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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Campaing/adventure recomendations for a new company [closed]

I will be mastering a "The one ring" group and i'm looking for adventures or campaigns recomendations. I found there is a lot of content but i'm a little confused about what level is each ...
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Do mechanical events carry over during the Tests of the Frostmaiden?

During the Trials of the Frostmaiden, the PCs have the opportunity to use resources and/or undergo effects/conditions/other mechanical events. What isn't clear is whether players retain those ...
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How to get from 3rd to 5th level in "The Forge of Fury" using XP?

I am a DM who has started my campaign with new 3rd level characters running The Forge of Fury as published in Tales from the Yawning Portal. The synopsis contains the line It is designed for four 3rd-...
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Why Do We Keep Adventuring?

alright, so in general, I like 5e, it's got a lot of positives, but I'm noticing more and more that there aren't really any reasons for adventuring past a certain point. So, an example: Our group is ...
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What Regional effects are present in the Tomb of Diderius (Rise of Tiamat)?

In Episode 3 of Rise of Tiamat, the players enter the Tomb of Diderius. Diderius has become a and as such his lair (the Tomb) should show this legendary monster's Regional Effects (enumerations and ...
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What's the follow-up scenario to Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-07: Flooded King's Court?

I'm running Pathfinder Society scenarios I picked up on sale for my group. They've expressed interest in the storyline that begins in Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-07: Flooded King's Court, but I can'...
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Where is the treasure generation table mentioned in Buffalo Castle?

I have 7th edition of Tunnels and Trolls (30th anniversary edition) and I am playing the "Buffalo Castle" solo adventure. I defeated a wandering monster and rolled for treasure, which the ...
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When should this adult white dragon give up? [closed]

My PCs are currently playing through Rise of Tiamat and in a session or two will be fighting an adult white dragon. Because they are currently at a higher level then their episode is set for, I ...
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Should my party get xp twice, first for a negotiation, and then for killing the creature

My party negotiated a truce with the Nothic in LMoP, then shortly afterwards the wizard found the sword hidden away and decided to try and steal it. The Nothic noticed and engaged in combat, at which ...
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I need someone from the outside to look at my situations to tell if my DM is being unfair...? [closed]

Ok here are my examples: we are playing "Undermountain of the mad mage". My first character seemed really underpowered even though i don't think she was. Whenever I create a character I like ...
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Politics of Daggerford in Rise of Tiamat

My players are about to embark on Rise of Tiamat but have not yet attended the first council meeting. One of the PC's is a paladin of Lathander, so I expect there will be interaction between them and ...
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Seeking player-oriented summary of Hoard of the Dragon Queen

Much like in this question, my players have just finished Curse of Strahd and are about to embark on Rise of Tiamat. Rise is the second part of a two-part series, and allows that the players may not ...
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80's or 90's "Dungeon" magazine adventure - players are shipwrecked on a noble's island, and attend a party

My daughter is home for college and has asked her friends over to play (and me to DM). A request was made for a combat-light short adventure with mystery elements. I am trying to remember a specific ...
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Original character generation charts for "Enemy Within"

I have been playing / running WHFRP since its original release and unfortunately lost most of my original books in Hurricane Charley. I am looking for the character generation charts for "The ...
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How to handle pursuit over long distances, between cities?

in an upcoming session it is possible I might have to handle a chase between cities. I'm DMing Tyranny of Dragons and we are going a bit off book (not a problem, in fact I like where the players are ...
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Stylistic, Mechanical and Contextual summaries of Candlekeep Mysteries

My group is playing through Candlekeep, which consists of 17 different 'Mysteries', each tied to a book that the party finds in Candlekeep. Only one of us is an experienced DM, but we agreed it would ...
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Is the encounter in area 11 of the "Isle of the Abbey" adventure in Ghosts of Saltmarsh overly difficult?

