Questions tagged [lost-mine-of-phandelver]

For questions about the adventure Lost Mine of Phandelver (2014) published by Wizards of the Coast. Lost Mine of Phandelver is the introductory adventure included in the D&D 5e Starter Set.

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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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Does D&D 5e support Items that impart skills/knowledge to Characters?

I'm pretty new to D&D as a whole and a new DM who's running Lost Mines of Phandelver for some friends who wanted to roll their own characters. As a result, some of the magic items detailed within ...
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Is this monster in Lost Mines of Phandelver 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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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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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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What is the Black Spider's goal in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure?

I'm DMing the starting campaign for the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure from the (original) D&D 5e Starter Set. Our group is largely money-based. Most of them go and do side quests and other ...
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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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Sildar Hallwinter died, what now?

My party wanted to try a campaign book so we got the Lost Mine of Phandelver. Problem is they are bloodthirsty idiots and all they care about is killing goblins for xp. This lead to them letting ...
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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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Difference between DnD 5e Starter Set and Basic Rules

What is the difference between the Starter Set I can buy from my local store and the free Basic Rules I can get for free from the Wizards website?
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Is it worth teaching ourselves D&D with the Starter Set, or better to join an existing group?

I'm new to playing D&D and RPGs in general, and I have a group that's unsure about the game. Is the new Starter Set (5th edition) a good way to start? Is it even worth the cost when there are ...
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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 level ...
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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 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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Need advice on knocking whole party unconscious in dnd 5e [closed]

So I'm a new DM running the Lost Mine of Phandelver for the first time, and the party somehow all got knocked unconscious by the ruffians in the Tresandor Manor. They entered the manor through the ...
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Lost Mines/Icespire Peak Combo Campaign Milestone/XP Hybrid, Does this look resonable?

I'm setting up to run Lost Mines and Icespire Peak at the same time. I wanted to use milestones instead of XP but I didn't want to feel like progress only happened at certain times so I assigned each ...
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How exactly does a character or party "Reconsecrate the Defiled Altar" in Cragmaw Castle

First-time DM running a group of first-time players through the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure. My group is in Cragmaw Castle, and I know that one of our players has a personal goal to "...
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What is the lowest level character that can unfailingly beat the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure's starting encounter?

For a lot of players, Lost Mine of Phandelver from the D&D Starter Set was their first 5e adventure. The first encounter from that adventure is rather swingy, like many level 1 combats. PCs may ...
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Is the first encounter of the starter set really "deadly"?

Reading the DMG I'm confused by the encounter difficulty chart. It seems straight forward, but upon really testing it I've found that according to the chart, the very first encounter in Lost Mines of ...
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How does Sildar Hallwinter regain HP in Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure?

I recognize that there are several Sildar-related questions answered in this forum, but my question is more related to procedure than his specific character. The adventure guide says "Quick-...
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What story points make suitable level-up milestones in Lost Mine of Phandelver?

I'm running the Lost Mine of Phandelver module with my players, and I've been using monster and reward XP as the book says so far. I have 5 players and they're all level 2 and have just cleared the ...
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What options do my players have for hiding their cart while they enter a dungeon? [closed]

I am running my first ever D&D 5e campaign for a completely new party using the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure. My party have just decided that they wish to go to Cragmaw hideout following the ...
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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 does an average monster in the Starter Set look like?

Based on the monsters that have been previewed so far by WOTC (we've seen 4 from the starter so far, 3 are easily found here). We've only really seen a small range of Challenge levels (all 3 in the ...
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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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Starter spells for Wizard and Cleric in Starter Set sheet [closed]

Just trying to make my first sessions as friendly as possible. Would any have the Wizard and Clerics starter spells in one pdf or sheet for the characters from the starter set, lost mine of phandelver....
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How do I handle the wizard's familiar invalidating exploration, outshining the rogue, at low to no cost?

I am having some issues trying to find a balance in what seems to me to be an overpowered spell (Find Familiar) considering its low level. I will state first that I have always considered the familiar ...
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Is it possible to join multiple factions?

