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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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What options do my players have for hiding their cart while they enter a dungeon? [on hold]

I am running my first ever D&D 5e campaign for a completely new party using the Lost Mines of Phandelver adventure. My party have just decided that they wish to go to Cragmaw hideout following ...
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What does Ghosts of Saltmarsh mean by a suit of Medium mithral armor?

The Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure "Isle of the Abbey" lists the following treasure (GoS, p. 109): a suit of Medium mithral armor (your choice of type) Which of the following interpretations is ...
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Could Strahd do anything with a key to Sigil that would allow him to escape Barovia?

I am DMing the Curse of Strahd adventure. My players' party is a silver dragonborn fighter, a high elf cleric and a tiefling druid. He brought the fighter to Barovia because he's the last living ...
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How to tackle body parasites

Given that: A party character (human/wereraven gloomstalker ranger) got kidnapped and had an experiment done on her, during which she had six red worms implanted in his body (the worms clung to her ...
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Should PCs receive magic equipment or sellable treasure as rewards?

My group recently finished playing through the Tomb of Annihilation published adventure. It was most of our players' first time with 5e (including mine), and one of the differences I noticed compared ...
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What minions would balance the final Curse of Strahd encounter with this party?

I'm a fairly new DM and have trouble properly balancing combat encounters sometimes. For the final battle in Curse of Strahd, the players have managed to The party consists of a sorcerer, monk, ...
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Is this statue in Curse of Strahd an easter egg?

I just read this question which made me discover the funny anecdote of The Head of Vecna (Note that apart from the hand and eye artifacts in the DMG, I had never heard of Vecna before). Therefore I ...
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Which published D&D adventures feature a dungeon with water-based mechanics? [on hold]

I'm looking at designing a water-themed dungeon for use in 5e, along similar lines as Zelda's various Water Temples. I've been looking for any published adventures which already do something similar ...
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How would a police raid on Ju-Ju House work in Masks of Nyarlathotep?

I've just started Masks of Nyarlathotep with a few friends, and they are half-way through the "America" chapter. The best outcome for this part of the campaign, according to the book, would be to ...
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What can Strahd do in this form?

In the published module Curse of Strahd, Strahd (p. 240) can However, when he does this, However, it seems ridiculous to me that he would be unable to attack when doing so, I mean it's still My ...
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Does the Entangle spell require existing vegetation?

I'm a first time DM for first-time players. I was very afraid of them all dying really early on because I read that the encounters can be very hard, there are only 4 players instead of the usual 5, ...
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Is this a plot hole in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure?

I'm DM'ing for the first time with a group playing for the first time (Table of Noobs). In the 1st chapter of Lost Mine of Phandelver, the characters come across dead horses, are attacked by goblins, ...
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Is it okay to retroactively change things when running a published adventure?

This question came out of another post on here of mine, so there may be some similarities. An answerer/commenter on that question suggested splitting it off, so here goes: I'm a new DM, using Lost ...
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Is Drow Elf a terrible race choice for Tales of the Yawning Portal?

My friend is going to GM Tales of the Yawning Portal hardcover and I am thinking about making a Drow character. However, I am worried about their Sunlight Sensitivity feature and how it'll affect my ...
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In the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, why does the cult follow this road?

This question contains spoilers about Hoard of the Dragon Queen. I want to know why the Cult of the Dragon took the road they took, instead of a different road that seems more logical to me. Is ...
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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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How much do the general public/players know about Xanathar's “Guild”?

I'm running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and curious as to how much of an open secret Xanathar's Guild is. If someone has lived in Waterdeep for 20 years, a year, 2 months, a tenday, how much are they ...
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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 ...
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Where are the pregenerated character sheets for the Hunt for the Thessalhydra adventure on D&D Beyond?

I've just bought the Hunt for the Thessalhydra adventure (from the Stranger Things Starter Set) on D&D Beyond, but the pregenerated character sheets from the boxed set aren't visible. Where can I ...
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Can Captain Othelstan use Tiamat's Blessing of Retribution to regain health multiple times?

Captain Othelstan's stat block (HOTDQ, p. 89) describes this benefit: Tiamat's Blessing of Retribution. When Othelstan takes damage that reduces him to 0 hit points, he immediately regains 20 hit ...
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Does this paragraph about the Wand of Orcus in Out of the Abyss add to or replace this part of its DMG description? [Major Spoilers]

This question contains spoilers for Out of the Abyss, hence why this question's title is quite ambiguous as well. If you do not want this adventure spoiled, avoid this question. So, the Wand of Orcus ...
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How can I make negative consequences for failure of faction missions by characters into productive play for players?

