Fans of Dungeons and Dragons have a new adventure to look forward this spring. The writers at Wizards of the Coast have worked hard to update and expand on classic seafaring adventures to fifth edition rules. The Ghosts of Saltmarsh invites players to the port town of Saltmarsh and the surrounding lands. Of course the only way to explore these new lands is on their own boat! Don’t know how to handle manning your own ship? Don’t worry because the adventure includes all the mechanics needed to get you going. While things might seem smooth on the sea, don’t let that ease you into a false sense of security. Something is amiss on the open seas and it is the adventurer’s job to unravel the Ghosts of Saltmarsh’s sinister secrets.
With the recent release of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and Dungeon of the Mad Mage, I was really worried the next adventure wouldn’t live up to it. It really looks like that isn’t going to be the case. Mike Mearls, franchise creative director for Dungeons and Dragons, has this to say. “The Saltmarsh series consistently ranks as one of the most popular classic D&D adventures. With its ties to ocean-based adventuring, it was an obvious step to augment it with additional sea-based adventures and a robust set of rules for managing a nautical campaign.” Let it be known now that I am so beyond excited for this to come out and could not agree more. This adventure will not only be amazing to run but also to have a set of rules specifically for boats to add to my home brew.
Ghosts of Saltmarsh is set to release in both your friendly neighborhood game stores and everywhere else on May 21, 2019. Of course you can purchase this where ever you like, but a special edition will be available only at game stores. The alternate cover image was created by N. C. Winters and features a snarling sahuagin and a soft touch cover. If given the option, this one looks awesome and should be your first choice but both have the same information within. More information regarding the new adventure can be found on their website. Keep a look out here for an upcoming review when the book becomes available!