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    Oh, for another Egyptian-themed adventure,...

    Oh, for another Egyptian-themed adventure, there's always "The Ruins of Andril" from Dragon #81. It won a module design contest back in the day.
  2. I think you're misremembering. The adventure...

    I think you're misremembering. The adventure starts with the cult raiding and looting (not invading and conquering) a small hamlet called Greenest. The town of Phlan doesn't appear in Tyranny of...
  3. I second this recommendation. Here's the link: ...

    I second this recommendation. Here's the link: https://www.adventurelookup.com/adventures/

    Also: I really like Tyranny of Dragons and don't think it deserves the bad rep it has on this site. ...
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    Forgive me if I'm being thick, but what system...

    Forgive me if I'm being thick, but what system are you using? Also, what level are you looking for?
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    I like this much better!

    I like this much better!
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    I know you want it to be simple, but it just...

    I know you want it to be simple, but it just doesn't seem right to me not to be able to use Strength to break a grapple.
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    Kobold Press has an excellent series of...

    Kobold Press has an excellent series of adventures in their Southlands setting, particularly those taking place in "Per-Bastet, the Eternal City of the Cat." It's very Egyptian in flavor (which...
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    This thread contains a poll. I feel sort of bad for voting for 5E, but I can't...

    I feel sort of bad for voting for 5E, but I can't help it. Something about the way it's drawn in motion, trotting forward, looking like an actual beast, really grabs me--and the slight iridescence...
  9. If I remember my Latin correctly (which I may...

    If I remember my Latin correctly (which I may not), I believe it's "King of the Dragons."
  10. Proficiency with Thieves' Tools seems like a...

    Proficiency with Thieves' Tools seems like a must, since it involves breaking into things.
  11. This book sounds fascinating. I can't see any...

    This book sounds fascinating. I can't see any way it would be a loss for WotC, and it could be a big win, either in PR and fan goodwill or even financially if they choose to offer it for sale. I...
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    In addition to those already mentioned, have you...

    In addition to those already mentioned, have you considered Princes of the Apocalypse? From what I understand, it's fairly sandboxy, as published adventures go.
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    How long a campaign do you want? Running to...

    How long a campaign do you want? Running to level 5? Level 10? Higher?
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    Opening Scene for "The Seer" (DDAL04-05) A...

    Opening Scene for "The Seer" (DDAL04-05)

    A couple of days later, you're having breakfast in the Seven Tables again. The weather has warmed up somewhat; the snow, while not gone, is thinning a...
  15. No reason you can't create this campaign, rather...

    No reason you can't create this campaign, rather than waiting for WotC to create it for you...
  16. The corollary to that is "Just because it happens...

    The corollary to that is "Just because it happens at your table, that doesn't mean it's a widespread problem." And I still don't know where the OP gets the idea that it's actually encouraged by the...
  17. Before this thread gets contentious and gets...

    Before this thread gets contentious and gets closed, can I (a humble board member, not a moderator) put in a request that we NOT debate whether torture works in real life, and confine ourselves to...
  18. Unless they happen to make the goal. I figured...

    Unless they happen to make the goal. I figured it was worth a try (or at least worth letting people know about the relaunch, if that happens).
  19. Fearsome Foes and Where to Fight Them: Kickstarter final hours!

    I should have posted this earlier, but I wasn't sure about the etiquette of making a thread for a Kickstarter. I'm not affiliated with this project in any way except that I've backed it, and I'd...
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    It seems to be a pretty polarizing...

    It seems to be a pretty polarizing edition/system. Some people hate it and others love it. The only way to find out for yourself is to try it. So yes, you should definitely play!
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    Some, depending on how low you're talking about. ...

    Some, depending on how low you're talking about. The Tome of Beasts has an Ink Devil of CR 2, then several devils and demons in the 6-9 range and some more in the 11-14 range. The Creature Codex...
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    What was the main thing you liked about...

    What was the main thing you liked about Xanathar's Guide to Everything, by the way?



    Do you mean something like this? (It's for Pathfinder, but the fluff would still work for 5E.) ...
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    7. ("Curse of the Satyr," above.) 8. ...

    7. ("Curse of the Satyr," above.)

    8. Hellfire Club: A group of bored aristocrats are vying to outdo each other by committing ever-greater and ever-more-daring crimes. The nature and severity...
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    I third [ETA: oops, fourth] the recommendation...

    I third [ETA: oops, fourth] the recommendation for Tome of Beasts, and its follow-up, Creature Codex, is equally good.

    If you liked Xanathar's Guide to Everything, you should also check out...
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    Yep. As I said in my first post above, I think...

    Yep. As I said in my first post above, I think this article advocates taking a decent idea just a bit too far.
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    To be fair to the OP, I think he intends for the...

