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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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My players want to use called-shots on Strahd

Possible spoilers for the D&D 5E adventure Curse of Strahd: So last week my players encountered Strahd at level 3. My intention with this is to teach the players to think before spending their ...
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Are there issues with allowing parties to succeed at encounters in a published adventure with specified checks/DCs using creative roleplay instead?

During Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, there are a number of faction missions, one of which is: With a suggested solution: Given that a suggested solution involves the party spending money and checks of a ...
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How are characters expected to traverse area B3 of the Cellar Complex (Encounter 9) in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

In reading through and preparing to run Waterdeep: Dragon Heist (looking at Xanathar, Spring variation) I was wondering about mechanisms/methods of gaining entrance to the Cellar Complex (the section ...
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Should I adjust the Starting Encounter for Lost Mines of Phandelver for this party?

The Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure is described on its first page as "an adventure for four to five characters of 1st level." However, I will only be running three players through the campaign (or ...
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What are the pros and cons of this proposed modification to Rise of Tiamat?

I'm looking to run the Rise of Tiamat module. In "Episode 4: Neronvain" from the chapter "Death to the Wyrmspeakers", it says that which makes sense. But when I look at Neronvain's stat block (p. 91)...
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Can characters escape from Death House through this method?

I will be DMing the Death House adventure very soon. Because I have players that tend to exploit every little loophole, I am wondering the following: To illustrate what I mean, here is a map with the ...
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Is Waterdeep faction membership mutually exclusive? [duplicate]

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist has multiple factions which PCs can belong to, or join. These include Lord's Alliance, Emerald Enclave, Bregan D'aerthe, etc. If a PC matches the requisites for more than one ...
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Would this house-rule about creating shadows from living creatures unbalance CoS? [closed]

I am running Curse of Strahd for my gaming group and am trying to put general shapes on future encounters and occurrences. I thought it would be cool if, when Strahd uses his Lair Action to create a ...
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Can any PC in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure join the Lords' Alliance after this event?

The requisite to join the Lords' Alliance faction in Waterdeep is to be a local resident (p. 16 of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure): To become a member of the Lords' Alliance faction in ...
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Could a soul from the Soulmonger be restored in the ToA campaign after this event?

Assume some soul was sucked into the Soulmonger. This event could happen with this soul, when it is inside: Is it possible to resurrect a soul after this event happens? Maybe with a Wish spell or ...
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How old was this woman (from Tomb of Annihilation) at her death?

How is it possible? Page 92 of the ToA adventure says: So, group A was killed at moment 1. Okay. Later in the adventure, it says on p. 165: So, person B was killed at the same time. Okay. Page ...
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First time DM for semi-experienced group: which module? [closed]

My group's currently finishing Princes of the Apocalypse and I will be DM'ing the next campaign (D&D 5e). I've never done it before and I can't decide on the module. I don't mind prep and some ...
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Who is depicted in Dragon Heist's cover?

Who are the characters depicted in the cover of Dragon Heist? I've just started DMing this, and I'm reading through the 1st chapter, but I don't recognize the characters here. The beholder in the ...
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Is there any official Lore on Keraptis the Wizard, apart from what is in White Plume Mountain?

In the 5E release of Tales from the Yawning Portal there is the Module White Plume Mountain. On page 95 it states the previous lore of Keraptis the Wizard: Thirteen hundred years ago, the wizard ...
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Who was this character from the Tomb of Annihilation adventure before they became a monster?

I have found a lot of information that this character is a tabaxi and speaks tabaxi language. Who he is exactly? Was he tabaxi or human or something else?
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What's the “magic similar to the Knock spell” referenced in the Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure?

The Dungeon of the Mad Mage module book (p. 11) has this to say about secret doors: A one-way door can be manually opened only from one side (the other side has no handle or hinges). A knock spell ...
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If someone dies to a Yellow Musk Creeper's Touch attack, does the Remove Curse spell make its resurrection easier somehow?

Suppose a character dies of the Yellow Musk Creeper's Touch attack (ToA, p. 237). They have 24 hours to get resurrected or have remove curse cast on the body (after which it animates as a yellow musk ...
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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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Can this NPC from the Tomb of Annihilation adventure change form willingly?

This question is about an NPC from the Tomb of Annihilation campaign. According to the adventure book (p. 34): Could this NPC morph into their couatl form intentionally? Or was the character cursed ...
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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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Should the Death Curse affect an undead PC in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I am gonna to start DMing the D&D 5e adventure Tomb of Annihilation for a group of 5th-level PCs who just finished the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure. One of the PCs is undead. By ...
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By RAW, is the Giant Rocktopus from the Out of the Abyss adventure unable to breathe while out of the water?

The description of the Giant "Rocktopus" random creature encounter in the Out of the Abyss adventure (p. 28) provides the following details: This creature is a giant octopus that has evolved to ...
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Would it be suitable for the Zhentarim to order a PC who is in the Zhentarim to find Artus Cimber in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I am gonna to start DMing the D&D 5e adventure Tomb of Annihilation for a group of 5th-level PCs who just finished the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure. One of them (an undead gnome ...
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Is it possible to create a body for the spirit of a sentient magic item?

