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Why You Should Consider Hell for your Next RPG Vacation

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Why You Should Consider Hell for your Next RPG Vacation

If you’re a fan of Dungeons and Dragons you’ve probably already heard about the new campaign coming out in September: Baldur’s Gate, Descent into Avernus. And if you haven’t heard about it yet, congrats! Now you have. Announced on May 17, 2019, Descent into Avernus takes you right into the first level of the nine hells as you find yourself smack in the middle of the blood war between devils and demons. We are super excited to get to explore these new campaign settings and all there is inside.

Coins coins coins

Devils don’t deal in something as unremarkably mortal as gold and platinum. Down in Avernus you’ll be bartering in Soul Coins. And no, that’s not just a cool name. You’re literally going to be carrying the souls of the damned in your pockets. And they have more than just purchasing power. You can release the soul into a Lemure to be your servant, you can leech it for HP, or you can talk to it for information about your new hellscape. But the most exciting way to use it (for you, not the soul in the coin), is to power your new Infernal War Machine.

Mad Max: Avernus

In case you ever wanted to be Ghost Rider

In case you ever wanted to be Ghost Rider

If you’ve gotten to take a peak at the Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure book, you’ll already know that vehicle rules are becoming the new Thing, and Descent into Avernus gives us a new type of vehicle with all new rules: The Infernal War Machine. From the giant Demon Grinder to the motorcycle-like Devil’s Ride, there are all sorts of customizable options to choose from as you traverse this hellish landscape mowing down demons, creatures, and anyone else who gets in your way. Don’t worry about their dying screams piercing your ears, they’ll be drowned out by the sounds of the soul in your Soul Coin literally burning up. For the righteous adventurers you can fight the warlords who drive these giant War Machines, or for the more adventurous, you can BECOME one of these warlords.

 

Your soul (and pretty much anything else), is up for trade 

Souls are the most powerful currency in Avernus, and you have one to barter with. You’ll be encountering tons of devils, and each one has something better to offer than the last. You can gain levels, special powers, hit points, or anything else you can think of to negotiate for. There is even talk of an archdevil that will guarantee you a natural 20 on your next death saving throw if you’ve already failed 2. Now who could say no to that? But beware: while deals may keep you alive, they may also keep you in Avernus forever. But is that really such a bad thing?

 

A literal fallen angel

So we’ve got cool trade mechanics, cool vehicle mechanics, and an incredible world to explore. But a story is only as good as it’s villain, and Descent into Avernus brings us Zariel: former celestial turned Archduchess and ruler of Avernus. She went into hell to end the war on her terms and wound up being so good at killing demons that Asmodeus himself offered her a job doing it full time. Whether you choose to fight her (good luck level 1-13 adventurers), or redeem her (good luck, she’s a devil), you’re sure to have some incredible roleplay encounters.

Yeah, our team can totally defeat her….

Yeah, our team can totally defeat her….

 

What’s got you most excited for Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus? Do you already have a character in mind? Let us know! And make sure to grab your copy from your Friendly Local Game Store when it releases September 17, 2019.



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Player Character - Mike Fehlauer Hayes

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Player Character - Mike Fehlauer Hayes

Player Character Level 1, Episode 9.

"Gathering around in person - with a table - is humanity. We are a tribal species. We want to gather around that fire."

Meet Mike Fehlauer Hayes, Treasurer of Board of Directors at Child’s Play Charity.

Created by Anne Richmond and Active Player Network

Special Thanks:

  • Mike Fehlauer Hayes

  • Penny Arcade

  • Child's Play

  • PAX

  • The PAX Unplugged Enforcers

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Player Character - Kate Welch

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Player Character - Kate Welch

"Dungeons & Dragons has the best community in gaming." - Kate Welch

Meet Kate Welch - Game Designer on Dungeons & Dragons and Rosie Beestinger on Penny Arcade's Acquisitions Incorporated: The C Team.

Player Character Level 1, Episode 8.