    To be fair to the OP, I think he intends for the whole opening segment to be this kind of setup--for the DM to design a village tailored to catch both the PCs' and players interest by giving them...
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    I like your basic principle, but I think you may...

    I like your basic principle, but I think you may have taken it a smidge too far. At least for my taste.

    Man, did you ever squander a lot of plot hooks that the players were interested in, just to...
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    Sounds awesome! Can you give us some details on...

    Sounds awesome! Can you give us some details on how you mashed them together? Also, how did you do the conversions for "Cult of the Reptile God"?
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    Enhancing "Ghosts of Saltmarsh"

    Since Ghosts of Saltmarsh is potentially a campaign of its own, it's time for the traditional "Enhancing" wiki thread!

    This post contains shortcuts to particular posts* that offer suggestions...
  30. OMG, Guardian! You're back!! Is that really you?

    OMG, Guardian! You're back!! Is that really you?
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    Problems with "The Marionette" (DDAL04-04) 1. ...

    Problems with "The Marionette" (DDAL04-04)

    1. Page 8 mentions "scavenging harpies" in the adventure overview, and there is a stat block for them on page 32, but they do not appear in the...
  32. Found some fan-created maps for this adventure...

    Found some fan-created maps for this adventure that can be useful for virtual tabletops:

    https://imgur.com/a/u2EmF

    http://i.imgur.com/dXty3jL.jpg

    https://imgur.com/a/FMuLU
  33. Further reading on villains Here's an...

    Further reading on villains

    Here's an interesting blog post on villain design in HotDQ:

    Villain Design Hoard of the Dragon Queen

    Some excerpts:
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    So--"you can check out any time you like, but you...

    So--"you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave"?

    Sounds like this might actually predate the song, though, if it's from original Blackmoor.
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    Further Notes on "The Marionette" (DDAL04-04): ...

    Further Notes on "The Marionette" (DDAL04-04): The Manor This part of the adventure was quite solid and hardly needed any modification. The main thing that struck me is that there is heavy snow in...
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    Here's a link to a fan-made map for Skull Island...

    Here's a link to a fan-made map for Skull Island that I found on Reddit:

    https://i.redd.it/hck6vm00wg031.jpg
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    Here's the original entry:
    ...
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    Bump for visibility. This is cool--thanks for...

    Bump for visibility. This is cool--thanks for posting it!
  38. Or maybe playing a one-shot for charity will...

    Or maybe playing a one-shot for charity will become an annual thing with him. Maybe next time they could get a whole party of celebrity players together--maybe Joe Mangianello will participate, for...
  39. I found (thanks to this thread...

    I found (thanks to this thread) an archived Reddit post with suggestions on how to transition from Lost Mine of Phandelver into PotA. I cut and pasted the text of the post and comments into a Word...
  40. I cut and pasted the text of the original post...

    I cut and pasted the text of the original post and comments to a Word file. Enjoy!

    ETA: I also copied the text of the linked post with suggestions on transitioning to Princes of the Apocalypse,...
  41. "Other cults said I was daft to build a manor on...

    "Other cults said I was daft to build a manor on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show 'em. It sank into the swamp. So, I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So, I built a...
  42. I blush to say we actually did that in a con game...

    I blush to say we actually did that in a con game I played several years ago.
  43. This sounds interesting. Do you have a link to...

    This sounds interesting. Do you have a link to this supplement?
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    Shaping the Second Half of the Campaign I'll...

    Shaping the Second Half of the Campaign

    I'll get back to writing up my experiences with "The Marionette" and "The Seer" soon. But I just wanted to make a post about where I am in planning out...
  45. I re-watched TOS fairly recently. I don't...

    I re-watched TOS fairly recently. I don't remember it being in "Return to Tomorrow" (the Sargon body-stealing episode), but it was definitely in "The Paradise Syndrome" (the Kirok and the asteroid...
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    Could be something as superficial as "There are...

    Could be something as superficial as "There are two female humanoids to one male on the cover (plus a monster of indeterminate gender), so obviously it's a feminist product!"
  47. I think I'm the first in my group to even take...

    I think I'm the first in my group to even take any of these spells, and I have yet to use Leomund's Tiny Hut. So it wouldn't change our style of play at all.

    That said, I didn't think limiting...
  48. I like this a lot. Thanks for posting it!

    I like this a lot. Thanks for posting it!
  49. They told us months ago that it wouldn't be...

    They told us months ago that it wouldn't be Spelljammer. Alas.

    Also: I was happy about this until I checked out the thread. I won't lie--the negativity here is bringing me down somewhat. I'm...
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    Ah, okay. Still, if you (generic you) wanted the...

    Ah, okay. Still, if you (generic you) wanted the spell to be rarer in your homebrew world, you could restrict it more.
  51. They've unlocked all stretch goals and are now in...

    They've unlocked all stretch goals and are now in the final 24 hours!
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    It would be interesting to have the availability...

