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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 do I, as a DM, handle a party that decides to set up an ambush in a dungeon?

Warning: Lost Mine of Phandelver Chapter 1 spoilers below. One of my players then pushed the party into moving out, probably because he's also a DM and could see that I was struggling to find a ...
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On what date do the events of the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure happen?

I bought the D&D 5e Starter Set a few weeks ago, and I'm beginning to think about how to drive the scenario as I've already read it and I'm at the stage to get familiar with the rules. Yesterday ...
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In the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign, is it a problem to have PCs advance above level 5?

I'm currently planning to DM Lost Mine Of Phandelver as my first D&D game, and as explained in this question, I'd like to add more encounters than the scripted ones in the scenario. This led me ...
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How can I add encounters in the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign without giving PCs too much XP?

I'm currently reading the LMOP scenario. I was thinking about adding some encounters if the PCs want to explore the forest or other side-story zones that aren't considered in the book. But actually I ...
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What type of creature would “canonically” want to take over a Goblin hideout?

I am running a The Lost Mines of Phandelver. The party has just completed the Cragmaw Hideout encounter in an interesting way: I realize that I am the DM and I can put whatever I want there and make ...
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Can I string the D&D Starter Set campaign into another module, keeping the same characters?

I'm pretty interested in buying the D&D Starter Set as a way to get introduced to D&D and being a GM/DM for the first time. (more context in this other question I have asked, regarding the ...
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How long is the D&D Starter Set campaign?

I'm pretty interested in buying the D&D Starter Set as a way to get introduced to D&D and being a GM/DM for the first time. Ever since I discovered this RPG Stack, I have read a lot of D&D ...
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Moving from one room/cave to another within the same dungeon

I am a new GM and new to D&D. Currently, I am running the Lost Mines of Phandelver (LMoP) D&D 5e starter campaign. My group have just finished the Cragmaw Hideout section, but as we ran it we ...
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What is the DM rolling for to adjudicate a PC charging at a hidden goblin in this Lost Mine of Phandelver video on the D&D YouTube channel?

I was watching this video on the Dungeons & Dragons YouTube channel of a group playing the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure when, during the 1st encounter (roughly 21 minutes in), a ...
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What should I do (If anything) to prevent my players from rushing to the end of the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign?

I'm running the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure for a group of players ranging from "new to the game" to "experienced veterans". We finished Session 1 last week and they have captured a ...
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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, found in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure. In regards to a creature that has "resistance to damage from 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 in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure?

The Lost Mine of Phandelver 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 ...
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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 ...