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In case you missed it, the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League shared a preview of its Season 7 adventures that tie in to the upcoming Tomb of Annihilation storyline from Wizards of the Coast. Set for early release through Wizards Play Network stores on Sept. 8 and wide release on Sept. 19, Tomb of Annihilation takes D&D adventurers to the foreboding jungle peninsula of Chult to solve a mysterious ‘death curse’ caused by a necromantic artifact called the Soulmonger.

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This teaser image was released prior to the Stream of Annihilation as a preview of the setting for what was revealed to be Chult, for 2017’s Tomb of Annihilation storyline. [Art from Wizards of the Coast]
Along with the exciting new campaign designed by Chris Perkins, Will Doyle and Adam Lee, with additional consulting from Pendleton Ward – the award-winning “Adventure Time” creator – players in D&D’s Adventurers League can participate with a slew of new adventures set in and around Chult and the new storyline.

When Adventurers League Season 7 officially begins on Sept. 5, players will also be introduced to two new adventuring aspects – the Death Curse and Meat Grinder Mode. Because the infamous demilich Acererak is manipulating resurrection magic, the death curse affects anyone who has been brought back from the dead and makes doing so extremely difficult or impossible. To make adventures even more dangerous, Meat Grinder Mode sets death saving throws at DC 15, instead of the standard DC 10.

D&D Adventurers League Tomb of Annihilation preview

To get started with Adventurers League play, a location-based adventure featuring five 1-hour adventures gets things rolling. I had an opportunity to play one of the adventures from DDAL07-01 A City on the Edge at Origins 2017. Designed by writer, gamer and techie Rich Lescouflair to introduce characters to the setting, these faction-themed quests bring adventures to Port Nyanzaru – the eponymous city on the edge of the frightful jungle. Following the premiere at Origins, Role Play Rally, UKGE and AwesomeCon, A City on the Edge will be released through the Dungeon Masters Guild on Sept. 5.

“The Tomb of Annihilation D&D Adventurers League season features locations and NPCs familiar to players of the hardcover adventure, but will also tell four distinct, but intertwined stories about life in the jungles of Chult.” – Robert Adducci, D&D Adventurers League Community Manager

Tier 1 Adventurers League Tomb of Annihilation adventures

In addition to A City on the Edge, Adventurers League characters levels 1-4 can look forward to several other quests to test their mettle at the start of Season 7. Featuring an all-star lineup of adventure designers, these new quests can be played at your favorite local gaming stores, conventions, online or even at home through the expanded Adventurers League guidelines. In fact, Nerdarchy is in the planning stage of running these adventures for our fans and patrons in a live stream so make sure to subscribe Nerdarchy on YouTube and follow us on social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and visit our Patreon for more details on this exciting new venture.

DDAL07-03 A Day at the Races

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Promotional art for Tomb of Annihilation illustrates the dangers in the jungles of Chult. A zombie-spewing zombie T-Rex? Gross. [Art by Wizards of the Coast]
This Tier 1 adventure optimized for 3rd level characters is designed by Ruty Rutenberg. An actor, producer, writer and of course D&D enthusiast, Rutenberg is also an official Wizards of the Coast partner. Known to D&D fans through Maze Arcana, Rutenberg and Satine Phoenix are co-Dungeon Masters for Fury’s Reach on D&D’s Twitch channel.

This two hour adventure is Part One of The Jungle Has Fangs Trilogy. With a title like this and knowing that Tomb of Annihilation takes place in a jungle teeming with dinosaurs, it’s a good bet that Adventurers League characters will be saddling up on these giant reptiles to represent their factions in team-based events.

A Day at the Races is set to premiere throughout October at FiFO Con, QuestCon, Lone Star Game Expo and Kumoricon. The Dungeon Masters Guild release is scheduled for Nov. 7.

DDAL07-04 A Walk in the Park

Part Two of The Jungle Has Fangs Trilogy, this adventure is designed by Satine Phoenix, co-creator of Maze Arcana, host of Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips and official Wizards of the Coast partner as co-Dungeon Master for Fury’s Reach on D&D’s Twitch channel. Like A Day at the Races this Tier 1 adventure is optimized for 3rd level characters.

This two hour adventure takes characters beyond the safety of the city and into the jungle in search of help from the natives. If I had to guess, I’d say the natives in question are the lovable grung from Volo’s Guide to Monsters that have already made quite an impression through their appearance during the Stream of Annihilation event.

That’s just conjecture and wishful thinking, though. D&D gamers won’t find out for certain until after the A Walk in the Park premiere in October at FiFO Con, QuestCon, Lone Star Game Expro and Kumoricon. A Dungeon Masters Guild release is scheduled to follow on Nov. 7.

DDAL07-05 Whispers in the Dark

The Jungle Has Fangs Trilogy wraps up with this Tier 1 adventure optimized for 3rd level characters. Designed by Adventurers League organizer and content creator Travis Woodall, adventurers reach a jungle temple after a difficult journey. Within, hopefully, lie the answers to what’s going on in Port Nyanzru.

