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D&D's Upcoming Adventure Is All About Zombies And Dinosaurs

Tomb of Annihilation
Tomb of Annihilation

Dinosaurs are coming to Dungeons & Dragons with its upcoming adventure, Tomb of Annihilation. Slated for a September 19th release, Tomb of Annihilation will have players hacking through a jungle full of undead, dinosaurs and, yes, undead dinosaurs to find a legendary artifact that could quell a curse.


D&D lead designer Mike Mearls described Tomb of Annihilation as “Indiana Jones meets zombies.” It’s set in Chult, a southern continent in the Forgotten Realms world that’s surrounded by fiery volcanoes. There, in the city of Port Nyanzaru, locals are suffering from a “death curse.” D&D explains that it’s “a wasting disease afflicting everyone who’s ever been raised from the dead. Victims grow thinner and weaker each day, slowly but steadily sliding toward the death they once denied.”

Adventure Time creator and D&D fanatic Pendleton Ward helped create Tomb of Annihilation.

Tomb of Annihilation
Tomb of Annihilation

D&D’s MMORPG game, Neverwinter, will also receive a Tomb of Annihilation expansion on July 25th. Here’s the trailer for that:

I’m just as excited about the prospect of exploring Chult as I am about the upcoming adventure. It’s a setting that hasn’t been touched by official D&D modules in a very, very long time. And, this time, D&D promises dinosaur racing.

Senior reporter at Kotaku.

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What level range is this adventure?

I tried Horde of the Dragon Queen (everyone was new to D&D), but felt it opened a bit horribly for a level 1 party. It starts by immediately throwing the party into a fight with 8 Kobolds with a hook no good aligned party can ignore (as in they’d be out of character if they avoided the fight). By the game’s own rules, the encounter is ‘Deadly’ and that proved to be the case. They go down easy, but they significantly outnumber the PCs and it seems in 5e the number of actions you (or the enemy) get is far more important than anything else. Level 1 PCs are extreamly squishy.

A couple bad rolls (like initiative) and it was game over before it even started.