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Ghosts of Saltmarsh

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The next WotC 5e release will be Ghosts of Saltmarsh, a nautical focused book with the old U series and some greatest hits from Dungeon Magazine. Additionally, there will be source material for DM's who want rules etc. for water based adventuring.

Here's the blurb:
Explore the waves above and the fathoms below in these watery adventures for the world’s greatest roleplaying game.

“D&D acolytes are everywhere...Tech workers from Silicon Valley to Brooklyn have long-running campaigns, and the showrunners and the novelist behind ‘Game of Thrones’ have all been Dungeon Masters.”—Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker

Ghosts of Saltmarsh brings classic adventures into fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons. This adventure book combines some of the most popular classic adventures from the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons including the classic “U” series, plus some of the best nautical adventures from the history of Dungeon Magazine: Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh, Danger at Dunwater, Salvage Operation, Isle of the Abbey, The Final Enemy, Tammeraut’s Fate, The Styes.

• Ghosts of Salt Marsh includes a variety of seafaring adventures, enough to take characters from level 1 to level 12.

• This supplement introduces the port town of Saltmarsh, the perfect starting point for a nautical campaign.

• Each adventure can be played individually, inserted into your ongoing game or combined into a single epic nautical campaign.

• Dungeon Masters will find rules for ships and sea travel, deck plans for various vessels, an appendix with rules for new and classic monsters, and much more"


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That's interesting. Sinister Secret has always been one of the better old modules though I was never as keep on the other two. Still that's not something I was expecting them to go back to.


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This smacks of a nostalgic cash grab, but IIRC the original SINISTER SECRET OF SALTMARSH was pretty good, so I can't bring myself to really mind.


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Any word on whether this will be set in Greyhawk (the 'historical' setting for Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh)? I've been eager to see more adventures for 5e set outside of the Forgotten Realms....


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There's actually a bunch of dnd streamers who have been playing updated versions of old modules, and their first adventure was the Sinister secret of Saltmarsh.

Nothing to add beyond that. Still, I'm excited for this.


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As a DM who doesn't run modules I am excited for this book. I buy the adventure books simply for the supplemental material. I look forward to the updated combat rules, hopefully I can mine some or all for my upcoming homebrew Spelljammer adventure. Plus more magic items and monsters are fun too.


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This smacks of a nostalgic cash grab, but IIRC the original SINISTER SECRET OF SALTMARSH was pretty good, so I can't bring myself to really mind.
I mean, we’ve seen them do this before with Yawning Portal. This time it sounds like there may be slightly more than just updated modules. I’m cautiously optimistic.


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Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh and Danger at Dunwater were two adventures my dad owned. I've run them in every edition, and in fact used my conversions of them in an on going game of 5e (which started with a Judges Guild module and Against the Cult of the Reptile God). I think it's clear they're some of my favorite, though Dunwater usually concludes with a diplomatic solution that shortens it.

I also own The Final Enemy, which we started before winter weather and illness put things on hiatus. I was planning on fast forwarding past it and moving on to other threats I'd introduced- U3 is not as good as the others, and I wasn't looking forward to sessions of everyone at disadvantage being underwater.

But, I'm very intrigued. Maybe I stick with my plan, then hop back into the later adventures when the book arrives.
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