This two hour adventure will premiere in October at FiFO Con, QuestCon, Lone Star Game Expro and Kumoricon. A Dungeon Masters Guild release is scheduled to follow on Nov. 7.

Tier 2 Adventurers League Tomb of Annihilation adventures

D&D Adventurers League characters who have survived levels 1-4 can look forward to the new Season 7 adventures heading their way. The Tomb of Annihilation storyline only gets deadlier as characters plunge deeper into the jungle and to face more fearsome creatures, risking utter annihilation from the machinations of the demented demilich Acererak.

DDAL07-02 Over the Edge

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Temple entrance deep in the jungle with an opening reminiscent of the Green Devil Face? Seems safe. [Art by Wizards of the Coast]
A series of five one-hour adventures in the vein of A City on the Edge, the factions of the Forgotten Realms task adventurers with exploring the jungle to find a suitable place to set up shop in the wilderness.

These Tier 2 scouting missions are optimized for 5th level characters. The adventures are designed by writer and D&D player, DM and advocate Monica Valentinelli and RPG writer and designer Shawn Merwin.

Over the Edge adventures are scheduled to premiere in July at SDCC, GeeklyCon, Far West: St. Swithin’s Day and in August at GenCon, with a Dungeon Masters Guild release on Oct. 3.

DDAL07-06 Fester and Burn

Part One of The Rot from Within Trilogy, this D&D Tier 2 Adventurers League quest is optimized for 8th level characters. Designer James Introcaso, a freelance TV writer and producer, and passionate D&D gamer and creator, challenges characters to solve the disappearance of one of Port Nyanzaru’s citizens in this adventure.

This two hour adventure sounds like it will give characters a chance to get their hands extra dirty by investigating refuse pits in the search for the missing person. I don’t know about you but I’m already imagining some sort of jungle otyugh. These creatures are gross enough without all the jungle humidity!

That’s only a guess, though. Adventurers League players will have to wait for the November premiere at CarnageCon, GameHoleCon, Goblins to Golems and Holiday around the Moonsea to find out for sure, with a Dungeon Masters Guild release scheduled for Dec. 5.

DDAL07-07 Rotting Roots

The Rot from Within Trilogy continues with Part Two, also optimized for 8th level characters. Designed by D&D Adventurers League organizer and DM Lysa Chen, the situation in Port Nyanzaru grows dire. A horde of undead shuffles towards the city and threatens the safety of everyone inside! Well, everyone not well off enough to keep themselves secure. Which I’m guessing means mostly everyone is in danger.

Part of this adventure is finding out where the horrifying threat comes from – and the other part is doing something about it!

A two hour adventure, Rotting Roots builds on what has come before as Adventurers League characters delve deeper into the danger swirling around the Tomb of Annihilation and get closer to putting a stop to the deadly threat.

Like Fester and Burnthis adventure will premiere in November at CarnageCon, GameHoleCon, Goblins to Golems and Holiday around the Moonsea, with a Dungeon Masters Guild release scheduled for Dec. 5.

DDAL07-08 Putting the Dead to Rest

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Is this the mysterious Soulmonger at work? Looks fun, if you’re into that sort of thing. [Art by Wizards of the Coast]
Could this final adventure of The Rot from Within Trilogy bring D&D Adventurers League characters face-to-face with the adventurer-hating Acererak at last? Will characters uncover the necromantic Soulmonger artifact and put a stop to the threat it poses to Chult and the entire Forgotten Realms? Cindy Moore, US north east regional coordinator for Adventurers League and avid RPG gamer, designed this adventure.

It sure sounds like a possibility in this two hour adventure optimized for 8th level characters. The secrets of the jungle are revealed and adventurers gonna adventure, like you do.

An abandoned city seems to be the source of the undead menace and beckons adventurers to enter and put a stop to whatever is going on.

Like Parts One and Two of The Rot from Within Trilogy, Putting the Dead to Rest will premiere at CarnageCon, GameHoleCon, Goblins to Golems and Holiday around the Moonsea in November, with a follow-up Dungeon Masters Guild release scheduled for Dec. 5.

Tier 3 and 4 Adventurers League Tomb of Annihilation adventures

At the time of this article, there are no officially announced Adventurers League Season 7 adventures for Tiers 3 and 4. However, the AL website indicates there will be content to support these tiers of play. Some of the designers involved in creating these adventures are Nerdarchy friend and Second-Timer Club member Dan Dillon, Social Media Manager and doer of many things Robert Adducci, co-author of the Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting James Haeck and many others.

 

Check the D&D Adventurers League website for updates, news and announcements as the release date for Tomb of Annihilation and the start of Season 7 approaches.

You can also learn more about D&D Adventurers League from a Nerdarchy live chat featuring Community Manager Robert Adducci, who stopped by to talk nerdy about AL, take live chat view questions and more in the video below.

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