The city of Baldur’s Gate is an immensely popular setting for Dungeons and Dragons Adventures. This is true both of the 3 video games that have been published and the numerous D&D adventures that take place in the city. Let’s say you want to include this famous city as a location in your D&D game. Where should you go to find the information you need?
Faerûn and the Sword Coast
The Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide was the first 5e book that contained information about Baldur’s Gate. You get about a page and a half and the nice map above. This is a good start, but it may not give you all the information you need to really craft an adventure that takes place in Baldur’s gate, and is consistent with the lore for the town. It will give you a lot of detail on this particular region of Faerûn. This helps ground the city in the setting of the continent as a whole.
An Adventure Set in Baldur’s Gate
Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus is set, at least partially, in the titular city. Unfortunately for seekers of the city’s lore, the majority of the adventure takes place in Avernus, part of the 9 Hells. That said, the book does contain a gazetteer section that provide a good bit of information on the city. This is 50 full pages of the book and covers a lot of territory about the city at the time of the adventure. The book includes voluminous information about the Upper, Lower, and Outer Cities of Baldur’s gate. Furthermore, you get information about the citites government and economy. Last but not least, you get information on backgrouds for PCs that can help weave them into the fabric of the city.
Now that we’ve taken a brief spin through the published content on Baldur’s Gate. Maybe take a minute to learn about the DungeonSports Coliseum (which IMHO is way better).