Questions tagged [published-adventures]

For questions primarily about published adventures. They are usually published by the creators of the particular system/setting, and are official pre-made storylines/campaigns that include detailed descriptions of all relevant places, encounters, characters, etc. They can be especially useful for groups that are new to the given system/setting.

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Searching for late '80s/early '90s AD&D book of modules with specific encounters

Back in the late 80s or early 90s, I purchased an AD&D book containing a dozen or more goofy/silly one-shot modules. I gave this book away as a birthday present, but I'm trying to remember what ...
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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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Power of True Restoration in Magic Item?

In the adventure Dragon's Delve Level 7: Sprawl of the Demon Liege, Room 185, the characters can gain a Magical Candlestick that has the power of true restoration (CL 16), which can be activated once. ...
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In Sinister Spire's Drow save bonus?

In the adventure DD2 Sinister Spire all the Drow have an extra bonus on their saves against spell and spell like abilities. Where does this come from? (ie the Matron has +10 and the guards have +3).
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CR for half-green dragon assassin

The party is in Rise of Tiamat and their next encounter will be I am trying to budget for a Deadly encounter, as suggested in the adventure. One of the possible foes to include is a half-green ...
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In Curse of Strahd, if Strahd is able to allow the Vistani to come and go as they please, can he also grant this ability to PCs?

None of the RAW I've seen has really explained how Strahd grants the Vistani the ability to pass through the deadly mists... But if he can allow them to come and go, what is stopping Strahd from ...
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Metagaming Concern? Or just normal player culture?

I am a DM for 5e who recently gave the team a magical item. Everyone is very excited for it, however the player who chose to keep it in their inventory has been researching it. He has looked up how ...
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The Merfolk Salvager's melee attacks don't specify that they're "Weapon Attacks". Is there a reason for this?

I noticed that both of the two attack actions a Merfolk Salvager (GoS, p.244) has do not specify that they are Weapon attacks: Coral Rapier. Melee Attack: +4 to hit, etc. Inject Toxin (2/Day). Melee ...
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Which is better for new players of D&D 5e, starting them on a module or homebrew? [closed]

Almost all my experience in table top RPG's involves the same group of people. When a newcomer joined our table, we all coached them and taught them the sandbox approach to playing using our homebrew ...
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What officially published adventures contain yuan-ti?

I've been searching for officially published adventures containing yuan-ti, but I've only found Tomb of Annihilation and a brief mention in Hoard of the Dragon Queen. Are there any other published ...
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Identifying a tabletop book that has a panther with blue swirls on the cover

I'm likely fishing for a needle in a haystack but my daughter spotted a tabletop RPG book in a game store a while back and I'm trying to track it down as a possible Christmas gift. Unfortunately, I ...
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Is this encounter in the Frozen Sick adventure unbalanced?

In the DND 5e Critical Role source book Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, there is an adventure Frozen Sick. One of the encounters in it seems a little strong to me. (The adventure is also available ...
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In Curse of Strahd, why were the Belviews transformed into mongrelfolk?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure book for D&D 5e, in chapter 8, section S.14 (page 151), there's a section that reads as follows: So my question is: why would transform the Belviews into ...
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What is the likelihood that my players can succeed in this escape the city scene?

First-time DM running Curse of Strahd for 6 first-time players. In our upcoming session, I'm going to have Strahd appear in the sky and demand that the citizens of a town bring him an NPC he has been ...
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First time DM; Curse of Strahd; Did I just rush my PCs? How to do better?

So running my first campaign (technically second, but the first never finished as the group dispersed). I'm running four PCs through Curse of Strahd, currently at Death House. Things were going pretty ...
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What are the official options for alternate familiars using the Find Familiar spell?

