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For questions about campaigns. A campaign is a series of related adventures, usually with the same (or similar) group of player characters.

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D&d 5e pre-written campaign starting at level 3 [closed]

I've been searching for a ready 5e campaign to run for a while now, but the issue is - most of them start at level 1. Since both me and my players find levels 1 and 2 boring in 5e, I've been looking ...
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How can a GM subtly guide characters into making campaign-specific character choices?

Note: the example I'm giving is D&D focussed, but the question is system-agnostic. We're in the early days of a new D&D group. If it keeps running, I'm planning to transition the players into ...
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I'm feeling like my character doesn't fit the campaign

My boyfriend is DMing a D&D 5e game for a good friend of mine and I. It's a pirate themed campaign, which I was excited about, and takes place in a universe where magic is not believed in by most (...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of running one shots compared to campaigns?

I know one shots are shorter and only last one session (hence the name) compared to a campaign where you play through an ongoing story. But besides that, what are the advantages and disadvantages of ...
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Is a multi-guild party manageable?

I'm trying to write a campaign in D&D 5e, using the Guildmasters' Guide to Ravnica in order to appeal to my players. (They really love MTG, and the VTM-y feel of the book.) Sadly, they don't want ...
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Is it possible for a campaign-specific magic item to be used outside of the campaign it is from?

I am currently planning to run a game for my family. Is it possible for campaign-specific magic items to be used (not just carried) outside of the campaign they are from? For example, could Saint ...
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What defines a "West Marches" campaign?

There are a few questions on this site that mention "West Marches", but they all seem to assume that a reader already knows exactly what a "West Marches" game is. Some questions link to multiple blog ...
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How does one infuse an AL campaign with a sense of time elapsing?

In 5e character levels tick off at a pretty predictable pace: given level-appropriate encounters it's usually 10-15 hours of table-time for each level. Particularly in Adventurers League, where so ...
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Universal Brotherhood in 2075

Do you think there is many changes to make in the storyline to move the Universal Brotherhood campaign (and events directly related to it, like the Chicago city destruction) from ~2050 to the basic ...
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One of my players is "leading" the group (and campaign) and I'm unsure of how to combat it

Perhaps "combat" it is the wrong word but as the title suggests, I am in a bind. My group of several adventurers (typically the same 4~5 every session) are great when they work without a certain ...
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How many hours to go from level 1 to 10 in a campaign?

Background: I've DM'd before (3 past campaigns). I started playing D&D 4e when I was 12 or 13, so it holds a special place in my heart. However, school commitments took me away from the game for ...
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How many (loosely linked) layers of story are managable for the players? [closed]

While plotting the course of our "campaign", picking up adventure or story ideas, I have come to a point where multiple plots interleave. But not in the classic, homogeneous "adventure -> story arc -> ...
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How much detail needs to go into my campaign before it starts? [duplicate]

I'm designing a homebrew campaign for me and my friends, where I'll DM. I've decided basic things and written down basic notes of important things I want to happen, etc. These are only scattered ...
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Any great cyberpunk campaigns with atmoshphere like the first disc of Final Fantasy 7? [closed]

I was thinking I might want to run a campaign with an atmosphere like the Midgard part of FF7, but I'm really bad at thinking up stuff like that, so I'm looking for something pre-made. I'm not set on ...
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What is a "Living" campaign?

I have gone to many game conventions where I have seen a "Living" campaign referred to. I do not quite understand what a "Living" campaign is. Explain the overall concept of a "Living" campaign and ...
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Must every character in a campaign that uses the Honor ability score have one?

In a campaign that uses the Honor ability score (*Ability Options, DMG p. 264–5), does everyone have to have an Honor score? If only one person has an Honor score, is it balanced so that the character ...
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What is the Warhammer Fantasy RPG oneshot/campaign set in an inn?

I was recently told about a WFRPG campaign set entirely in an inn. But I can't remember the name of it. Does anyone know it?
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How can I encourage combat as war-style play in my campaign?

I've recently begun a new D&D 5e campaign with a group of players who have all just come from a Pathfinder adventure path. I was the GM for that campaign and it was a very on-the-rails adventure ...
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Are the players able to choose which location to go to first in the Out of the Abyss campaign?

So I bought the Out of the Abyss D&D campaign book and I've been reading it and I gotta say I like it better than the past campaigns they released. One thing that is throwing me off though is: ...
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How to handle a boring campaign (as a player)

I've been tabletop-ing with a longtime group of friends (Shadowrun, but it doesn't really matter). I've been having fun, I suppose, but we are five sessions in and there is still no semblance of a ...
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How do excite my player to show up to the next session?

I have a group of friends, and we all live in different countries around the world now. I am preparing an epic fantasy adventure and like to play every two weeks with them as the GM. I worry that each ...
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How to transfer control of a campaign that is mostly "make it up as you go"?

For the last year I've been DMing a campaign that has included a lot of "making it up as I go", but right now I don't even have time for that. We've decided that I'll transfer the campaign to another ...
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How to run a campaign for intelligent players with idiot PCs?

I've just started a pathfinder campaign, and all of the players have taken intelligence as their dump stat. This is causing problems, because usually I depend on knowledge checks to determine what ...
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What are some 'Realistic' ideas for side-quests? [closed]

Okay, to start off by "Realistic", I don't mean stern, and lifeless. I mean within realms of reason, and not high-fantasy stuff. So, our group is playing a campaign, and there's no over-arching ...
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Is it common for D&D characters be moved to or reused in different DMs' campaigns?