I'm playing Lost Mine of Phandelver (LMoP) with my friends. When I read the adventure, I noticed that there are multiple opportunities to join different factions. What happens if a character has an ...
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Are there any Druid Circles which membership of would be irreconcilable with membership in the The Emerald Enclave?

I am a first-time DM and our entire group is relatively new to 5e, and none of us have played a druid before. I am running the Lost Mines of Phandelver module with my group. My party is about to reach ...
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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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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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Is playing D&D 5e with two people feasible, particularly with the Starter Set adventure?

My girlfriend and I want to get into roleplaying games, we've both been interested in trying out Dungeons and Dragons. She has never played a pen and paper RPG before, I've played the Swedish Drakar ...
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Playing online without a VTT, and is it worth it? [closed]

New DM here. I have dabbled a bit with D&D in the past, including playing on FG back in 2010. I'm now looking to get back in to it and start up an adventure with my wife and a few friends. My ...
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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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Does Klarg know the location of Cragmaw Castle?

I'm running the Lost Mines of Phandelver, and my party has managed to take Klarg captive rather than kill him - he's currently being held in a Phandalin jail cell and they plan to interrogate him in ...
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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 are PCs supposed to know this detail relevant to Area 4 of the Redbrand Hideout in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure?

Spoilers! Careful, there are spoilers ahead. If you are playing the adventure Lost Mine of Phandelver or ever plan to in the future, please stop reading now. Hello everyone, This is a question ...
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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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Are any of the maps in the Lost Mine of Phandelver for PC eyes?

I know the book says the maps are for DM eyes only. However, the Phandalin town map seems like it was meant for the players to see. Am I missing something revealing on the town map or can I show it to ...
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How do I get players to care about the Lost Mines of Phandelver adventure? [closed]

I'm going to be running LMoP with a group mostly new to D&D. How can I get them to care about the hook enough to be interested in the story? I tried it previously with another group, but they just ...
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Should I add encounters to help level my players before moving on to a new adventure that starts at a higher level? [closed]

Me and the boys played D&D, Lost Mine of Phandelver, but only got to level 4. What are the pros and cons of either making them fight some more monsters, or just go to the next campaign and make ...
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Advice for first time DM/player with first time hero players trying the Lost Mine of Phandelver with an under-sized party

After listening to and enjoying some "actual play" podcasts I'm about to try DnD with my wife and children. None of us have played before, so after some research I've decided to go with the official ...
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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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As a DM, how can I handle my Druid spying on everything with Wild shape as a spider?

I GM Lost Mines of Phandelver. My player's level 2 (soon 3) Druid has discovered that while in Wild Shape in spider form, they are almost impossible to catch, especially since in caves etc. they "fit ...
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What happens if the party is noticed while attempting to surprise this character in the LMoP adventure?

In Lost Mine of Phandelver (the Starter Set adventure), you have the opportunity to What happens if Will he be able to escape? Since you are blocking the door for his escape, does he fight you now (...
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How are the skeletons in Tresendar Manor created? And by whom?

Under Tresendar Manor, It looks like the animate dead spell only works for 24 hours at a time. However, Who made the skeletal guards in Tresendar Manor, and how were they constructed?
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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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Do magic staves require the wielder to have the spells on their list in order to cast them?

All of the magic staves in the 5E DMG simply state that the wielder can use an action and expend 1 or more of its charges to cast one of the spells from it. Literally none of them require the spell to ...
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Where are the NPC mages' spellbooks in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure?

In Lost Mine of Phandelver, the party comes across (and presumably defeats) multiple mages. These are not specifically described as Wizards, but their spellcasting is Intelligence-based, and they know ...
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Is it possible to play the D&D Starter Set with fewer than recommended players?

For a long time I've been interested in D&D and pen-and-paper style games. I'm trying to convince my... lets call them 'social contacts', for... years. I have to add that I have a social ...