Descent into Avernus–D&D returns to Baldur’s Gate with new adventure

It’s a big week for Dungeons & Dragons players.  This Tuesday is the release date for Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus, the eagerly-awaited next adventure in the Fifth Edition of Wizards of the Coast’s original roleplaying game.  One city has fallen into hell, and it’s up to players to see that Baldur’s Gate does not meet the same fate.  The game takes players from levels 1 to 13 as they journey through Baldur’s Gate and into Avernus, the first layer of the Nine Hells.

And the biggest feature that fans have been waiting for is here: Infernal Machines, making this new journey a mash-up of dark fantasy and Mad Max.  The machines are battle-ready vehicles, which you can build and customize as your characters enter the Blood War.

Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus is a thick 256 pages, with an exhaustive, detailed history of Baldur’s Gate (popularized in the video game of the same name) taking up the first quarter of the book.  Look for lots of new creatures, several interesting NPCs, a pronunciation guide, and even a new lettering script to adapt for your own designed supplemental materials.


This new D&D volume features extensive artwork, and attractive maps by Dyson Logos, Mike Schley, and Jared Blando, including a giant double-sided foldout map.  You’ll also find a unique appendix featuring concept art sketches, designs, and characters, providing a peek behind the scenes at Wizards of the Coast.  Note: There’s even a disclaimer for anyone wary of the darker nature of this adventure.  The short version?  It’s all for fun (but you already know that).

The standard cover was designed by Tyler Jacobson, and those collecting the alternate covers will appreciate the new design variant cover edition with artwork by artist Hydro74 (pick up that version at your local game shop).


And you’ll definitely want to get your hands on the new deluxe set of dice and other materials that are made for this adventure, which include eleven translucent, bloodwine-colored dice (two d20s, one d12, two d10s, one d8, four d6s, and one d4), plus a sturdy felt-lined storage box that doubles as dice trays, a foldout map of Avernus, and twenty attractive double-sided cards with encounter tables and story content detailing the Blood War (artwork by Max Dunbar).  Remember the TSR days?  This Dice and Miscellany set coupled with the book provides for some great, expanded content to work with.

It’s a giant adventure that will challenge the most experienced dungeon masters.  Today is your last day to get the pre-order discount for this book and the tie-in dice set.  Order Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus now here at Amazon– and order the stylish tie-in set of extras Dice and Miscellany here.

C.J. Bunce


Leave a Reply