    It would be interesting to have the availability dependent on how close to a ruby mine you are. If there's only one place in the world where you can mine rubies, then maybe continual flames get less...
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    This thread contains a poll. Because if they did it right now, it would...

    Because if they did it right now, it would probably be in the form of giving it a nice hardback adventure?
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    Fair enough! Mostly, I just wanted to beg for...

    Fair enough! Mostly, I just wanted to beg for Grace O'Malley to get the "mythological figures" treatment sometime. :D


    Yay!
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    I like the stat block--nice work! But I have to...

    I like the stat block--nice work! But I have to quibble with your flavor text. The title of ...


    can only belong to Grace O'Malley. I'd love to see a statblock for her.
  56. Bump to note that they're on the final five days...

    Bump to note that they're on the final five days of this Kickstarter. The stretch goal they just unlocked looks nifty--an Atlantis-type sunken city supplement.
  57. Don't take it personally. As Charlaquin said...

    Don't take it personally. As Charlaquin said upthread, it's just a touchy subject right now, and people are quick to assume you have a message, even though it sounds like that wasn't your...
  58. This is a great idea! I'm adding a link to this...

    This is a great idea! I'm adding a link to this on the "Best of 5E" wiki thread.

    Another free resource is Dragon+ online magazine. Not only is it full of articles with setting and background...
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    It doesn't say because they assume the PCs won't...

    It doesn't say because they assume the PCs won't be fighting them. But I would think the council is made up of ancients at minimum, and there might be some great wyrms among them.
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    This thread contains a poll. There's a Kickstarter running now for a perfectly...

    There's a Kickstarter running now for a perfectly gorgeous-looking 5E setting based on Korea, if you consider that a "smaller country":
    ...
  61. This thread contains a poll. What about the Purple Dragon Knight from SCAG? ...

    What about the Purple Dragon Knight from SCAG? Seems like that was an attempt to fill this niche as well, though I don't have an opinion on how good a job it does because I've never seen one played....
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    Oh, I also highly recommend checking out...

    Oh, I also highly recommend checking out Adventure Lookup:

    https://www.adventurelookup.com/adventures/

    One of the filters you can search on is boss monster. Dragons are listed several...
  63. Thread: New boxed set

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    Well, I can't argue with that. But the dirty...

    Well, I can't argue with that. But the dirty secret (I suspect) is that most DMs are overwhelmed and confused the first time. Some are just better at hiding it than others :D.
  64. Thread: New boxed set

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    Eh, I don't feel like having a TPK the first time...

    Eh, I don't feel like having a TPK the first time you play is likely to turn off many players who would otherwise have enjoyed the game, if it's being run by a new DM. And if it's being run by an...
  65. Some massaging is helpful, yes. Have you checked...

    Some massaging is helpful, yes. Have you checked out the "Enhancing" threads for HotDQ and Rise of Tiamat? They have tons of suggestions on how to handle tricky bits:
    ...
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    This thread contains a poll. Okay, you pushed me over the edge--I'd been...

    Okay, you pushed me over the edge--I'd been eyeing those books for ages, and I just picked up the bestiary during the May D&D sale. :)
  67. Another thought: there is the white dragon that...

    Another thought: there is the white dragon that has its lair under the castle. You could have it emerge and harass the PCs as they fly. If you're lucky, they might even chase it back to the castle...
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    It shouldn't be. I mean, look at Troll Lord...

    It shouldn't be. I mean, look at Troll Lord Games--they produce adventures and setting books for both D&D 5E and their own Castles and Crusades game. With PDF and POD, the only real sunk cost is...
  69. You answer your own question in the next...

    You answer your own question in the next paragraph:



    Most of the storyline of Rise of Tiamat is about gathering allies and/or striking at high-ranking cult members to slow down their plans...
  70. Thread: New boxed set

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    What's wrong with it? Also, I don't see how a...

    What's wrong with it?

    Also, I don't see how a starter set can get old, since by definition it's going to be used by people who haven't played the game before.
  71. Even if you rule that cover affects the saving...

    Even if you rule that cover affects the saving throw for a fireball (we've never played it that way due to the "going around corners" thing), there are tons of other spells that force a save. Sacred...
  72. I'm interested in checking this out, but there...

    I'm interested in checking this out, but there doesn't seem to be a document at the link?
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    Do you have a preference for the level of this...

    Do you have a preference for the level of this adventure, by the way?
  74. I apologize if I've given the impression that I'm...

    I apologize if I've given the impression that I'm ignoring anything. I'm not; I'm filing away all these ideas to try out in future sessions, and if I haven't thanked people enough for them, I want...
  75. This thread contains a poll. I love it! But technically, it'd probably be a...

    I love it! But technically, it'd probably be a Raksha-cub, wouldn't it? I mean, tigers have cubs...
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    DDAL04-04: "The Marionette" I made very few...

