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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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How can characters cross Crematorium in the Turn of Fortune's Wheel adventure?

I will be DMing this adventure today. And I have to admit, as a non-native English speaker, I have some trouble with the M-5 Crematorium area. The puzzle, as far as I understand it, goes like that: ...
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Which maps from Planescape: Turn of Fortune's Wheel would be most beneficial to have printed out in 1" grid scale?

I will be DMing a Planescape: Turn of Fortune's Wheel campaign soon. Maps in the book are small, and it would be hard to use them for tactical fights and puzzles. The party I will be DMing for likes ...
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Do the PCs initially know there is a dragon of Icespire Peak?

I'm planning to run the Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure. The title says outright that there is a dragon of Icespire Peak, a lot of the plot is due to monsters moving around in response to the dragon,...
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What lifestyle expenses are associated with the Yawning Portal?

The party has just begun Dungeon of the Mad Mage. After their first trip down the well, they have sensibly taken Durnan up on his offer of rooms in the Yawning Portal where they can stay in between ...
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What is the highest Perception DC in each WotC-published adventure?

I’m building a character and one of the pillars of his abilities should be a high passive perception. I’ve found enough ways to boost this that I highly doubt I need to take all of them, so I’d like ...
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Why does this 7th-level spellcaster NPC only have slots and prepared spells appropriate to a 3rd-level spellcaster?

In Tyranny of Dragons, on page 184, an NPC stat block makes no sense. I’ve checked the errata and have found no correction. It says the NPC “is a 7th-level spellcaster that uses Intelligence as his ...
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What adventures are good for use with a square grid map? [closed]

I'm new as a DM, and I'm planning to run Dragon of Icespire Peak for a group of four players. However, I already can tell that it will be time-consuming to map out each of the potential locations the ...
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What is the recommended level for each published adventure?

I thought I would ask a different take on a question that seems to be asked often here (I need an adventure for level x) What I am looking for is a list of official sources and the recommended level(s)...
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Does this NPC's curse from the Curse of Strahd published adventure remain active even after the NPC dies?

The NPC Ezmerelda d'Avenir from Curse of Strahd (p. 230) has this action (emphasis mine): In my game, Ezmerelda was dominated and used this curse on a PC to give them fire vulnerability. Shortly ...
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Is there any official holiday-themed content for D&D 5e?

Obviously, the various fantasy settings may have their own, special holidays, for example in the Forgotten Realms, there are five annual holidays falling between the months, like Midwinter oder ...
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Were there multiple tripartite portals in the Greyhawk Castle?

I'm sorry that I have a kind of esoteric question, but it has been bothering me for some time, and I cannot find a resolution. There supposedly was a tripartite portal somewhere in the deepest levels ...
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What are the differences between regular and limited version of Planescape - Adventures in the Multiverse set?

The set of books for Planescape - Adventures in the Multiverse will start shipping 20.10.2023, in a bit less than a month from when this question is written. Limited edition is much more expensive, ...
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How many characters can ride a dinosaur?

Tomb of Annihilation has a price list of tame dinosaurs, and there are regular dinosaurs races in Port Nyanzaru. There are multiple pieces of artwork in Tomb of Annihilation that include people riding ...
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How can I get my PCs to stop harassing this character from Dragon of Icespire Peak that isn't supposed to do anything no matter what they do?

We're playing the Dragon of Icespire Peak adventure (from the Essentials Kit). My PCs are trying to get Adabra Gwynn in the Umbrage Hill Quest to come to Phandalin with them, and they are very ...
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Should my bugbear with long limbs be able to reach further if he is 21 feet tall?

I'm currently playing the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden published adventure. My Bugbear has been affected by Vlagomir's spark (see area H30 on p. 226-227), and he has grown to be 21 feet tall ...
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I'm a rookie GM with rookie players using a published campaign. How do I let players run the campaign after narratives without stepping in? [duplicate]

The title mainly explains my situation. I'm using The Dragon of Icespire Peak campaign from the D&D Essentials Kit. I want to run as the GM, but am unsure of what to do if players don't know what ...
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How do I run a campaign that only goes to 6th level, and want to go to 20th level?

