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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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How are large amounts of money expected to be made during the early parts of the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure?

I'm currently running the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, and want to stay in the book's materials. There's an opportunity for How can the party fund this relatively enormous expense, as a party ...
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Can you break this curse from Princes of the Apocalypse by being reduced to 0 hp?

In Princes of the Apocalypse, a player got hit with Ghaunadaur’s curse... The rules for the curse state (Temple of the Elder Elemental Eye, room F19; PotA, p. 121): The curse is like a polymorph ...
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How are Unseen Servants turned into the living unseen servants from Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage?

I know that by lore, giving an unseen servant some semblance of separateness from the caster is possible in that a published adventure contains at least one example of this occurring: How can a ...
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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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What would be the minimum group size for The Enemy Within?

I plan to GM The Enemy Within campaign for WFRP 1st Edition. I'm new to GMing and need to form a group of players. What would be the smallest or best group size? I see in the 1E rulebook they ...
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How many different miniatures and how many copies of those miniatures will I need at the same time in Curse of Strahd?

Coming up with a proper title is a bit tricky, so if people have suggestions, I'm open for them. I'm currently running Tomb of Annihilation, and having a blast. I lack a lot of the miniatures for ...
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In Tomb of Annihilation, why does Jobal's consort introduce the party to a certain pair of guides?

I've never understood this, and it seems so logically inconsistent that I'm inclined to believe this is a typo on Wizards' part. To give some background to this question, Jobal is one of the ...
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How can we end the imprisonment spell in Gromph's Outer Sanctum in Out of the Abyss?

Warning, spoilers for Out of the Abyss below. In Out of the Abyss, on pages 206-207, there is a trapped secret door described as follows: Grin (an NPC described on page 162) is a Drow Mage and only ...
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How is the party supposed to get out of Gromph's Inner Sanctum in Out of the Abyss?

Warning, spoilers for Out of the Abyss below. In Out of the Abyss, Gromph's Outer Sanctum and Inner Sanctum are described on pages 206-207. On page 207 specifically, it describes this methods of ...
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The party killed this important NPC right away: now what? [closed]

My level 2 party of 5 killed in Greenest. What do I do? I have thought about just running it normally but that won't work, because they each got 3,000xp making them level 4. This majorly upsets the ...
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Which 1st edition D&D module takes place last with regards to the DR timeline?

I’m trying to find info on the last module for 1st Edition AD&D which occurs before Forgotten Realm's DR (Dalereckoning) years advance into 2nd Edition AD&D. I’m not trying to find the last ...
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How should I handle running the Lost Mines of Phandelver adventure with 7 players?

This is my first time ever running a game of D&D (or any roleplaying game in general). I have 7 players, 5 of them who have never played before. The other 2 are relatively experienced. Should I ...
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How can I best run this encounter from the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure? [closed]

I'm reading through the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure. On page 28, there's an encounter with This seems so lame! I'm confused, because I don't understand why the villains are acting this way. ...
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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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Does a Duergar Spy's Enlarge action double its damage dice from its Sneak Attack trait?

In the module The Forge of Fury (tiny spoiler) there is a Duergar Spy creature. Its statblock is on p. 234 of Tales from the Yawning Portal. I am interested in the way two of its features interact ...
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In the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure, when does the Flameskull attack?

Note: I'm French, and while I'm quite fluent in English, sometimes I get stumped by a sentence. Does that mean that the flameskull only attacks if you try to cross the room? If someone takes a ...
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What is the necessary order of SR4/5 Seattle Missions and adventures?

Season 4 of Missions takes place in Seattle, and there are a number of common themes among those adventures. Some SR5 adventures seem to share or follow-up on some of those themes. Obviously it would ...
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Can a Rogue Modron be a chaotic monodrone in 5e, whereas in previous editions it could not?

In the AD&D 2e book The Planewalker's Handbook, p. 76, it says this about Rogue Modrons (italic emphasis in the original, bold emphasis mine): ...most folks can't tell a rogue modron from a "...
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What is the probability of the Maze Engine from Out of the Abyss activating this effect?

In Out of the Abyss, there is something called the Maze Engine which, once activated, requires the DM to roll on a d100 table for random possible effects (pp. 186-188). One of these entries is: The ...
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Do the magic items from the Layer of Delusion work after they leave that layer?

I'm running the Bloodstone Lands adventure and the party managed to get to the last adventure. They ended up travelling to the Abyss and once they were on the first layer, they went through the first ...
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Could a young dragon be coerced into captivity? [closed]

My players and I are running Sunless Citadel(5e). Some of you may know it - the white dragon wyrmling was captured by kobolds and worshipped by them. The module says, and I quote: However, my ...
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Coming up with a stat block for Cyrog from Out of the Abyss

This question contains spoilers for Out of the Abyss, although the spoilers are mostly for context (in case that influences anyone's answers at all; i.e. if there's a story-based reason why Cyrog ...
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Can a Paladin, Sorcerer, Wizard, and two Druids handle Storm King’s Thunder? [closed]

I’m somewhat new to D&D and so is the group I’m in. We’re gonna start playing Storm King’s Thunder soon, and I was wondering if we’re gonna have any trouble with our party. We have myself as a ...
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Where is the Storm Boomerang located in the books?

