As we were designing an expansion for Neverwinter, we needed a huge space for players to progress to level 80 with a new cap increase. Where better to do so than in the biggest dungeon in the Forgotten Realms? With that idea in mind, Wizards of the Coast’s “Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage” book was our tome of choice for research and reference. By offering 23 different levels in the famed dungeon of Undermountain, this D&D Fifth Edition campaign book gave our team so many choices for location and story content, centered around the Mad Mage – Halster Blackcloak – and his vast creation.
It was actually very difficult to select only a few of the levels and monsters covered in the book, which prompted many brainstorm and pitch sessions amongst the team. Everyone spent these meetings advocating the pros and cons of their favorite dungeon environment, stories, and monsters in found in Undermountain. There’s so much great content in the Mad Mage’s dungeon that we wanted to bring to our pl..