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D&D Celebration will take place Sept. 18-20

A giant monster with the head of an owl attacks a stricken traveler in Icewind Dale. A pack of wolves look on, their red eyes piercing the blue wind. Image: Wizards of the Coast
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Dungeons & Dragons’ newest campaign book, Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden, arrives on Sept. 15. To celebrate, publisher Wizards of the Coast will be hosting a three-day online gaming event called D&D Celebration. Unlike previous events, it won’t be limited to those who can attend in person. In fact, it will allow players around the world to participate virtually in the biggest D&D game ever played.

Over the course of the Sept. 18-20 weekend, players and fans will be able to watch gameplay, community-led panels, and announcements. The event will also include more information about the just-announced Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything rulebook.

Image: Wizards of the Coast

Online games will also be available on all three days of D&D Celebration, run by the D&D Adventurers League, Wizards’ official organized play group. The virtual sessions — hosted on online play platforms like Zoom, Discord, Roll20, and Fantasy Grounds — will take place in Icewind Dale and feature preview content from Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything. On Sept. 19, over 1,000 players will take part in what Wizards says will be the largest tabletop roleplaying event ever, with dozens of games played over the course of the day woven together into a larger meta-narrative by Adventurers League Dungeon Masters.

All games are ticketed, so you’ll need to pay $5 for Friday or Sunday, and $10 for Saturday’s games. The ticketing fee will be donated to Extra Life. To take part, you’ll need to sign up at the Yawning Portal with a low-level character.