I did the math for the encounter in area 11 in the Isle of the Abbey adventure from Ghosts of Saltmarsh (p. 108), and I came up with an encounter difficulty of 7200 XP. This is way, way more difficult ...
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How do DMs roleplay the shamans in "Danger at Dunwater" from the Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure book?

I am somewhat confused by the "role" of the shamans in the Danger at Dunwater module from Ghosts of Saltmarsh. I understand the politics as described, and obviously it is up to the DM to ...
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What does "An adventure for players levels 1-3" mean?

What does "An adventure for players levels 1-3" mean? I see this on the front of module books. Does this mean the players should begin the adventure between levels 1 and 3, with no hint as ...
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How should rests be handled inside the Tomb of of the Nine Gods?

I'm running Tomb of Annihilation, and my players have finally arrived at the Tomb of the Nine Gods. As they have been deciding when it is safe to take short rests, I've been rolling for random ...
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Looking for an old adventure module - Heroes explore a tower and find a trapped wizard

I'm looking for an old adventure module and I can't remember the name. This is what I remember: For AD&D 1e, and may have been a DM's Guild publication For low level characters, not more than 5th ...
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DoIP Dragon Barrow Area D5 – how is this not a likely TPK?

I'm running Dragon of Icespire Peak, and my players have encountered the Dragon Barrow. This question relates to the mechanics of a specific part of the quest, so I've liberally used spoiler blocks to ...
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Trying to find an early D&D module that had a drider lair

I played this module about 25 years back and don't remember much of it, but it did have these features: There was a 'trap' consisting of a long chain that descended into a pool leading to an ...
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What was the first published map for an adventure?

What is the first officially published dungeon map from D&D? I believe there was no dungeon map in the first published book, but I'd like to know what the first map was that was published.
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Is there a complete map of Faerûn? [duplicate]

Is there a complete map of all known places in Faerûn? Many of the top-level maps don't have all locations (Helm's hold next to Neverwinter), Phandalin, and generally all of the locations that are ...
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Does the Rick & Morty comic spoil the published adventure?

Does reading the graphic novel series Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons spoil the published D&D 5e adventure Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick and Morty? I'm in the middle of playing the D&...
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Does properly exploring a hex help with navigation in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I'm currently running Tomb of Annihilation for the first time and have a bit of an odd ask. I'm mainly asking this because one of my players is running a character who's really into maps and wanting ...
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Should I warn the GM of probable mistakes he made or could make?

The question isn't strictly bound to rules - although sometimes there are mistakes about those too, the GM is kind of a novice - but is mostly related to reading some statblocks in the book. To better ...
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Why would this NPC in Curse of Strahd ever attack Strahd?

In Curse of Strahd, there is an NPC the PC's may encounter whose weapon explicitly does more damage when he uses it to attack Strahd. However, said NPC states explicitly that he will not attack ...
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What is the benefit of a talisman made from an ice troll's heart?

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden introduces ice trolls (p. 295), whose hearts can (among other uses) be transformed into a talisman that functions like a patch of brown mold. I don’t understand ...
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Do any published adventures contain spells a wizard can copy that aren't written in a spellbook?

A wizard can copy a spell they find into their spellbook. This is described in the "Your Spellbook" section of the Wizard's class features: When you find a wizard spell of 1st level or ...
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What is the earliest example of a variant monster in a published D&D adventure?

In an answer to another question I made the point that using non-standard variants of published monsters has been common practice since the early days of D&D. This was based on my own experience, ...
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Does Klarg know the location of Cragmaw Castle?

I'm running the Lost Mines of Phandelver, and my party has managed to take Klarg captive rather than kill him - he's currently being held in a Phandalin jail cell and they plan to interrogate him in ...
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What events are depicted in these frescos from the "Shield of the Hidden Lord" DMsGuild module (which expands on the Descent into Avernus adventure)?

There is an unofficial module on DMsGuild named "Shield of the Hidden Lord" by M.T. Black - who is one of the writers on the official adventure Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus, so I ...
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What happens if Majesto (an imp in Curse of Strahd) dies?

