Published adventures, usually published by the creators of the particular system/setting, are official pre-made storylines/campaigns that include detailed descriptions of all relevant places, encounters, characters, etc. They can be especially useful for groups that are new to the given system/...

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Rulebook Requirements for Curse of Strahd

Do I need to own both the Dungeon Masters Guide & the Monster Manual in order to run Curse of Strahd? I currently only have the Players Handbook and the starter pack.
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Has anyone released Castle of the Mad Archmage upper levels?

I'd really like to run COTMA, but for some reason the idea of coming up with the ruins and level 1 kind of intimidate me. I'd like to see some examples that I could either use as written or just use ...
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Where are the giant lizards in this chapter of Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Hoard of the Dragon Queen indicates that there are giant lizards The table in question contains: but no giant lizards. I skimmed the chapter a few times and couldn't find anything more on it. ...
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Given this specific land and business, what can the PCs expect to earn from it?

In The Lost Mine of Phandelver, So given this land and property plus the specific feature connected with it, what can the net outcome of it expected to be? I have no clue and the official material ...
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What is this monster's AC in White Plume Mountain?

In the original White Plume Mountain, How does one determine this monster's actual AC? In other words, is the Ring of Protection +3 already factored in to the listed AC of 1? This sort of monster ...
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What is a “readiness” level?

Page 22 of Hoard of the Dragon Queen contains the following text (emphasis mine): Determine surprise normally; the dragonclaws' readiness is high. I checked the PHB and SRD for information on "...
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Do any published Shadowrun adventures feature (non-Ghoul) Infected?

Shadowrun has a disease called Human-Metahuman Vampiric Virus. Depending on the strain of the disease, it turns humans (and some non-human) animals into different types of creatures of legend. HMHVV-I ...
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What can I do to help me remember details about the area the PCs are exploring?

I've recently started DMing Curse of Strahd. The players took the bait and ended up in the Death House. Our currently first and only session of this module ended with the party just reaching the third ...
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Can I use older stories of Vampire: The Masquerade with the 20th edition?

I have been interested in Vampire for a few years but have just finally found some friends that would be willing to play such a game and came across older books for the game. As I have never played a ...
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Why do published adventures seem to have gone out of fashion, and who is still publishing 'adventures'?

Looking at various publishers catalogues and questions here under the published-adventures tag, it seems that the RPG industry at the moment is concentrating more on player materials and seed material ...
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Are there deliberate bridges between Princes of the Apocalypse, Out of the Abyss, and Curse of Strahd?

I have a party of 4 level 3 adventurers from a currently running D&D 5e campaign (Forgotten Realms but very sandboxy homebrew pirate adventures - they are all pirates or related professions e.g. ...
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Are 1st edition Dark Heresy modules/adventures compatible with 2nd edition?

Are older Dark Heresy modules/adventures compatible with the newer rule set? If not directly compatible, can they be made to work with a couple hours of effort to edit or rewrite the older sections? ...
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How do I find the evergreen PFS scenarios?

How do I find the official evergreen (replayable) scenarios of the Pathfinder Society? Society rules only permit a player to repeat 'evergreen' scenarios for credit; the vast majority cannot be ...
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How do I make the Tarokka Deck reading in Curse of Strahd suitably dramatic?

I'm going to be running Curse of Strahd for my regular group. I'm usually a player and have only DM'd once to give our usual DM a break. This is my first time with a published adventure. I finished ...
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How should I choose a 5e adventure for a group of new players?

I'm thinking about taking a turn as DM after one of my current games wraps up next week. When we start, the various players will have had 0-4 sessions of experience with 5e, though some have played ...
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Is there any official Forgotten Realms localization for H1-E3 after H2?

I've once saw official indications about how to set both Keep on the Shadowfell (H1) and Thunderspire Labyrinth (H2) in the Forgotten Realms, specifically on the border between Cormyr and Sembia and ...
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What is Aya Glenmiir's “small, furry creature”?

