Everything You Need To Run Rime of the Frostmaiden

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Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden is thrilling adventure that beckons players to the icy expanse of the Forgotten Realms. This campaign, known for its mysterious atmosphere and bone-chilling challenges, is set against the backdrop of the Realms’ most frigid wilderness. Adventurers confront the haunting secrets of the frost-covered landscape, navigate the intrigues of its frostbitten communities, and contend with the ever-looming threat posed by the Frostmaiden herself, a deity shrouded in mystery.

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden is a narrative-rich expedition that explores the tundras of the far north. To truly bring this frigid domain to life, a range of resources becomes indispensable. From detailed guides that illuminate the darkest corners of the North to extra aventures and beyond, these resources are pivotal in providing Dungeon Masters with the tools needed to navigate the campaign’s intricacies.

As we venture further into the chilling embrace of Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden, let us explore the essential tools and treasures that await in the tundra. These resources, carefully curated for adventurers and storytellers, promise to elevate your expedition from a mere survival quest to an epic tale of bravery against the encroaching frost.

What is Rime of the Frostmaiden?

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden is a campaign for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition that takes players on an epic journey through one of the most perilous and frigid landscapes known to the Realms. Set against the backdrop of the icy wilderness of the Ten-Towns and beyond, this adventure blends elements of horror, mystery, and survival into a deeply immersive narrative.

The campaign is deeply rooted in themes of isolation, darkness, and the struggle against an unyielding winter. It challenges players to confront not only the physical threats lurking in the snowdrifts but also the psychological pressures that come with constant darkness and the fear of the unknown.

At the heart of the campaign is the Frostmaiden, Auril, a deity who has shrouded Icewind Dale in unending winter. Her motives and the mystery behind the perpetual night form the central narrative drive, compelling adventurers to delve into ancient ruins, haunted landscapes, and confront eldritch powers to unveil the truth and end the eternal winter.

Survival is a constant theme, as players must navigate the harsh wilderness, securing shelter, warmth, and sustenance, all while battling the elements and the creatures that roam the frozen tundra. When the players find shelter in the Ten-Towns, each offers a complex web of alliances and enmities. The campaign explores the effects of isolation on these communities, pushing players to navigate the delicate balance of power, negotiate for resources, and unite the towns against a common threat.

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden offers an opportunity to explore complex themes in the frigid landscape of Icewind Dale. This campaign is a call to all Dungeon Masters seeking to create an epic tale of bravery and adventure in a world rule by a powerful deity .

Finding Your Way to Icewind Dale

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden is best experienced with a physical book. You can pick this up at your local game store, or over at Amazon. Having a copy on the table beside you is a simple way to ensure you have everything you need to start exploring the frozen north.

Sometimes the desolate and frostbitten landscapes of Icewind Dale call for an immersive experience that transcends the traditional tabletop setup. Enter the world of virtual tabletops (VTTs), where the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden – Roll20 VTT is an indispensable tool for groups that game exclusively online. This Roll20 module is specifically designed to bring this campaign to life, offering a suite of digital features that enhance storytelling and gameplay like maps, tokens, and easy access to the campaign’s rules and lore.

No matter which option you choose, this campaign will deliver a foray into the frostbitten wilderness that is unforgettable.

Comprehensive Guides for the Ultimate Campaign

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden is filled with harrowing landscapes, intricate plots, and encounters that can chill to the bone. Navigating the complexities of this campaign requires more than just a keen understanding of D&D mechanics—it demands a mastery of the setting that can only be achieved with the right resources.

The Complete DM’s Bundle is designed specifically to empower Dungeon Masters embarking on the Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign. This bundle is a compilation of resources that offer a comprehensive overview of the campaign’s intricacies. From detailed guides that break down each chapter to maps for doing battle, the bundle equips DMs with everything needed to bring the frozen wilderness of Icewind Dale to life. Plus it includes cheatsheets that streamline gameplay, making it easier for DMs to keep track of key events, NPCs, and the myriad twists and turns the story can take.

