To .Get ready, adventurers! Wizards of the Coast announced on Monday that a new Dungeons & Dragons adventure book, titled Ghosts of Saltmarsh, will hit shelves this May. The story takes “classic sea-faring adventures and updates and expands them for use with D&D fifth edition.” So if you really loved the most recent episode of Relics and Rarities and want to dive into D&D, this may be the adventure book for you.
According to a press release, Ghosts of Saltmarsh takes place in the port town of Saltmarsh and its surrounding lands. Players can explore these lands using their own ship and vehicle mechanics, which are included in the 256-page adventure book. Like most D&D adventure books, players can choose to move through the entire story as they increase their characters from level 1-12, or dungeon masters can take snippets to include in other, ongoing campaigns of any setting.
“The Saltmarsh series consistently ranks as one of the most popular classic D&D adventures,” said Mike Mearls, franchise creative director of D&D, in a statement. “With its ties to ocean-based adventuring, it was an obvious step to augment it with additional sea-based adventures and a robust set of rules for managing a nautical campaign.”
To that end, this new book contains mechanics for ship-to-ship combat, new magic items, new monsters and more. Players will be able to go on all kinds of sea-faring adventures; plus, they’ll have reference points for nautical travel and battle to use across various campaigns.
Ghosts of Saltmarsh hits shelves May 21, with an alternate art cover by N. C. Winters available exclusively through game stores on that date. Check out the main cover and alternate cover below. Then be sure to pre-order your copy from your local bookshop or game store. You can get more info here.
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