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Questions tagged [lost-mine-of-phandelver]

For questions about the adventure Lost Mine of Phandelver (2014) published by Wizards of the Coast.

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How can I help under-leveled players enjoy a difficult dungeon?

I'm DM'ing my first D&D campaign using the 5th Edition Starter Kit. Our party consists of three people who have never played before, but picked up the game mechanics quickly and really enjoy it. ...
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Lost Mines of Phandelver as PC base [closed]

I am DMing Lost Mines of Phandelver, and it's looking like the party wants to keep the cave as a base to replace the BBEG and turn evil. Main question is: if I decide to let them fix up the forge ...
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How should I handle running the Lost Mines of Phandelver adventure with 7 players?

This is my first time ever running a game of D&D (or any roleplaying game in general). I have 7 players, 5 of them who have never played before. The other 2 are relatively experienced. Should I ...
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In the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure, when does the Flameskull attack?

Note: I'm French, and while I'm quite fluent in English, sometimes I get stumped by a sentence. Does that mean that the flameskull only attacks if you try to cross the room? If someone takes a ...
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Does damage from Talon, the +1 Longsword from LMoP, count as magical damage?

One of my players has Talon, a +1 Longsword that deals slashing damage. In regards to a creature that has "resistance to damage from non-magical weapons", does Talon deal magical or non-magical ...
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Does Lightbringer illuminate or dispel the Darkness spell?

Lightbringer is a +1 mace that appears in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure. The description says: This +1 mace was made for a cleric of Lathander, the god of dawn. The head of the mace is ...
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Can characters who can't see move through an area just as easily as characters who can see?

PHB ch. 8 states that a creature in a heavily obscured area (e.g. a completely dark area, if the creature does not have darkvision) effectively suffers from the blinded condition. The definition of ...
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What is the point of the PCs being awarded titles?

I'm reading through the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure, and the side quests that can be had from some of the people in town. After finishing those quests, the characters can be approached by the ...
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Having goblins hide every turn in Lost Mine of Phandelver

The following contains minor spoilers for LMoP. I am preparing to DM my first-ever game, which is the published adventure Lost Mine of Phandelver. I'm looking at the very first encounter, the I ...
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Is Wave Echo Cave connected to the Underdark?

Inspired by RedTera's comment on DaleM's answer to another question: I also thought Wave Echo Cave was connected to the Underdark but couldn't find where it was mentioned. Do you have reference? ...
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For the purposes of the ranger's Natural Explorer feature, what terrain type is Wave Echo Cave from Lost Mine of Phandelver?

This is a follow-up to this question. The ranger's Natural Explorer feature states: You are particularly familiar with one type of natural environment and are adept at traveling and surviving in ...
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Are Gundren Rockseeker and his brothers Mountain Dwarves or Hill Dwarves?

The adventure introduces Gundren Rockseeker simply as a "dwarf" and doesn't seem to mention what kind of dwarf he is. I've also tried to look for information about his brothers and it describes each ...
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What rarity would the Staff of Defense be?

The Staff of Defense is described in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure (on p. 53), but the magic items in Appendix A have no rarity mentioned. The Staff of Defense, particularly, is unique to LMoP ...
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How could Lost Mines of Phandelver be adjusted/altered to run as a one-shot?

I bought the DnD starter set that includes the adventure Lost Mines of Phandelver, intending to play it with some friends. While the opportunity never came up, the idea of running it as a much shorter ...
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Staff of Defense total AC and Shield Stacking

My party is about to confront Glasstaff and potentially obtain the Staff of Defense. This slender, hollow staff is made of glass yet is as strong as oak. It weighs 3 pounds. You must be attuned to ...
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Keeping the world alive whilst PCs take a rest mid-adventure?

My players and I just started up Lost Mines of Phandelver and upon discovering the Cragmaw Hideout at the start of the adventure, they decided to double back to where they left the oxen at the initial ...
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How much can I let the players know about the campaign? [closed]

I was playing "The Lost Mine of Phandelver" with some friends, but this was my first time as GM, and I don't know how much I can let the players decide about the campaign, about the history and about ...
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Is Glasstaff and the entire Redbrand Hideout supposed to be this easy?

DISCLAIMER: The whole question has spoilers about Lost Mine of Phandelver. So, I went through the Redbrand Hideout with my party. They This fight was the one they used most resources - two 1st ...
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How many side quests the PCs should be expected to finish in LMoP?

Question I am currently running Lost Mine of Phandelver for a group of new players. There are a total of six characters, but they are getting Exp "as if" they were four (I'm balancing the encounters ...
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Flawed logic in Lost Mine of Phandelver?

There seem to be some inconsistencies in the Starter Set module Lost Mine of Phandelver... When the players do not have any resources, how are they supposed to recover as the module suggests? The ...
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AC calculations in the D&D 5e German Starter Set

I'm just getting into D&D and I'm having trouble understanding the calculations of the ac right. On the predefined character sheets in the Starter Set, each character has his "starting" AC value ...
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How would Halia react if the PCs clear out the Redbrand Hideout but three ruffians are left alive?