Additional guides such as the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden – The Complete DM’s Guide and the Rime of the Frostmaiden Companion – The Complete Edition delve into these aspects, providing valuable insights into the environmental and cultural factors that shape the adventure. Both these guides go beyond mere logistics and mechanics, offering creative tips, reference guides, quests, statblocks and more.

With these resources, DMs can create a vivid, dynamic world that feels alive and responsive to the players’ actions and be fully prepared to evoke the beauty and peril of Icewind Dale.

Rime of the Frostmaiden Campaign Resources

The icy expanse of Icewind Dale is shaped by bitter cold, ancient magic, and the resilient spirits who call it home. To truly bring this frigid frontier to life, Dungeon Masters can benefit from a suite of resources designed to deepen their understanding of the Dale and enrich their adventure with expanded content and exploration opportunities.

  • Player Primer: Icewind Dale: This invaluable resource serves as a perfect introduction for players stepping into the boots of adventurers bound for Icewind Dale. It offers a comprehensive overview of the region’s geography, culture, history, and factions, equipping players with the background knowledge they need. This primer ensures that players are well-prepared for the journey ahead.
  • Traveler’s Guide to Icewind Dale: Expanding on the foundational knowledge provided by the Player Primer, the Traveler’s Guide expands character options with new subclasses, backgrounds, spells, and magic items. Plus it includes new monsters, terrain, and weather rules to keep your players surprised. It’s an essential tool for DMs looking for an accurate depiction of Icewind Dale and it’s hazards.
  • Ten-Towns Expanded: The settlements of Ten-Towns are the lifeblood of Icewind Dale, each with its unique character and struggles. Ten-Towns Expanded provides a detailed look at these communities, offering new quests, NPCs, events, and encounters that can be woven into the Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign. This offers players the chance to engage more deeply with the people of Icewind Dale, making their adventure feel truly integral to the fate of the region.
  • Tessa Presents: 92 maps for Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden breathes life into your encounters. Each map highlights the unique locations featured in each chapter of the campaign. They enable DMs to accurately depict the geography of Icewind Dale, and allow for strategic decision-making in combat.

These resources help expand on many of the gaps in the campaign book, and ensure that you have all the essentials you need to run engaging adventures in the frozen north.

Expanding the Adventure

To enrich Rime of the Frostmaiden, incorporating starting quests and adventure supplements can provide a thrilling prologue or add depth to the ongoing narrative. These expansions not only offer fresh challenges but also introduce diverse elements that can adapt the campaign to the unique preferences of each adventuring party.

  • Ythryn Expanded Towers of Magic Bundle: For adventurers drawn to the arcane mysteries of Icewind Dale, this bundle offers a wealth of additional content centered around the ancient, magic-infused city of Ythryn. Here you get detailed VTT supported maps for each of the 8 towers complete with a mini-dungeon making them each their own adventure.
  • Icewind Dale: Blood Runs Cold: A perfect starting point for parties venturing into Icewind Dale, this adventure acts as an engaging introduction to the campaign. Designed to set the tone, this adventure offers a collection of campaign connections, locations, VTT maps, statblocks, and more. This adventure ensures that players are fully immersed in the world of Icewind Dale from the very beginning.
  • Icewind Dale: Tome of Adventures: Expanding the repertoire of quests this book offers a collection of short, versatile adventures that can be seamlessly integrated into the Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign. These adventures offer a unique blend of new creatures to battle and interesting scenarios to pull your players into the action.
  • Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden Adventure Bundle: This compilation includes three adventures that span the length and breadth of Icewind Dale, each designed to complement the overarching story of Rime of the Frostmaiden. Each of these expands on a core section of the campaign that is underdeveloped to fill in the gaps for your players.
  • Holiday-Themed Adventures: Embracing the festive spirit, holiday-themed adventures such as Once Upon a Winter’s Eve and In the Black Midwinter offer a delightful twist on the traditional Icewind Dale experience. These adventures, set against the backdrop of Christmas themes, provides a respite from the campaign’s darker themes. Integrating these holiday adventures into Rime of the Frostmaiden adds a bit of festive cheer amidst the icy desolation.