    DDAL04-04: "The Marionette"

    I made very few changes to this adventure. It's very solid overall and doesn't need much tweaking. I ran it in two sessions. The PCs got through parts 1-3 in the...
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    I just stumbled across a blog with free virtual...

    I just stumbled across a blog with free virtual tabletop maps suitable for use with this adventure path. Here are some links!
    ...
  78. This thread contains a poll. Yay! Then I choose them ALL!

    Yay! Then I choose them ALL!
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    This thread contains a poll. In this particular case, it might be intended as...

    In this particular case, it might be intended as an in-joke, since they're using it with "Unearthed."
  80. This thread contains a poll. How can I possibly choose just one?!

    How can I possibly choose just one?!
  81. I run in a variety of settings. But you can't...

    I run in a variety of settings. But you can't have every adventure in a foggy swamp, and the doorway thing goes way beyond dungeons--just about any type of building is going to lead to the same...
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    This thread contains a poll. Mostly in PDF format. Here are some that I found...

    Mostly in PDF format. Here are some that I found on a quick trip through the DM's Guild (disclaimer: I haven't actually read any of them).

    Wrath of the Iron Dragon
    Adventurers of Kara-Tur...
  83. Oh, I didn't pay attention to the date on this. ...

    Oh, I didn't pay attention to the date on this. The project is being Kickstarted, so the testing must have gone well:

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crisprmonkey/genefunk-2090

    The...
  84. How so? Forgive me if I sound thick, but a fight...

    How so? Forgive me if I sound thick, but a fight in a hallway seems functionally the same as a fight in a doorway. There is still a narrow access point where only a couple of enemies will be able...
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    The main differences I can see from 5E are ... ...

    The main differences I can see from 5E are ...

    1. Vulnerability to close and area attacks.
    2. Immunity to forced movement effects from melee and ranged attacks.
    3. Moving through an enemy's...
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    Oh, yeah! I knew there was at least one other...

    Oh, yeah! I knew there was at least one other major dragon encounter in Rise of Tiamat. Either that one or chapter 4 (the green dragon encounter described above) would work well as a stand-alone.
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    This thread contains a poll. Since Kara-Tur is in the Forgotten Realms, and...

    Since Kara-Tur is in the Forgotten Realms, and therefore allowed on the DM's Guild, there's a decent amount of third-party 5E resources for it.
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    This thread contains a poll. I like Rokugan, and don't know much about...

    I like Rokugan, and don't know much about Kara-Tur. But the fact that Rokugan doesn't (currently) have 5E support puts it at a disadvantage.
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    To expand on this, the easiest option would be...

    To expand on this, the easiest option would be the chapter with a green dragon's lair. It would be super-simple to break out that chapter as a stand-alone mini-adventure. The PCs would start by...
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    Don't keep us in suspense; what are those?

    Don't keep us in suspense; what are those?
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    Opening Scene for "The Marionette" (DDAL04-04) ...

    Opening Scene for "The Marionette" (DDAL04-04)

    You're sitting at the Seven Tables and enjoying the food--or maybe "enjoying" is the wrong word. There's way too much salt in the soup; something's...
  92. Well, in this particular adventure, they needed...

    Well, in this particular adventure, they needed the item because it was one of four things they needed to unlock the door to the final chamber. But it's just one example of a pattern that's driving...
  93. I think they are; I think I'm the main one who's...

    I think they are; I think I'm the main one who's getting frustrated here. But I think the players would be having more fun actually doing things rather than avoiding them, or if combats aren't all...
  94. Did that in the last adventure; they sent the...

    Did that in the last adventure; they sent the earth elemental after it.


    Yeah, but then it makes me wonder about the point of going to the trouble of placing and learning the treasure at all. ...
  95. That's a great idea, but ... mage hand. (Sigh) ...

    That's a great idea, but ... mage hand. (Sigh)


    Again, mage hand. And there was actually quite a bit of treasure in the last dungeon that the PCs voluntarily passed up just because they were...
  96. I'd be interested. Let me know what sort of...

    I'd be interested. Let me know what sort of contact information you need.
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    Problems with "Suits of the Mists" (DDAL04-01) ...

    Problems with "Suits of the Mists" (DDAL04-01)

    If you're not using the plot point of characters (as well as a good chunk of territory) being transported to Barovia by the mists, this whole...
  98. Want to shake things up: Doorways, Scouting, Caution

    So there are certain things that always happen in my games, and for good reason: they benefit the PCs. But the sheer predictability of them is making me want to scream, and I'm just wondering if...
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    I assume this is for 5E?

    I assume this is for 5E?
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    In Hoard of the Dragon Queen, there's a combat...

    In Hoard of the Dragon Queen, there's a combat with two rat swarms for level 1 adventurers. I know many groups have found that challenging.
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