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Questions tagged [published-adventures]

Published adventures, usually published by the creators of the particular system/setting, 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/...

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Where are the heroes of Faerûn during Tyranny of Dragons according to other adventures?

I know that as the DM I can make up whatever I want and put the heroes of Faerûn wherever I choose in the story. What I am looking for is answers that are in other modules (published adventures) that ...
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What if the players refuse to join the questing pack in the Valkenburg Foundation?

The Werewolf adventure The Valkenburg Foundation begins with the players being asked to join the Questing Pack. Their role in the questing pack is pivotal because it is the mechanism used to feed them ...
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How does the Shard of the Ise Rune's “Gift of Frost” from SKT work?

I'm a DM running Storm King's Thunder, and it's likely the party will soon get the Shard of the Ise Rune item (p. 236-237). I'm reading through the description, and while I understand most of it, I'm ...
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What are some of the 'meta-explanation' adventures? [on hold]

For example, Die Vecna Die and the Apocalypse Stone are both supposed to be adventures that help explain rule/lore changes between editions. I was wondering if there were others like these? Something ...
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How many specters are in Diderius's treasure vault?

The treasure vault described on page 44 of Rise of Tiamat mentions: It mentions that the wraiths are warriors who pledged their souls, okay, fine, two wraiths. But then it mentions that I'm not a ...
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How large is Waterdeep?

I'm going to be running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist for my group soon. As part of this I would like to work out how long it would take characters to travel around the city on foot, both from top to bottom,...
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For a single party, how can I make Dead in Thay a “fast-paced assault” and not a drawn-out series of skirmishes?

I having been running adventure modules from Tales from the Yawning Portal for a single group of 3-6 players (i.e. I have 6 players, but sometimes as few as 3 can attend a session). Part of the reason ...
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How can I let my players catch Droki from Out of the Abyss?

In Chapter 4: Gracklstugh of Out of the Abyss, my players are supposed to catch Droki. But they just can't do it. The party is comprised of a Drow Ranger, a Firbolg Druid, a Dwarf Paladin and an ...
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How do you make the final battle in Tomb of Annihilation non-trivial?

After a nine month campaign across over thirty sessions, we are finishing the final confrontation in Tomb of Annihilation - but the adventure seems to have set up the adventurers to have a unique ...
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Which Pathfinder adventures are supported by Bestiary 1?

My family and I are just getting into pen and paper RPGs and started off with the Pathfinder beginner's box. After completing that campaign, we are ready to move on to the next adventure. In ...
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What to do about a character being a thief in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

I am DMing the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure. One of my characters is planning on having his ideal be "Stealing is ok if they have something you want", and he says his character will be "skilled ...
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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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What kind of ooze does the Pudding King transform into?

In Out of the Abyss, the stats of the Pudding King include the following action (page 233): However, it does not mention what kind of ooze he transforms into. What kind of ooze does the Pudding King ...
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How do I add enemies to already started combat? (Lost Mine of Phandelver spoilers) [duplicate]

I'm DMing the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure. I'm assuming I would roll the new enemies' initiative, but should I add them to the initiative order immediately or only once the next ...
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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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As a DM, how far should I prepare ahead in a premade campaign?

As a first time DM I found a group to play Storm King's Thunder. I have been reading the first part of the story to prepare. So far I have read up to level 5 till after the flying with the giant to ...
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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 does the Maze Engine in Out of the Abyss work?

Spoilers below if you haven't played Out of the Abyss. I am running the D&D 5e adventure Out of the Abyss. There is a section in the campaign where the PCs encounter a device called the Maze ...
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Can I create a tree structure to my The One Ring games to help guide the player?

I am trying to be a Loremaster (LM) for a session of The One Ring. Right now the only player is my wife, who loves LOTR series. I am trying to create a campaign using the Marsh Bell ready-to-play ...
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How do I handle baby creature followers/pets in Out of the Abyss?

I am new to DMing, and I am running the official Out of the Abyss adventure. My players found some eggs. When the eggs hatched, baby hook horrors popped out. The players saw them and decided to try ...
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Player characters used a Devastation Orb of Water underground

The player characters got their hands on a Devastation Orb of Water. They decided that they wanted to use it against which is underground. If they do use it underground, would the rain appear ...
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A paladin player immediately identified a disguised/polymorphed NPC in Tomb of Annihilation [closed]

...and I'm not sure how to react to it now. This is during the Tomb of Annihilation campaign, while recruting a Guide, this player used his Divine Sense around He immediately went to talk to her, ...
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How does betting work for the dinosaur race in Tomb of Annihilation?

My players are going to run the Dinosaur Race, and I'm using the advanced rules from the Tomb of Annihilation Companion to add some fun. Everything looks nice, except that I don't understand how the ...
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Which Golarion features are important to Curse of the Crimson Throne?

