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Which First Level Adventure for Beginners/Returning Lapsed Adults

Reynard

Adventurer
A couple weeks ago I ran a beer and preztles game of 5E for friends of mine who are either non-players or players from decades ago. It went pretty well and we decided to give it a go as a more regular, slightly more serious thing. I want to find a good 1st level adventure to kick things off, something that is sort of "quintessentially D&D" but also modern and fun. We are going to play monthly-ish, for maybe 3 or 4 hours at a time. It is still intended to be a bit of a goof, but not totally meaningless.

What 1st level module (from any edition, but it should be accessible) would you recommend?

EDIT: I should clarify that I am not new or lapsed. I am in fact ancient and active. I am unfortunately as busy, so crafting something amazing myself isn't in the cards for at least a few months.
 
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I’d second Lost Mines of Phandelver. It’s good at easing people into the rules set while teaching as it goes. Not to mention it has hooks that can easily be built from for subsequent adventures. If it’s not to your liking, Goodman Games has some slim 5e modules that are pretty good, though they probably are a little more retro than modern.
 

Grognerd

Villager
I’d second Lost Mines of Phandelver. It’s good at easing people into the rules set while teaching as it goes. Not to mention it has hooks that can easily be built from for subsequent adventures. If it’s not to your liking, Goodman Games has some slim 5e modules that are pretty good, though they probably are a little more retro than modern.
If you don't go with Phandelver, I'll second Goodman Games. I like their 5th Edition Fantasy stuff.
 

Ath-kethin

Explorer
It isn't the only correct answer, but the best correct answer is the Starter Set. $20 gets you everything you need, and it walks you through 5e both as a DM and a player.
 
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Reynard

Adventurer
It's. It the only correct answer, but the best correct answer is the Starter Set. $20 gets you everything you need, and it walks you through 5e both as a DM and a player.
I should have pointed out that I am neither new to D&D or a lapsed player/GM.
 

Grognerd

Villager
I should have pointed out that I am neither new to D&D or a lapsed player/GM.
I think you can get Phandelver online as a PDF (it's been a while since I looked, so I could be wrong). A good choice without getting the kiddie version of the Starter Set. Otherwise, Goodman Games is definitely available.
 

Burnside

Explorer
I should have pointed out that I am neither new to D&D or a lapsed player/GM.
The Starter Set adventure (Lost Mines of Phandelver) fortunately happens to be a great level 1-5 mini-campaign, regardless of your experience level.

Even as an experienced DM, you'll enjoy running it. And for new players it's the best 5E option by a lot.
 

Reynard

Adventurer
The Starter Set adventure (Lost Mines of Phandelver) fortunately happens to be a great level 1-5 mini-campaign, regardless of your experience level.

Even as an experienced DM, you'll enjoy running it. And for new players it's the best 5E option by a lot.
I used it to teach a gaggle of 13 year olds to play D&D for a friend of my wife's. As far as I know they are still at it a year or so later.
 

TerraDave

5ever
If you want to retro:

Goodman Games B1/B2 reprint and 5E conversion is awesome. Its better if you would interested in it for its own sake, but you can do a ton of low level adventuring with it.

Tales of the Yawning Portal has 5e conversion of Sunless Citadel and Forge of Fury, both are great for low-level parties and have a classic feel.
 

Reynard

Adventurer
Tales of the Yawning Portal has 5e conversion of Sunless Citadel and Forge of Fury, both are great for low-level parties and have a classic feel.
Yeah, I was considering SC but I am running it on FG as an Eberron campaign starter for another group.
 

vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
Cubicle 7 ''Wilderland Adventures'' could be fun if you dont mind a little conversion since its made for adventure in Middle-Earth (still is dnd 5e-based). It balances quite well the three pillars of the game, if you want something else than just combat. If you also get the Eaves of Mirkwood adventure, you could get a nice lvl 1 to 6 starter campaign.
 

Morrus

Administrator
Staff member
Yeah. That’s exactly what the official beginners set is for. Lost Mines of Phandelver seconded. Or thirded.
 

Reynard

Adventurer
Yeah. That’s exactly what the official beginners set is for. Lost Mines of Phandelver seconded. Or thirded.
I like Phandelver and if I pick a 5e adventure I will likely go with it. I was just curious if folks had favorite "introduction to D&D" adventures.
 

Charlaquin

Explorer
Can’t recommend the starter set and Lost Mines of Phandelver highly enough. It’s a perfect introduction (or re-introduction) to both D&D in general and 5e specifically.
 

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