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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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What happens if a dragon in Waterdeep has permission to enter the city revoked?

The Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure (in a sidebar on p. 6) gives details of In it it states: Of specific interest are the way(s) a dragon can get permission: This makes it pretty clear that a ...
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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 ...
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As a DM, how far should I prepare ahead in a premade campaign?

As a first time DM I found a group to play Storm King's Thunder. I have been reading the first part of the story to prepare. So far I have read up to level 5 till after the flying with the giant to ...
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Is the D&D 5e Starter Box meant to come without a board or character pieces?

I bought the D&D 5e Starter Box from Amazon, and it didn't come with any character pieces or board. Is this normal? Can I buy them separately?
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What adventures are there out there that would fit in this old school campaign?

In a few weeks I'm starting a game of old school D&D for a group of fairly new players, and I'd like to be able to have a few published modules to drop on my hex map, so I can mix it up a bit and ...
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How is the contradiction in this NPC's backstory in Curse of Strahd resolved?

This question includes NPC lore spoilers for Curse of Strahd, proceed at your own risk. While running Curse of Strahd and prepping ahead, I have happened upon a rather glaring contradiction in the ...
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The Giants modules in BRP Classic Fantasy

I'm interested in playing some of the classic early AD&D adventures, like the Giants modules, with Chaosium's Basic Roleplaying using their Classic Fantasy module. My big issue is power doesn't ...
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In Curse of Strahd, who's feeding everyone?

I've read through the CoS module, and aside from the Wizard of Wines, no one seems to be farming. There are mentions of two hunters in Vallaki, and a single fisherman there as well, but nothing else ...
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In the Tomb of Horrors adventure in Tales from the Yawning Portal, what is the intended scenario for when this event occurs?

Excuse the unspecific question title. Hard to ask this without putting spoilers. In D&D 5e Tales of the Yawning Portal, there is an updated version of the legendary Tomb of Horrors. At page 225, ...
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Reconciling map/edition differences in Chult & filling in “broad strokes” areas in Tomb of Annihilation? Mezro?

I'm two sessions into DMing Tomb of Annihilation for my face-to-face group and we're really enjoying it. However, I am reading lots of "area descriptions" that are described in exceedingly broad ...
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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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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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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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What does “Summoned creature has maximum hit points” actually mean?

I'm running Princes of the Apocalypse for my group, and they're about to encounter their first elemental prince, Yan-C-Bin (p. 220). I see that he has the following ability: The part I'm confused ...
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What adventures focus on courtly intrigue and social conflict instead of combat?

My wife bought me the Dungeons & Dragons 4e Player's Handbook for my birthday, and we've been talking about playing it. She has experience with video games: we've always played video games, and ...
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How can I prep for the Curse of Strahd adventure effectively?

Before I move into the question there are no spoilers here. I am about to embark on a lengthy D&D adventure with some new players that will start with the Lost Mine of Phandelver (LMoP) and then ...
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Is Curse of Strahd really hard, or am I DMing it wrong?

I'm currently DMing a Curse of Strahd campaign (slightly modified to fit into an existing world I am slowly building (following core rule books for the most part). I am however following the setup/...
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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 does the rain catcher from Tomb of Annihilation work mechanically?

The rain catcher item states: "[The rain catcher] can catch 2 gallons of drinking water per inch of rainfall and hold up to 8 gallons" My question is: How do I calculate how much rain has fallen ...
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What ability is the save DC of Orcus's “voice” Lair action, in Out of the Abyss?

In Out of the Abyss, Orcus has a number of Lair actions. One of those Lair actions has a confusing point: It is stated that there is a save with a DC of 23 but no specific type of saving throw. The ...
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Why does the book suggest polymorphing into a giant? Can polymorph do that?

This question is prompted by a particular passage in Storm King's Thunder: The level 4 spell Polymorph allows to transform a character into a beast with challenge rating ≤ character level and Hill ...
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What character level is the Tomb of Horrors for?

The Tales from the Yawning Portal features 7 adventures that were "upgraded" from older editions. One of them is the famous Tomb of Horrors. Now all other adventures in the book have a specific ...
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How do I upgrade older D&D adventures to 5th edition?

Before I get into the details I just want to mention that I'm working in a remote area right now and don't have access to the 5e Starter Set, just the downloadable PDFs. I'm looking for advice on how ...
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Moving from one room/cave to another within the same dungeon

I am a new GM and new to D&D. Currently, I am running the Lost Mines of Phandelver (LMoP) D&D 5e starter campaign. My group have just finished the Cragmaw Hideout section, but as we ran it we ...
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How can I have low-level 5e necromancer NPCs controlling many, many undead in this converted adventure?