When you've played a character for a while and have invested a lot of time building this character up, seeing the campaign end, losing your group by moving to a different city, or otherwise leaving ...
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Recommendation for D&D 4E campaign books? [closed]

I'm a guy that's never DMed before but I'm looking at doing so very soon (I will be DMing for about 5 players.) However, due to the amount of free time I have, I won't be able to create many of my own ...
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Dungeon World campaign length - how long to reach level 10?

I'm thinking of starting a Dungeon World campaign. It seems from the experience system that levelling can be pretty quick. How many sessions would you expect to play before characters start retiring ...
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Does anything prevent gaming Downtime Building checks this way?

The Rules from Ultimate Campaign allow you to build a building in order to generate gold or capital. They assume you are going to combine rooms together in order too make your building, but a player ...
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My party is leveling far too quickly in Thunderspire Labyrinth

My friends and I have recently decided to take up playing D&D after a 4-5 year hiatus and have started by making level 4 characters and jumping into Thunderspire Labyrinth (H2) (Only campaign I ...
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Good campaigns for a small group? [closed]

Are there any pre-made campaigns that are fairly simple and able to be played by a group of three people for D&D 3.5? My friends and I have a hard time getting a campaign that we can play, as it ...
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How to adjust CR of a campaign?

So I'll be GMing for the first time ever. All of us except for the previous GM (who will now be playing) are very inexperienced. We just got done with first major campaign, and me being new, decided ...
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D&D 3.5 Campaign for low level characters that can be run in 30 - 45 minute sessions [closed]

I am specifically looking for campaigns that are balanced for low level characters in D&D 3.5. I would accept any campaigns though free is preferred. The campaign itself does not need to end in ...
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Where do we go after Pathfinder Beginner Box?

I haven't GM'd since the late 80s (back then it was called "DM") with Dungeons and Dragons. I haven't played RPGs since the early 90s. But, I've recently put together a group of all beginners and we'...
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How to prepare a campaign for an upcoming new edition?

I'm currently in possession of the 4th edition of Shadowrun and I have many of the released books at hand if I want to prepare a campaign. I don't have a campaign running right now but I'd like to ...
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Challenging pre-made campaign for veteran players but easy on new GMs [closed]

I just decided to start GMing. I have never done it before, but I have played lots of RPGs as a player. The group I have is a min/maxing group who knows what to do and I want to give them something to ...
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DM organization ideas for Sandbox campaign

I have over the past couple months been putting together Ideas on how I would run an All Flesh Must Be Eaten campaign. How do other DMs organize their Bads or Locations that the PC's might wish to ...
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Adaptable first-level premade Pathfinder campaigns? [closed]

I am, for the first time ever, running a Pathfinder campaign. I'd prefer to start with a premade campaign or adventure path that I can adapt to my story, the specific details of which are extremely ...
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Is Apocalypse World suitable for long-term campaign?

I've tried many indie RPGs. They are very nice games, but I'm looking for something to develop a long-term campaign. Is Apocalypse World suitable for it? Or is it good just for an adventure?
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Looking for help on expanding my campaign concept while avoiding railroading

I have split this into two more specific questions: How can I represent the use of fire being misrepresented in a campaign? and How to make rituals a part of everyday life. Below is the broad-strokes ...
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Starting a campaign at higher level

It's been difficult for me to start a game at higher level than level 1-4 in Pathfinder. At higher level, the scale of the game changes. In the beginning of level 1-4 you save a village or a clan ...
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Any good premade campaigns for beginners? [closed]

Does anyone know of some good premade campaigns for a small (not more than 5) players, all of whom are new to D&D? I want to start them at low level since they haven't played before. I'm finding ...
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Ending a Campaign Gracefully (With a Newbie In Tow)

My Shadowrunners have been going on a five (real-life) month streak of destruction and have gotten immensely powerful to the point where they are near gods, but also gotten incredibly shafted due to ...
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What is the normal "pace" for a 4E session/campaign?

Disclaimer: The DM has never DM'd before, and 2 out of the 3 PC's have never played D&D before. I am the 1 PC who has played before (2 previous groups). I've just started a new 4E group using ...
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Cyberpunk chronicle... any ideas? [closed]

I want to run a Cyberpunk chronicle using a system that I designed, but have run out of ideas. I don't want to employ the clichés, like the AI who's gone sentient and want to merge his mind with ...
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How to introduce a pen-and-paper RPG to family? [closed]

My brother and I have dabbled in D&D when we were younger. Also, at the last place where I worked, we had a weekly Pathfinder game session, which was fun. Usually at our family get-togethers my ...
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short campaign with well defined characters [closed]

I am about to leave my home country and since I haven't been playing any RPG recently, I would like to play for the last time with my friends. I don't really have much time to prepare a game of my own,...
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Is Barbarians of Lemuria suitable for campaign play?

I've read a couple of reviews on rpg.net, seen a few reviews on Youtube, and read two or three actual play reports about Barbarians of Lemuria. My impression is that it's a rules-light game without a ...
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Dystopian sword & magic settings [closed]

Actually something that just came to my mind and something I've never encountered before. Are there any settings or systems centering about dystopian worlds, but without technology, nothing more ...
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Introductory campaign for Interface Zero

I would like to run an Interface Zero campaign, but it is my first contact with the game and I have played Cyberpunk 2020 years ago. Could you describe some good concept for introductory campaign, ...
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Campaign is on hiatus. How do I keep it on life support?

My regular campaign has ground to a halt due to scheduling problems. At this point, we don't really know how long it will be until we play again. Everyone is still interested, at least for now. Is ...
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