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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Are the Dark Powers mentioned in Curse of Strahd from the Shadowfell or from the Amber Temple?

I am running the Curse of Strahd and one thing seems inconsistent. In chapter one it says Unwilling to go the way of his father, Strahd studied magic and forged a pact with the Dark Powers of the ...
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Killing a Vampire without Sunlight, Running Water or Wooden Stake

In the adventure module a vampire is encountered guarding treasure in the same room where its coffin is. I am preparing to run this encounter, and the party is unlikely to have wooden stakes or ...
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How should I choose a 5e adventure for a group of new players?

I'm thinking about taking a turn as DM after one of my current games wraps up next week. When we start, the various players will have had 0-4 sessions of experience with 5e, though some have played ...
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Was there a published adventure that dooms the party if they fail a knowledge check?

I've recently seen a very strong claim made about knowledge skills: If someone didn't take Knowledge: Nobility and Royalty and they can't identify heraldry, then you can wind up getting ****ed. ...
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Can this dragon from the Rise of Tiamat adventure fit in this area from Episode 2?

The main map of the area in Episode 2 ("The Sea of Moving Ice") contains effectively 2 floors: a series of hallways and rooms on the top floor, and a large cavern as the bottom floor. The main ...
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Can the PCs get hold of the “Piwafwi” or “Piwafwi of Fire Resistance” magic items in the Out of the Abyss adventure?

In Out of the Abyss, Appendix B: Magic Items, two magic items are listed (p. 222); the Piwafwi (which is basically just a drow-made Cloak of Elvenkind) and the Piwafwi of Fire Resistance (the same but ...
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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 similar is 3.5e White Plume Mountain to 5e White Plume Mountain?

I want to run White Plume Mountain for my players, but one of them has played the 5e version of this module. I want to run the 3.5e version, adapted for 5e. I know that these modules have some ...
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Is there any information on what Bloodroot Grove was before the events of this AL module?

I was looking over the Adventurer's League module, DDAL09-08 - In the Garden of Evil (Season 9, Descent into Avernus). This adventure concerns a location in Avernus (the first layer of the Nine Hells) ...
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Have any psionic specific adventures or modules ever been published for D&D by TSR or WotC?

Have any psionic specific adventures or modules ever been published for D&D by TSR or WotC? Any edition is fine, as my impression is that there are not really any. Answers are preferred to be ...
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How much gold should be spent to optimally run this Tavern?

The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure gives the players the option to run a tavern. The "Tavern Keeping Expenses" sidebar (p. 41) specifies the regular running expenses and how to determine profit or ...
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What challenge rating should the Ebondeath stat block have been given?

In the adventure Divine Contention, there's a creature called Ebondeath, and the adventure provides a stat block for this creature, available on D&DBeyond. This creature's stat block appears to ...
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Is the Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure designed for a party of 2 characters?

Specifically in the context of running the Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure (from the Essentials Kit) for one player, is this adventure designed for a party of 2 characters? I ask because I plan to ...
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Which Cthulhu Confidential scenarios can be played as one-shots, without spoiling the campaigns?

With the exception of The Red Mist, all published Cthulhu Confidential scenarios use one of the three protagonists from the original campaigns. Does that mean that these scenarios work best when ...
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In the Descent into Avernus adventure, all food and drink tastes bad when consumed in Avernus. How can we avoid this problem?

In the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus adventure, all food and drink tastes horrible to our characters when it is consumed in Avernus. If we eat or drink anything, we must roll to not vomit. Would ...
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In the current adventures for the campaign settings, is there a mission about carrying out an Assassination?

In the current adventures for the campaign settings, is there a mission about carrying out an Assassination? Hi there, I am looking for an Assassination storyline for the party and wonder if there is ...
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What is a good spoiler-free lore resource that I can give to my party for the Storm King's Thunder adventure?

I'm currently running a Storm's King Thunder campaign and got a question from a couple players in my party who wanted to create a backstory for their characters. They wanted to know more about the ...
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Player action choices on official adventure books

I've been running a few officially published adventure books during the last few months, but I never know how to convey the possible actions the players can take and I feel they lose a lot of ...
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What does an average monster in the Starter Set look like?

Based on the monsters that have been previewed so far by WOTC (we've seen 4 from the starter so far, 3 are easily found here). We've only really seen a small range of Challenge levels (all 3 in the ...
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How do I continue to progress the plot if the party kills the giants in chapter 10 of Storm King's Thunder?

The following question contains major spoilers for the Storm King's Thunder campaign. I'm currently running Storm King's Thunder for my party. This is for a home game (not Adventurers League). I just ...
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How does this effect of the Maze Engine from the Out of the Abyss adventure interact with itself?

In the Out of the Abyss adventure, the Maze Engine can have a variety of random effects, as described on the Maze Engine Effects table (p. 188). On a d100 roll of 11–15, it has the following effect: ...
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How do I play in an adventure as a player that I have run as a DM?

After playing the starter edition as a DM, a player that I was playing with wanted to give DMing a shot and asked me to join him. And I happily did. We are now 2 sessions in and I have noticed a ...
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How long is the D&D vs. Rick and Morty adventure?

