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Ravnica Review by Luke Hart (Is It Worth It?) | The DM Lair [Video]

Interested in Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica but not sure if it’s worth purchasing? In this review of the newest 5e campaign setting, Luke Hart and Luke’s friend Jon take a look at various components of the book: artwork, world building, player options, monsters, and hooks & plots.

Be sure to like and follow Luke Hart and The DM Lair on YouTube.

And if you haven’t already seen, Luke is giving away a FREE Dungeons & Dragons book of your choice. So be sure to check it out!


Also, use this link to get 10% off The Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica on Amazon (a $2.25 value!). Just click the link and make sure before you checkout to click the button with the 10% coupon off.

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Look for this button under the listing to get 10% off the book.

Thanks, Luke and the team over at The DM Lair for another great video!

See you soon.

Art by Wizards of the Coast.

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Want to Win a Free D&D Book of Your Choice? Find out how! (LAST DAY!)

Welcome, Luke Hart and The DM Lair!

Huge announcement on the blog! Very excited about this. But Luke Hart of The DM Lair on YouTube and this site will be working together to make sure we can put more awesome content in front of you.

Who is Luke Hart?

Luke makes weekly D&D videos with information and resources to help dungeon masters run awesome games. He’s been DMing on and off since high school, having run 2e, 3.5e, and now 5e; and he currently runs four different D&D groups (!!!).

His goal is to share the knowledge and experience he’s obtained over the years to help other DMs, especially new ones, level up their games.

Review and Giveaway

To start things off, he’s offering up a review and giveaway of the new Dungeons & Dragons module, Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage It’s the hot new book from Wizards of the Coasts that features a return to the classic D&D Megadelve, Undermountain. And if you’ve already got it or prefer something else, no problem! You can get any Fifth Edition book of your choice instead.

Entering his contest is absolutely FREE. All you have to do is go over to his Gleam page and follow along. Here are the rules for the giveaway:

Giveaway Rules Summary

From Luke:

The Gleam widget will be selecting one winner at random, and the winner will be contacted via the email address you provide in the widget. (I have a strict privacy policy listed in the widget.

Absolutely no personal information will be kept, other than to notify the winner.) The winner has 48 hours to claim the prize, or I will redraw a new winner.

Be sure to leave a real email where I can reach you.

For a full list of giveaway rules and requirements, please click the “Terms & Conditions” in the Gleam widget linked above, before placing your entry.

This giveaway is open to the continental United States, and all entrants must be 18 years of age (or older) to participate, or have a parent enter for you.

The contest ends December 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be announced after the contest ends, via my YouTube channel, my Facebook page, and Twitter.


FTC Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored video, and YouTube is not a sponsor nor party to the giveaway. Contest entrants are required to release YouTube from any and all liability related to this contest. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. All giveaway items were purchased by me personally.


You can learn more about it here:

Luke Hart’s Dungeon of the Mad Mage Giveaway

 

Thanks, Luke!

A huge shoutout to Luke for networking like this. He creates great content and hopefully a lot of you Dungeon Masters (and players) out there will be able to use his years of knowledge and experience to improve your games.

See you next time with more videos!

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Review of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist review

If you haven’t already heard, the folks over at Wizards of the Coast just released the second Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition book (of four!) for 2018, Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.

This hotly anticipated book brings to life some of the coolest characters from Forgotten Realms lore including the beholder Xanathar, the enigmatic Manshoon, and even the infamous drow swashbuckler, Jarlaxle Baenre.

But is it worth the $49.95 price tag? Read this review to find out!

And if you don’t know what I’m referring to, check it out on Amazon.com right now.

What is Waterdeep: Dragon Heist all about?

Set in the infamous city of Waterdeep, Dragon Heist is an adventure for characters of levels 1-5. In addition, it offers up a ton of fluff and detail on the Sword Coast city, showcasing its people, places, and sights.

Plus, there’s a huge fold-out map found in the back of the book that’s double-sided: one side is for the players to gawk at and the other comes with notes for the Dungeon Master.

What do you need to play Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

As with most modern Dungeons & Dragons books, the book works with the Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide. Although there are a few monsters and threats that have been cribbed from other books like Volo’s Guide to Monsters and Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, their stat blocks have been reproduced in the appendices.

Who is Waterdeep: Dragon Heist for?

The book is primarily for Dungeon Masters to use since it’s first and foremost an adventure. Furthermore, there are no real player options in the rear of the book, either. Everything there are either magic items or NPCs. That’s one of the few things I felt this book was missing.

However, for players who are interested in learning more about the City of Splendors, the book does include a very cool chunk of fluff titled Volo’s Waterdeep Enchiridion: A Visitor’s Guide to the City’s Splendors. This gives the history of the city, its laws, whos-who, landmarks, and more.

Thanks to this book, there are no other cities in all of Faerun that have been brought to life like this one.

Unless, of course, you include Neverwinter, which gets a new video game set there every five years or so, but I digress.

How good is the adventure in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

Personally, I think the adventure is awesome. While it’s a bit more advanced than say, the Starter Set’s Lost Mines of Phandelver, it does give Dungeon Masters the opportunity to create a miniature-sandbox within the legendary city.

Plus, for those who’ve always wanted to hobnob with some of the “big names” in Dungeons & Dragons lore, this is definitely their chance as it gives the statistics for famous personalities like Manshoon (or his clones, I should say), Jarlaxle Baenre from the Drizz’t books, and Volothamp Geddarn.

Personally, one of my favorite characters in all of D&D is here: Xanathar the Beholder! Not only that, but he’s got his fishy, Sylgar with him, too!

I don’t know about you, but when I roleplay beholders, I give them muppet voices.

Okay, maybe that’s just me…

 

How good is the art in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

Personally, I love it. Those who are fans of the new fifth edition books will instantly recognize the art of Wizard’s typical heavy hitters like Daarken, Bayard Wu, and Shawn Wood. Plus, it’s got the typical Tyler Jacobson “holy shit this is awesome” cover that grace the covers of many of the new fifth edition supplements.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist review

The only area of complaint others seem to have with the art in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is on Dyson Logos’ maps. Dyson is an old school cartographer from Canada, who favors pen and ink style reminiscent of 1st and 2nd edition.

While some of the complaints make sense–odd angles, impossibly wide streets, etc–I still love his designs. In fact, if you’ve been following this site, you might know that I often take his commercial maps and populate them for my own adventures.

Should I buy Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

If you’re a Dungeon Master looking for a cool adventure that will introduce your players more to the look and feel of the Forgotten Realms, and you’re experienced enough to run a sandbox, then definitely grab this book. Like I said, it’s certainly more advanced than Lost Mines of Phandelver, but also a lot cooler in many regards.

If you’re a player, this might not be the book for you. It’s got a whole lot of spoilers in it, and I imagine that much of the fluff that makes the book so cool will be available online. Or, you can just learn it all from playing the game with your favorite DM.

Right now, Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is available on Amazon at a pretty awesome 40% off the cover price: just $49.95 $29.97.

Check out Waterdeep: Dragon Heist on Amazon.com.