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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Can the Heat Metal spell target the Infernal War Machines from the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus adventure?

I'd like to know if I can use the Heat Metal spell in the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus module and target an Infernal War Machine. And more specifically, what happens about this part of the ...
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How do I find quest books for sale?

As a fairly new player to D&D I'd like to try running a quest as a Dungeon Master. I'm looking to get some 5th edition quest books (and am happy to buy some) but at the moment I'm struggling to ...
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What are important things to keep in mind when converting a 3e/3.5e module to Pathfinder?

I'm interesting in converting one or more of my existing modules for Dungeons and Dragons 3/3.5e to work with the Pathfinder rules. I'm interested to know from others who have done this kind of ...
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Can I run AD&D's Tomb of Horrors in D&D 5E?

I'm hoping to run a 5th Edition version of the original S1 Tomb of Horrors very soon for my group, as a break from our larger 4E campaign. The problem is, I only have the Basic Rules and the playtest ...
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Virtual online tabletop with premade adventure?

Me and a couple of friends are just getting into P&P rpgs and are really excited to try something new. However, we have a problem that we live quite far apart from each other. Therefore we'd ...
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Is Glasstaff and the entire Redbrand Hideout supposed to be this easy?

DISCLAIMER: The whole question has spoilers about Lost Mine of Phandelver. So, I went through the Redbrand Hideout with my party. They This fight was the one they used most resources - two 1st level ...
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Are (most) published adventure rewards consistent with Awarding Magic Item guidelines from core books?

This is probably a hard question that requires experience with lots of published adventures (or lots of researching), but the question itself is simple: Both the Dungeon Master Guide (DMG) and ...
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How to balance one Long Rest every 24 hours

Coming from this question: Typically, how many combat encounters should a low-level party have before they are expected to take a long rest? I realized even while using published adventure modules ...
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Is there an organized list of the published D&D Dungeon and Dragon magazine adventures? [duplicate]

I have access to both Dungeon and Dragon Magazines through my D&D Insider subscription, but WOTC only lists their articles in the database by title. What would really help is if it a list exists ...
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How “deadly” are the adventures in Tales from the Yawning Portal?

I'm looking for what to run for my next D&D campaign. The promotional material for Tales from the Yawning Portal says this: Within this tome are seven of the deadliest dungeons from the history ...
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How to play a published adventure solo?

I have an adventure module that I want to play through but can't convince anyone to play with me (or our schedules don't line up right). I know I can use the Mythic GM Emulator to simulate a GM, but I ...
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How do I, as a DM, handle a party that decides to set up an ambush in a dungeon?

Warning: Lost Mine of Phandelver Chapter 1 spoilers below. One of my players then pushed the party into moving out, probably because he's also a DM and could see that I was struggling to find a ...
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Why do published adventures seem to have gone out of fashion, and who is still publishing 'adventures'? [closed]

Looking at various publishers catalogues and questions here under the published-adventures tag, it seems that the RPG industry at the moment is concentrating more on player materials and seed material ...
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What to do about a character being a thief in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

I am DMing the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure. One of my characters is planning on having his ideal be "Stealing is ok if they have something you want", and he says his character will be "skilled ...
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How did Robilar plunder the Tomb of Horrors?

I was reminded last time on how evil the Tomb of Horrors dungeon is (instant death traps, an absolute necessity in one room is gruesomely fatal in another room). Sure, Gary Gygax constructed it to ...
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Does this paragraph about the Wand of Orcus in Out of the Abyss add to or replace this part of its DMG description? [Major Spoilers]

This question contains spoilers for Out of the Abyss, hence why this question's title is quite ambiguous as well. If you do not want this adventure spoiled, avoid this question. So, the Wand of Orcus ...
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How does a DM deal with characters leveling up too quickly for the module, due to side-quests/ random encounters?

My group and I are playing the Thunderspire Labryinth adventure for 4th edition, levels 4-6, and our DM added in a lot cool side-quests and random encounters. The only problem is that now we are ...
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How to Use Module Maps

I found a module I'd like to run. It includes some great maps. What's the best way to use them in a gaming session? They're too small to use as-is, so I'm wondering how other people use maps from ...
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Looking for Urban Adventures (for a fantasy RPG) [closed]

I'm having a hard time finding inspiration for an Urban adventure set in a fantasy world. I have always run wilderness adventures or dungeon crawls. The adventure I'm designing is based in a Port ...
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How does the Maze Engine in Out of the Abyss work?

Spoilers below if you haven't played Out of the Abyss. I am running the D&D 5e adventure Out of the Abyss. There is a section in the campaign where the PCs encounter a device called the Maze ...
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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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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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What is an example of a Supers module/adventure that preserves/highly values player agency? [closed]

I'm asking this question because I've yet to see a Superhero adventure written in any system that doesn't read like a railroad, or have interesting choices beyond win/lose the fight and get a slightly ...
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How can I help under-leveled players enjoy a difficult dungeon?

I'm DM'ing my first D&D campaign using the 5th Edition Starter Kit. Our party consists of three people who have never played before, but picked up the game mechanics quickly and really enjoy it. ...
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How can I add encounters in the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign without giving PCs too much XP?

