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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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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Can the people who live in this maze get lost in their own maze in Tomb of Annihilation?

I hope the title isn't so ambiguous such that it doesn't actually resemble what I'm asking, but I'm trying to keep the title spoiler free. So, in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure for D&D 5e, ...
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Could this magic item help Ezmerelda in Curse of Strahd?

In the Curse of Strand adventure, the following information is provided about the NPC Ezmerelda in Appendix D (p. 231): There's also this magic item that can be found in the village of Krezk (p. 148):...
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Need help remembering the name of an adventure (Shadowrun)

I played and later GMed this adventure sometime between 2000 to 2003 and we were playing a hybrid of Shadowrun 2 and Shadowrun 3 (not all the 3rd ed books were out yet). The adventure focused around a ...
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I unknowingly guessed what will happen next in the module and it's angering the DM

I'm playing D&D with a group of friends. Since some of us are new we picked a module that would be easy play. This is a module that I have never played before. While playing through the module, my ...
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What are the mechanics governing the Home Sweet Home award?

A while ago (last spring) I played a 5e AL adventure and received a story award named 'Home Sweet Home' form the DDAL module 'Battle of Elmwood'. As quoted by T.J.L., Characters that successfully ...
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What official adventure awards the “Home Sweet Home” story award?

A while ago (last spring) I played a 5e AL adventure and received a story award, I believe it was called 'home sweet home', in which each adventurer recieved a home in the city the adventure took ...
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Is there any more information about the mines seen on the map of Chult in Tomb of Annihilation?

In Tomb of Annihilation, in chapter 2, there is a map of Chult on p. 39, the "DM's version" with all of the hexes filled in and all of the locations named and displayed. However, although many of ...
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How did the Zhentarim get this NPC's blood?

On SKT page 156, it says How did they get this drop of blood? Why do they have it in their possession? I'm probably missing something very obvious here, because it sounds very strange to me that ...
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Looking for a late 80's (or possibly early 90's) D&D one-shot adventure based around a bar room brawl

About 20-25 or so years ago, our group played a D&D one-shot adventure that was entirely based around a bar room brawl. It started out with us in the inn post-adventure, and then developed over ...
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What is this line about “a dose of poison” in the Dungrunglung section of the Tomb of Annihilation adventure talking about?

The Tomb of Annihilation module has a section on Dungrunglung, where the grung King is trying to conduct a great ritual. The sidebar "The Great Ritual", on page 51, reveals to the DM the plan of one ...
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Is the Infernal Machine Rebuild module allowed in Adventurers League?

My friend wants to learn to play in D&D Adventurers League, so I want to give him a Tier 1 adventure. I found this adventure called Infernal Machine Rebuild. I read the story and I like it. But ...
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Will my necrotic-damage-heavy PC be too weak in Curse of Strahd?

I'm preparing a character for Curse of Strahd, which I have never played before. This character uses a lot of necrotic damage. I don't mind if this character is not the absolute best choice for this ...
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Is there errata for this misleading side-quest hook regarding Orolunga?

In Tomb of Annihilation there's this adventure hook on p. 17, under "Side Quests": However, the hook is misleading: Has errata been published for this? Or is this information incorrect on purpose, ...
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What is this Call of Cthulhu scenario set in England or Scotland, where a a dilettante asks the characters to look for his missing daughter?

Around a month ago, I've read somewhere about a scenario, which right now I can't seem to find. All I remember, that it's setting was either in England or in Scotland, and it has two key antagonists. ...
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Encounter rules while traveling in a caravan in Jade Regent campain

In the Jade campain book the caravan encounter rates are defined by chapter with the following kind of statements : As the caravan travels north, there’s a 10% chance of an encounter each day. ...

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