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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 was the first adventure to use boxed text?

James Intracaso recently wrote a 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 long ...
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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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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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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 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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How does the fire damage reduction on this character work?

In Hoard of the Dragon Queen, there is a character in chapter 7, section 2 that has the following property: I'm unsure how to correctly parse this sentence. Is this supposed to be read as the first ...
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Can this “Bloody Fervor” effect be ended by a Calm Emotions spell?

In a recently published AL-Legal module contained within Pipyap's Guide to All the Nine Hells (available on the Dungeon Masters Guild), there is a "Bloody Fervor" effect (minor spoilers below): The ...
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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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How do you convert a Diplomacy roll in a 3.5e adventure to 5e?

Looking through a 3.5e adventure it mentions a Diplomacy roll: Give the PCs a minute to explain themselves to the lich, at the end of which one of them can make a Diplomacy check in an attempt to ...
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Does the map of Barovia extend beyond the top and bottom of the map?

I'm currently running Curse of Strahd and plan on extending the adventure beyond the end of the published material. There are a couple of areas that the party have not gone to and I do not expect they ...
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How are the skeletons in Tresendar Manor created? And by whom?

Under Tresendar Manor, It looks like the animate dead spell only works for 24 hours at a time. However, Who made the skeletal guards in Tresendar Manor, and how were they constructed?
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For the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, can the season be chosen at a later point in the story?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, it says you have to choose the season at the outset. Is it possible to choose it at a later part in the story? Or is it possible for the players to wait for a specific ...
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How do I reconcile this contradiction about an NPC's actions in the Curse of Strahd adventure? [duplicate]

In the description for Ezmerelda D'Avenir on page 230 of the Curse of Strahd adventure, it says However, it says in the "Journal of Rudolph van Richten" handout on page 255 (in Appendix F): So which ...
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Which stat should I use for a given madness save?

I’m running the Out of the Abyss adventure, and I can’t figure out whether a given madness save should require a Wisdom or a Charisma save. In chapter 2, it merely says that one of these may be ...
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Why is it so important for the party to acquire the Tome of Strahd?

In Curse of Strahd, as part of the Tarokka card reading, the party are told the locations of three "treasures"; the Sunsword, the Holy Symbol of Ravenkind, and the Tome of Strahd. Looking at the Holy ...
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Is the Kolat Towers map properly drawn?

In Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, players can access a zone known as Kolat Towers. The map (on p. 151) is drawn strangely though. It seems like the 2nd floor is not aligned with the 1st floor. Not very ...
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Does an NPC stat block get racial bonuses added to it?

Specifically, there is a character in the Curse of Strahd (p. 133): Also, it's worth pointing out that (from p. 119): The only example I know of (in Curse of Strahd, at least) of an NPC statblock ...
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What would be the purpose of a second Tarokka card reading in the Curse of Strahd adventure?

In Appendix D, the stat block of Ezmerelda d'Avenir can be found (p. 231), along with the following text: There is also this in chapter 1 (p. 12): Given that it is likely that the party would have ...
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How is this character useful as an ally in Curse of Strahd?

As part of the Tarokka card reading, this is one of the possible allies (under Strahd's Enemy, p. 17): This card refers to Arabelle (see chapter 2, area L). She gladly joins the party. But if she ...
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How does this familiar Gazer work?

Our Wizard has the Find Familiar spell, and we're running through Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. At a point of the adventure, adventurers find an albino Gazer. If I understand correctly, the Wizard can now ...
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Why would Madam Eva help the party in Curse of Strahd?

My confusion with Madam Eva's motives comes from the following passage in the Curse of Strahd adventure, when describing the Vistani of the Tser Pool Encampment, which Madam Eva is one of (p. 36): So,...
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The GM ruled that we didn't get XP for killing the boss because an enemy caster's spell killed them. Is this allowed?

We are playing Rise of the Runelords, and were fighting Nualia and her minions in Thisletop. During the heat of the battle, Nualia was near death at just 12 HP. Her minion caster fireballed the party ...
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Are these two Barons von Dammenblatz the same person?

The first story of Rough Nights & Hard Days has the protagonist Baron Eberhardt von Dammenblatz of Wissenberg. The fourth book's cover blurb mentions Baron Otto von Dammenblatz from White Dwarf #...
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Why are there two King of Diamonds entries for the Curse of Strahd tarokka card readings?

In Curse of Strahd, p. 15, it shows two entries for "Broken One (King of Diamonds)", one after the other: This card refers to the Mad Mage of Mount Baratok (see chapter 2, area M). B. Broken One (...
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What is the connection between the Shadowfell and Strahd/the plane of Barovia?

I'm preparing to run Curse of Strahd, and one of my players wants to play as a Shadar-kai who is loyal to the Raven Queen. In the adventure's set up, it says (p. 9): For obvious reasons, I'd like to ...
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Why place limits on character creation (and how to decide which limits to place)?

Organized play currently limits players to PHB+1 (in a comment, @Molot posted a link to an in-depth history thereof, but basically you can use PHB and one other published source to make your character)...
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Where are the NPC mages' spellbooks in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure?

