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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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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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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 ...
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Boxed Set of Undead Hunting Adventures Compatable with the Rules Cyclopedia

During my early years of playing D&D (focused around the Rules Cyclopedia), I remember I had a set of adventures (I think it was 3?) that came in a boxed set. They could be run separately, or the ...
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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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Scales of War Maps

I'm a DM about to start a campaign of Scales of War with my group. I have all of the stuff ready, except for the maps. I purchased a DDI Subscription through Digital River, but when I download the ...
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How do PCs discover a Guardian Portrait?

The Guardian Portrait from the Curse of Strahd is described as: Assuming the Portrait casts a spell with somatic and/or verbal components - is the detection of the Guardian Portrait automatic by PCs ...
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Curse of Strahd - NPC Backstory Contradiction?

This question includes NPC lore spoilers for Curse of Strahd, proceed at your own risk. While running Curse of Strahd and prepping ahead, I have happened upon a rather glaring contradiction in the ...
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How can my players even have a chance at resolving this Tomb of Horrors puzzle?

In the Tomb of Horrors hardcover from the Tales of the Yawning Portal, most of the time, when there’s a puzzle, either clues will be given to adventurers, or there will be an available check to solve/...
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How can I make a linear adventure feel like it's not linear? [closed]

I have been recently delving into D&D 5e and I decided to start GMing. So despite the bad criticism, I picked the two books of “Hoard of the Dragon Queen” since I wanted to see for myself what a ...
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Are there any examples in Adventurers League of Constructs skinned from other creatures?

When writing Convention Creation Content (CCC) adventures, a variety of guidelines must be met for acceptance. One regards monsters: What monsters can I put in my adventure? You can choose from ...
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Can a monster cause a PC's alignment to change?

I'm DMing 1e "Village of Hommlet" and I think Lareth the Beautiful would enjoy causing the (1st level PC) lawful good cleric to become evil. Can he do this?
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Is the creation of a parallel time-line that even 9th level spells cannot reach RAW?

CAUTION: Spoiler Ahead--Out of the Abyss, hard cover In a recent game, mentioned above, the party had all their NPC's banished to the NPC's home planes, including a couple of pet Death Slaads. At ...
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Looking for a specific Traveller adventure about a rescue operation before a nuclear war beaks out

I'm looking for the name of a Traveller adventure I read on the Internet long ago. It concerned the characters landing on an atomic-age world to rescue someone (the daughter of someone important?), or ...
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What is recharge in 4e? [duplicate]

I am a new dungeon master that is DMing for some of my friends that want to play but are beginners. I am turning an adventure called Khyber’s Quest, 4th edition, into a 5th edition game to play. Can ...
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What is a creature that could serve as a subtitute for a Baluchitherium?

We are looking for a creature that could serve as an Adventurers League substitute for a colossal Baluchitherium (i.e. 100’ tall at the shoulder instead of 20’ and with hit points closer to a dragon) -...
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How do I apply & record DM Experience Rewards?

So at the ends of some of my adventure packets that I've run for D&D Adventurer's League it says things about DM rewards, which includes Experience Points. I'm concerned a little bit that I may ...
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Can creature abilities be removed in Adventurers League CCC submissions?

Adventurers League(AL) allows for game conventions to submit modules for review to be declared "AL Legal" for widespread use. We are seeking to know whether monsters have ever been modified in past ...
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Can a character affected by the Death Curse choose to automatically undo it after the release of Season 7 Tier 3 material? [duplicate]

I have a Tier 2 character currently affected by the Death Curse after playing a Season 7 module, and I want to get rid of that curse as soon as possible (but I haven't started playing the Tomb of ...
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How do you calculate DM XP reward for an AL module without a prescribed time?

I recently started DMing Adventurers League sessions, and I've been told about DM rewards, being particularly interested in the XP I get after each DMed session. Reading the AL DM guide, I understand ...
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Do you know any scenario involving Yog-Sothoth? [closed]

I am looking for a published Call of Cthulhu campaign or at least a scenario involving the Yog-Sothoth or his cult. Well known Shadows of Yog-Sothoth campaign, despite its name, resolves more around ...
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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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How can I convert D&D 4e adventures and settings to 5e?

At my public library, I have ready access to resource books from older editions of D&D (only 5e are in heavy demand). Most of the books at the library are 4e. I am interested in converting some of ...
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How does one infuse an AL campaign with a sense of time elapsing?

In 5e character levels tick off at a pretty predictable pace: given level-appropriate encounters it's usually 10-15 hours of table-time for each level. Particularly in Adventurers League, where so ...
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Which chapters of HotDQ are important to the overall plot of Tyranny of Dragons?

My group just finished the Curse of Strahd campaign a few weeks ago, and now I would like to run Tyranny of Dragons. My players are level 8, so I thought that would be perfect to start with Rise of ...
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Modifying “The Night Before Wintermas” for a larger party and longer duration

This will be my first time DMing, so I am not sure how to do this yet. The adventure is written for 5 level 5 PC's, but we will have 8 PC's in our group that night. How do I modify the encounters so ...
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How do Big Lizzie Romance Points gained from death work with Unkillable?

In GURPS Big Lizzie there is a mechanic called romance points and dying gets you 50 romance points. But what happens if the person who has died has the Unkillable 2 or Unkillable 3 advantage? Would ...
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Is the Dungeon Magazine 4e Adventure List spreadsheet still available?

This link used to go to a spreadsheet with all the 4E adventures published in Dungeon Magazine (and possibly some others, IIRC) during that edition's duration. I remember it listed out each adventure ...
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Are there any published adventures located in Geb

My party wants to travel to Geb and now I am looking for adventures located there to get a feeling for the atmosphere. I have checked the big Adventure Paths so far but could not find any. I know of ...