I've read that Dungeon of the Mad Mage is more of a traditional dungeon crawl with numerous floors (which I'm assuming get harder as the party progresses) and takes characters from levels 6 through 20.

  • Does DotMM allow for a party to start the campaign later than level 6 (particularly somewhere from levels 10 to 15)?
  • Would it be hard to homebrew edit the campaign to achieve this?

Please, no spoilers.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you planning to be the DM for this adventure? (I only ask because you specifically ask for no spoilers) \$\endgroup\$ – illustro Mar 14 at 0:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ @illus I'm not the current DM but I will switch off with him so he can play a little. The (undecided) question is whether I would DM from 10 to 20 using DotMM or just 10 to 15 with a smaller campaign and then let him pick up 15 to 20 with DotMM. \$\endgroup\$ – Rykara Mar 14 at 1:06

You can start DotMM at any level whatsoever and it's very easy.

You just skip the shallower levels of the dungeon and take your players directly to the deeper ones. Each dungeon level is like a standalone adventure, rich with NPCs and lore that can serve as interesting plot hooks, and any one of them could be dropped into a campaign on its own. The book also tells you the appropriate party level for each dungeon level.

I started a party at level 22 of the dungeon (17th level party) and everyone had a great time.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What level was your party? \$\endgroup\$ – Jason_c_o Mar 14 at 0:19

The module provides a suggested party level for each level of the dungeon in the intro to the adventure

It would be perfectly possible to run just the lower (deeper) levels of the dungeon.

In terms of homebrew, you could

  • link the Yawning Portal directly to the lower level
  • hand-wave the descent down to the lower levels
  • setup magical teleportation from the first level to the level you want to start at
  • 2
    \$\begingroup\$ Since "lower level" is potentially ambiguous, I've tried to clarify that wording :P \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Mar 14 at 2:47

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