D&D Story: The Xanathar Guild (Dragon Heist Spoilers)

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Puffin Forest

Year ago

This video is from when I ran Waterdeep Dragon Heist and my players trying to take down the Xanathar Guild. They ended up getting in over their heads and encountering some rather. . . peculiar NPCS, such as a clown, an insane Beholder, a very mild Mind Flayer, and a goldfish. Enjoy!
End music: "Canal 3" by Quincas Moreira from the USshow Audio Library

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Shawn Daniels
Shawn Daniels 2 days ago
IS THERE NOT A PART 2 TO THIS WTF
GorillaGuerilla
GorillaGuerilla 4 days ago
Mindflayer Musketeer?
Rhett R
Rhett R 5 days ago
Nuke there brains
jhuka a
jhuka a 8 days ago
pubg likeaboss tiana
Dennis Gothier
Dennis Gothier 12 days ago
I never noticed the note pad had “kill everyone” written on it 🤣
Drive _
Drive _ 17 days ago
I wanna watch this video so bad but I also never played WDH and I don't want to see spoilers Why you must be so mean, Puffin T-T
William Dron
William Dron 17 days ago
The thing is the book says that if the mindflayer gets cut off he just uses hold person.
Pinky010
Pinky010 18 days ago
So I started running this last night for session 0-0.85. We got everyone together organically because we had a new player at the table. Once we got settled and our characters were established and comfortable I hittem with the bar fight, which they ended up helping the half orc lady. So they didn't think to tail the xanathar g00ns. And ended up fighting the troll. I was blessed there but the stories got high enough on the initiative rolls that they knocked the rogue and fighter down to 1hp each. New girl freaked out and slayed the troll tho so thats always motivating to see.
Revelmonger
Revelmonger 19 days ago
I fought Xanathar at level 1 and managed to survive much to the detriment of the town
KidMonkeyKing
KidMonkeyKing 23 days ago
I love how you draw the stirges as freaking flies! Because we all know that stirges are TOTALLY weak and TOTALLY can’t obliterate any party they come across 😐
Ian Cody
Ian Cody 29 days ago
I Cut half Expected them to kill the fish just for the hell of it
Sam wise
Sam wise 29 days ago
I love how this story reveals that Ben was in fact a horrible GM lol
Dark Assassin
Dark Assassin Month ago
BTW I love your videos I just played this campaign and did not inconer the boss XD hope to see more of your videos.
Claudius Pulcher
Claudius Pulcher Month ago
Let your dumb players die and learn from their poor decisions
nobody important
nobody important Month ago
Would xanathar love you if you gave him the gift of an aquarium tank and your create water spell?
Numbskull2602
Numbskull2602 Month ago
I honestly, ok, this is funny, it is, don’t get me wrong. But I would’ve genuinely been nervous, up until the players literally sealed their own fate, and that point I would have just said “ok guys, you’re about to learn about scouting ahead, thinking tactically and not being dead” *One-Shot all the players* “Ok, so do you guys have any ideas for your new characters?”
DFC/ Double fudge cookiees
DFC/ Double fudge cookiees Month ago
I’m about to run this module for a group of player who have never played dnd before, and neither have I. Horrrraayyyyy...... if anybody got some advice for GMing this, it would be very much so apreaciated
Troy Cole
Troy Cole Month ago
8:25 "I've got another riddle for you: *flip* How fingers of yours do you want to keep attached?"
MrShivshank
MrShivshank Month ago
my life cleric got hit with two crits in that base. then got a 1 on my second death save as the fighter was running towards me with a potion.... >.< RIP
StateBlaze1989
StateBlaze1989 Month ago
Just thought of something: how would the module handle a player trying to convince Xamathar that his guild has been lying to him by giving him a book on fish biology and lifespans?
wintern101
wintern101 Month ago
Goldfish actually live 20 years
ericb31
ericb31 2 months ago
4:39 reminds me of a video I saw: "worst sins a GM can make"... 1) if you fudge dice rolls, do NOT tell the players! that will make them feel like their efforts were wasted. also, that business with Sylgar the goldfish reminds me of a similar gag in the online comic "sluggy freelance" involving a talking frog and his "girlfriend", an ordinary frog...that had to be replaced MANY times.
TheCopyto
TheCopyto 2 months ago
You could have just kill the party, they should learn to not fight a mindflyer or split the party.