Normally, an imp familiar would follow the standard rules for devils If it dies outside the Nine Hells, a devil disappears in a cloud of sulfurous smoke or dissolves into a pool of ichor, instantly ...
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What is the spell save DC for the spells gains via the dark gifts in Curse of Strahd?

In Curse of Strahd, in Amber Temple, The descriptions of these dark gifts do not make any mention of a spell save DC, should the dark gift allow the casting of a spell. For a player who has a ...
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How can I identify the different terrains on the Chult map in Tomb of Annihilation?

At the back of the Tomb of Annihilation book, in Appendix B, there is a random encounters table for Wilderness Encounters on pp. 194-195. The different terrains listed in that table are as follows: ...
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What is this series of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay adventures where the goal of each was to get an elemental gem of power?

Many years ago (24+), I had a set of 4 Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay adventures split between 2 books. Each adventure's goal was to try and claim an elemental gem of power. The gems were tremendously ...
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Are there any other ways for lycanthropes to hurt other lycanthropes?

As written, lycanthropes cannot damage one another as they have immunity to non-silvered, non-magic attacks and their stack block attacks are exclusively of these types (and see: Can a Werewolf ...
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What does the attuned creature know about the Shield of the Hidden Lord?

The DMG states that all properties of a magic item are known to the attuned creature, or a creature that spends a short rest analyzing it, but what about the Shield of the Hidden Lord? Some properties ...
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Applying XP to a pre-created adventure with milestones?

I have bought my first DnD adventure, Dragon of Icespire Peak, mainly because I wanted a good opening adventure to introduce some new players to the game. However the module uses milestone leveling ...
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Curse of Strahd - Does NPC ability trump Inspiration rule?

In Curse of Strahd, the players can encounter an NPC with a special ability. Since this ability is an action, it can potentially be used every combat round. Is the NPC's use of this ability supposed ...
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If OSR modules are unbalanced by design, why do they often have recommended level brackets?

Unbalanced encounters is one of the staples of the OSR/old school modules. However, most of them have some kind of recommendation regarding PC levels and/or numbers. For example, this extensive list ...
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Secret of the Ancients (2012) - why leave them here?

Note - this has significant spoilers for the Secret of the Ancients campaign. Secret of the Ancients has some really interesting ideas and lots of detail but some serious flaws also. However, among ...
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What can remove the bane effects of Elder Runes in Dungeon of the Mad Mage?

In the campaign Dungeon of the Mad Mage there are bane effects on Elder Runes that are cast like symbol. One of the runes mentions specifically that it can be dispelled by remove curse or greater ...
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Does Strahd's unarmed strike deal full damage if used to grapple?

In the text of Strahd's Unarmed Strike, it says (emphasis mine): If the target is a creature, Strahd can grapple it [...] instead of dealing bludgeoning damage. This seems to be copy/pasted from the ...
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Are these proposed effects of consecrated ground suitable for Curse of Strahd?

I believe that existing rules imply the existence of consecrated ground not created by the hallow spell (see Are there published effects of Consecrated (not Hallowed) Ground?) I am currently running ...
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How can I outfit the Caves of Chaos to fit contextually with the Dragonlance setting? [closed]

I have been tasked with running The Keep on the Borderlands adventure module. Although it is normally set in Greyhawk, I’m interested in placing the adventure in a Dragonlance campaign setting, in the ...
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In this part of Curse of Strahd, does the secondary effect of the Hallow spell apply, and what is the most effective option for it?

In Curse of Strahd, Note that the hallow spell has two principal effects. The first is that it bars the entrance of undead, as well as prohibiting them from charming those on the hallowed ground and ...
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Is there a canon map/layout for the House of Inspired Hands?

The Gondar temple The House of Inspired Hands is in Waterdeep and appears in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. This only contains a brief description of its exterior and interior, is there any more detailed ...

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