Other than the options listed under the find familiar spell in the PHB, and the Pact of the Chain warlock, what other official options are available for familiars that can be summoned by find familiar?...
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Missing information in the Great Worm Cavern in the Storm King's Thunder adventure

On page 88 of the Storm King's Thunder adventure, under the Great Worm Cavern heading, in the Altar section, the end of the second paragraph reads: There seems to be some content missing after the ...
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What in-game effect does this trap in the D&D vs. Rick and Morty adventure, "The Lost Dungeon of Rickedness", have on a character?

I was playing through the short D&D 5e adventure The Lost Dungeon of Rickedness: Big Rick Energy (from the Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick and Morty boxed set), and encountered a particular trap: ...
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Campaing/adventure recomendations for a new company [closed]

I will be mastering a "The one ring" group and i'm looking for adventures or campaigns recomendations. I found there is a lot of content but i'm a little confused about what level is each ...
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Do mechanical events carry over during the Tests of the Frostmaiden?

During the Trials of the Frostmaiden, the PCs have the opportunity to use resources and/or undergo effects/conditions/other mechanical events. What isn't clear is whether players retain those ...
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How to get from 3rd to 5th level in "The Forge of Fury" using XP?

I am a DM who has started my campaign with new 3rd level characters running The Forge of Fury as published in Tales from the Yawning Portal. The synopsis contains the line It is designed for four 3rd-...
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Why Do We Keep Adventuring?

alright, so in general, I like 5e, it's got a lot of positives, but I'm noticing more and more that there aren't really any reasons for adventuring past a certain point. So, an example: Our group is ...
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What Regional effects are present in the Tomb of Diderius (Rise of Tiamat)?

In Episode 3 of Rise of Tiamat, the players enter the Tomb of Diderius. Diderius has become a and as such his lair (the Tomb) should show this legendary monster's Regional Effects (enumerations and ...
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What's the follow-up scenario to Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-07: Flooded King's Court?

I'm running Pathfinder Society scenarios I picked up on sale for my group. They've expressed interest in the storyline that begins in Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-07: Flooded King's Court, but I can'...
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Where is the treasure generation table mentioned in Buffalo Castle?

I have 7th edition of Tunnels and Trolls (30th anniversary edition) and I am playing the "Buffalo Castle" solo adventure. I defeated a wandering monster and rolled for treasure, which the ...
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When should this adult white dragon give up? [closed]

My PCs are currently playing through Rise of Tiamat and in a session or two will be fighting an adult white dragon. Because they are currently at a higher level then their episode is set for, I ...
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Should my party get xp twice, first for a negotiation, and then for killing the creature

My party negotiated a truce with the Nothic in LMoP, then shortly afterwards the wizard found the sword hidden away and decided to try and steal it. The Nothic noticed and engaged in combat, at which ...
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I need someone from the outside to look at my situations to tell if my DM is being unfair...? [closed]

Ok here are my examples: we are playing "Undermountain of the mad mage". My first character seemed really underpowered even though i don't think she was. Whenever I create a character I like ...
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Politics of Daggerford in Rise of Tiamat

My players are about to embark on Rise of Tiamat but have not yet attended the first council meeting. One of the PC's is a paladin of Lathander, so I expect there will be interaction between them and ...
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Seeking player-oriented summary of Hoard of the Dragon Queen

Much like in this question, my players have just finished Curse of Strahd and are about to embark on Rise of Tiamat. Rise is the second part of a two-part series, and allows that the players may not ...
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80's or 90's "Dungeon" magazine adventure - players are shipwrecked on a noble's island, and attend a party

My daughter is home for college and has asked her friends over to play (and me to DM). A request was made for a combat-light short adventure with mystery elements. I am trying to remember a specific ...
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Original character generation charts for "Enemy Within"

I have been playing / running WHFRP since its original release and unfortunately lost most of my original books in Hurricane Charley. I am looking for the character generation charts for "The ...
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How to handle pursuit over long distances, between cities?

in an upcoming session it is possible I might have to handle a chase between cities. I'm DMing Tyranny of Dragons and we are going a bit off book (not a problem, in fact I like where the players are ...
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Stylistic, Mechanical and Contextual summaries of Candlekeep Mysteries

My group is playing through Candlekeep, which consists of 17 different 'Mysteries', each tied to a book that the party finds in Candlekeep. Only one of us is an experienced DM, but we agreed it would ...
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Is the encounter in area 11 of the "Isle of the Abbey" adventure in Ghosts of Saltmarsh overly difficult?

