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My group's currently finishing Princes of the Apocalypse and I will be DM'ing the next campaign (D&D 5e). I've never done it before and I can't decide on the module. I don't mind prep and some improv at all, but I want to have something to fall back on, as a first timer. There are also some additional complications:

  • We can't play Curse of Strahd or Tomb of Annihilation because one of the players has DM'ed and is playing them, respectively.
  • We've already played Lost Mine of Phandelver.

My players have said I can pick the module, but I asked for some preferences and they said they would prefer a campaign with a story (not dungeon crawling), preferably linear with the option to mess around every once in a while. (The PotA sandbox got a little "why are we here again?" at the end.)

AFAIK this leaves Out of the Abyss, Storm King's Thunder and Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.

Our party would have:

  • Fighter (as yet undecided on race)
  • Dragonborn paladin
  • Bard (as yet undecided on race)
  • Goliath barbarian
  • Aasimar sorcerer

Personally I’m not leaning towards Waterdeep bc it only goes up to L5. My research indicated STK has a solid beginning and end, but you basically DIY inbetween, and the OotA gets a little repetitive and there's a million NPC's to keep track of as DM.

What would more experienced DM’s recommend? One of these three or something else altogether?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Hi agirlnamedfia, and welcome. Unfortunately we've learned we don't handle requests very well, as you can see at the various links in the close-notice. That said, I strongly hope you'll pop into Role-playing Games Chat and ask the same question: I, personally, have played or run all the adventures you're talking about, and I know plenty of other chatizens have, too. You'll need 20 reputation to participate, so I've thrown you an upvote to get you 1/4 of the way there. Hope to see you soon! \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Commented May 26, 2019 at 20:58

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