Kobold Press Designed Tyranny of Dragons Adventures for the New Edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Tabletop Roleplaying Game

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Dragon Attack

Somehow, words like “happy,” “pleased” or even “excited” don’t do this announcement justice. So just imagine the dazed grins on our faces when we say…

…Kobold Press, working as a design studio for Wizards of the Coast, has designed two adventures to support the upcoming Tyranny of Dragons storyline—Hoard of the Dragon Queen (out in August) and The Rise of Tiamat (October). These adventures are the first to work with the new rules set.

Veteran D&D designers Wolfgang Baur and Steve Winter are combining forces to provide fans of the tabletop roleplaying game with two dragon-packed adventures that takes your band of brave adventurers into the Forgotten Realms to do battle with the Cult of the Dragon and its dread queen, Tiamat herself.

Rath Modar“Wolfgang Baur was at the top of our list for a reason,” said Mike Mearls, Senior Manager at Wizards of the Coast. “Between his work on Dungeon magazine in the 1990s and at Kobold Press today, he’s shown a keen eye for adventure design that few can match. What I love about Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat is how Wolfgang and Steve Winter have approached the traditional adventure format. While the episodic structure makes it easy for DMs to trace the campaign’s humble beginnings to its epic conclusion, within those episodes is a level of flexibility and freedom for DMs and players that places this among the great D&D campaigns.”

We’re honored that Wizards invited us to be such an integral part of a new era in D&D history, and we can’t wait to share what we’re doing. From now until Hoard of the Dragon Queen is released to coincide with Gen Con, we’ll post more info about the adventures—plus artwork and designer notes—on the Kobold Press blog as a new series we call Tiamat Tuesdays. We look forward to telling you more about this amazing project.

For more information about the Tyranny of Dragons storyline and the products that support it, visit DungeonsandDragons.com.

And now, to answer some of your no-doubt burning questions…


Will Kobold Press design more official products for the next edition of D&D under the same type of arrangement?

Hey, we would be honored to do so! But right now we’re focused on delivering Tyranny of Dragons.

Do you know what license the next edition of D&D will be released under?

We don’t know, and under our agreement with Wizards, we don’t really need to know in order to design Tyranny of Dragons. Wizards of the Coast is the publisher; Kobold Press is a design studio. It’s a bit similar to the way that a video game studio might create a video game that another, larger firm brings to market.

Will Kobold Press continue to publish products compatible with other RPGs?

Our primary publications are compatible with Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, and our secondary line is the 13th Age RPG. We’ll continue to focus on those games, and others as it makes sense.

The agreement we’re operating under for Tyranny of Dragons is a one-time deal: Kobold Press doesn’t have blanket permission to produce products for the new edition of D&D.

Will Kobold Press create fewer Pathfinder RPG compatible products now that the next edition of D&D is here?

Absolutely not. Kobold Press will launch a major Pathfinder Kickstarter after Gen Con. We have a dozen Pathfinder releases in various stages of development, and we expect to spend most of our time producing Pathfinder RPG material in 2014 and 2015.

How about 13th Age?

We’ll visit with the 13th Age RPG as our schedule allows, and as fans support it. We hope to announce one such product in September.

Will Kobold Press continue to publish existing 4th Edition D&D material?

Kobold Press discontinued publishing new 4E material in 2013 with the Defenders of Midgard book as our final release. However, we’ve kept the Midgard Bestiary for 4th Edition and Courts of the Shadow Fey in print under the terms of the GSL. We’ll keep them in print as long as the license allows.

Will Kobold Press publish new 4th Edition D&D material?

No, we don’t have plans at this time to publish new 4th Edition material.

Art credits: “Dragon Attack” by Guido Kuip; “Rath Modar” by Marcel Mercado


  1. Congratulations to you guys. You have fingers in many pies and I think we’re all the better for it.

    Role Play Craft

    May 19, 2014

  2. Is it wrong that I am more excited about the September announcement for the 13th Age product than for this?


    May 19, 2014

  3. That is just the bestest news ever. I am super excited to see the book covers and now that you can let the world know that you have been a part of the next Dungeons and Dragons project. brilliant stuff .


