For the past 44 years, the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons has captivated the imaginations of people from all walks of life. This fantasy adventure game is renowned for telling living stories that the players develop as much as the one telling the story.
While some "dungeon masters" enjoy crafting their own settings, Wizards of the Coast does offer an array of published adventures set in the world of the Forgotten Realms. One of the latest publications, "Waterdeep: Dragon Heist," takes adventurers on a tour of the realms' largest city, Waterdeep, in search of a fabulous horde of stolen gold.
The title comes from the fact that a gold coin in Waterdeep is called a dragon. Everyone in Waterdeep knows the story of how Dagult Neverember, former Open Lord of Waterdeep, embezzled half a million gold coins and hid the cache somewhere within the city. He even went so far as to magically wipe his memory of the treasure's location and store that knowledge inside a magical artifact called the Stone of Golorr.
To make the matter more lucrative, when he fell from power, the spies he employed to smuggle the stone out of the city were slain. The stone changed ownership many times during the passage of time until it fell into the clutches of the infamous crime lord Xanathar.
A famous explorer by the name of Volothamp Geddarm comes to the Yawning Portal Tavern seeking to employ adventurers brave enough to retrieve the stone before the treasure falls into evil hands. Volo is not alone in his search for by now, every underhanded organization in Waterdeep is aware of the race to pull off the Dragon Heist. This adventure full of intrigue and twists can be played right away from level one and takes the players to level five.
If you have never played Dungeons & Dragons but have an interest in learning, the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library is a great resource for players and DMs alike. We have most of the current fifth edition books in circulation and add new ones when they are released. If you have a middle or high schooler who is eager to be introduced to the game, we also host a Young Adult Delve Night every first Tuesday of the month. New adventurers are encouraged to join and learn the game. Stop by and find out why Dungeons & Dragons is known as the "World's Greatest Role-playing Game."
If you want to check this book out, just drop by the library, we have a copy in our collection. If you have any questions, are on a quest for more information or want to give us a book suggestion, call us at (706) 876-1360 or visit our website, www.ngrl.org.
Logan Petty is the young adult coordinator at the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library.