I want to be the DM of a published adventure: The Dragon of Icespire Peak, but am unsure of how to run it beyond 6th level. It offers suggestions to run beyond 6th level that I just don't understand. ...
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Do published adventures have human names in their campaign books?

I don't have access to any published adventure campaign books, and I noticed that in the PHB, the human names always refer to the Faerûn setting for names. Does this mean that human names are given in ...
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What are the published adventures for WFRP which are not set plots?

Many of the published adventures for Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay(WFRP) follow a set plot and are a bit of a railroad experience, for example "Through the Drakwald" and "Ashes of ...
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How can I showcase characters that aren't stealthy in a stealth-based mission?

I will soon be running the one-shots from Keys from the Golden Vault in order as a "campaign". These missions are all set up like heists and, while they obviously favor stealth, I don't want ...
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How far does the direct light of the Companion reach?

In the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus module, the Companion is an object that has saved Elturel in the past, and is now in the process of dooming the city. I'm the DM for a BG:DiA party that has ...
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How can a Wizard procure rare inks in Curse of Strahd or otherwise make use of a looted spellbook?

For information specific to the Curse of Strahd campaign, please use spoiler tags because I am a player and not the GM. Two notes first: We are playing the Curse of Strahd, but I don't know what ...
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Chimeric Animals from Icewind Dale

I've recently discovered the Chimeric Animals from Icewind Dale on DNDBeyond. I'm really curious about what they are, what the lore is behind them, etc. I've looked on the Forgotten Realms wiki, and I ...
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Why would Ah­maergo have a giant stone slab with a Maze trap in his room?

In the adventure "Waterdeep: Dragon Heist", part of the adventure takes place in One of the two things the location contains is a: But why? Why the hell does the owner have such a random ...
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How to present background information and NPC backstories?

The books for a published adventure I've GM'd recently (PF1's Wrath of the Righteous) contain a lot of background information about NPCs, events and locations, which is very fun to read for me as a GM ...
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Are quasi-gods really unable to hear the prayers of their followers?

On page 11 of the Dungeon Master's Guide we can read: Quasi-deities have a divine origin, but they don't hear or answer prayers, grant spells to clerics, or control aspects of mortal life This could ...
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DMs: In Rise of Tiamat, what would the metallic dragons think about PCs actions in the Hatchery? [closed]

Spoilers for Rise of Tiamat and Hoard of the Dragon Queen. Beware! In Rise of Tiamat the council score card and adjoining text discuss the different factions reaction to how the PCs acted in the ...
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How can this statue on Level 23 of the "Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage" adventure be destroyed?

On page 290 of the adventure Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage (area 1 of Level 23), there exists a statue with the following description: Given the following facts: Is it impossible to destroy the ...
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How does Sildar Hallwinter regain HP in Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure?

I recognize that there are several Sildar-related questions answered in this forum, but my question is more related to procedure than his specific character. The adventure guide says "Quick-...
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How do I adjust an already easy adventure for a party made of healers and tanks?

I am planning for a campaign I'll start soon, the advice sought here is not system specific but the system is Starfinder and the adventure is the Adeventure Path Drift Crashers. My party is made out ...
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How do I put my own twist on prewritten adventures [closed]

I am a new DM, and I am quite good at running encounters, making interesting environments to explore and creating compelling NPCs. I struggle with the storytelling aspects of the game. I know the ...
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How to stop a hexcrawl from becoming repetitive?

I am preparing to run Tomb of Annihilation for my players shortly, and a big part of the campaign is a hexcrawl over a huge map of Chult. The way this campaign works is that players start with a ...
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Does the Disintegrate spell permanently destroy Alyxian the Hunter?

In the last dungeon of the Call of the Netherdeep campaign, there is an NPC named Alyxian the Hunter that has this ability (p. 160): The description of the Disintegrate spell says, in part: A ...
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In the "Princes of the Apocalypse" adventure, why is Wyvern Tor marked on the Dessarin Valley map?

