On the Shoulders of Dwarves

Running Published Adventures (Episode 99)

On the Shoulders of Dwarves
Running Published Adventures (Episode 99)
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A quick disclaimer: Eran LOVES running published modules, Uri… no so much. Also, we are talking about published adventures, not published campaigns. There are some differences that we won’t get into. ## Picking an adventure (03:57) Use the fact that other people read it: - You can read ratings, reviews and comments. This will help you pick a good adventure. - Some excellent sources might be: [DrivethruRPG.com](https://www.drivethrurpg.com?affiliate_id=29668), [RPG.net](https://www.rpg.net/) or [EN World](https://www.enworld.org/). ## Getting to know the adventure (09:27) - Read the whole thing. Most adventures have a plot summary at the beginning. - Imaging yourself inside the adventure, try to understand the impression it should have on the characters. Uri suggests doing a “[table read](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Read-through)”.  - Before every session read the parts you are expecting to run. Estimate the time it might take to run the adventure, divide it into segments based on your expected duration. A lot of adventures might already be segmented. ## Connect the adventure with your party and campaign (16:17) - Connect the adventure to your campaign (if applicable). Consider both the lead-in and the lead-out. Many adventures have “adventure hooks” set up in order to help the GM to incorporate the adventures into their own campaign. - Connect to your campaign by changing and adding components based on your campaign.e.g. Switch some NPCs with known NPCs from your setting. Use R&R rename and reskin to save time and effort. - Connect the plot to the PCs, modify NPCs and situations to give the players and characters what they’re looking for.  ## Accessibility of information (24:24) - Work beforehand, to have everything as you’re used to - Post-it notes and bookmarks - Two places: two screens, a screen and a tablet, a screen and a book. - Find a method that works for you. I use a single spreadsheet for everything, with tabs, and a single Keep note, with lines.  - Delegate rules to players Important note: Use what works for you. ## Recommendations (29:19) - Into the Wilds - [Forge of Fury](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/213809/The-Forge-of-Fury-CRD?affiliate_id=29668) - Lost Mine of Phandelver - The Portal Under the Stars  - [Parnast series, Storm King’s Thunder](https://www.dmsguild.com/product/230535/DDAL05-Storm-Kings-Thunder-BUNDLE?src=newest&filters=0_45549_0_0_0_0_0_0) - Palace in the wastes - [City of the Spider Queen](http://drivethrurpg.com/product/25111/City-of-the-Spider-Queen-35?affiliate_id=29668) - [Crystal Heart: Exotic ingredients](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/302049/Exotic-Ingredients--A-Crystal-Heart-Oneshot?affiliate_id=29668) # Summary (37:22)[Parnast series, Storm King’s Thunder](https://www.dmsguild.com/product/230535/DDAL05-Storm-Kings-Thunder-BUNDLE?src=newest&filters=0_45549_0_0_0_0_0_0?affiliate_id=29668) Reading published adventures is useful even if you're not planning to run it. * * * # Taking the load off (08:59) Our published adventures: - [Eran](https://www.dmsguild.com/browse.php?author=Eran%20Aviram) - - [One Last Tribute](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/303016/One-Last-Tribute?affiliate_id=29668) - [Shed Not a Tear, oh Princess](https://www.dmsguild.com/product/307765/Shed-Not-a-Tear-oh-Princess?affiliate_id=29668) - [Uri](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/15789/Uri-Lifshitz?affiliate_id=29668)  -  - [Escaping Thalamus Lab](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/294848/Escaping-Thalamuss-Lab?affiliate_id=29668) - [Rolling with Laughter](https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/306078/Rolling-With-Laughter?affiliate_id=29668) * * * Email us at [show@dwarfcast.net](mailto:show@dwarfcast.net) with questions, topic suggestions, and comments, and check out [our Facebook group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/dwarfpodcast). We have a [Patreon page](https://www.patreon.com/dwarfcast), in case you'd like to support us in a monetary fashion. Also, most links to [DriveThruRPG are affiliate](http://drivethrurpg.com/?affiliate_id=29668), which means we get a bit of money if you buy through them, with no added cost to you. Intro and outro based on On the Shoulders of Dwarves by the Cliches Duo. On the Shoulders of Dwarves is shared under [Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). * * *
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