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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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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In Adventurer's League, is it possible to keep the Ring of Winter if you manage to acquire it in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

If you manage to and get the Ring of Winter in D&D Adventurer's League, is it possible to buy the ring via treasure points after the adventure? If you can, how many points does it cost?
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The Keys on the Borderlands?

In The Keep on the Borderlands (1980) in the Caves of Chaos the doors to rooms 3 and 11 are locked. Does the adventure disclose the location of each door's key? Are there other hard to find keys ...
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Is Goodberry enough for nourishment in Chult?

In Tomb of Annihilation you have the mechanic in the game where you have to drink more water than normal. Since you can't really rely on the rain catcher all the time would a good subsitute be the ...
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How many “additional” spells can I expect as a wizard in a published adventure?

Wizards in 5e gain 2 spells at each level up -- twice the amount of other arcane casters (bard and sorcerer). This gives them much greater flexibility in what they can do and what roles in the party ...
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How do I add player agency to a canned adventure?

Our current GM is going to be out of town for a few weeks, so I have decided to try my hand at GMing our group using the We Be Goblins module from Pathfinder. The module is short and has good reviews ...
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How were PCs expected to survive this encounter in Castle Amber?

Castle Amber (1981)—an adventure for characters levels 3 to 6— contains an encounter in area #34 with… The spell magic jar mentions only the spell dispel evil as capable of exorcising an invading ...
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Can a druid Wild Shape into Sangzor from the Curse of Strahd adventure?

During the module Curse of Strahd, I can encounter the evil Giant Goat Sangzor (p. 160). The goat has special properties: higher CR, resistance to nonmagical weapons & more hit points. Can I Wild ...
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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 place,...
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Do any of the Demon Lords in Out of the Abyss have lieutenants?

Background: I am currently running an Out of the Abyss campaign for 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons. The group has gotten pretty far, they have I am also straying off the book a bit as most ...
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Where are the heroes of Faerûn during Tyranny of Dragons according to other adventures?

I know that as the DM I can make up whatever I want and put the heroes of Faerûn wherever I choose in the story. What I am looking for is answers that are in other modules (published adventures) that ...
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Lost Mines of Phandelver - Hideout Area 1 Map Meaning

Spoilers! Careful, there are spoilers ahead. If you are playing the adventure Lost Mines of Phandelver or ever plan to in the future, please stop reading now. Hello everyone, I'm DM'ing the Lost ...
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How can I start Hoard of the Dragon Queen with 4th level characters?

I'm pretty new to DM'ing and was just wondering if there would be a way to start the hoard of the dragon queen adventure with a group of 4th level characters? There don't really seem to be any ...
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What was the first adventure to use boxed text?

James Introcaso recently wrote a blog 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 ...
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To be AL legal, is Lost Mine of Phandelver Tier 1 or Level 1 only?

Lost Mine of Phadelver (LMoP) says it is an adventure for Level 1 characters. Yet in Adventurers League, Tier 1 adventurers are for characters levels 1–4. Reddit has a post where individuals take ...
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Fantasy adventure modules with naval adventuring

At the Recess mini-convention this weekend, someone was telling me about a classic D&D module that involved seafaring and presented rules for falling overboard in armor, etc. I'm wondering if ...
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What published D&D adventures take place in the Astral Sea/Plane?

My players may soon find themselves in the Astral Sea. I don't know much about the area, but if that's where the adventure goes, so be it. Only problem is I find the 4e Manual of the Planes to be ...
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Prison break with an Aarakocra

I am going to play the Out of the Abyss scenario with my players, and I allowed them to choose among all available races (fun is my primary objective). One of the players chose to play an Aarakocra, ...
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What is a “readiness” level?

Page 22 of Hoard of the Dragon Queen contains the following text (emphasis mine): Determine surprise normally; the dragonclaws' readiness is high. I checked the PHB and SRD for information on "...
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What are the implications of being able to see into the Ethereal Plane in Curse of Strahd?

One of my PCs has the ability to see into the Ethereal Plane (using the spell True Seeing), but I'm not exactly sure what that entails. To clarify, the spell has multiple effects, most of which are ...
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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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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 can I convert D&D 4e adventures and settings to 5e?

At my public library, I have ready access to resource books from older editions of D&D (only 5e are in heavy demand). Most of the books at the library are 4e. I am interested in converting some of ...
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Does the Giant Rocktopus have a Swim Speed?

The Giant Rocktopus described in Out of the Abyss (p.28) is said to be a Giant Octopus that evolved to live on land. It has a walking speed of 20 feet and a climbing speed of 10 feet. Nothing is ...
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How do I quickly get the PCs to a distant location for the next adventure?

I'm running a campaign with my friends. We started Keep on the Shadowfell a year ago, and finished it at our latest session. (We don't play often, one of them is a doctor, so it's hard to schedule ...
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Can D&DNext adventures be run in 5e?

I wasn't paying attention to D&D during 5e development and so know nothing of the D&DNext ruleset: can D&DNext material be run in 5e? Or did the rules change enough that there'll be ...
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What does HC mean in AL?

In Adventurers League (AL) questions and answers, the term "HC" is quite common when talking about a specific adventure. In RPGs, HC easily means heroic, heroic campaign and many other ...
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Stealth and passive Perception range

I'm a very fresh DM in 5e, having never played the game before, although I have played computer games based on DnD. Likewise, all of my friends are first time players so we're trying to teach each ...
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Are there any megadungeons available for non-D&D systems? [closed]

I have an abiding love of the megadungeon (defined here as a many-leveled dungeon large enough to be used as the centrepiece of a lengthy campaign), but I'm not always in the mood for one of the many ...
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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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In the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign, is it a problem to have PCs advance above level 5?

I'm currently planning to DM Lost Mine Of Phandelver as my first D&D game, and as explained in this question, I'd like to add more encounters than the scripted ones in the scenario. This led me ...
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How do I apply & record DM Experience Rewards?

So at the ends of some of my adventure packets that I've run for D&D Adventurer's League it says things about DM rewards, which includes Experience Points. I'm concerned a little bit that I may ...
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Does the Order of the Silver Chalice still have a presence in Waterdeep?

I'm about to start running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, and one of the characters is a Knight of the Silver Chalice. I believe that this organization was originally founded in Waterdeep. Do they still ...
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What is the world of Faerûn like after the events of Rise of Tiamat?

Are there any references for what the world of Faerûn is like after the events of Rise of Tiamat, assuming a band of characters successfully stopped the return of Tiamat to Faerûn? What facts are ...
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Length of Numenera Starter Adventure

I recently purchased the Numenera starter set. Although I don't have any experience with Numenera, the starter adventure looks very short. How long does it take to play through this adventure? There ...
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How much treasure is missing from the Keep on the Shadowfell?

According to comments here, as well as the feelings of both my players and I, Keep on the Shadowfell does not award nearly as much treasure as the 4e parcel system suggests that it should. Does ...
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How many simulacra can Sansuri's Simulacrum create?

In the adventure "Storm King's Thunder," the players have the opportunity to raid the castle of a cloud giant lady, Countess Sansuri. She is a powerful wizard who has researched a custom version of ...
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When should active Perception use a lower difficulty than passive?

There are a few places throughout the officially published adventures where the Perception DC to spot something differs depending on whether it is an active or passive check. However, this doesn't ...
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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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What is the DM rolling for to adjudicate a PC charging at a hidden goblin in this Lost Mine of Phandelver video on the D&D YouTube channel?

I was watching this video on the Dungeons & Dragons YouTube channel of a group playing the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure when, during the 1st encounter (roughly 21 minutes in), a ...

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