I'm trying to convert this Adventure Path to a different setting, namely the Forgotten Realms, possibly in the mapped areas (Faerun). In doing so; I need to know which features of the Golarion ...
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How do players defeat the coin dragon in Gorgoldand's Gauntlet?

There is a one-shot adventure called Gorgoldand's Gauntlet, originally designed to be run with 3.5 rules. The adventure mostly consists of a series of puzzles, traps, and a few encounters. However, ...
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What does HC mean in AL?

In Adventurers League (AL) questions and answers, the term "HC" is quite common when talking about a specific adventure. In RPGs, HC easily means heroic, heroic campaign and many other different ...
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In Adventurers League, can you finish a module you started if you leveled out of it?

Here's a situation: Bob plays a 4 hours Adventurers League Tier 2 adventure with a level 10 character, but due to unforeseen time constraints, the module cannot be completed (only 3 hours in, for ...
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What story arcs does the Tomb of Annihilation adventure (as written) fail to resolve?

I have been brought in as a substitute DM to finish the last 2-3 episodes of an almost eight month campaign of Tomb of Annihilation spanning over 30 sessions. (I was chosen to help maintain continuity ...
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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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How is Tomb of Annihilation supposed to end when [spoiler]…?

At the end of Tomb of Annihilation, one scenario describes what the enemies are trying to do... Without the ability to planar shift to chase down the missing item, this situation prevents the ...
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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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Are (most) published adventure rewards consistent with Awarding Magic Item guidelines from core books?

This is probably a hard question that requires experience with lots of published adventures (or lots of researching), but the question itself is simple: Both the Dungeon Master Guide (DMG) and ...
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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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Does a Helm Paladin become fallen if he does this? [closed]

I am DM'ing the official adventure "Expedition to the Demonweb Pits". As the game progresses the party (Human paladin, LG Dwarf cleric, N Human rogue) will find themselves in a situation where: My ...
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I'm trying to find a module I played as a kid

What I remember is a dungeon crawl sort of module laid out as an inverted pyramid. There was art that depicted the builders vision of the souls travel to the afterlife. At the apex of the pyramid, ...
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What pacing problems for the DM does Murder in Baldur's Gate pose when running the adventure?

This question is directed at DM/GMs who have run the adventure Murder in Baldur's Gate. I am prepping to run this adventure, and it seems that this module's ten phase / three faction plot structure ...
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Was Murder in Baldur's Gate a part of the D&D Next/5e playtest?

I have recently purchased Murder in Baldur's Gate, and downloaded the Monster Statistics supplement with the three-edition-stats for named NPC's (tough thugs, Flaming Fist Privates, etc). These ...
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Are the maps in the The Slaying Stone created using an existing tileset?

In the published adventure HS1 - The Slaying Stone, there are a number of encounter maps containing corridors, furniture, rubble and the like. Were these maps constructed with the expectation that the ...
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How can a group's appearance be magically changed without the group noticing?

It's early days yet of Queen of the Spiders (1986), but in converting the classic adnd module for use in my dnd-3.5e campaign, I've already hit a snag. Here's the plot point, quoted for your reading ...
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What does a “party level” mean?

What does a "3rd level party" mean in a published adventure? this adventure assumes the characters begin this chapter at level 3. some of the haunted keeps are tougher than others. featherdale ...
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How “deadly” are the adventures in Tales from the Yawning Portal?

I'm looking for what to run for my next D&D campaign. The promotional material for Tales from the Yawning Portal says this: Within this tome are seven of the deadliest dungeons from the history ...
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Dungeon World starters for young girls? [closed]

Does anyone know of any Dungeon World 'starters' aimed at younger players or girls in particular?
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What is the cost of buying scrolls in Adventurers League?

A recent Adventurers League (AL) adventure has a vendor who sells 1st to 3rd level scrolls to adventurers. (Spoiler) What are the AL costs for these scrolls?
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Increasing CR for more players

I am currently running a short Pathfinder published adventure (We Be Goblins Too!) as an interlude between campaigns. For reasons not relevant to this question, I have 7-8 player coming each week. ...
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Pathfinder society GP in non society games?

I want to use a Pathfinder society scenario in my game, but I don't play in society. My only problem is that society scenarios often include "award players XXX gp" and I have no idea what to do when ...
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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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Can the door to this area really not be opened from this direction in Tomb of Horrors?

I am reading Tales from the Yawning Portal, specifically the Tomb of Horrors. There seems to be an error in the following description (emphasis mine): The way this area reads I think it should say: ...
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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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Did Castle Amber influence Magic: The Gathering?

Has a published source cited the adventure module Castle Amber as an inspiration for Magic: The Gathering? Alternatively, has a published source dismissed the seeming connections between Castle Amber ...
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Reconciling map/edition differences in Chult & filling in “broad strokes” areas in Tomb of Annihilation? Mezro?

I'm two sessions into DMing Tomb of Annihilation for my face-to-face group and we're really enjoying it. However, I am reading lots of "area descriptions" that are described in exceedingly broad ...