Created by Anne Richmond and Active Player Network

Special Thanks:

  • Penny Arcade

  • The PAX Unplugged Enforcers

  • Elyssa Grant

  • Kate Welch

  • @archimer

  • @iscaneus

  • @kristielpond

  • @maxwellsdeamon

  • @mcboots42

  • @robinachilds

  • @somethinglkthat

  • @thescarletmoth

  • @vonkamelon

  • @wondersanta

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Player Character - Ivan Van Norman

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Player Character - Ivan Van Norman

Meet Ivan Van Norman - Producer/Publisher/Host at Geek & Sundry, Exec. Producer for International Tabletop Day, and Owner of Hunters Entertainment.

Player Character Level 1, Episode 7.

Created by Anne Richmond and Active Player Network

Special Thanks:

  • Ivan Van Norman

  • Geek & Sundry

  • PAX

  • The PAX Unplugged Enforcers

  • GTS Distribution

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Player Character - Kris Straub

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Player Character - Kris Straub

"There are a lot of characters and a lot of ways to exist. I don’t feel like it is a necessary touchstone for every single character to have romance."

Meet Kris Straub - Cartoonist, Animator, and K'thriss Drow'b on Penny Arcade's Acquisitions Incorporated: The C Team.

Player Character Level 1, Episode 6.

Created by Anne Richmond and Active Player Network

Special Thanks:

  • Kris Straub

  • Penny Arcade

  • Elyssa Grant

  • @deggey

  • @brosephene_

  • @dragon_

  • @iscaneus

  • @kristielpond

  • @maxwellsdeamon

  • @tobyricher

  • @wondersanta

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Player Character - Amy T. Falcone

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Player Character - Amy T. Falcone

"It's me taking a really hard look at myself - having self compassion."

Meet Amy T. Falcone, creative streamer, illustrator and Walnut Dankgrass on Penny Arcade's Acquisitions Incorporated: The C Team.

Player Character Level 1, Episode 4.

Created by Anne Richmond and Active Player Network

Special Thanks:

  • Amy T. Falcone

  • Penny Arcade

  • Elyssa Grant

  • PAX Unplugged Enforcers

  • @nurse_normal

  • @iscaneous

  • @becdar

  • @robinachilds

  • @willthecoe

  • @mattwhodraws

  • @elithecartoon

  • @archimer

  • @parsonssi

  • @nanovarose

  • @thatscarletmoth

  • @lady_zel

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Player Character - Mike Selinker

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Player Character - Mike Selinker

"If I can get people into my games and just throw them into my world - I think that's the most fun I can have."

Meet legendary game designer and President of Lone Shark Games, Mike Selinker.

Player Character Level 1, Episode 3.

Created by Anne Richmond and Active Player Network

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Get the Game - Ghostbusters: The Card Game

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Get the Game - Ghostbusters: The Card Game

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

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Host: Anne Richmond
Twitter: @annerichmond
Instagram: @hearthsinger

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Get the Game - Root by Leder Games

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Get the Game - Root by Leder Games

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

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Host: Anne Richmond
Twitter: @annerichmond
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Get the Game - Ultra Pro Accessory Preview

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Get the Game - Ultra Pro Accessory Preview

We got a sneak peak at some amazing accessories headed to your table from Ultra Pro!

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

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Host: Anne Richmond
Twitter: @annerichmond
Instagram: @hearthsinger

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Get the Game - Architects of the West Kingdom by Renegade Game Studios

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Get the Game - Architects of the West Kingdom by Renegade Game Studios

Check out Architects of the West Kingdom - a new worker placement game for 1-5 players that kicks of the new West Kingdom trilogy from Renegade Game Studios.

Get the Game helps you understand games and accessories that are taking the world by storm. Whether you're a gaming veteran, tournament champion, or you've just dipped your toes into tabletop gaming, everyone is welcome to tune in and learn how to craft the play experience that's right for them.

Other games from Renegade Game Studios:

Gunkimono
Spell Smashers
The Cosmology of Overlight - Shards, Chroma, and Folk
Overlight - Character Creation
Overlight - How to Roll Tests

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Host: Anne Richmond
Twitter: @annerichmond
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