I'm currently reading the LMOP scenario. I was thinking about adding some encounters if the PCs want to explore the forest or other side-story zones that aren't considered in the book. But actually I ...
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How should I choose a 5e adventure for a group of new players?

I'm thinking about taking a turn as DM after one of my current games wraps up next week. When we start, the various players will have had 0-4 sessions of experience with 5e, though some have played ...
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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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In Tomb of Annihilation, how can I run the Orolunga ziggurat pyramid challenge with a little more player agency?

I'm running the Tomb of Annihilation adventure, and my players are about to come to Orolunga. There's a particular "gateway" challenge there: The text says "It might help to think of the whole ...
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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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Can the message from Acererak be translated into French without losing its hints?

I plan on running the Tomb of Horrors from the Tales of the Yawning Portal book, and I would like to play it in French, as we all are native French-speakers at the table. In this dungeon, the players ...
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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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Question about Dawnbringer and Out of the Abyss [Minor Spoilers]

This question contains spoilers for the Lost Tomb of Khaem from the Out of the Abyss adventure, hence why this question's title is quite ambiguous as well. If you do not want this to be spoiled, avoid ...
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On what date do the events of the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure happen?

I bought the D&D 5e Starter Set a few weeks ago, and I'm beginning to think about how to drive the scenario as I've already read it and I'm at the stage to get familiar with the rules. Yesterday ...
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Should Castle Amber be renamed Castle Monty Haul?

Castle Amber (1981) seems to offer an excessive amount of treasure for PCs of levels 3 to 6. For example: I totally get that Castle Amber makes keeping this treasure difficult: What interests me is ...
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How long does it take to play through Tomb of Annihilation?

I'm thinking of playing the Tomb of Annihilation through with my group. We like to play 4 hour one-shots quite frequently but also run longer term campaigns, of which we are currently in the middle of ...
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How do I use the DMG Foraging system in Chult?

The DMG lays out rules for foraging, and lists the DCs as such: \begin{array}{ll} \textbf{DC} & \textbf{Food and Water Availability}\\ 10 & \text{Abundant food and water sources}\\ 15 & \...
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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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Is the Penny Arcade adventure preceding Storm Tower published?

In 2008, Christopher Perkins ran an adventure with four players, named "Penny Arcade and the Tower of Storms". The adventure was recorded as season 2 of the Penny Arcade podcasts, and in the following ...
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Solo or 2 player adventures for 5e [closed]

I'm looking for solo or 2 player adventures for D&D 5e that I can play just with me and my wife. They can be free or paid, and from the publisher or indie. Ideally I'd like to play as well (in ...
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Which spells are hidden in adventures and other sources?

When it comes to spells in D&D 5e, I had a very good overview. It's not like with subraces or feats, for example, which are scattered across a multitude of official and less official sources. The ...
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What is the name of this Ravenloft adventure where imprisoned PCs control NPCs in the past?

In this Ravenloft adventure, PCs suddenly find that they are now inhabiting the bodies of unknown characters at a ball held, as far as I remember, by Strahd von Zarovich at his castle. What is this ...
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Is Wave Echo Cave connected to the Underdark?

Inspired by RedTera's comment on DaleM's answer to another question: I also thought Wave Echo Cave was connected to the Underdark but couldn't find where it was mentioned. Do you have reference? ...
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Too many players: Is it possible to adjust Lost Mines of Phandelver to cater for more than 5 players?

I've just started GM'ing The Lost Mines of Phandelver for a group of people new to RPG's. They're all very excited about it and originally it was meant to be four people, but I now have 7 people ...
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Where is the “Tyranny of Dragons online appendix”?

The D&D 5e adventure Hoard of the Dragon Queen states that it requires the "Tyranny of Dragons appendix online" which contains some of the monster stats. However I can't seem to find this on the D&...
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How can I maximize player involvement with the environment without affecting player's abilities?

Tomb of Annihilation has a I want to capitalize on the rich environment of the campaign, encouraging survival skills, exploration, and experimentation, but I want to do so without affecting PC's ...
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How could Lost Mines of Phandelver be adjusted/altered to run as a one-shot?

I bought the DnD starter set that includes the adventure Lost Mines of Phandelver, intending to play it with some friends. While the opportunity never came up, the idea of running it as a much shorter ...
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What are all the hints in Acererak's message?

In another question, I asked how to translate Acererak's message from the Tomb of Horrors in French, but since no one could answer that yet, someone suggested in the comments that I split the answer ...
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Are there any recommended weights, costs, or lead times for siege weapons?

The party that I'm the DM for recently got use of an airship, which came with a ballista and harpoon. The first thing that one of the party members wanted to do was purchase even more siege weapons to ...
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How to give the players more felt impact on the “Battle of the Silkwiesen”?

Today I started playing "The Year of the griffon" with my DSA (TDE on German) group (after about 4 or 5 sessions to teach rules, make characters, learn a bit about the pre-orc-invasion ...
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Rise of Tiamat - Dragon assets [Major spoilers]

In the Rise of Tiamat campaign, there's an event with some details I'm not sure how to resolve: I've combed Episodes 1 and 6 trying to work this out, and I really have no idea.