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The votes for February’s “Release the Kraken” have brought us to a piece that I think would be a perfect fit into any Waterdeep: Dragon Heist campaign – Paradise Control.
When I was asked for an underground casino map for a D&D game, I immediately had a flashback to the classic Operation: Sprechenhaltestelle adventure that came bundled with the 1980 & 1981 editions of TSR’s Top Secret RPG by Merle Rasmussen. One of the organizations hidden beneath the streets of the city is Pair-a-Dice, a full-fledged secret casino floor set underground.
Now, realistically an underground casino in a faux-medieval environment would most likely resemble a prohibition-era gambling den more than what we think of as a casino – a couple of rooms where people can play their games of chance and maybe store some drinks and a couple of security goons. But this is full on fantasy, so I went with something a little more full-on James Bond, Dragonslayer.
Paradise Control is a small casino when compared to modern mega-casinos, but is quite the underground establishment. It was built out of the basements of multiple structures in town, although disconnected from the actual buildings above during the construction phase. A few disconnected basements remain around the casino, but the only way to the surface is the stairs at the main entrance and a secret sewer escape system.
There are two staircases down to the lobby of Paradise Control from a pair of local businesses. The lobby channels clients towards the main floor with three gambling “pits”, two bars, a linked restaurant and a few halls that can be rented, used for parties, or set up as additional gambling space as needed.
The lower left portion of the map is the service hallways for general staff, including storage space and sewer access (for trash disposal). The upper right passages link the kitchen to the dinning area, and also provide access for security to the various rooms of the establishment (the security room is in the upper right corner and comes with a set of three cells for taking care of problems).
Finally on the lower right we have a pair of offices off the main room, one of which has secret doors to the the southern banquet hall as well as to a secret stairwell down to the sewer area.
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I haven’t scoured the DoMM maps, yet, (though one of my players gave me the nicely laimnated set this weekend – YAY PC!!). Is this to be found on a specific level of the DoMM or somewhere else under Waterdeep? Either way this WILL be a place my PCs visit and likely wager … perhaps more than just some of the 100ks of gold dragons they’ve recently come into!
Sorry – better reading helps, ‘could be’ found under Waterdeep. So, it WILL be found under our Waterdeep!! Very nice!!
Dyson Logos said:
DotMM is really about Undermountain, which is different from the sewers and basements of Waterdeep. This definitely belongs tucked in and among the basements of other buildings in the city.
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Tony Stroppa said:
Ha ha! I came across the name and wondered if this was a reference to Top Secret: Sprechenhaltestelle.
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