D&D 5E Where are the heirs to the 32 page adventure format?

TheSword

Legend
Yeah, I can see that. It's depending on what you mean by "classic," though. A dungeon meant to shave off resources and reward clever exploration - no, I don't think that would work. A dungeon as an encounter flowchart designed to lead the party to a variety of exciting combats and thrilling traps, I think that can work.


It's "D&D5e"(tm) or nothing for these players. And honestly (having read them and played them myself), I don't think they'd be satisfied with any of those other systems.

My idea is something like the following: The party is wrecked on an island and needs to investigate the ruined tower to stop the curse before nightfall. A thieves guild has stolen a McGuffin and the party needs to retrieve it ASAP. The townsfolk have been unable to visit the cemetery since ghouls infested and carved out a network of tunnels - maybe it has something to do with the sarcophagus recently interred in the mausoleum. Who has replaced the prize-winning lager with amber oozes, which are now running amok at the beerfest?
They’re not all like that.

Doom of Daggerdale is an excellent adventure with cool encounters and an interesting mystery.

 

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Lanefan

Victoria Rules
I keep coming up empty handed when I try the Frog God stuff. I don't know why - but they're missing the charm, danger, and character of the 3.x Necromancer Games releases. Maybe it could be that there's too much Lost Lands setting stuff in them? Or too much intricate plotting that "has to go a certain way" for the adventure to work?
Keep in mind the old axiom 'some adventures read better than they play while others play better then they read'.

Oftentimes one can't tell which is which until after running them.

But if, as it seems, you're specifically looking for a compilation Adventures For Players With Short Attention Spans, I got nothin'. :)
 

Tales and Chronicles

Jewel of the North, formerly know as vincegetorix
For low-level short adventure, I'm partial to the regional adventure anthology of AiME (wilderland adventure, adventure in Eriador etc) many short dungeons or adventures that can form an overarching plot if you wish to. Each one is separated from the previous or next one by a ''Fellowship phase'', meaning a very long rest of a few weeks or months.

Tales from the Old Magreve from KP is also good for more fae-ish adventuring.
 


Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
En5ider releases one every month for 5+ years now.
Can you tell us (well, at least me) more about these? I didn't see anything in the EN Publishing link at the top of this page - unless you mean the ENSider? I thought that was an anthology magazine?
 


Can you tell us (well, at least me) more about these? I didn't see anything in the EN Publishing link at the top of this page - unless you mean the ENSider? I thought that was an anthology magazine?
Via EN5ider you get one shots, interesting villages, classes, magic items, spells and more.

Some elements have appeared in EN publishing anthologies later, but on initial release it's like subscribing to classic D&D magazines
 

JEB

Legend
I don't know. I've never seen one before. I've never recalled seeing one at a FLGS or even at the Goodman booths at the conventions I've attended. Maybe I can look into it a little more?
We used Glitterdoom as one of the first adventures in our 5E campaign, and I've read a few more since. They're pretty solid, kind of like less weird DCC adventures (though Glitterdoom still has some weird).
 


teitan

Legend
All sorts of these adventures still come out from 3pp. I disagree that the WOTC adventures fit this bill aside from the obvious anthologies. Yes the material can be extracted for such use but out of the box just use the chapter? No. There are threads that tie them all together outside of those anthology books. THat requires some work and while some people are ok with that, that isn't the same thing as slapping down Against the Giants or Sailors on the Starless Sea or Keep on the Borderlands.

Goodman, Legendary Games, Frog God/Necromancer all produce excellent adventures in that classic 18-32 page signature (that's why they were the page count they were, it was one signature of a book in a print shop) adventure format plus you can find Kickstarters everyday for people continuing to publish adventures that cover various edition formats and even games like Kickstarters that cover 5e and DCC or 5e and Pathfinder or OSE for example. WOTC might not do them but they are still very much a part of the D&D business.
 

It seems to me that what the OP is looking for is meatgrinder dungeons full of tricks, traps and monsters. As it happens, aside from a few classic examples (mostly written for tournaments) most old school adventures weren't that, either. 1st and 2nd edition stuff is easy to convert to 5e, but actually isn't what it looked like through rose-tinted nostalgia goggles. For example, Pharoh stands up quite well, but Ghost Tower of Inverness doesn't.

I definitely wouldn't recommend Radiant Citadel. That is full of story driven adventures, not dungeon crawls. However, Bazzoxan (Chapter 3 of CR: Call of the Netherdeap). feels like an old school meatgrinder dungeon. It's a bit short to justify the cost of the rest of the book, although it written in such a way that you could drop in extra levels, or even use the DMG random dungeon generator.
 


TarionzCousin

Second Most Angelic Devil Ever
But more importantly .... 60% empty corridors? What are you talking about? I can think of reasons not to play earlier adventurers, but ... that's not one of them.
But, but, but....
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dave2008

Legend
Is there a reason you can't use the adventures you like. I find 5e easy to convert on the fly with just the tables from the DMG. Now, they aren't all in one place, so I made my cheat sheet(s) below. But I find I don't need to really any prep anymore and just use my cheat sheet to run adventures. There is some of our homebrew stuff on there, but if you are interested I could put the word doc on a google drive and you could download and modify it however you want.

DM Cheat Sheet Page 1:
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DM Cheat Sheet Page 2 (most of this is page is house rules, except the targets table):
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dave2008

Legend
Can you tell us (well, at least me) more about these? I didn't see anything in the EN Publishing link at the top of this page - unless you mean the ENSider? I thought that was an anthology magazine?
No, it is a Patreon: EN5ider

Each month is a different adventure or class or some useful bit. It is not an anthology. IIRC, if you sign up you instantly have access to all the old issues.
 

Ath-kethin

Elder Thing
I don't know. I've never seen one before. I've never recalled seeing one at a FLGS or even at the Goodman booths at the conventions I've attended. Maybe I can look into it a little more?
Weird. I was a volunteer at the Goodman booth at Gen Con this year, and the 5th Edition Fantasy adventures were both present and steady sellers.
There's also stuff like this, which is intended as space-filler along the same lines:

Offbeat Encounters - Dungeon Masters Guild | Dungeon Masters Guild
 

Retreater

Legend
Weird. I was a volunteer at the Goodman booth at Gen Con this year, and the 5th Edition Fantasy adventures were both present and steady sellers.
Not doubting you there. I'm just saying that I didn't notice them. There were many OAR books and the DCC line. Since I knew about all the OAR books and didn't care for DCC when I tried it, I didn't thoroughly look at Goodman's offerings.
 



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