In the Out of the Abyss campaign which I'm currently playing in, the party found a magic sword (Dawnbringer, a Sun Blade with additional properties). The sword has its own personality, spirit, or soul ...
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Is a shield guardian affected by demonic madness in the Out of the Abyss adventure?

I am DMing the Out of the Abyss campaign. According to p. 21 of the adventure book, various events in the adventure or certain conditions being met will call for a saving throw against demonic ...
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Does the Giant Rocktopus have a Swim Speed?

The Giant Rocktopus described in Out of the Abyss (p.28) is said to be a Giant Octopus that evolved to live on land. It has a walking speed of 20 feet and a climbing speed of 10 feet. Nothing is ...
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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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Are there any official adventures for non-werewolf shapeshifters?

I've recently picked up several breedbooks for Werewolf: The Apocalypse. While there appear to be many adventures for werewolves, I'm wondering if there are any intended for use by non-Garou changing ...
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Can a druid Wild Shape into Sangzor from the Curse of Strahd adventure?

During the module Curse of Strahd, I can encounter the evil Giant Goat Sangzor (p. 160). The goat has special properties: higher CR, resistance to nonmagical weapons & more hit points. Can I Wild ...
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How can the PCs make money in an urban adventure? [duplicate]

I'm running Dragon Heist for my players, and I've come to a bit of a roadblock so to speak. In chapter 2, the PCs are meant to open and run their own tavern, however it costs 1000gp+ to even open it, ...
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What are the barriers to running a published adventure from an earlier edition in the 5e system (assuming that this is possible)? [duplicate]

If I've counted correctly, there are ten published adventures for D&D 5e, but many more from earlier editions. I would like to make use of these adventures from previous editions; however, given ...
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In Caverns of Thracia, where does this trap door lead to?

In the original Caverns of Thracia, there is a trap door marked on the map. Where does this lead to?
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How many arrows is an archer expected to fire by the end of the Tyranny of Dragons pair of adventures?

Tyranny of Dragons spans two supplements: Hoard of the Dragon Queen Rise of Tiamat If an archer was expected to buy all of their arrows up front, what is a reasonable estimate of how many arrows ...
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Are there any Red Wizards among the mercenaries at the Well of the Dragons?

In the adventure module Rise of Tiamat, one of the conflicts involves: These characters are tantamount to one of the evil plots, so I'm trying to account for them all since my players may decide to ...
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What is “Quest 24” in the Dark Tower adventure?

In room 1-24 of the Dark Tower adventure (the Goodman Games reprint of the original), the module states that Verus Vorum will ask the adventures to undertake Quest 24. The text is curiously bold, but ...
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Are harmful glyphs created by the Symbol spell detectable and/or revealed by the Detect Magic spell?

The symbol spell describes creating a "harmful glyph" on a surface or within an object. This glyph is described as being nearly invisible, requiring an Intelligence (Investigation) check against [...
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Does Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage allow a party to start after level 6?

I've read that Dungeon of the Mad Mage is more of a traditional dungeon crawl with numerous floors (which I'm assuming get harder as the party progresses) and takes characters from levels 6 through 20....
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Am I understanding this Storm King's Thunder map wrong?

My group will soon be finished with Lost Mine of Phandelver, and I've been told Storm King's Thunder is a great next campaign to run. I am currently building maps in Roll20 and noticed that in one ...
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In Adventurer's League, is it possible to keep the Ring of Winter if you manage to acquire it in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

If you manage to and get the Ring of Winter in D&D Adventurer's League, is it possible to buy the ring via treasure points after the adventure? If you can, how many points does it cost?
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How can I find an Adventure or Adventure Path I need that meets certain criteria?

Let's say I'm looking for an adventure or adventure path. I know I'll have a team of X players characters, I want said adventure or path to start at Y character level and take them up to Z level. So, ...
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How can I mix up weapons for large groups of similar monsters/characters?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, there is an encounter that requires a large number of similar NPCs/monsters, based on the (slightly edited for spoilers) text block: the City Guard arrives and cordons ...
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Can D&D 5e adventures be converted to AD&D?

I'm always hearing about people converting the 1970's and 80's AD&D modules to 5th edition. Is the reverse possible and is there a PDF explaining the process? There are lots of 5th edition ...
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How can a party without cleric get access to hundreds of flasks of unholy water?

In one of the published adventures player characters needs huge amounts of unholy water, namely: Party currently consist of: Storm Druid Alchemist Rogue / Shadow Dancer Wizard All level 6, soon to ...
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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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How long is the road from Hommlet to Rastor?

I am running Return to Temple of Elemental Evil. The players found out about the location of Rastor, but I can't find any information about it. Looking at the map I estimate it's about 250 miles and ...
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How can I prep for the Curse of Strahd adventure effectively?

Before I move into the question there are no spoilers here. I am about to embark on a lengthy D&D adventure with some new players that will start with the Lost Mine of Phandelver (LMoP) and then ...
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Are there any resources from other editions that are a good companion to the 5th edition Waterdeep adventures?

The 5th Edition adventure Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is an urban style adventure based in a very large city. While the adventure itself is good and provides a lot of resources in the city, it is lacking ...