In the Pages – A review of The Rise of Tiamat
System: Dungeons and Dragons
Company: Wizards of the Coast
Edition: 5th Edition
Best Place to Get: Amazon.com
Book Type: Module Book
Can Get Used: Yes
Who needs it: DM
If you read my Hoard of the Dragon Queen review, you know this is the next book in the series. Although this book could be a high-level campaign in itself. You just need setup some hooks for your players to come in at the end of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen.
This module book takes you on a 9 original episodes ride into the world of the cult of the dragon and red wizards of Thay. So keep in mind that high magic is being used by some of the NPC and adversaries. It also includes 11 new monsters (including Tiamat) and 3 new magic items.
Expert Set (1e) / Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (2e)
Comparatively, I liked the old version of Tiamat stats. She was a force to reckon with. The new version of Tiamat seems to be limited a bit even at a CR 30 monster. This brings back memories of the start of the Module of a Paladin in Hell. So I hope you are ready to fight Tiamat again.
Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition (3e)
If you remember the Red Hand of Doom module and liked it, this will be right up your alley. Fighting mad wizards and devout disciples all the way to an end boss.
What people are saying
While perusing the reviews on different sites have come across the following of what people are saying
- Linear Progression
- Had to Read the Book Completely to DM properly
- Great Continuation from the Hoard of the Dragon Queen
Summoning it All Up
Though I am not big on statting my big bosses or monsters that really should not have stats. This book was a great read from cover to cover. Just a note for DMs, you will need to take some notes and get your post notes out to tab the book, the layout is a bit rough compared to Hoard of the Dragon Queen. Overall, though this is going to be a wild ride to send my players on.
Whether or not you read my previous article, you should take a gander it at yourself and make your own decisions. When I plan to run, I am going to go by the old school “if it has stats it can be killed” rule and make it so that she can be “defeated” but will rise again. Leaving me to have a big baddie to use in another campaign.
If you read my review and would like to get a copy, here is the link.
As always if you have suggestions or comments, please post below.
-Archon Del Noche
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