I am preparing to DM the Princes of the Apocalypse published adventure. In the map of the Dessarin Valley region, Wyvern Tor is marked as a site. However, I skimmed over the whole tome but I couldn't ...
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How difficult is it to convert a Pathfinder 2nd Edition adventure (or encounter) to 1st Edition?

If my gaming group wanted to adapt a Pathfinder 2E AP (e.g. Strength of Thousands), what are the difficulties? We're very familiar with 1E but only lightly so far with 2E. Is there a reasonable way to ...
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Which adventures feature Illithids?

Does anyone know which adventures have Illithids? I am looking for a tier two adventure or one for levels 7-9 in other editions. I am looking for adventures that primarily focus on Illithid as a ...
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Which Adventures have a Sun Blade?

This is going to be a question to all the old-bees. Which D&D adventures (any edition) have a sun blade as a magic item? I thought Temple of the Frog did, but cannot find it in the module.
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What child NPCs appear in official published adventures?

I'm working on a supplement for Strixhaven where the players take the roles of counselors at a magical summer camp. I wanted to list some potential tie-ins to other products, specifically where child ...
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How can I convert The Touch of Death 2E module to run in D&D 5e?

I am including the Ravenloft: Touch of Death module from AD&D 2e in my D&D 5e campaign as I have repurposed the Hexad. However, the maps from the quest are a mess, the NPCs are disposable, and ...
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Searching for late '80s/early '90s AD&D book of modules with specific encounters

Back in the late 80s or early 90s, I purchased an AD&D book containing a dozen or more goofy/silly one-shot modules. I gave this book away as a birthday present, but I'm trying to remember what ...
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D&d 5e pre-written campaign starting at level 3 [closed]

I've been searching for a ready 5e campaign to run for a while now, but the issue is - most of them start at level 1. Since both me and my players find levels 1 and 2 boring in 5e, I've been looking ...
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Power of True Restoration in Magic Item?

In the adventure Dragon's Delve Level 7: Sprawl of the Demon Liege, Room 185, the characters can gain a Magical Candlestick that has the power of true restoration (CL 16), which can be activated once. ...
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In Sinister Spire's Drow save bonus?

In the adventure DD2 Sinister Spire all the Drow have an extra bonus on their saves against spell and spell like abilities. Where does this come from? (ie the Matron has +10 and the guards have +3).
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CR for half-green dragon assassin

The party is in Rise of Tiamat and their next encounter will be I am trying to budget for a Deadly encounter, as suggested in the adventure. One of the possible foes to include is a half-green ...
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In Curse of Strahd, if Strahd is able to allow the Vistani to come and go as they please, can he also grant this ability to PCs?

None of the RAW I've seen has really explained how Strahd grants the Vistani the ability to pass through the deadly mists... But if he can allow them to come and go, what is stopping Strahd from ...
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Metagaming Concern? Or just normal player culture?

I am a DM for 5e who recently gave the team a magical item. Everyone is very excited for it, however the player who chose to keep it in their inventory has been researching it. He has looked up how ...
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The Merfolk Salvager's melee attacks don't specify that they're "Weapon Attacks". Is there a reason for this?

I noticed that both of the two attack actions a Merfolk Salvager (GoS, p.244) has do not specify that they are Weapon attacks: Coral Rapier. Melee Attack: +4 to hit, etc. Inject Toxin (2/Day). Melee ...
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Which is better for new players of D&D 5e, starting them on a module or homebrew? [closed]

Almost all my experience in table top RPG's involves the same group of people. When a newcomer joined our table, we all coached them and taught them the sandbox approach to playing using our homebrew ...
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What officially published adventures contain yuan-ti?

I've been searching for officially published adventures containing yuan-ti, but I've only found Tomb of Annihilation and a brief mention in Hoard of the Dragon Queen. Are there any other published ...
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Identifying a tabletop book that has a panther with blue swirls on the cover

I'm likely fishing for a needle in a haystack but my daughter spotted a tabletop RPG book in a game store a while back and I'm trying to track it down as a possible Christmas gift. Unfortunately, I ...
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