In Lost Mine of Phandelver, the party comes across (and presumably defeats) multiple mages. These are not specifically described as Wizards, but their spellcasting is Intelligence-based, and they know ...
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For the Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure, how is a room's ceiling height determined?

As a player I am playing in the Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure. On page 11, it describes how to determine ceiling height for rooms: A room's ceiling is at least as high as the room is wide, ...
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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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What does “Summoned creature has maximum hit points” actually mean?

I'm running Princes of the Apocalypse for my group, and they're about to encounter their first elemental prince, Yan-C-Bin (p. 220). I see that he has the following ability: The part I'm confused ...
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How to handle the harder encounters in the White Plume Mountain dungeon?

I plan to incorporate the White Plume Mountain into an ongoing campaign, and there are two encounters that bother me. One of them is the golem puzzle which I fully expect them to fail (for those not ...
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If the Sending spell is cast to communicate with a character whose body is inhabited by an Intellect Devourer, what happens?

I have just had a PC become inhabited by an Intellect Devourer ("ID") via the ID's Body Thief ability. I am going to let the player continue using the character, but now the player will play as the IC ...
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Is Gravenhollow suffused by faerzress?

In the adventure module Out of the Abyss, Gravenhollow is an area of particular importance, and I could see my party returning to it often to benefit from the resources it offers. As such, it is ...
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Do the Hags in Curse of Strahd have a Heartstone?

The Night Hags in Chapter 6 of Curse of Strahd need a Heartstone to use their Etherealness action. The module doesn't list this as part of their description. Do the hags each have a Heartstone?
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Is Zhent just the term for any member of the Zhentarim?

I'm starting to get confused by the term "Zhent" as I read it in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, and how it is used. Is it just a term for any member of the Zhentarim? I attempted to look this ...
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How to balance a low-level adventure for higher-level characters?

I am the DM of a group just finishing the 5E starting adventure - Lost Mine of Phandelver. I intend to tie the story we created directly into Tyranny of Dragons. The problem is that the player ...
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Which of the Walking Statues does this art in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure depict?

The following art, Walking Statue of Waterdeep by Sidharth Chaturvedi, was made as interior art for the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure. However, there doesn't seem to be any consensus in Reddit ...
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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 is the Black Spider's Goal?

I'm DMing the starting campaign for the Lost Mines. Our group, is largely money based. Most of them go and do side quests and other jobs for money of notion. I want them to feel motivated to defeat ...
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How to run Death House for 3 new players with no healer?

Me and five friends wanted to try out DnD, none of us have played before but I know the most about DnD (read: I listened to The Adventure Zone and watched some videos on YouTube) so I volunteered as ...
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Are “sambar” (electrum) coins minted and used in Waterdeep?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, p. 13 ("Coin of the Realms") says that the various coins (copper, silver, electrum, gold, and sometimes platinum) are generally referred to by people in the world ...
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Where does the water weird from a Weird Tank go when it emerges?

I'm trying to figure out how the water weird from a weird tank emerges from the tank and how it should be represented on a standard grid. The description of the weird tank magic item (Princes of the ...
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In the Absalom Initiation adventure, should PCs be assigned quests from all 4 districts?

The Absalom Initiation is a replayable Pathfinder Society adventure. The players start off at a party where: However: This is fine and all, but: This will be the first Pathfinder Society event I ...
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How to optimally run this Tavern?

Dragon Heist gives the players the option to run a tavern where 60gp are spent every tenday and a d100+10 is rolled against the Running a Business table in the DMG. Rolling a 50, for example, means ...
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Are there any published post-apocalypse style adventures? [closed]

I am looking at a homebrew campaign in a post-apocalypse world and looking for inspiration on the kind of scenario's that might occur. Are there any officially published adventures for any edition, ...
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What happened to the “h” in “Waterdhavian”?

Traditionally, the adjective form and demonym of the city of Waterdeep has been "Waterdhavian". It's spelled that way across many D&D 5E books, including the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, many ...
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Is it possible to create sulfur grenades? [closed]

My group is playing Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. I have a Warlock of the Fiend who lives in the attic of Trollskull Manor. He has the Devil's Sight Invocation. He barred up the windows so it was pitch ...
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How do I roleplay Ned Shakeshaft in the “campaign version” of Ghosts of Saltmarsh?

SPOILERS BELOW for Ghosts of Saltmarsh Chapter 2 "The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh". I'm preparing to DM the Saltmarsh campaign, including the overarching campaign theme involving the But I'm ...
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Would Epic Heroism be an acceptable rule variant for a small, first-time group playing the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure?

I'm DMing a group with 4 players. For all of us, this is our first D&D experience. We'll be playing the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure from the Starter Set. I'm concerned about the ...
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How do I make sure that my small party doesn't get massacred?

I'm running a game of D&D 5e for a few friends, and due to college starting and people needing to get in a routine, we'll only be able to have around 3 to 2 players a session for a couple months. ...