I have recently purchased Murder in Baldur's Gate, and downloaded the Monster Statistics supplement with the three-edition-stats for named NPC's (tough thugs, Flaming Fist Privates, etc). These reflect a way to stat the NPC's depending upon which edition of the game this module would be plugged into.

The module was released in 2013, a period during the 5e/Next playtest and well before the PHB for 5th edition was released.

I was not yet back into the game/hobby at that point, and missed the playtest, so I have no point of reference on this.

Was Murder in Baldurs's Gate official D&D next playtest material, or was it issued/published for another purpose?1

1Besides the obvious desire to sell a product and earn revenue.

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    \$\begingroup\$ @SevenSidedDie I am going to guess that your editing out of the secondary question means that I probably need to ask that as a separate question? (That thought had crossed my mind as I finished my first edit.) \$\endgroup\$ Jun 28, 2018 at 15:52

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Yes it was official playtest material

Viewing the product on Amazon you can zoom in on the description on the back which states:

... can be played using the rules for 3rd Edition (v3.5), 4th Edition, and the D&D Next Playtest.

  • \$\begingroup\$ It would appear that I did not read the fine print on the back of what I bought? When I get home, I guess I need to examine the packaging more closely. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 28, 2018 at 15:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's odd that that info isn't on the WotC store page anyway. Oh well, a little bit of internet sleuthing got an answer! \$\endgroup\$ Jun 28, 2018 at 16:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ You may want to add that the monster stats for three different editions are available at:media.wizards.com/downloads/dnd/MinBG_Statistics.pdf \$\endgroup\$
    – ZwiQ
    Jun 29, 2018 at 2:20

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