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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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A published one-shot adventure for a new Numenera GM [closed]

The Backstory: My girlfriend's birthday is next month, and I would like to run a one-shot Numenera adventure at a local game shop as part of the celebration. We both enjoy role-playing very much, but ...
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What is a good first heroic campaign for D&D 4e, levels 1-5?

I'm a very experienced AD&D GM, and have run levels 1-5 in 4e: Red Box + Reavers of Harkenwold. I want to start a new mixed-experience group (some 4e, some 3.5/Pathfinder, and no experience at all)...
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How does a party navigate while flying?

I want to start a Tomb of Annihilation campaign in 5e. I will be the DM. There's a part in the module where the PCs can fly. ToA doesn't seem to cover the rules concerning navigation in this ...
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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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Was “Temple of Elemental Evil” ever updated?

The Temple of Elemental Evil was first made for AD&D, meaning that characters and monsters were still built for that system. It is still ranked as one of the best campaigns in the system. Was it ...
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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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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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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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How do I play D&D Adventurers League adventures at home?

I was at a local convention this past weekend (Gary Con) and had an opportunity to play some 5E Adventurer's League. It was my first exposure to 5E as I haven't played since v3.5. That said, I was a ...
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Does the HP reduction from exhaustion ever heal in Tomb of Annihilation?

When a character gains 4 levels of exhaustion their max HP are halved. In the section on the 'Death Curse' in The Tomb of Annihilation: A humanoid whose hit point maximum is reduced can't increase ...
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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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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 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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How long is the D&D Starter Set campaign?

I'm pretty interested in buying the D&D Starter Set as a way to get introduced to D&D and being a GM/DM for the first time. Ever since I discovered this RPG Stack, I have read a lot of D&D ...
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How do PCs discover a Guardian Portrait?

The Guardian Portrait from the Curse of Strahd adventure (p. 227) has the trait: Assuming the Portrait casts a spell with somatic and/or verbal components - is the detection of the Guardian Portrait ...
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Character-driven fantasy adventure with infrequent combat? [closed]

I'd like to try one-on-one RPGing with my partner and am looking for an initial high-fantasy adventure to get started with. My original plan was to adapt the Fighting Fantasy gamebook, 'The Warlock ...
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How can I find an Adventure or Adventure Path I need that meets certain criteria?

Let's say I'm looking for an adventure or adventure path. I know I'll have a team of X players characters, I want said adventure or path to start at Y character level and take them up to Z level. So, ...
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Allowing players at too low a level to enter Wave Echo Cave

I'm a new DM with new players working through the Lost Mines of Phandelver. The players were able to level up to 2 without too much trouble, but after a (too-brief) sojourn in Phandalin they decided ...
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Transitioning from Lost Mine of Phandelver to Out of the Abyss with level 5 characters

My party of 5 just finished LMoP and we've bought OotA. The beginning of the book is important to the whole story, as is the feeling of desperation as they run low on resources, chased by a powerful ...
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Vampire bite HP drain not healing after long rest

I'm playing in my first campaign as a Way of the Long Death Monk, currently level 6, and we're running Storm King's Thunder. I've been loving it, and everyone's been great including the DM, but I've ...
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What's the term for the text in a published module intended to be read aloud to the PCs?

Is there a defined, standard, or "industry" term used by module publishers for the text in a module (or adventure) that is done in a shaded background and intended to be read aloud to the players? ...
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How to award Downtime and Renown in Curse of Strahd?

I'm trying to locate details on awarding downtime and renown in the Curse of Strahd. The Curse of Strahd DM's Guide from Adventurers League says this about awarding renown (page 6): Many ...
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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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What do the letters and numbers after an adventure name mean? (H1, P2)

This may arguably be a two-fold question, but as far as I understand it, the whole coding system that WOTC adopted for the 4th edition is intrinsically connected with the worlds that were created ...
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If the Sending spell is cast to communicate with a character whose body is inhabited by an Intellect Devourer, what happens?

I have just had a PC become inhabited by an Intellect Devourer ("ID") via the ID's Body Thief ability. I am going to let the player continue using the character, but now the player will play as the IC ...
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Where can I find a proper library of free adventures for Fate Core and Accelerated?