Killer Orca
Killer Orca 2 months ago
Wait I remember this from somewhere else
Delorin Desirain
Delorin Desirain 2 months ago
I had a group that did that
Donny Hallam
Donny Hallam 2 months ago
4:48
The Amazing Arsonist
The Amazing Arsonist 2 months ago
Yeah we ran Dragon Heist and that tavern troll is ballshit, we where in the tavern, a troll shows up we do nothing really helpful, the barkeep takes it down, then some dude is like "You guys look like the capable sort!" and gives us the quest and we did nothing besides perhaps take advantage of the distraction the troll made to swipe a few coin purses. It was the GM's first time running so he just followed the script as written and we were all laughing about how we just did nothing and yet still got seen as people who would be good to get a job done.
Jared Lucev
Jared Lucev 2 months ago
Why would he not do it? They did something stupid, wipe the party.
Eevee Bro
Eevee Bro 2 months ago
Me and my friends played and we somehow beat the mindflayer at level 1
Nao Shadowpaws
Nao Shadowpaws 2 months ago
Whimsy is the best :3
Carl Wislon
Carl Wislon 3 months ago
How did you have to fudge rolls for a level 17th fighter with magic weapons to beat a troll
Salty aka quaerere
Salty aka quaerere 3 months ago
When he started talking about the beholder I immediately thought about live clock from the jrwi podcast and a certain episode-
BC Nation
BC Nation 3 months ago
How to resolve using the wrong stat block for an enemy the pc’s weren’t supposed to encounter right away? Make it sound like they barged into a bathroom stall without knocking. D:
Surma Wolfsoul
Surma Wolfsoul 3 months ago
I love that Ben's little notepad just had "kill everyone" written on it.
Mason Swatton
Mason Swatton 3 months ago
8:42 Pum closing door
Dragonfly
Dragonfly 3 months ago
My idea is that the swashbuckler was just waiting for the boss and that during the fight the mind flatter just walks in
clonetf141
clonetf141 3 months ago
If i was in Bens position id have to mindfkayer do this: The mindflayer turns to the party and gives you this confused yet pissed off look, the door opens with the mindflsyets minions but he snaps his fingers signalling his minions to back off he then tells the party "you meddeling kids are in over your head, leave and aplogize abd you may live" If they do then have the mindflayer use illusion magic to put the wall back up, if they dont ket him kill one player and tell em to get lost. If they dont go away then just kill em
Kane Wildbrandt
Kane Wildbrandt 3 months ago
Jehovah's Witnesses: "Hello! We would like to talk-...... Me: 8:43 - 9:10
Kane Wildbrandt
Kane Wildbrandt 3 months ago
@WrathfulShows ... ...
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WrathfulShows 3 months ago
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WrathfulShows 3 months ago
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Kyle
Kyle 3 months ago
The fact that The Xanathar cares so much about Sylgar makes me think he isn't 100% evil. The fact that he experiences love and heartbreak means he is capable of caring for those outside himself, even if those things are blank slates he can project thoughts and feelings onto.
Jupiter
Jupiter 3 months ago
Finally got my hands on the module...Nihloor’s picture is RIGHT NEXT to Nimblewright’s Stat block. It’s a SUPER honest mistake.
Logan DaSilva
Logan DaSilva 4 months ago
you drew the other Dm the exact same as you're brother will
1103 Hawk
1103 Hawk 4 months ago
What if it turned out that those goldfish actually were saying evil things and they were the true masterminds
Kasper Anker Munck
Kasper Anker Munck 4 months ago
Why didn't you just move where the portal was?
Catalina Amanigh
Catalina Amanigh 4 months ago
The more of your videos I watch, the more grateful I become for my group that actually sticks together and doesn't try TOO hard to destroy my plans...
Eddiember
Eddiember 4 months ago
I've started running Waterdeep Dragon Heist for my group... Luckily, my group decided to stay at the Yawning Portal all together, downside, following the module's directions, should only have the players fight two of the stirges, then cover the troll in oil. Two Nat One's later, the entire supply of oil within the Yawning Portal was at the bottom of the well, and the party felt the best way to take down the Troll was setting the whole tavern on fire by throwing the wall lanterns at the supporting pillars. Later on, they also successfully had Ranear killed by throwing Nihloor's minion at his face, then proceeded to torment the poor halflings who had a secret entrance to the lair in their basement that they had no knowledge of... Needless to say, after they burnt down the most well known tavern in the D&D fiction, the party thought that I would simply retcon the whole experience and start from scratch. Guess what, I didn't.
Elijah Schutz
Elijah Schutz 4 months ago
Gold fish live for 15 years lol
that one dude thats not subscribed
that one dude thats not subscribed 4 months ago
Goldfish can live until 43. IN THE RIGHT CONDITIONS
Firestorm
Firestorm 4 months ago
Mr grenade meet Mr goldfish bowl
Spencer MacDougall
Spencer MacDougall 4 months ago
"l cast magic missile on the fish" is the way l want one of my characters to die.
