Review: Wizards of the Coast – Tales from the Yawning Portal (Dungeons & Dragons), Part 2

Tales from the Yawning Portal
Tales from the Yawning Portal is an epic fantasy adventure compilation for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, compiled by Kim Mohan and Mike Mearls and published by Wizards of the Coast.
By David Pierson

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This review, Part 2, is the DM’s review of Tales from the Yawning Portal.

I’ve been playing Dungeons and Dragons for about 25 years, however the mere thought about Dungeon Mastering always brought fear to my mind. That is until roughly 6 years ago when our long time DM expressed his interest in playing a character, and I was the only one willing to give it a try. I ran a few published adventures, but quickly discovered that our group really wasn’t in on the published settings. So, I began crafting a new homebrew setting and we’ve been playing in that playground ever since.

Now, how is this relevant to Tales From the Yawning Portal you may be asking? As a group of homebrew players, who have dabbled with published adventures before. I was really interested if I could adapt the updated adventures into my homebrew setting without the players even realizing it. With the variety of adventures Tales provides, you can easily find one to drop right into your setting, or even your current campaign arc.

Given timing of the current campaign, The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan was the perfect adventure for my group of PCs. The resources provided within the updated adventure made it so easy to drop it into the current arc and adjust to meet my needs. After changing some names and modifying some of the rooms to fit the campaign, I was set to present this portion of the arc to the group. Total prep time: roughly 3 hours.

So, with no spoilers to the campaign, the group survived their adventure and successfully progressed the story arc. I could tell as we went through there was some familiarity, however the modifying to some of the rooms that I made had the group thinking twice about some of their steps. Overall, a successful integration and I’m looking forward to using Tales From the Yawning Portal more.

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