Obviously, there's been an incredible amount of information published about the city of Baldur's Gate (in the Forgotten Realms setting) across the editions and various media like books, sourcebooks, video games, websites, and so on.

What I'd like to know is the list of official 5e material dealing with Baldur's Gate.

Or, to paraphrase the question, if we'd like to avoid lists:

I'd like to know how I could and should start a new campaign based in Baldur's Gate if I wanted to keep things as close to 5e canon as possible.

By "official" I mean everything explicitly reviewed and approved by WotC as part of the official FR canon. (Note, please, that DM's Guild material does not fit the bill, unless it's explicitly approved.)

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    \$\begingroup\$ When you say “By "official" I mean everything explicitly reviewed and approved by WotC as part of the official FR canon.”, did you mean “as part of the official 5e FR canon”? Normally I'd say that you obviously mean that, but since that line is your definition of what you mean, ambiguities are an issue. :) \$\endgroup\$ Feb 6, 2016 at 18:05

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The only official D&D 5e tabletop products in which Baldur's Gate has appeared are:

There is also the D&D branded comic Legends of Baldur's Gate, which may or may not contain useful content - if someone who has actually read it would care to edit this answer, that would be great.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I have no first hand experience (hence my asking the Q), but wasn't there an official video game dealing with the SC and possibly Baldur's Gate? Also, I remember seeing a recent-looking comics series based in BG -- is that relevant to 5e, and if so, is it canon? \$\endgroup\$
    – OpaCitiZen
    Feb 6, 2016 at 11:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ There were a couple of Baldur's Gate videogames, but they were well before 5e. \$\endgroup\$
    – Adeptus
    Feb 8, 2016 at 0:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ Murder in Baldur’s Gate was published during the D&D Next phase of fifth edition, when it was still only available as a public playtest, and was also one of the earliest official sources for post-Sundering Baldur’s Gate. It also includes game rules for 3.5 and 4th edition. Can we update this answer with some idea of how official and usable the rules are with the final published version of 5E. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 28, 2020 at 4:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @GuybrushMcKenzie The rules compatibility of the adventure is entirely unimportant to the question, since it's looking for information on Baldur's Gate. \$\endgroup\$
    – Miniman
    Feb 28, 2020 at 4:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ You may want to update your answer to include the most recent adventure that obviously includes info about the city - Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. (There may be passing bits of info in other adventures since the answer was posted too, but not nearly as much as in BG:DiA.) \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Feb 28, 2020 at 5:03

Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus

WotC published the module Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus on Sep. 17, 2019. I'm currently running a campaign set in it, where we're going through the module, which is why it's on my mind.

The first chapter details several areas of the city very thoroughly, and includes maps, encounters, and characters you might encounter. They also tie it into the larger world around the city, including local history and regional maps.

In the back of the book, there's a magazine-styled "gazetteer" entry that goes into much greater detail about the city. They list everything from the major houses and families, to its founding, to the running of the police and city guard. The authors outline each of the three distinct quarters of the city, as well as the smaller wards within each quarter. There's a lot of detail there, very similar in nature to the the Eberron: Rising from the Last War book that they released a couple of months later.

I'm not shilling for WotC or anything, but if you're interested in setting a campaign in Baldur's Gate (even if you're totally uninterested in the actual events of the module), then this book has enough detail to easily do so.

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    – V2Blast
    Feb 28, 2020 at 5:08

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