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 No.406677

What are your favorite pre-written adventures anon?

Any good superhero ones? Only ones I know of are the only Marvel modules that expected you to play as existing heroes (I've got no idea why someone published an RPG so repulsed by the idea of using custom characters) and Emerald City Knights.

 No.407512

>>406677

There are several modules for Mutants & Masterminds 2e, but few for 3e. The 3e core book deluxe edition does have two adventures built in (one somewhat serious, one with monkey sorcerers from a parallel earth. I recommend the latter)


 No.407559

>>407512

Yeah, but which ones are good.


 No.407589

>>406677

>What are your favorite pre-written adventures anon?

Hoard of the Dragon Queen, for pure comedy value.

<expecting level 1 characters to go into town attacked by a dragon

<saving flour while town is being destroyed by dragon faggots

<"Whoops, your players failed to find exact solution for this problem that we intended, skip this chapter"

<you are expected to pay $30 for this


 No.409726

>>407589

Sounds like some The Forest Oracle tier shit


 No.409729

>>407589

My players joined the Dragon Cult, bringing the head of the first major NPC they encountered as tribute.

...I should have known, really.


 No.409730

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>>406677

>What are your favorite pre-written adventures anon?

Now that you mention it, in all my years of playing RPGs, I don't think I've ever used a pre-written adventure. I ran a few for a convention one time, but my group has always been in favor of making our own shit. I just never saw the appeal.

For those of you who have and/or do use pre-written adventures, what's good about it? Why do you do it?


 No.409746

>>409730

even if you like to make your own, premade adventures provide a strong idea of appropriate combat balance, map and scenario design, and treasure distribution. I recommend all new GMs start with a premade just to get a feel for that balance.


 No.409762

>>409730

As a GM with a life outside of the game, it is nice to have something structured to work off of. GMing can be a lot of work, especially for a game like D&D


 No.409817

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>>409730

After running just my own stuff forever, I've found that there are certain scenarios I enjoy as a DM that I keep, sometimes even unconsciously, coming back to. Not to the point where the players have called me out on it, just personally looking back over the years and thinking man, I must really like necropolises. Running a module every once in a while hopefully mixes it up enough to where the things that I enjoy throwing into games aren't becoming overused crutches.


 No.410251

YouTube embed. Click thumbnail to play.

I have some one-shot modules ready for when someone can't attend. One-shot allows for unusual campaigns. Did one on video related.


 No.410259

>>409746

>balance

The meme of Tucker's kobolds exists for a reason: Make enemies act dumb and balance doesn't matter. Make them fight smart and recommended XP cost and CR means jack shit.

>>409762

I feel like this makes some sense, but some pre-written campaigns are fairly lengthy and running them appropriately seems like it would require investing a not insignificant amount of time into learning most of the storyline so you can run it well.

Also, it's pretty easy to overinvest in planning and end up frustrated. The old joke about players derailing an intricately laid out plotline rings so true for a reason. It's entirely possible to run a far looser game and still have all the fun and twists that you wanted to get from a big, glorious epic campaign.

>>409817

That's not a bad point. I suppose pre-written adventures have the benefit of giving you a peek into the mind of another GM which can make you run a game in ways you wouldn't usually lean towards.


 No.410260

>>410259

>It's entirely possible to run a far looser game and still have all the fun and twists that you wanted to get from a big, glorious epic

You know, the more I GM the more I've come to realize that a lot of players have a very low bar for what they find entertaining. Maybe it's because everything seems so mysterious and unknown on their side, or maybe it's because they don't have to do nearly as much work. Either way, most players are happy just to show up as long as you consistently run a good not bad game.


 No.411739

>>406677

I have a pension from running one page dungeons. I have used Crimson Maelstrom by Ramsay Hong to start off a few new champaigns. The Quintessential Dungeon by Will Doyle is also solid.


 No.412601

>>407589

>Hoard of the Dragon Queen, for pure comedy value

That campaign was actually written alongside the PHB/MM, so there's a lot of weird shit. An unavoidable fight is with four CR 7 Assassins while the party should be around level 3, since at the time of writing the "Assassin" used the CR 1/2 Scout's block instead.


 No.413223

>>406677

My favorite pre-written module to run to date has to be Thicker Than Blood for Cyber Punk 2020

Funny thing but I've never run it for cyberpunk

Last time I ran it was for a 5E session

A few tweaks and it dropped into the fantasy world like a glove


 No.413242

>>413223

What makes it good?


 No.413246

>>413242

It's a "rescue the kidnapped kid" that ends in a moral dilemma

It's just grey enough and taunt enough to really get players in a heavy debate

Really stretches RP for the players

Players always feel like they had a solid story and I as a GM get to see some serious character revelation out of my players


 No.414349

>>413246

OK, I've read it. How the hell do you adapt "ownership" of a child that's the product of genetic research into a fantasy setting?


 No.414363

I open this thread all the time, look at the OP image, laugh, and close the thread. What is wrong with me? Sage for offtopic.


 No.414365

>>414349

It's not that hard really. In my scenario the child was kidnapped as a baby and was being raised to be used as a human sacrifice. Of course the players didn't know this until they got the big reveal when they found the the scroll outlining the ritual.

Alys Grant (of course I changed a lot of NPC names) was a mid level member of a death cult and was afraid the other members would turn on her if they found out she lost the sacrifice. Most of the net running stuff I just dropped but did turn one of them into physical rooms guarded by summoned creatures.

What the PCs were told is that the kid was a war orphan and had been adopted out of compassion.

The biggest change to the module I made was that the whole surrogate mother part and simply had the mother and father looking for the child for the past decade after he'd been kidnapped. Then it was just a matter of rebuilding the combat encounters and tweaking the descriptions. I changed the dead dogs into a gang of hobgoblins.




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