In the Adventurer's League adventure Suits of the Mists a character is introduced to the party: One of the patrons of the inn, an elf who displays the trappings of an arcanist and seems to be ...
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How can I tell if an adventure will work with Scarlet Heroes?

The Scarlet Heroes Quickstart provides "an overlay for your favourite old-school game to make its adventures playable for single PCs," which sounds pretty great (I'm interested in twosies, but turned ...
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How much optimization do published D&D adventures expect?

I've recently gotten into D&D5e and it may come up that continuing to play this summer will require me to be the DM at least part of the time. I'm at a point where other people doing the work of ...
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Hoard of the Dragon Queen hatchery cave layout

I'm running Hoard of The Dragon Queen for some friends and have hit a bit of a roadblock in map building with the dragon hatchery. The map While I can take a guess as to how I'm supposed to lay ...
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Is Lost Mines of Phandelver's Young Green Dragon too much for a group of level 3 characters?

My group of 8 level 3 players are about to run through the Thundertree Ruins and will probably have a hand at fighting the dragon. My question stems from the fact that a single poison breath attack ...
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I would like a self-contained, non–Al Amarja Over The Edge adventure [closed]

I would like to use the Over The Edge rules (I have access to both the original game and the WaRP rules) to experiment with remote gaming (either via chat, email or some of the dedicated stuff). I am ...
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Are there any official adventures supposed to be ending on level 20?

I have looked up a lot of adventures now and the highest average was to be supposed to let the adventurers finish it at level 15. Are there any official published adventures supposing the PC's to get ...
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Was “Temple of Elemental Evil” ever updated?

The Temple of Elemental Evil was first made for AD&D, meaning that characters and monsters were still built for that system. It is still ranked as one of the best campaigns in the system. Was it ...
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How long is the Temple of Elemental Evil (T1-4) campaign?

I was thinking about playing some old-school D&D campaign with friends, and Temple of the Elemental Evil came to mind as it is an iconic and well-received module. However, I heard that it is ...
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How can I scale traps in a published adventure for a larger party?

I'm about to start DMing for a group of 7, mostly new to Pathfinder. I myself have not DMed Pathfinder before, and haven't played it recently. We'll be going through the Mummy's Mask adventure path, ...
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Is Curse of Strahd really hard, or am I DMing it wrong?

I'm currently DMing a Curse of Strahd campaign (slightly modified to fit into an existing world I am slowly building (following core rule books for the most part). I am however following the setup/...
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Too many players: Is it possible to adjust Lost Mines of Phandelver to cater for more than 5 players?

I've just started GM'ing The Lost Mines of Phandelver for a group of people new to RPG's. They're all very excited about it and originally it was meant to be four people, but I now have 7 people ...
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How to scale down Princes of the Apocalypse for a 3-adventurer party?

I recently just finished DMing Lost Mines of Phandelver with a 3 player party and it went great. Just removed a couple of enemies here and there and it was smooth. I ordered PotA and have started ...
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Lost Mines of Phandelver - Hideout Area 1 Map Meaning

Spoilers! Careful, there are spoilers ahead. If you are playing the adventure Lost Mines of Phandelver or ever plan to in the future, please stop reading now. Hello everyone, I'm DM'ing the Lost ...
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Lost Mines of Phandelver - Hideout Area 4 Background Question

Spoilers! Careful, there are spoilers ahead. If you are playing the adventure Lost Mines of Phandelver or ever plan to in the future, please stop reading now. Hello everyone, This is a question ...
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What are appropriate narrative pauses/climaxes for levelling in the Shackled City adventure path?

I'm helping my DM with the preparation side of running Shackled City (well, converting it to Pathfinder for first time players and an underwater setting) and he's recently mentioned he doesn't want to ...
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How to adjust Hoard of the Dragon Queen for a 1st-level party?