Similar to this question, how long is Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick & Morty? Considerations: Game will be played in person. I will aim to have 5 players, not counting the DM. If I DM, I will ...
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How does this potential ally in Curse of Strahd become the party's ally?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure, you learn from the tarokka card reading of an ally who is destined to help you against Strahd. These possible allies are enumerated on pages 15-17 under the Strahd's ...
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Players starting their own faction in Waterdeep

I'm running Dragon Heist and introduced the players to the faction choices last night. They decided none of them wanted to join a faction, individually or together, but they did want to start their ...
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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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Who or what is The Vampyr?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure, in Amber Temple, area X42, the following is described (p. 196): Reading on, this vestige grants any creature who accepts its gift the option of becoming a vampire if ...
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In Out of the Abyss, characters are supposed to be level 15 by the last chapter; how can I get them there via milestone levelling?

I'm still running Out of the Abyss, and we're currently half way through Chapter 9: Mantol-Derith. The party is level 9 now (awarded as we transitioned between Chapter 8 and Chapter 9). As we ...
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Is there lore that reveals where the first seed from the Wizard of Wines winery went?

In Curse of Strahd, I can't find any indication of what happened to the first seed beyond this info: Is there any indication from another source of what happened to the seed? Or is it just an open ...
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What happens if the party is noticed while attempting to surprise this character in the LMoP adventure?

In Lost Mine of Phandelver (the Starter Set adventure), you have the opportunity to What happens if Will he be able to escape? Since you are blocking the door for his escape, does he fight you now (...
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In Out of the Abyss, one character requires an item yet starts with it confiscated. What should I do?

I am running Out of the Abyss, and there is a cleric in my campaign. This cleric requires his holy symbol to really do anything. However, you do not start with any items in this. I don't know what I ...
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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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What counts as a sufficient heat source to survive Amber Temple?

In the Curse of Strahd adventure, the sidebar about Amber Temple's temperature (p. 181) says: It specifically mentions "heat sources", and I was wondering what counts as a heat source for the ...
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Do the dungeon modules from the old Basic D&D work with the new Basic D&D?

I am old and I haven't played D&D seriously in many years. But I remember it. My 12yo son has a crew that want me to DM a game for them. In the interest of leveraging my (limited) existing ...
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How are characters expected to find the vault entrance in the “Dragon Season” phase of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure in Spring?

I'm preparing to run my table through the "Dragon Season" phase of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure on Spring setting, but there's one thing that looks like its going to be a big problem: the ...
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Will adding 2 Winter Wolves to the party make the Amber Temple more survivable for a group of five Level 5 PCs?

I'm DMing a Curse of Strahd game for a party of 5 players, who are all currently level 5. The party consists of the following: Wild Magic Sorcereress human TWF Battlemaster human (has the only magic ...
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Is there a recommended party size for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

I'm planning on starting a campaign of Waterdeep: Dragon Heist tomorrow, but it's looking like we may only have two players (plus me as DM) for it. The other published adventures I've used (Lost Mine ...
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What are the changes to a character caused by Wereraven Lycanthropy from the Curse of Strahd adventure?

I just had a player contract wereraven lycanthropy in my Curse of Strahd campaign, but I can't find the changes that they would get for having it. Where are the effects of wereraven lycanthropy ...
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How are Unseen Servants turned into the living unseen servants from Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage?

I know that by lore, giving an unseen servant some semblance of separateness from the caster is possible in that a published adventure contains at least one example of this occurring: How can a ...
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Can a Pathfinder Society adventure created for pregenerated characters be played without them?

Some Pathfinder Society adventures include pre-generated characters. For example, Origin of the Open Road includes this text: Origin of the Open Road is a Pathfinder Society adventure designed for ...
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In Descent into Avernus, how are distances between locations determined?

I'm currently running Descent Into Avernus and I was wondering: How are distances between locations determined? I know the rules say that a normal travel is considered a forced march and the Con ...
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What was the first adventure to use boxed text?

James Introcaso recently wrote a blog post titled, "We Can Do Better Than Boxed Text", where he outlines the benefits and drawbacks of boxed text. This has raised the question, who started it and how ...
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How permanent are these changes to a PC when they attune to this weapon in Descent into Avernus?

In Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus, on pages 226-227, the is described. The weapon is listed as a and has the following property (given a bold italics header): Briefly, these traits include (...
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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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Can a creature of any alignment attune to this magic weapon in Curse of Strahd?

In Curse of Strahd, area K74h of Castle Ravenloft (p. 81), there is a certain magic weapon: The last bullet point describes that, if you are attuned to the weapon, you are granted the ability to cast ...
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How old is Reya Mantlemorn during the Descent into Avernus adventure?

In Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus, on page 31, the character Reya Mantlemorn is introduced. The boxed text describing the scene in which she is introduced includes the following: Below the boxed ...
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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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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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Which occurs first? (late ToA spoilers)

Okay, so, real quick, I will place this here at the very start, if you don't want Tomb Of Annihilation spoilers, please do not read any further. That being said, I'm deep into my blind run of ToA. We ...
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How can I make this labyrinth feel more alive/Daedalian and less like an RNG?

Ask Angry post Spoilers follow about the new D&D 5e Stranger Things Starter Set from Hasbro/Netflix. I've recently bought the Stranger Things-themed D&D 5e Starter Kit. I'm a vet of the ...

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