I have seen references to a Storm Boomerang on D&D Beyond and a couple of other places, saying it's in Princes of the Apocalypse. I have the book, but cannot find it anywhere. Can someone give me ...
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Where can the players sell the Griffon Eggs in Princes of the Apocalypse?

I've been playing Princes of the Apocalypse lately, and... (spoiler about the adventure) Where can the players sell it? It doesn't seem like Red Larch has anywhere with the infrastructure to incubate ...
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Are there any overpowered race/class combinations for the 5e campaign Curse of Strahd?

Curse of Strahd was released in 2016; since then, there have been many supplement books with extra races and subclasses. Are there any combinations of races/classes I should advise players to take in ...
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How can the Investigators banish Abhoth permanently?

In Dunwich: Return to the Forgotten Village, the God Abhoth dwells below the ground, spreading its filth and decay. Normally, Mythos Gods are associated with Call/Dismiss spells. The Call spell ...
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What happens to certain items from the Out of the Abyss adventure after this Maze Engine effect is triggered?

While interacting with the Maze Engine (p. 188 of the adventure),
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What fire spells would trigger the Slippery Ice effect in Against the Giants?

I've been looking through the Tales from the Yawning Portal book and am thinking about running the Against the Giants adventure; specifically in The Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl dungeon, it ...
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How much do the general public/players know about Xanathar's “Guild”?

I'm running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist and curious as to how much of an open secret Xanathar's Guild is. If someone has lived in Waterdeep for 20 years, a year, 2 months, a tenday, how much are they ...
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In Out of the Abyss, characters are supposed to be level 15 by the last chapter; how can I get them there via milestone levelling?

I'm still running Out of the Abyss, and we're currently half way through Chapter 9: Mantol-Derith. The party is level 9 now (awarded as we transitioned between Chapter 8 and Chapter 9). As we ...
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How does character death/resurrection work in Curse of Strahd?

While I was asking some questions in general chat about death in the Curse of Strahd adventure, @Derpy brought up an interesting point (that might contain loose spoilers). Correct me if I am wrong, ...
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What Adventurers League rewards do players and DMs earn from “Rrakkma?”

"Rrakkma" is a short published adventure released together with Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes. It is branded as an Adventurers League module and is assigned adventure code DDIA-MORD. Players must use ...
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How essential are the story suggestions for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist?

While reading and setting up the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure, the setting season impacts a few things, How essential are these combinations in further play, and how interchangeable are they? ...
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How do I keep a published adventure playthrough “on rails” without removing player agency? [duplicate]

Split from: How do I deal with players who make friends with goblins? I want to run a campaign "from the book" for a group of new players (played RPGs before, but stuff much much lighter then D&D,...
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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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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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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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If I am hit after I am reduced to 0 HP during this duel in the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure, do I take 1 or 2 death save failures?

We're playing Hoard of the Dragon Queen. During the brutal first episode, there is a duel that can take place (p. 12; spoilers in the link). When the player loses the duel, the other participant... ...
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Are there sparknotes for 5e book modules? [closed]

Our group just finished Hoard of the Dragon Queen. I was finding it incredibly difficult to keep up with the plot (it just wouldn't stick in my brain). All I wanted, the entire time, was a dumbed-down ...
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Good Follow-Up Campaigns for Master of The Fallen Fortress [closed]

I'm a newbie GM about to run Master of The Fallen Fortress for a group of equally newbie players. If they get excited about Tabletop RPG's and want to continue playing, what would be a good campaign ...
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In Tyranny of Dragons, do the effects common to all Dragon Masks stack if you attune to more than one?

In the Tyranny of Dragons storyline, do the effects common to all Dragon Masks stack if you attune to more than one? I'm specifically interested in Draconic Majesty, but would like answers for all of ...
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What saving throw is needed for the Cursed Treasure in the Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan?

Included in the Tales from the Yawning Portal, The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan adventure has some Cursed Treasure in area 29: "The Tomb of Pelota" (pg. 78) What kind of saving throw is needed, by ...
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Whose portrait is printed on the Waterdhavian gold coin?

Reading Waterdeep: Dragon Heist for an upcoming campaign, I'm writing a few teasers about the world in preparation. I know that the "dragon" is the local name for the gold coin minted in Waterdeep, ...
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Where else does “Primal” appear as a language (from The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan adventure)?

Included in the Tales from the Yawning Portal, The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan adventure includes a creature called the Tecuziztecatl, which has its stat block included in the appendix (page 245). Its ...
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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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What if the players refuse to join the questing pack in the Valkenburg Foundation?

The Werewolf adventure The Valkenburg Foundation begins with the players being asked to join the Questing Pack. Their role in the questing pack is pivotal because it is the mechanism used to feed them ...
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How does the Shard of the Ise Rune's “Gift of Frost” from SKT work?

I'm a DM running Storm King's Thunder, and it's likely the party will soon get the Shard of the Ise Rune item (p. 236-237). I'm reading through the description, and while I understand most of it, I'm ...
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How many specters are in Diderius's treasure vault?

The treasure vault described on page 44 of Rise of Tiamat mentions: It mentions that the wraiths are warriors who pledged their souls, okay, fine, two wraiths. But then it mentions that I'm not a ...
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How large is Waterdeep?

I'm going to be running Waterdeep: Dragon Heist for my group soon. As part of this I would like to work out how long it would take characters to travel around the city on foot, both from top to bottom,...