In the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, there is a faction mission for the Harpers to: However, the Harper in our party has failed in a way that is not obvious to them (the player or the character)....
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Question about Dawnbringer and Out of the Abyss [Minor Spoilers]

This question contains spoilers for the Lost Tomb of Khaem from the Out of the Abyss adventure, hence why this question's title is quite ambiguous as well. If you do not want this to be spoiled, avoid ...
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Which spells are hidden in adventures and other sources?

When it comes to spells in D&D 5e, I had a very good overview. It's not like with subraces or feats, for example, which are scattered across a multitude of official and less official sources. The ...
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How does the “Of Ships and the Sea” appendix of Ghosts of Saltmarsh differ from the Unearthed Arcana version?

Ghosts of Saltmarsh has a section in the back titled "Of Ships and the Sea". This is presumably developed from the playtest material published as "Unearthed Arcana" under the same title. It's often ...
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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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What 5E published adventures have generic optional rules sections usable outside the adventure?

I just learned that Ghosts of Saltmarsh apparently has a section called "Of Ships and the Sea", presumably developed from the Unearthed Arcana of the same name. I generally don't buy adventure books ...
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Where else does “Primal” appear as a language (from The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan adventure)?

Included in the Tales from the Yawning Portal, The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan adventure includes a creature called the Tecuziztecatl, which has its stat block included in the appendix (page 245). Its ...
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How are the characters supposed to open this door in the Sunless Citadel module?

Warning! May contain spoilers if you are playing the Sunless Citadel module from the Tales of the Yawning Portal book. We are playing this module and the party is still level 1 (cleric, paladin, ...
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What saving throw is needed for the Cursed Treasure in the Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan?

Included in the Tales from the Yawning Portal, The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan adventure has some Cursed Treasure in area 29: "The Tomb of Pelota" (pg. 78) What kind of saving throw is needed, by ...
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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 “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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How do PCs discover a Guardian Portrait?

The Guardian Portrait from the Curse of Strahd adventure (p. 227) has the trait: Assuming the Portrait casts a spell with somatic and/or verbal components - is the detection of the Guardian Portrait ...
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How is the contradiction in this NPC's backstory in Curse of Strahd resolved?

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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In Out of the Abyss, is there an alternative to rolling foraging checks every day?

In Out of the Abyss, PCs are equipmentless and travelling in a dangerous and hostile environment where food and water is scarce. To top it all off, they are actively being hunted down by an ...
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Would the spell Purify Food and Drink remove physical hazards like bone shards from otherwise normal food?

In a session of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, our characters were sitting down to a campsite meal provided by the chuck wagon. Being aware that they were being hunted/stalked, the cleric of ...
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How do I use the DMG Foraging system in Chult?

The DMG lays out rules for foraging, and lists the DCs as such: \begin{array}{ll} \textbf{DC} & \textbf{Food and Water Availability}\\ 10 & \text{Abundant food and water sources}\\ 15 & \...
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How does the rain catcher from Tomb of Annihilation work mechanically?

The rain catcher item states: "[The rain catcher] can catch 2 gallons of drinking water per inch of rainfall and hold up to 8 gallons" My question is: How do I calculate how much rain has fallen ...
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Is Goodberry enough for nourishment in Chult?

In Tomb of Annihilation you have the mechanic in the game where you have to drink more water than normal. Since you can't really rely on the rain catcher all the time would a good subsitute be the ...
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Should the party get XP for a monster they never attacked?

Attempting to keep things vague to avoid possible spoilers for Dragon Heist During the first session, after the barfight, a couple monsters crawl out of the hole in the middle of the tavern, one big ...
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How do I choose a villain in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure?

In the first pages of Dragon Heist, you're told to When you run this adventure, you choose its main villain at the outset. Your choice determines the season of the year in which the story takes ...
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Curse of Strahd - too steamrollery to force Death House when the PCs are in Vallaki? [closed]

So I had my first session for my group running Curse of Strahd yesterday, which was awesome and everyone had a great time. Only problem is I started them at level 1 and totally missed the part about ...
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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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How to balance one Long Rest every 24 hours

Coming from this question: Typically, how many combat encounters should a low-level party have before they are expected to take a long rest? I realized even while using published adventure modules ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...