D&D has just released a free Baldur's Gate booklet for anyone that wants to find out more about the city, or explore this grungy metropolis themselves in pen and paper RPGs.
Available to download now if you have a free D&D Beyond account, the Baldur's Gate Gazetteer describes the eponymous city's history, its points of interest, and people in detail. It also delves into the scuzzy underworld of a location many of us have been exploring in Baldur's Gate 3, providing backgrounds for characters who hail from the region. In much the same way, the 'Dark Secrets' mechanic allows you to pick a terrible choice or conspiracy that binds the party together.
While this isn't an entirely new addition to the library of Dungeons and Dragons books (it was part of Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus a few years back), it's still a useful tool for anyone who wants to create adventures set in the city. Even if you just want to find out more about the location, it's a great place to start; there's plenty of info on the lore of Baldur's Gate itself, so it's a fun read for anyone who's playing through the Baldur's Gate video game.
This is one of many free downloads that D&D Beyond has launched over the last couple of years, but it's probably one of the better ones in terms of both timing and content. It always felt a little odd that details for such an iconic setting from one of the best tabletop RPGs was hidden away in an adventure book (good though it is), so it being released by itself for everyone to use while interest in the city is high seems sensible.
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