I did the math for the encounter in area 11 in the Isle of the Abbey adventure from Ghosts of Saltmarsh (p. 108), and I came up with an encounter difficulty of 7200 XP. This is way, way more difficult ...
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How do DMs roleplay the shamans in "Danger at Dunwater" from the Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure book?

I am somewhat confused by the "role" of the shamans in the Danger at Dunwater module from Ghosts of Saltmarsh. I understand the politics as described, and obviously it is up to the DM to ...
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What does "An adventure for players levels 1-3" mean?

What does "An adventure for players levels 1-3" mean? I see this on the front of module books. Does this mean the players should begin the adventure between levels 1 and 3, with no hint as ...
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How should rests be handled inside the Tomb of of the Nine Gods?

I'm running Tomb of Annihilation, and my players have finally arrived at the Tomb of the Nine Gods. As they have been deciding when it is safe to take short rests, I've been rolling for random ...
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Looking for an old adventure module - Heroes explore a tower and find a trapped wizard

I'm looking for an old adventure module and I can't remember the name. This is what I remember: For AD&D 1e, and may have been a DM's Guild publication For low level characters, not more than 5th ...
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DoIP Dragon Barrow Area D5 – how is this not a likely TPK?

I'm running Dragon of Icespire Peak, and my players have encountered the Dragon Barrow. This question relates to the mechanics of a specific part of the quest, so I've liberally used spoiler blocks to ...
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Trying to find an early D&D module that had a drider lair

I played this module about 25 years back and don't remember much of it, but it did have these features: There was a 'trap' consisting of a long chain that descended into a pool leading to an ...
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What was the first published map for an adventure?

What is the first officially published dungeon map from D&D? I believe there was no dungeon map in the first published book, but I'd like to know what the first map was that was published.
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Is there a complete map of Faerûn? [duplicate]

Is there a complete map of all known places in Faerûn? Many of the top-level maps don't have all locations (Helm's hold next to Neverwinter), Phandalin, and generally all of the locations that are ...
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Does the Rick & Morty comic spoil the published adventure?

Does reading the graphic novel series Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons spoil the published D&D 5e adventure Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick and Morty? I'm in the middle of playing the D&...
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Does properly exploring a hex help with navigation in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I'm currently running Tomb of Annihilation for the first time and have a bit of an odd ask. I'm mainly asking this because one of my players is running a character who's really into maps and wanting ...
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Should I warn the GM of probable mistakes he made or could make?

The question isn't strictly bound to rules - although sometimes there are mistakes about those too, the GM is kind of a novice - but is mostly related to reading some statblocks in the book. To better ...
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Why would this NPC in Curse of Strahd ever attack Strahd?

In Curse of Strahd, there is an NPC the PC's may encounter whose weapon explicitly does more damage when he uses it to attack Strahd. However, said NPC states explicitly that he will not attack ...
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What is the benefit of a talisman made from an ice troll's heart?

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden introduces ice trolls (p. 295), whose hearts can (among other uses) be transformed into a talisman that functions like a patch of brown mold. I don’t understand ...
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Do any published adventures contain spells a wizard can copy that aren't written in a spellbook?

A wizard can copy a spell they find into their spellbook. This is described in the "Your Spellbook" section of the Wizard's class features: When you find a wizard spell of 1st level or ...
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What is the earliest example of a variant monster in a published D&D adventure?

In an answer to another question I made the point that using non-standard variants of published monsters has been common practice since the early days of D&D. This was based on my own experience, ...
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