These resources ensure that Dungeon Masters have a wealth of material at their disposal to customize the journey, tailoring it to the preferences and interests of their players.

Spicing Up Encounters

In Rime of the Frostmaiden, encounters serve as pivotal moments that can shift the direction of the campaign. To ensure these encounters remain dynamic, unpredictable, and integrated into the storyline, these resources are invaluable tools for Dungeon Masters.

  • Icewind Dale Notice Board Seeds: This supplement provides a collection 20 of plot hooks and quest beginnings that can be posted on notice boards in any of Ten-Towns. These seeds serve as an excellent way to introduce new quests, mysteries, and challenges in a manner that feels organic to the setting. This resource is especially useful for creating side quests that can run parallel to the main campaign, offering opportunities for character development, exploration, and unique rewards.
  • Encounters in Icewind Dale: For Dungeon Masters seeking to enrich the campaign with the unexpected, this compilation of 24 encounters includes new creatures, magic items, and maps. Each encounter is designed to be easily integrated into the campaign, serving as obstacles or points of interest.

These encounters can be used to highlight the harshness of the environment, underscore the themes of survival and mystery that permeate Rime of the Frostmaiden. They can also be modified to adjust the difficulty and stakes to match the party’s level and objectives.

Creatures, Cults, and Loot

From the elusive fey to formidable cults, extra inhabitants of these frozen lands create a campaign filled with compelling encounters and rich narrative depth. These books stand out as essential resources for bringing the frostbitten wilderness to life:

  • Fey Compendium IV: Winter Fey: This comprehensive guide explores the world of the Winter Fey, creatures that embody the essence of Icewind Dale’s harsh beauty. From the mischievous sprites to powerful elementals, this compendium presents a plethora of fey beings, each with its own lore, motivations, and abilities.
  • The Creed of Auril: Auril, the Frostmaiden, reigns supreme in Icewind Dale, her will manifesting through the relentless winter and her followers, who are as devout as they are feared. This book offers an in-depth look at her cult, providing Dungeon Masters with the information needed to portray her followers accurately and to understand their place in the ecosystem of Icewind Dale.
  • Monster Loot – Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden: This compilation offers Dungeon Masters a comprehensive list of loot and treasures tied specifically to the creatures and challenges of the campaign book. This resource ensures that the rewards players find are deeply connected to the environment and the adversaries they overcome, making each discovery a meaningful and exciting moment.

Incorporating extra creatures allows Dungeon Masters to craft encounters that challenge players not only in combat but also in their ability to navigate the complex social and moral landscapes of Icewind Dale. Additional treasure options also provides ways to present loot that enhances the storytelling, turning the acquisition of treasure into moments of discovery and revelation.


Navigating the treacherous terrains of Icewind Dale requires more than just courage and resolve; it demands a deep understanding of the land and its inhabitants, as well as the tools and resources to bring this frostbitten world to life. The journey through Rime of the Frostmaiden is enriched by the myriad of resources at the Dungeon Master’s disposal, from the detailed maps to the comprehensive guides and beyond.

The treasures found within these pages, both literal and figurative, serve as the foundation for a rich campaign narrative. They provide Dungeon Masters with the means to create encounters that are engaging and unpredictable, to introduce allies and adversaries with depth and motivation, and to reward adventurers with treasures that are both useful and narratively significant.

As our expedition concludes, we invite you to explore these products and consider incorporating these resources into your Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign. Whether you’re charting your first course into the frozen wilderness or returning to Icewind Dale for new tales, these tools are designed to enhance your journey with extra excitement.

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