D&D 5E Which of the big hardcover adventures have you run or played through?

Which 5E adventures have you run or played through?

  • Hoard of the Dragon Queen

    Votes: 23 35.9%
  • Rise of Tiamat

    Votes: 16 25.0%
  • Princes of the Apocalypse

    Votes: 16 25.0%
  • Out of the Abyss

    Votes: 12 18.8%
  • Curse of Strahd

    Votes: 33 51.6%
  • Storm King's Thunder

    Votes: 15 23.4%
  • Tomb of Annihilation

    Votes: 21 32.8%
  • Dragon Heist

    Votes: 21 32.8%
  • Dungeon of the Mad Mage

    Votes: 17 26.6%
  • Descent into Avernus

    Votes: 16 25.0%
  • Rime of the Frostmaiden

    Votes: 13 20.3%
  • Wild Beyond the Witchlight

    Votes: 7 10.9%
  • Call of the Netherdeep

    Votes: 4 6.3%


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DEFCON 1

Legend
Supporter
Ran CoS to completion with two groups. Ran the two Tyranny of Dragons adventures with two groups kinda... they were both running the adventures simultaneously and so both were working towards the conclusion but went separate directions-- thus most encounters and chapters from the two books got split up between both groups. I then filled in their respective campaigns with other modules and adventure bits as they went along.
 

UngainlyTitan

Legend
Supporter
Ran parts of Dungeon of the Mad Mage (was pretty uneven) and all of Princes of the Apocalypse.

I know they are not on your list played in some of the Tales from the Yawning Portal. Also ran a ones hot from the CandleKeep anthology and though it was decent.
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
Yep. Played Goodman's Keep on the Borderlands as well the ones I voted for above.

Made a poll for it...
 


Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
Note: I am leaving out the anthologies as well as the starter sets, and the smaller stuff like Kwalish, just for simplicity. Assume that "played through" doesn't necessarily mean "completed" but should imply more than a couple sessions.
I pull out levels from Dungeon of the Mad Mage to use as individual dungeons around the world. Does that count?
 



Quickleaf

Legend
I ran Tomb of Annihilation completely.
I borrowed pieces of Out of the Abyss for a Night Below game.
I own but have not run Wild Beyond the Witchlight
I feel like I know big chunks of Curse of Strahd, because a close friend ran it 3 times for others and told me about it.
 

edosan

Explorer
Dragon Heist is a terrible adventure but a really good adventure construction kit. All of its parts are great and yet the sum of those parts was a garbage fire.
It’s a setting guide, an adventure, and a book on urban campaigns but doesn’t do any of those terribly well. I really wish they had just made a book that was a Waterdeep gazetteer and a resource about how to do urban adventures with a few pages of plot hooks.
 

Burnside

Space Jam Confirmed
Supporter
Dragon Heist is a terrible adventure but a really good adventure construction kit. All of its parts are great and yet the sum of those parts was a garbage fire.

I'd actually argue it isn't even a really good construction kit tbh. It assumes everyone loves factions when in fact almost nobody loves factions. I think Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden and Tomb of Annihilation are both better construction kits for their respective regions without really even billing themselves as such in the way that W: DH did.
 

Mezuka

Hero
HotDQ finished. Played one session of Rise of Tiamat but the group disbanded.

We tried playing Curse of Strahd but the DM gave up after two sessions.

I bought Ghost of Salt Marsh, used the small adventurers in my campaign but never used to three main ones.
 

Reynard

Legend
I'd actually argue it isn't even a really good construction kit tbh. It assumes everyone loves factions when in fact almost nobody loves factions. I think Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden and Tomb of Annihilation are both better construction kits for their respective regions without really even billing themselves as such in the way that W: DH did.
I don't own ToA but Rime was the closest thing to a CRPG style adventure WotC has done. You could almost see the glowing exclamation points hovering over the NPCs.
 

overgeeked

B/X Known World
Played through and ran Curse.

Played through Dragon Heist.

Started playing Mad Mage, but the group rebelled against doing a pure dungeon crawl, then COVID hit.
 

Hussar

Legend
Played Storm Kings Thunder to completion and ran Dragon Heist to completion. I've played through a chunk of CoS (loved it), Hoard, Princes, and DotMM. Currently in the Hoard campaign actually - just joined a new group recently. Very different experience - only two players and one DM. Been a ton of fun actually.

