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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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When are the seasons in the Forgotten Realms calendar?

I'm planning on starting to run Waterdeep: Dragon Heist soon, and part of the premise is that since the city looks and feels different in different seasons (people are less likely to be milling about ...
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What is the spell save DC for this magic item from Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage?

There is an item in the Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure, the described on p. 284. Its description states: However the eyebite spell states: One creature of your choice within 60 ...
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Could this aspect of the environment in Out of the Abyss cause this effect for a person inside the area of the Leomund's Tiny Hut spell?

We are playing the Out of the Abyss campaign. I'm using spoiler tags to hide this general detail about the campaign from potential players. Could environmental aspect (A) cause effect (B) for a ...
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What modifiers are added to the attack and damage rolls of this unique longbow from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

There is a unique longbow in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist module (p. 201), whose description includes: This unique weapon can be used only by a Medium or larger creature that has a Strength of 18 or ...
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Does “The Final Enemy” explain why sahuagin champions are worth fewer victory points than coral smashers?

"The Final Enemy" from Ghosts of Saltmarsh ends with The party's success is determined by how many victory points they accrue by killing sahuagin and accomplishing objectives. The exact numbers are ...
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Where else than DriveThruRPG people publish RPG related stuff? [closed]

I'm from Poland and I find it hard to navigate through the "English-speaking" parts of the internet. I'm looking for any interesting places where I can find adventures, guidebooks and other stuff ...
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Would an item that prevents death once be overpowered? [closed]

I am a DM running Tomb of Annihilation. I am toying with the idea of giving one of my level 5 players an item that prevents death, just once, and then breaks. Note that I do not mean dropping to 0 hit ...
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Our group keeps dying during the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign. What are we doing wrong?

I am a player in a group running through the starter set campaign, Lost Mine of Phandelver. So far there is no introduction in the gameplay itself or to the underlying rules expectations of ...
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Getting Lost in the Caves of Chaos

In the Keep on the Borderlands, the characters can stumble into a... Which has a spell on it that causes "Direction Confusion". As I understand it, it was assumed that all games would occur in the "...
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Is my game master running Rappan Athuk wrong, or is it really this low on treasure?

We are playing Frog God Games' Pathfinder version of Rappan Athuk with a party of five player characters. We are playing seventh level characters, but our wealth is of fourth or fifth level characters....
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Can this party play the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure without too much trouble?

I recently started DMing the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure for a party of friends, and I'm planning to start running it for a party which will be my three sisters. We started creating ...
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Will this creature from Curse of Strahd reappear after being banished?

In Curse of Strahd, my cleric cast Banishment on the (possible spoiler): At the end of Banishment's duration, will the creature return? I don't know what plane it's native to. Our DM seemed unsure, ...
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What is the optimal strategy for the bowling encounter in the AL Epic adventure Last Orders at the Yawning Portal?

The Adventurers League Epic adventure Last Orders at the Yawning Portal (DDEP08-03) has a Tier 4 quest where one or more party members try to beat an NPC at nine-pin bowling. If at least one PC beats ...
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How does a party navigate while flying?

I want to start a Tomb of Annihilation campaign in 5e. I will be the DM. There's a part in the module where the PCs can fly. ToA doesn't seem to cover the rules concerning navigation in this ...
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Is there a published campaign where a missing artifact or a relic is creating trouble by its absence?

I already wrote months ago a question about linking Lost Mine of Phandelver to another published module. By then, I hadn't yet bought the starter set and hadn't even GM'd. I now have GM'd through the ...
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What is the correct damage for a Dragonclaw's Scimitar?

I purchased the roll20 version of Hoard of the Dragon Queen a while ago. It includes all the monsters needed for the campaign. The roll20 version of the Dragonclaw has two attacks included: Scimitar: ...
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What is this adventure where the party is stuck in a dungeon with a time machine?

I used to DM for a group in high school and ran a great adventure that involved everyone being stuck in a dungeon with a machine that allowed the party to travel back and forth in time. It was a bit ...
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Transitioning from Lost Mine of Phandelver to Out of the Abyss with level 5 characters

My party of 5 just finished LMoP and we've bought OotA. The beginning of the book is important to the whole story, as is the feeling of desperation as they run low on resources, chased by a powerful ...
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When is this character relevant in Rise of Tiamat?

In Hoard of the Dragon Queen, in chapter 8 area 12 in the Developments section it is stated that: However looking through the Rise of Tiamat adventure, Is this simply an inconsistency or did I ...
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What options do my players have for hiding their cart while they enter a dungeon? [closed]

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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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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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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Which published D&D adventures feature a dungeon with water-based mechanics? [closed]

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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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What are the pros and cons of this proposed modification to Rise of Tiamat?

I'm looking to run the Rise of Tiamat module. In "Episode 4: Neronvain" from the chapter "Death to the Wyrmspeakers", it says that which makes sense. But when I look at Neronvain's stat block (p. 91)...
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Can characters escape from Death House through this method?

I will be DMing the Death House adventure very soon. Because I have players that tend to exploit every little loophole, I am wondering the following: To illustrate what I mean, here is a map with the ...
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Is Waterdeep faction membership mutually exclusive? [duplicate]

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist has multiple factions which PCs can belong to, or join. These include Lord's Alliance, Emerald Enclave, Bregan D'aerthe, etc. If a PC matches the requisites for more than one ...
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Would this house-rule about creating shadows from living creatures unbalance CoS? [closed]

I am running Curse of Strahd for my gaming group and am trying to put general shapes on future encounters and occurrences. I thought it would be cool if, when Strahd uses his Lair Action to create a ...
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Can any PC in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure join the Lords' Alliance after this event?

The requisite to join the Lords' Alliance faction in Waterdeep is to be a local resident (p. 16 of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure): To become a member of the Lords' Alliance faction in ...