Dungeons & Dragons Is Celebrating 5 Years of the 5th Edition With a Gorgeous Return to Its First Adventure

Tiamat raises her head—well, heads—once more for Tyranny of Dragons.
Tiamat raises her head—well, heads—once more for Tyranny of Dragons.
Image: Hydro74 (Wizards of the Coast)

When Dungeons & Dragons rebooted its ruleset for its 5th official edition back in 2014, alongside the rules, Wizards of the Coast offered an epic battle against Tiamat herself as the first adventure for new heroes to deal with. Now, five years on, they’re revisiting it for a special, and rather fabulous looking treat.

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Announced at Comic-Con yesterday, Wizards of the Coast will release Tyranny of Dragons this October in a brand new hardback edition featuring artwork from Hydro74. The rerelease marks the first time the two-part adventure—released back in 2014 as Hoard of the Dragon Queen and then The Rise of Tiamatwill be available in a single edition, providing a even that can bring a party of characters from level one all the way up to level 16.

The full new cover for Tyranny of Dragons.
The full new cover for Tyranny of Dragons.
Image: Hydro74 (Wizards of the Coast)
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Tyranny of Dragons is more than a simple re-release of two books in one, however. As well as the new cover art, the re-release incorporates player feedback from the first two releases to smooth out the progressive curve of the quests presented in Hoard of the Dragon Queeen and The Rise of Tiamat, which will encompass all the tweaks and addendums made to how D&D fifth edition plays in the five years gamers have had their hands on it.

As an included bonus, the book will also include extra resources for players and dungeon masters that were only previously available online, as well as a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes concept art made for the adventure that rivals even Tiamat’s most desirable loot.

Given how well fifth edition has been embraced by fans, it’s cool to see Wizards bring back the adventure that started at all—but do so in a way that it incorporates everything they and those selfsame fans have learned and loved about this version of D&D in the process. That’s way better than just slapping two books together with a new cover and calling it a day. Tyranny of Dragons is set to hit hobby stores October 22.

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“Given how well fifth edition has been embraced by fans..”

Wow.. that line has been bought and paid for.

In playing Neverwinter Online I meet a lot of pp d&d gamers from oldies to newbies, and there are a number of comic shops in my area where fans get together and play. 5th edition is certainly not ‘well embraced’ .. each new edition has been hated more than the last as they come out with new branded versions of old material just to resell the same content over again. 5th edition is pretty well hated by the old gamers, and new ones.. just don’t care because there are so many other better systems out there now.

Make your $ wizards of the coast. Its clear thats all you care about, and its all you have cared about for at least 20 years. So yea, while they claim this as a financial success, its because they have better marketing tools nowadays, not because its a good or comparable system.