Tales from the Yawning Portal

If you, like me, are an evil dungeon master, you will love Dungeons & Dragons adventure Dead in Thay’s map. If you are a mascochistic D&D player who loves getting trapped in fiery pits with ferocious liches, you will also love it.

Dead in Thay is one of the seven revamped adventures in upcoming D&D book Tales from the Yawning Portal, which will be released on April 4th. In the adventure, the Red Wizard Kazit Gul lures adventurers into his Doomvault, a sprawling and comically nefarious dungeon. It has over 100 rooms. In many of them are oozes, traps and intelligent monsters, like beholders and vampires. It is a creation of pure evil and it is an inspiration.

(The Doomvault map may be a spoiler for players who will run through it.)

Dead in Thay’s Doomvault (2017)

Where to start—perhaps take a tour of the Golem Laboratories or the Phylactery Vault? Traipse around the Forest of Weakness or take a dip in the Predator Pools? Get a load of those spiky rooms full of huge boulders! Or the bloody whirlpools with stone pillars! You could bash your brains out on one of those.

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The map is an updated version of the older Doomvault map, released as a part of Dead in Thay’s 2014 incarnation for the D&D Adventurer’s League. In it, a dungeon master ran several groups of players at once. It was a classic “mad wizard” map that Wizards of the Coast revamped for wider appeal.

Dead in Thay’s Doomvault (2014)

Cleaned up with movement squares and a key, 2017's Doomvault map looks great. I can’t wait to run players through it. Any volunteers?