Free Baldur’s Gate 3 D&D Beyond content for tabletop DMs and players

D&D Beyond, which delivers the Baldur’s Gate 3 experience to the tabletop RPG, now offers a free Baldur’s Gate Gazetteer.


D&D Beyond releases a free Baldur s Gate Gazetteer to help DM s and players bring the Baldur s Gate 3 experience to the tabletop. (Images: Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro and Larian Studios)

Experienced Dungeons & Dragons players are well acquainted with the Sword Coast region and the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. Even the live-action movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves made a passing reference to the mythos. But because of the CRPG Baldur’s Gate 3 by Larian Studios’ tremendous success, there has been a surge in players who want to try the traditional D&D tabletop RPG.

These new prospective DMs and players may easily become overloaded with information due to the extensive and rich history of source material from all the D&D editions that explored Faerun. Fortunately for Baldur’s Gate lovers, D&D Beyond has just published a new Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition introduction. It’s also free!

The Baldur’s Gate Gazetteer was made available, and both the D&D Beyond website and the official social media platforms reported about it.

Simply logging onto the D&D Beyond website or app (available through Google Play and the App Store) will grant you access to the free Baldur’s Gate Gazetteer. The Baldur’s Gate Gazetteer is marketed as a reference for Dungeon Masters (DMs) and players of the tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons as well as for use with the D&D Beyond app:

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In Baldur’s Gate, thievery, blackmail, and illegal trade runs rampant. Now you can journey to this dangerous city of the Sword Coast with the Baldur’s Gate Gazetteer. Learn about each of the city’s districts and key locations and people, and unlock backgrounds for your next Baldurian character!

This claim unlocks the Baldur’s Gate Gazetteer for use in the D&D Beyond compendium and character builder.

The Baldur’s Gate Gazetteer is divided into many parts that include major sites and landmarks, the city’s political, religious, economic, and social status quo, and significant NPCs that can serve as potential plot points for dungeon masters when creating adventures.

Baldur’s Gate is the biggest city-state on the Sword Coast in the D&D setting of the Forgotten Realms. It acts as a crucial hub for the social, political, religious, and economic power structure in this region of the continent as well as for travelers and adventurers.If D&D players want to include Baldur’s Gate and its surroundings in their characters’ origin tales, they can do so by including the new distinctive Backgrounds. For instance, the Folk Hero Background could be able to persuade commoners in Baldur’s Gate to aid the group. Another illustration is the Noble Background, who may be among the powerful patriarchs who rule the Upper City of Baldur’s Gate.

The 2019 adventure campaign supplement Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus, developed by Chris Perkins (D&D Senior Story Designer), is entirely compatible with the Baldur’s Gate Gazetteer content and the Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons rules. As a prelude to the events of Baldur’s Gate 3, Descent Into Avernus also introduces Arkhan the Cruel, a figure played by actor and ardent D&D supporter Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike’s Last Dance), into the history of the Forgotten Realms.

Fans of Baldur’s Gate 3 can carry on their characters’ adventures from the video game to the “theater-of-mind” of the D&D tabletop experience with the free Baldur’s Gate Gazetteer.It’s a smart idea to have a simple-to-use tool that new DMs and players can utilize to bring their prior Baldur’s Gate 3 characters. Baldur’s Gate 3’s commercial and critical success has benefited Wizards of the Coast (and parent company Hasbro). The best entry point into the tabletop roleplaying experience for popular video game gamers is proven to be a partnership with Larian Studios and the licensing of the D&D IP.

For Windows PC, Baldur’s Gate is accessible through Steam and GOG and can be played on the Steam Deck. The Sony Playstation 5 port of BG3 is scheduled to arrive on September 6, 2023.

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