TL;DR: I've already 'cheated' a lot to help the group survive the first mission, and it seems like I'll have to cheat even more if they'll make it to the Keep. Did I do something wrong? What can I do ...
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Is there an undead-heavy adventure that takes PCs from level 1 to level 20? [closed]

Is there either a single adventure or a collection of linked adventures that meets the following criteria: The primary foes are undead creatures. The adventuring sites include maps. The adventure ...
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In Hoard of the Dragon Queen is the fight with the 4 guard drakes and a major NPC meant to be extremely deadly?

My party just did the encounter in Hoard of the Dragon Queen with the 4 guard drakes and a major NPC. Is this fight meant to be extremely deadly? I'm a player in this campaign, so I don't have access ...
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How does Lost Mines of Phandelver expect PCs to take on side quests without demanding pay?

Note: my question is specific to the LMoP adventure. I am not asking for general advice on motivating players. I've recently begun a new campaign in 5e with my group of players. We are all new to ...
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How far apart are the quarters of Tyar-Besil?

I'm running my group through Princes of the Apocalypse. The organization of information in this book is challenging, to say the least. The group has just gotten to What I can't figure out, though, ...
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How do I play D&D Adventurers League adventures at home?

I was at a local convention this past weekend (Gary Con) and had an opportunity to play some 5E Adventurer's League. It was my first exposure to 5E as I haven't played since v3.5. That said, I was a ...
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In which module did Goblins terrorize villagers with a Giant Mechanical Turtle?

A while ago I stumbled upon a low-level adventure in which a band of goblins has a giant mechanical turtle and terrorizes/scares the locals with it. I think it must have been a D&D/Pathfinder 3.X ...
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Prison break with an Aarakocra

I am going to play the Out of the Abyss scenario with my players, and I allowed them to choose among all available races (fun is my primary objective). One of the players chose to play an Aarakocra, ...
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Am I running this Hoard of the Dragon Queen fight right? How is it balanced?

There is a fight in Hoard of the Dragon Queen that seems to be especially lethal, and I'm not sure if I'm reading it and running it right. Is it meant to be that lethal? How are they a CR of 1/4 ...
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Can I run The Isle of Dread with AD&D?

The D&D module The Isle of Dread is for "Expert D&D", which is the Expert Set. Are there any differences between the Expert Set rules and the AD&D that would prevent me running The Isle ...
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Where is the Mill and Temple in Greenest?

In the hoard of the Dragon Queen module, there is a map of Greenest. None of the areas are labeled, but two of the sections tell me that 1 is the Keep, and 2 is the location of the old tunnel. ...
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List of canon material for 5e Baldur's Gate

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, ...
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Where is Toralth in Northeastern Tethyr?

I'm looking to send a party through the Wyrmskull Throne in the Forgotten Realms AD&D 2nd edition. The adventure begins on page 11 talking about: ... a chance to explore the undersea world ...
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How does this mob grapple?

The party is teleported into the middle of a dretch mob in the adventure Fortress of the Yuan-ti (48). How many creatures can this dretch mob grapple? Does this dretch mob's grapple check suffer a −...
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Were any D&D 4e adventures ever made for exactly 4 players?

I'm trying to find adventures that are meant for 4 players and I haven't been able to find any. I've found adventures for either 3 players or for 5. Are there any adventures that were ever made for 4?...
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How do I adjust Part 8 of The Traveller Campaign for more powerful characters?

I've just gotten to Adventure 8 in The Traveller Campaign and I have a problem: the characters are far too powerful for the adventure. The main problem is that The Privateer Fleet that the characters ...
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How to Use Module Maps

I found a module I'd like to run. It includes some great maps. What's the best way to use them in a gaming session? They're too small to use as-is, so I'm wondering how other people use maps from ...
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Have either of the Icewind Dale video games been published as d20-compatible adventures?

My own searches did not yield any results on adaptations of the Icewind Dale video game series' story into pen & paper adventures. All I could find were adaptions for other video games like ...