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D&D’s New Book, Candlekeep Mysteries, Will Showcase Diversity And Creativity Of Community

Not every adventure in D&D needs to be an epic, year-long campaign. Sometimes all you need is a nice, contained little adventure to be done in one night. Maybe even something, dare I say, casual? The D&D team has already released a few books centered around one-shots i.e. Tales From The Yawning Portal and Ghosts of Saltmarsh, and this year they’re releasing a new collection: Candlekeep Mysteries. The new book, which is due to be released on March 16th, brings together 17 one-shots for characters leveled 1-16 and written by a diverse group of up-and-coming writers from the Dungeons & Dragons community.

D&D Candlekeep Mysteries cover
The standard cover features art by Clint Cearley

The book will (naturally) feature mysteries and each one will represent a “book” located in the titular library/fortress, considered the foremost place of magical studies in the Forgotten Realms. The book will also work to flesh out Candlekeep with plenty of lore and details for DM’s to dig into. The fortress is a classic part of the setting, and old-school fans will no doubt want to revisit the location and the various characters that inhabit it or are directly connected to it. There is even a ghost dragon located somewhere for players to interact with.

You can learn more about the book and its contents below.

While there’s a lot to love about long D&D campaigns full of twists, drama and character development, sometimes Dungeon Masters and players are looking for quick one-shots, a light-hearted palate-cleanser, or … a little mystery.

Introducing Candlekeep Mysteries, an anthology of seventeen mystery-themed adventures each centered around a single book found in the iconic library fortress. All of these adventures–many written by new authors—are intended to be played as one-shots in-person or online or simply dropped into any existing campaign. Candlekeep Mysteries is perfect for Dungeon Masters who are looking to inject new characters, story hooks, magic items, and monsters into their game without tons of prep.

Available everywhere on March 16 with a cover by Clint Cearley, and in game stores with an alternate cover by Simen Meyer, Candlekeep Mysteries presents each adventure as a tome on its infinite shelves, plus background information about the library fortress that’s enchanted fans of the Forgotten Realms for decades.

D&D Candlekeep Mysteries alt cover
The brick-and-mortar store exclusive cover features art by Simon Meyer.

“I got my start in the gaming industry by writing short D&D adventures,” said Chris Perkins, Principal Story Designer for Dungeons & Dragons. “I’m grateful to be able to work on a product that gives other authors the same opportunity. The adventures in this anthology reflect the incredible creativity of the D&D community.”

Candlekeep Mysteries features adventures written by authors, including:

The book enters wide release on March 16, but you can pre-order at Barnes & Noble, on Amazon, or through digital services like D&D Beyond or Roll20. But if you want that shiny alt-cover, you’ve gotta go to your FLGS. And keep an eye on The Fandomentals for more updates on Candlekeep Mysteries and the ever-shifting world of tabletop gaming.

Images via D&D

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  • Dan Arndt

    Fiction writer, board game fanatic, DM. Has an MFA and isn't quite sure what to do now. If you have a dog, I'd very much like to pet it. Operating out of Indianapolis.

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