, and from that moment on, the insanity that pervades the Underdark escalates and threatens to shake the Forgotten Realms to its foundations.
Wizards of the Coast was kind enough to send us a copy of the book ahead of the September 15th release, and if you are looking for a complete campaign to throw at your players, this book has everything you need. I had a chance to read through a couple of chapters yesterday, and the story hooks are detailed enough that even a beginner dungeon master will have no problem running this game. With an adventure that takes the party from the surface world to the final confrontation with demons lords, there is enough here to keep this campaign going for months.
If you are part of your friendly local gaming store’s D&D Encounters program, you will have a chance to play the opening chapters of Out of the Abyss in the coming weeks. You will need to check with your store to find out the exact day and times.
Out of the Abyss has a $49.95 cover price, but it is quite a bit cheaper through Amazon.com coming in at $31.00.