Dragon Heist requires a few things - a LOT of player buy in for one. Also, I think people forget that you're supposed to blow through this thing in about 6-8 sessions. It's really, really short. It's not meant as a campaign, and I think people try to play it like one. It's more just a primer for Waterdeep.

Now, that being said, when you start adding in lots of stuff from DM's Guild, you can easily turn this into a full campaign. And Waterdeep really is a very cool place. But, again, you need players who actually give a toss about setting. If you're players are all goal/task oriented and just want to resolve the plot, then, nope, this module is going to suck. That's I think, why the whole factions thing just falls so flat. No one really cares about the factions, mostly because the factions don't really connect to anything. Yay, you're a harper now. Ok, do these harper tasks. Great, now, let's get back to the actual adventure and we'll never mention the fact that you're a harper again. :erm:
 

Reynard

Legend
Played Storm Kings Thunder to completion and ran Dragon Heist to completion. I've played through a chunk of CoS (loved it), Hoard, Princes, and DotMM. Currently in the Hoard campaign actually - just joined a new group recently. Very different experience - only two players and one DM. Been a ton of fun actually.

Dragon Heist requires a few things - a LOT of player buy in for one. Also, I think people forget that you're supposed to blow through this thing in about 6-8 sessions. It's really, really short. It's not meant as a campaign, and I think people try to play it like one. It's more just a primer for Waterdeep.

Now, that being said, when you start adding in lots of stuff from DM's Guild, you can easily turn this into a full campaign. And Waterdeep really is a very cool place. But, again, you need players who actually give a toss about setting. If you're players are all goal/task oriented and just want to resolve the plot, then, nope, this module is going to suck. That's I think, why the whole factions thing just falls so flat. No one really cares about the factions, mostly because the factions don't really connect to anything. Yay, you're a harper now. Ok, do these harper tasks. Great, now, let's get back to the actual adventure and we'll never mention the fact that you're a harper again. :erm:
One of the things about Dragon Heist done right -- and I ran a very successful short campaign with it -- is that players buy in to getting that hoard early and all the messiness and machinations follow from that buy in. If they are motivated, you can let them loose and as long as you have a sense of all the players you barely have to do a thing. Confined sandbox in its purest form.
 

Hussar

Legend
One of the things about Dragon Heist done right -- and I ran a very successful short campaign with it -- is that players buy in to getting that hoard early and all the messiness and machinations follow from that buy in. If they are motivated, you can let them loose and as long as you have a sense of all the players you barely have to do a thing. Confined sandbox in its purest form.
I think one of the bigger problems with Dragon Heist is that it's presented as a fairly standard module - go here, do this, which leads to the next thing, wash, rinse repeat. Bog standard module fare. But, once you get into play, you realize that no, it's not really like that at all. You start out with a straightforward 1st level adventure, fair enough. There's always a limit as to what you can really do at 1st level. Then you get the house. Ok, great. Then... you faff about for quite a while getting your house set up. Then... after that... you get to get back to the adventure at hand.

There's a real disconnect between the sections. And yes, I think if you set it up as much more of a sandbox with a bunch of things going on here and there, that it would work much better. I almost wonder if you couldn't skip the last two chapters entirely and just go from having the house and then sandboxing it from there.
 

Run most of them, some twice
Dragonheist was poor, but managed to finish. Descent was worse and we all gave up.
Really enjoyed SKT, TOA, COS, GOS, ROTFM,
Bought CK but never touched it so sold. Not interested in WW or RC.
Will try Spelljammer.
 

TheSword

Legend
I'd actually argue it isn't even a really good construction kit tbh. It assumes everyone loves factions when in fact almost nobody loves factions. I think Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden and Tomb of Annihilation are both better construction kits for their respective regions without really even billing themselves as such in the way that W: DH did.
Well this isn’t really true at all is it, because there’s only one very short section that involves factions and your are free to ignore them if you don’t like them.

My party spent that chapter developing their tavern and exploring the city. The factions chapter is just a way to facilitate that, with plenty of other stuff to do instead.
 

TheSword

Legend
Most of them up to and not including Witchlight.

The only reason I havemt ticked OOTA is that. I am really excited about it and want to do it justice. Probably mashing it up with some other underdark adventures.
 

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