Chad Nationalism
Chad Nationalism 4 months ago
i thought of this video when writing my own custom beholder encounter and i decided to make my beholder obsessed with like... toys. like wooden horses and stuff kids would play with. and he would set up scenarios with the toys that he has total control over. like the paranoid maniac that he is. so the party walks in, and literally sees a beholder, holding a straw doll, talking 'in character' to a wooden doll of a man about something. It was a pretty weird encounter
Eiryu kun
Eiryu kun 4 months ago
yo, we don't talk about the goldfish
David Rossi
David Rossi 4 months ago
0:19 those are some good notes
Douglas McNeil
Douglas McNeil 4 months ago
Sylgar didn't have a German accent did he?
A1OilSauce
A1OilSauce 4 months ago
goldfish are can actually live to be older than the majority of the people who watch your videos
great call
great call 4 months ago
When I hear the abolith voice I go huh awwwwwww I remember you
MorlunKnight
MorlunKnight 4 months ago
So I'm literally running Waterdeep Dragon Heist tonight, and I just wanna point out that the Barkeep of the Yawning Portal Tavern is supposed to take on the Troll from the beginning while the party takes on the rest of the enemies. Edit: Games over, and nearly had a TPK from 2 person party refusing to even take a short rest, and the boss of the first part is a half orc who got back up after the fighter killed him. He cast burning hands but luckily he also killed the other enemy in the room that would have actually killed the party.
undertale go
undertale go 4 months ago
I would find the fish and eat it
• X __Fnaf__BNHA__Undertale__ X •
• X __Fnaf__BNHA__Undertale__ X • 5 months ago
0:20 *KILL EVERYONE*
Merlin Strange The ACE Of Wands
Merlin Strange The ACE Of Wands 5 months ago
Was that Aboleth whimsy????
Ajzoo04
Ajzoo04 5 months ago
This takes me back to one my groups water deep campaign, I'd been in the group and was there for the first Season but had to skip a couple even though I realllly wanted to play. When I come back, I notice that the DM seems a little off, and my PC follows a path of violence and blood shed throw Xanathar's layers. as it turns out, one of my fellow PCs freaking ONE SHOT the mid flare boi who was second in command or something. and Xanathar loved this so much that he HIRED THE GROUP ON THE SPOT. so there we are for the rest of water deep, having to follow a special line because during the first break in, we one shot the mini boss. Yes, this happened. if you're wondering, the pc that merked the mind flare was a level 3 dragon born who just got lucky with a breath attack, Not truly sure how the encounter went down but that's what I got from the summery I was given. Love seeing Puffins videos though, and probably going to try and return water deep cuz it was SUPER Fun. + guns my guys so you know :D
ThisIsOffensive
ThisIsOffensive 5 months ago
Xanathar and Sylgar are like my cat Checkers and myself. Look at them Checkers!
ein Google Name kann exakt ganze 100 Zeichen lang seien Wie soll man das denn ohne Satzeichen Füllen
ein Google Name kann exakt ganze 100 Zeichen lang seien Wie soll man das denn ohne Satzeichen Füllen 5 months ago
Whey did the Mindflair nut just Planeshift out of there?
Aries&Grace
Aries&Grace 5 months ago
For me in the Dragon Hiest we had a a ghost innkeeper at our bar named lied (life) get it?
Aries&Grace
Aries&Grace 5 months ago
And we’re forced to find the master NEAT
Aries&Grace
Aries&Grace 5 months ago
Also my teammate has the stone stuck in him.. NEAT :T
Kyler Hiramoto
Kyler Hiramoto 5 months ago
That "new play" must have been a thug.
Sozin Tallus
Sozin Tallus 5 months ago
Always consider a deep gnome to take svirfneblin magic feat.
Jordan Ottersbach
Jordan Ottersbach 5 months ago
My fave Puffin Forest vid to date.
Frostbite Gaming
Frostbite Gaming 5 months ago
Yay he’s back
Bunder Nmbl
Bunder Nmbl 5 months ago
In Xanathar’s guide for 5e, he leaves all of these notes and I find them very nice, like one of them under the monster slayer ranger says basically “I’m the monster, but you won’t try to kill me will you? Of course not, you’ll just go kill some goblins. Goblins aren’t monsters though, they’re people. Maybe you should call yourselves people killers.” Maybe Xanathar is the true hero
Darren George
Darren George 6 months ago
"We represent the Xanathar Guild, the Xanathar Guild, the Xanathar Guild, and in the name of the Xanathar Guild, we welcome you to Waterdeep!"
Bra bra
Bra bra 6 months ago
If you're supposed to read the text your players are not in the position to say no. Don't let your players walk all over you.
