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The latest D&D adventure is set in Baldur's Gate

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You probably know the city of Baldur's Gate from the two videogames bearing its name (a third in the series is currently being developed by Larian). It's always been a part of the Forgotten Realms Dungeons & Dragons setting, but it's BioWare's games that really popularized it.

The current edition of D&D is revisiting the city in a new adventure called Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus. The hook is that the archdevil Zariel is transporting cities straight to the Nine Hells, and Baldur's Gate is next on her shopping list. The adventure apparently starts in the city and climaxes with a trip to the frontlines of the Blood War between devils and demons, which sounds delightful.

I've skimmed through the book looking for references to the videogames and while you don't get to meet Minsc and Boo, they do rate a mention. According to the Baldur's Gate Gazetteer section, a statue of the duo stood in the city for years and was recently discovered to be the actual ranger and his miniature giant space hamster "trapped under the effects of petrifying magic." Now they've been freed to kick evil's butt once more. There's also a tiny nod to how the protagonist of the videogames, "aided by powerful allies, thwarted Sarevok's plan and brought stability, if not peace, to Baldur's Gate once more." It's nice to be remembered.

Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus is out now.

Jody Macgregor
Jody is that guy who will try to convince you to play some indie game you've never heard of with a name like Extreme Meatpunks Forever. He is also on a doomed quest to play every Warhammer game.