This past weekend we went to hell…by way of Baldur’s Gate and Los Angeles. It was at a LA studio were we saw ourselves in first layer of the Nine Hells known as Avernus were Wizards of the Coast hosted an amazing immersive entertainment experience which followed their Stream of Many Eyes event back in 2018.
This three day celebration of Dungeons & Dragons unveiled their upcoming ‘Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus’ adventure which will take players on a quest which sprawls from the iconic Baldur’s Gate to hell itself where they must take on the archdevil Zariel and her terrifying forces. Fans were also treated to a weekend of Adventure League play featuring this new adventure supplement. Appearances and live streams of some of their favorite D&D personalities and celebrities such as Matt Mercer, Satine Phoenix, Joe Manganiello, Deborah Ann Woll, Matthew Lillard, Taliesin Jaffe, Marisha Ray, and many more! There were also signings, new product reveals , and lots of giveaways. Then to top it all off there was a live concert which included The Library Bards, Chris Funk, Jason Charles Miller, Cardioid, The Mountain Goats, and The Magic Sword.
Overall it was a fantastic event and our favorite part of it had to be the immersive interactive aspect of it. Upon entering the venue, attendees were given a “map of hell” and were tasked to seek out “special seals” to earn a soul coin token that allow them to escape back to the material plane. By participating in this quest attendees had to seek out “characters” from the ‘Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus’ adventure and the vendors at the event, and then at the end they get an actual special soul coin souvenir to take home. Those who went to this sold out D&D party also got to take home a swag bag loaded up with goodies which included an advanced copy of the ‘Ghosts of Saltmarsh’ adventure book.
There was a number of big reveals made at D&D Live 2019, which included a ‘Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty: Tabletop Roleplaying Game Adventure’ boxset and a new comic book miniseries from IDW called ‘Rick and Morty vs Dungeons & Dragons II: Painscape‘ (out on September 18th). There will also be a series of D&D books for younger readers called the ‘Young Adventurer’s Guides‘ through Ten Speed Press. The D&D themed card game ‘Dungeon Mayhem’ will also be getting a new expansion pack which will be tied into ‘Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus’. Perhaps the biggest news was made by D&D Senior Director Nathan Stewart in which Wizards of the Coast will be releasing an official hardcover adventure for the D&D setting Eberron (which you can watch here).
If you love D&D and weren’t able to make it out this year, make sure keep your eyes and ears open for the next one because you do not want to miss out on it. We can’t wait to see what they’ll do to top this one.
Photos by MPao Photography