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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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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 ...
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Could a soul from the Soulmonger be restored in the ToA campaign after this event?

Assume some soul was sucked into the Soulmonger. This event could happen with this soul, when it is inside: Is it possible to resurrect a soul after this event happens? Maybe with a Wish spell or ...
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How old was this woman (from Tomb of Annihilation) at her death?

How is it possible? Page 92 of the ToA adventure says: So, group A was killed at moment 1. Okay. Later in the adventure, it says on p. 165: So, person B was killed at the same time. Okay. Page ...
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First time DM for semi-experienced group: which module? [closed]

My group's currently finishing Princes of the Apocalypse and I will be DM'ing the next campaign (D&D 5e). I've never done it before and I can't decide on the module. I don't mind prep and some ...
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Who is depicted in Dragon Heist's cover?

Who are the characters depicted in the cover of Dragon Heist? I've just started DMing this, and I'm reading through the 1st chapter, but I don't recognize the characters here. The beholder in the ...
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Is there any official Lore on Keraptis the Wizard, apart from what is in White Plume Mountain?

In the 5E release of Tales from the Yawning Portal there is the Module White Plume Mountain. On page 95 it states the previous lore of Keraptis the Wizard: Thirteen hundred years ago, the wizard ...
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Who was this character from the Tomb of Annihilation adventure before they became a monster?

I have found a lot of information that this character is a tabaxi and speaks tabaxi language. Who he is exactly? Was he tabaxi or human or something else?
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What's the “magic similar to the Knock spell” referenced in the Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure?

The Dungeon of the Mad Mage module book (p. 11) has this to say about secret doors: A one-way door can be manually opened only from one side (the other side has no handle or hinges). A knock spell ...
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If someone dies to a Yellow Musk Creeper's Touch attack, does the Remove Curse spell make its resurrection easier somehow?

Suppose a character dies of the Yellow Musk Creeper's Touch attack (ToA, p. 237). They have 24 hours to get resurrected or have remove curse cast on the body (after which it animates as a yellow musk ...
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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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Can this NPC from the Tomb of Annihilation adventure change form willingly?

This question is about an NPC from the Tomb of Annihilation campaign. According to the adventure book (p. 34): Could this NPC morph into their couatl form intentionally? Or was the character cursed ...
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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 the Death Curse affect an undead PC in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I am gonna to start DMing the D&D 5e adventure Tomb of Annihilation for a group of 5th-level PCs who just finished the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure. One of the PCs is undead. By ...
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By RAW, is the Giant Rocktopus from the Out of the Abyss adventure unable to breathe while out of the water?

The description of the Giant "Rocktopus" random creature encounter in the Out of the Abyss adventure (p. 28) provides the following details: This creature is a giant octopus that has evolved to ...
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Would it be suitable for the Zhentarim to order a PC who is in the Zhentarim to find Artus Cimber in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I am gonna to start DMing the D&D 5e adventure Tomb of Annihilation for a group of 5th-level PCs who just finished the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure. One of them (an undead gnome ...
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Is it possible to create a body for the spirit of a sentient magic item?

In the Out of the Abyss campaign which I'm currently playing in, the party found a magic sword (Dawnbringer, a Sun Blade with additional properties). The sword has its own personality, spirit, or soul ...
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Is a shield guardian affected by demonic madness in the Out of the Abyss adventure?

I am DMing the Out of the Abyss campaign. According to p. 21 of the adventure book, various events in the adventure or certain conditions being met will call for a saving throw against demonic ...
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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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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 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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Are there any official adventures for non-werewolf shapeshifters?

I've recently picked up several breedbooks for Werewolf: The Apocalypse. While there appear to be many adventures for werewolves, I'm wondering if there are any intended for use by non-Garou changing ...
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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 can the PCs make money in an urban adventure? [duplicate]

I'm running Dragon Heist for my players, and I've come to a bit of a roadblock so to speak. In chapter 2, the PCs are meant to open and run their own tavern, however it costs 1000gp+ to even open it, ...
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What are the barriers to running a published adventure from an earlier edition in the 5e system (assuming that this is possible)? [duplicate]

If I've counted correctly, there are ten published adventures for D&D 5e, but many more from earlier editions. I would like to make use of these adventures from previous editions; however, given ...
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In Caverns of Thracia, where does this trap door lead to?

In the original Caverns of Thracia, there is a trap door marked on the map. Where does this lead to?