VoxlKnight
VoxlKnight 6 months ago
7:19 as any true dwarf knows, getting your beard choked out is fatal XD
Laffing Gas
Laffing Gas 6 months ago
*Guys this is important* On the dnd sourcebook "Xanathar's guide to everything" it has a picture of Xanathar staring at a Goldfish The dnd creators are the best
Happiness
Happiness 6 months ago
I'm preparing for this module right now. The troll is meant to pop out at the tail end of the tavern brawl. So tailing the bad guys would involve ignoring the giant troll in the room. Either way, as I'm reading the module I can see where this would get a little crazy for you.
Chad Nationalism
Chad Nationalism 6 months ago
im still running dragon heist and my party has been 3rd level for like... months. talking about the mcguffin and the xanathar guild in this video, we haven't even gotten to that yet and have been playing for nearly 6 months
Bruhboss31
Bruhboss31 6 months ago
Notepad: THERE CAN BE NO SURVIVORS The Party:*is immortal*
Aero
Aero 6 months ago
There's a completely different side to the story in the captions. XD
Caden Strasburg
Caden Strasburg 6 months ago
Hey this came out on my birthday last year just finished playing this and I almost died twice
Ceviro Ho
Ceviro Ho 6 months ago
I like the responsible guy
Knox Brown
Knox Brown 6 months ago
What's the order to these videos? I think I've seen half of them but all out of order lol
Anamosa Mapper
Anamosa Mapper 6 months ago
SYLGAR, DESTROYER OF UNIVERSES
Not Ben
Not Ben 6 months ago
If a beholder is ever bearable by a party, you’re playing it wrong. Beholders shouldn’t be able to be defeated the way that they’re written.
Brandon Sackett
Brandon Sackett 6 months ago
How do i get into this guys campaign?? L m a o this guy would be great to play D&D with.
jay quickblade
jay quickblade 6 months ago
Also i think that one of the new players had at least seen something online on how a session could go horribly horribly wrong or maybe just knew that dnd is a game that everyone only really wins if everyone has fun and at least knew that dead people don't have that much fun... That's just a guess though
Kereea
Kereea 6 months ago
So, as someone interested in animal enrichment and the like, I instantly think: could you not get into the hideout by disguising yourselves as craftspeople who build only the finest of fish enclosures? Like, no shit Sylgar's dying all the time in you keep him in a tiny bowl, goldfish can actually live an average of fifteen years with proper enclousures, with the longest in captivity being a whopping forty three years. Clearly, it would be to the benefit of all to get Sylgar a proper goldfish habitat instead of a mere bowl, which is likely stunting his growth and killing him far, far too quickly.
Electric Boogaloo
Electric Boogaloo 6 months ago
I'm high as fuck and i just had some chilli pork nachos. *It was delicious, better than sex actually*
Soda Pop Barbecue
Soda Pop Barbecue 7 months ago
Will is a DM?
Rian Harrington
Rian Harrington 7 months ago
9:16 got me dying lol
James Steckel
James Steckel 7 months ago
so.... Xanathar is Ricky from trailer park boys
Chance Foster
Chance Foster 7 months ago
Takes notes in notepad (Kill everyone)
KillerWolf 2019
KillerWolf 2019 7 months ago
9:16 us: The return of the king
That’s a lot of Sodium coins
That’s a lot of Sodium coins 7 months ago
Goldfish can live for like fifty years if cared for properly they just need like twenty gallon tanks and to have water changes twice a week
Tom B
Tom B 7 months ago
If you guys read the captions while Ben is describing the mindflayer, the captions actually get snarky about Ben's explaination about the wrong stats. EDIT: Actually the whole video has snarky captions lol.
Darklord Ky
Darklord Ky 7 months ago
I'm new to d&d and to this channel.... I lost it when you revealed your notepad at the beginning. Lmao
Franky/ QuilavaFireblast
Franky/ QuilavaFireblast 7 months ago
Here’s tentacles, close the door… Literally me
Mackenzie Dillon
Mackenzie Dillon 7 months ago
I thought goldfish live 15-20 years?
SuperBoss Giovanni
SuperBoss Giovanni 7 months ago
I always wondered how Zanithar doesn't realize that goldfish don't live that long. Beholders have an Int of 17 and a Wis of 15. There is no reason for him to not realize that
Pumpkin NoLastName
Pumpkin NoLastName 8 months ago
actually, in proper conditions, goldfish can live up to 40 years, clearly Mr. Beholder doesnt care for sylgar well enough
CthulhuFhtagn
CthulhuFhtagn 8 months ago
And this, kids, is why you never, ever run modules.
Neg Leyk
Neg Leyk 8 months ago
Xanathar and Sylgar reminds me of Darth Laser and Flipsie
E. Gordbort
E. Gordbort 8 months ago
Dude just have the mind flayer nimblewright be a thrall with a hat of disguise self
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