So I will be DMing D&D 5e for the first time with a couple of friends (who will also be playing D&D for the first time), so I created a simple homebrew adventure. It's a Point A to Point B type wilderness trek. The goal is simply to arrive at Point B without dying.
It's meant to run like a beginner tutorial on D&D (and tabletop RPG games in general), so it's meant to have a lot of leeway for mistakes as the players are still learning the ropes (and I want to avoid a TPK as they are all starting as level 1 characters). However, I don't want to create an adventure where there will be a lot of dull moments, but at the same time, I don't want it to end up too short that they barely have a feel for the game.
So my questions are:
- When do you roll for random encounters?
- How do you keep track of in-game time?
- If you want to dedicate some time to roleplay, how much time do you give players to banter?
- If the players are given no rations for the journey, how much food do they have to gather for it to count as 1 day of rations?
- How do you keep track of rations? Do you just have to subtract a day of rations at the end of each day?
- Is it ok to only have one type of monster on an adventure? Or will that make things a little dull?
Here's some more information about the adventure:
- Adventure Type: Wilderness Survival (3 days)
- Goal: Point A to Point B without PC deaths
- Setting: Forest (at the foot of a mountain; will scan map later today)
- Encounter Table:
- (1) Pigeons (2d4 birds)
- (2) Dented Scimitar
- (3) Light Rain (2d4 hours)
- (4) Dagger
- (5-6) Broken Scimitar
- (7-8) Very Smelly Poop
- (9-10) Magic Mushrooms (2d4 number)
- (11-13) Defaced trees
- (14) Nightshade (DC10 Nature; DC15 CON if eaten; Fail: Poisoned)
- (15) Makeshift Shortbow + Quiver (4d6 arrows)
- (16) Blueberries (2d4 clumps)
- (17) Greatsword
- (18) Downpour (2d4 hours; DC15 CON / hour; Fail: +1 Exhaustion)
- (19) Tiny Tracks (DC15 Survival; Success: Goblins)
- (20) Carnelian (50GP Market Price; DC10 Perception)
If something is a little unclear, please feel free to ask me for more information! This is also so I have a sense of how much more I need to prepare, vs how much I've already prepared! ♡
Also, if you have input that you think I'm missing out on, or if you have any at all advice for a new DM, please feel free to post them here!!! I would love to hear what you have to say! ♡