I'm a new DM running LMoP for brand new players. So far we had three sessions, and last time they My problem is, they threatened their way into the Sleeping Giant, so I'm missing three ruffians and ...
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How do I avoid lecturing my players

Background I am running Lost Mines of Phandelver and yesterday my party got to Phandalin. One of the party has a background about wanting to help civilise the place (Which he reads as wanting to run ...
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A player made a 4th-level character for our new game and didn't tell me. Now what?

I started to GM 5th edition D&D a few weeks back; I am running them through Lost Mine of Phandelver. After a few games I've almost already killed two new level 1 characters but I was intrigued ...
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PCs want to hire help for fighting a dragon. Will it cheapen the fight if I let them? [closed]

One of my PCs for Lost Mine of Phandelver wants to hire help to kill the dragon. Is this cheapening the fight? The group hired two guards to help kill the nothic. I want to know if they should be ...
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Does changing the reward from Cragmaw Cave unbalance LMoP?

So, the context is pretty simple: After defeating Klarg, the bugbear, in Cragmaw Cave in the first chapter of Lost Mine of Phandelver, the players are given: Honestly, I feel like the description of ...
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How can I make the final boss of the LMOP a memorable and exciting fight for my group?

This post contains spoilers for the Lost Mines of Phandelver. I have been DM'ing a group of six new players through the dnd 5e starter set and they have just entered the eponymous 'Lost Mine' where ...
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How to prepare good session break points in LMoP?

Context I'm starting a new D&D5e table with 6 players. As the sessions will be played during the week, mostly at night, and most of us need to be up by the morning the next day, our time is hard-...
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LMoP: Smelter Cavern confusion - Spoilers!

I'm DMing Lost Mine of Phandelver and my players just bolted from the great hall through the Smelter Cavern towards the easternmost area. They Given that, according to the module text, I'm ...
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How can I tweak the Lost Mine of Phandelver for only 2 player characters?

I'm going to DM Lost Mine of Phandelver tomorrow for 2 friends who've never played the game before. I've never DM'd before either. Would starting them off at level 2 be enough to compensate for the ...
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Why are all of the encounters in the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign Hard or Deadly?

Even with 5 players assumed, the adventure seems quite brutal. Could someone please explain why the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign has so many deadly encounters? Some examples: The very first ...
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How to handle levels when adding PCs between Lost Mine of Phandelver and Storm King's Thunder?

(If it's not obvious from the title, answers to this may have Storm King's Thunder spoilers, and possibly a couple Lost Mine of Phandelver spoilers.) Some background My regular playgroup consists of ...
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To be AL legal, is Lost Mine of Phandelver Tier 1 or Level 1 only?

Lost Mine of Phadelver (LMoP) says it is an adventure for Level 1 characters. Yet in Adventurers League, Tier 1 adventurers are for characters levels 1–4. Reddit has a post where individuals take ...
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Can one cast Shield from the Staff of Defense as a Reaction?

I'm currently a new DM using the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set, and the party recently received the "Staff of Defense" magic item: The Staff description specifically says "you can use your ...
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In the Starter Set, how can PCs learn the password? [duplicate]

In the D&D 5th starter set scenario(Lost mine of Phandelver), there's a part where players can repel skeletons by saying a password (p.22). However, I cannot find where & how players learn ...
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My players didn't rescue this character in Lost Mines of Phandelver - how can I continue? [duplicate]

It's my first time DM'ing and we're running Lost Mines of Phandelver. The players have finished chapter 2 but this is where I'm winging it a bit as I'm not too sure on how it goes from here. The ...
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How loud is combat? (How far away can you expect it to be heard?)

The title is a generalisation, but nonetheless... Our group (consisting of three third-level PCs and me DMing) is using the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure module. Or to phase it without ...
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What is a reasonable player cost for Manor rebuilding?

At some point during the introductory adventure Lost Mine of Phandelver, the PC's are capable of liberating a manor. My question is, what is a proper price to charge the party as a cost to rebuild ...
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Does a Flameskull recover its spell slots when it Rejuvenates?

I am running Lost Mine of Phandelver and my party just destroyed the Flameskull for the 1st time. Since it will rejuvenate in 1 hour, my question is: does it recover all spell slots used or not?
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Sildar Hallwinter died, what now?

So my party wanted to try a campaign book so we got the Lost Mine of Phandelver. Problem is they are blood thirsty idiots and all they care about is killing goblins for xp. This lead to them letting ...
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Can Sildar and this character recognize each other in Lost Mine of Phandelver?

When he's been rescued, Sildar asks the party to investigate Sildar himself might go with the party (it was his friend and his primary mission, after all). Unfortunately, the LMoP book says nothing (...
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Adapting a “Deadly” Encounter in LMOP 5e Starter Set?

So I'm going to be starting the starter set "Lost mines of Phandelver" shortly but I am only going to be having three players. I've used some calculators online that say the first encounter can be "...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does an Adventurers League DM get XP awarded for running Lost Mine of Phandelver?

I am about to start running a Lost Mine of Phandelver group and I am wondering if I would get any experience credit from running it. If so, how much would it be?
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How to play Lost Mine of Phandelver in 3.5e?

I'm a fairly new DM and I made the huge mistake of going all homebrew on my first campaign. I tried running LMoP with it, but it went pretty bad and we decided to just play D&D 3.5e instead. ...