    May 19, 2014

  4. Can’t get over how excited I am for you guys. Congratulations all around.

    And tell those townsfolk on the road in the painting above to quit their dawdling and run for cover. There’s a blue dragon about to bring down the wrath of Zeus or something on their heads. :)


    May 19, 2014

  5. This is *so* amazing! Congratulations! I am very much looking forward to those adventures!


    May 19, 2014

  6. Yep, pretty cool stuff! :)

    Marc Radle

    May 19, 2014

  7. Exciting news! And I must say I love the art!


    May 19, 2014

  8. Just wait to you see the rest of the art!!!

    Marc Radle

    May 19, 2014

  9. I have been itchy to share this news for ages! And I am crazy excited that Steve and I got to spin up both high adventure and occasional quirky D&D magic. And we put a lot of nefarious characters into this one.

    Yeah, ok, I just love adventures. This one especially.

    Wolfgang Baur

    May 19, 2014

  10. Congrats! Great news for the company.

    Though the most exciting thing for me here is the September announcement of the 13th Age product (being a huge 13th Age fan).

    Stephen Abel

    May 19, 2014

  11. Awesome freakin’ sauce! Do we know what the level ranges for these two adventures will be? Are they continuous from one to the next?

    Aaron Scott

    May 19, 2014

  12. Great to see those two on the front lines of this new edition. This gives me hope going forward.

    Mike B

    May 19, 2014

  13. This is just the thing to make me start caring about published adventures again, super pumped to hear that two of my favorite people are behind them too. Congrats guys!


    May 19, 2014

  14. Congratulations! Super cool!


    May 19, 2014

  15. Congratulations! This seems like quite a coup.


    May 19, 2014

  16. What levels are these 2 modules aimed at? They outwardly seem to be for high level characters, which seems at odds to coincide with the release of a starter set.

    Sean Fahey

    May 19, 2014

  17. Whoa! That’s quite a contract for the Kobolds. Congrats and I’m looking forward to the adventures.

    Henry W

    May 19, 2014

  18. Small but fierce indeed! Congratulations to the Kobold-in-Chief and his friend about this great project!

    Jarrod Camiré

    May 19, 2014

  19. Just keep PF and 13th material comming and I’ll be drooling over every release 😀 Next might get also interesting, but what about some AGE?

    Vojtech Pribyl

    May 19, 2014

  20. Sounds fun, I can’t wait for you to start sharing the details!

    Mike Franke

    May 19, 2014

  21. Aaron and Shawn, these adventures start with 1st level PCs and run up to fairly high level. It’s a campaign with quite a bit of flexibility built into some sections, and firmer rails in other sections. Playtest results have been very encouraging (and helped tweak some missteps).

    And yes, book 2 does follow from the finale of book 1. I suppose they could be played separately, but they’re meant to work together.


    May 19, 2014

  22. Great news! Congratulations! I believe this is the rightest thing that wotc do, lol. Bravo~

    Hao Zhang

    May 19, 2014

  23. This is great news! Fantastic pair of folks to give this to.
    You guys should follow this up by taking Dungeon and Dragon Magazines into the Kobold Press fold for WOTC. You have experience in the print/pdf magazine business, an awesome stable of freelancers and writers… You can open the magazine to all editions of DnD, it would be well received in the community. Go, go… get it done! :)


    May 19, 2014

  24. What will be required in order to play these adventures ?
    Will I have to own the D&D Starter set ? The new PHB ?



    May 20, 2014

  25. Congratulations Wolfgang/KP/etc. this is a great opportunity for you guys. It sounds like your hearts are still firmly entrenched in PF/13th Age, but having the chance to develop the first-released, highly-hyped adventures for the new edition of D&D is of course a great honor and something that is sure to bring you lots of attention. I only hope that Wizards makes it easy for you to continue making D&D supplements in the future and that this one-off deal isn’t indicative of the kind of contracts that will have to be written up for publishers to do work for D&D Next.


    May 20, 2014

  26. awesome beyond awesome!


    May 20, 2014

  27. Very exciting news! The KP gang definitely are worthy of this development. I’m curious, how is this adventure going to fit into the FR timeline?

    Theodric the Obscure

    May 24, 2014

  28. I’m really excited to hear this. D&D will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m glad to know that the inaugural adventures are in the hands of masters.

    Geoff D.

    May 28, 2014

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