I require as close to a RAW answer as possible for ~Level 5 Wizard(s) to control ~100 skeletons and zombies. Context: I'm adapting a few classics for older editions to D&D 5e, and running into ...
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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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DM adds overly powerful homebrew items to published adventures

I think it might be similar to this question but from a player's perspective. We have a fantastic DM. He does a great job at running through the WotC content. We finished Phandelin and are going ...
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During D&D 5e's different design iterations, were Assassins ever different?

I am running Hoard of the Dragon Queen for my players. I am currently preparing the next session and am reading "Episode 4: On the Road". The event No Room at the Inn (page 36) mentions an encounter ...
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How do you make the final battle in Tomb of Annihilation non-trivial?

After a nine month campaign across over thirty sessions, we are finishing the final confrontation in Tomb of Annihilation - but the adventure seems to have set up the adventurers to have a unique ...
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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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How can I get my adventure published as an Adventurers League official module?

Can someone break down the process to get adventures published as Adventurers League official modules? Currently I am a writer/producer of RPG adventures and 3rd party material, but I'd really like ...
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A good 2nd level DDI-subscription adventure for a family with little kids?

I have a game group of myself (DM + a support cleric (N)PC), my wife and 2 boys. The kids are very young for dnd (10 and 6) but they are getting right into it and we're having a really good time ... ...
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How to scale down Princes of the Apocalypse for a 3-adventurer party?

I recently just finished DMing Lost Mines of Phandelver with a 3 player party and it went great. Just removed a couple of enemies here and there and it was smooth. I ordered PotA and have started ...
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Does speaking Giant mean understanding Giant Runes (Storm King's Thunder)

Does a character that speaks giant understand/know the meaning of the Giant runes provided in Storm King's Thunder? My guess would be no - the Giant language is based off of the Dwarvish script (PHB p....
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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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Is there a good searchable database of D&D adventures? [closed]

I have shelves and shelves of RPG books, and a lot of it's D&D. I have every Dungeon magazine from #1 on. But for some reason I can never find the right adventure for what I need. What I'm ...
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For a single party, how can I make Dead in Thay a “fast-paced assault” and not a drawn-out series of skirmishes?

I having been running adventure modules from Tales from the Yawning Portal for a single group of 3-6 players (i.e. I have 6 players, but sometimes as few as 3 can attend a session). Part of the reason ...
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What's the appropriate way to handle large parties when it comes to skill DCs?

In published adventures (or even homebrew ones), we usually find things like "DC 15 Wisdom (Insight) check tells if the NPC is lying" and so forth and so on. Of course, some checks such as climbing a ...
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Filling in holes in published adventures?

I have had really bad experiences with Published adventures whenever I try and run a game. My parties always seem to do or ask questions that the published material just doesn't answer. Many times I ...
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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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How can rests be best managed in Tomb of Annihilation?

Tomb of Annihilation is half giant jungle hex-crawl and half dungeon-delving. The hex-crawl features several mini-dungeons, and is littered with random encounters. The adventure recommends 1-2 ...
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Can Sildar and this character recognize each other in Lost Mine of Phandelver?

When he's been rescued, Sildar asks the party to investigate Sildar himself might go with the party (it was his friend and his primary mission, after all). Unfortunately, the LMoP book says nothing (...
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What rarity would the Staff of Defense be?

The Staff of Defense is described in the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure (on p. 53), but the magic items in Appendix A have no rarity mentioned. The Staff of Defense, particularly, is unique to LMoP ...
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Flawed logic in Lost Mine of Phandelver?

There seem to be some inconsistencies in the Starter Set module Lost Mine of Phandelver... When the players do not have any resources, how are they supposed to recover as the module suggests? The ...
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Are skeletons “waiting” to be reanimated considered undead?

I am thinking about the situation where there is a trap that animates some skeletons that are seen before this moment. If a Paladin uses Divine Sense near the skeletons, are they considered undead? ...
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In Out of the Abyss, is there an alternative to rolling foraging checks every day?

In Out of the Abyss, PCs are equipmentless and travelling in a dangerous and hostile environment where food and water is scarce. To top it all off, they are actively being hunted down by an ...
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Convert a D&D 4e adventure to another level

How can I easily port an adventure to another level? Say take Keep on the Shadowfell and instead of it being 1st to 4th level it becames 6th to 9th level.
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Can the door to this area really not be opened from this direction in Tomb of Horrors?

I am reading Tales from the Yawning Portal, specifically the Tomb of Horrors. There seems to be an error in the following description (emphasis mine): The way this area reads I think it should say: ...
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Are there any good, free introductory Dungeon World adventures for a DM used to D&D? [closed]

I have been playing & GMing for some time, mostly in various versions of D&D, and other 80s-90s systems. And most of my GMing has been with published adventure modules. I want to try Dungeon ...
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How much preparation do I need to run the D&D Starter Set?

I've got a group of three, maybe four people and we're completely new. What's the best and quickest way to start with the starter set without finding other people? Is playing through The Lost Mines Of ...