I can't find a proper repository of premade adventures, and I'm pretty lost as to what I'm going to GM with Fate Accelerated. I'm willing to take Core adventures and try to adapt them, but it's not ...
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What is the Black Spider's Goal?

I'm DMing the starting campaign for the Lost Mines. Our group, is largely money based. Most of them go and do side quests and other jobs for money of notion. I want them to feel motivated to defeat ...
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What kind of ooze does the Pudding King transform into?

In Out of the Abyss, the stats of the Pudding King include the following action (page 233): However, it does not mention what kind of ooze he transforms into. What kind of ooze does the Pudding King ...
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Are there any resources from other editions that are a good companion to the 5th edition Waterdeep adventures?

The 5th Edition adventure Waterdeep: Dragon Heist is an urban style adventure based in a very large city. While the adventure itself is good and provides a lot of resources in the city, it is lacking ...
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Is this rule in Castle Amber necessary?

The title's vague to avoid spoiling the adventure module Castle Amber (1981). I am baffled by the following conceit: (And, yes, that's a pretty big deal, and, yes, that info's buried in the middle ...
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When were the dusk elf females slain?

A friend of mine is going to start a 5E campaign soon, using the Curse of Strahd published adventure. I'm working on my character in anticipation of this. I'm planning on being a dusk elf, based on ...
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How much optimization do published D&D adventures expect?

I've recently gotten into D&D5e and it may come up that continuing to play this summer will require me to be the DM at least part of the time. I'm at a point where other people doing the work of ...
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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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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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Is Gravenhollow suffused by faerzress?

In the adventure module Out of the Abyss, Gravenhollow is an area of particular importance, and I could see my party returning to it often to benefit from the resources it offers. As such, it is ...
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Can D&D 5e adventures be converted to AD&D?

I'm always hearing about people converting the 1970's and 80's AD&D modules to 5th edition. Is the reverse possible and is there a PDF explaining the process? There are lots of 5th edition ...
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How fast is Skyreach Castle?

WARNING, Hoard of the Dragon Queen Spoilers! In Episode 8: Castle in the Clouds, One of the commands is for the castle to move in a cardinal direction, but it doesn't state how fast it moves. ...
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Can creature abilities be removed in Adventurers League CCC submissions?

Adventurers League(AL) allows for game conventions to submit modules for review to be declared "AL Legal" for widespread use. We are seeking to know whether monsters have ever been modified in past ...
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For the Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure, how is a room's ceiling height determined?

As a player I am playing in the Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure. On page 11, it describes how to determine ceiling height for rooms: A room's ceiling is at least as high as the room is wide, ...
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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 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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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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Is the creation of a parallel time-line that even 9th level spells cannot reach RAW?

CAUTION: Spoiler Ahead--Out of the Abyss, hard cover In a recent game, mentioned above, the party had all their NPC's banished to the NPC's home planes, including a couple of pet Death Slaads. At ...
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What game systems have a large number of adventures available for them?

One of the huge advantages of playing D&D (any edition) is that it has a truly huge base of adventures, both published and fan-made. Call of Cthulhu also has a reasonably large basis of both ...
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[Spoiler Warning] Adventure summary of the H1-H2-H3-P1-P2-P3-E1-E2-E3 product line?

My current group started 4e at level 4 and has run H2, H3, P1, and we're currently working our way through P2. We plan on going all the way through to E3, achieving 30th level within this single ...
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Will this creature from Curse of Strahd reappear after being banished?

In Curse of Strahd, my cleric cast Banishment on the (possible spoiler): At the end of Banishment's duration, will the creature return? I don't know what plane it's native to. Our DM seemed unsure, ...
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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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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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Worried about killing PCs in Rise of Tiamat

I am running RoT. This question is not about the final battle with Tiamat being a TPK. I am worried about regular characters fighting regular adult dragons in the sea of flowing ice, etc., dying to ...
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How to run Death House for 3 new players with no healer?

Me and five friends wanted to try out DnD, none of us have played before but I know the most about DnD (read: I listened to The Adventure Zone and watched some videos on YouTube) so I volunteered as ...