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A Most Potent Brew - A Basic Rules Adventure

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"Fantastic starter game for young and old players alike"

"This was a wonderful first adventure"

"All I can say is thank you for the fun our group had last night with this!"

Enter the world of Dungeons & Dragons without spending a penny!

This first-level adventure is designed to work with the free basic rules offered by Wizards of the Coast. You and your friends can explore, battle and roleplay without having to buy anything other than snacks, drinks and maybe some pizza for the DM!

Delve your very first dungeon beneath the Wizard's Tower Brewery

The party is sent to deal with a problem that should be instantly familiar to all rookie adventurers - exterminating giant rats that have taken up residence in a beer cellar.
However, if they are to achieve their goal our heroes are going to have to get their first taste of a real dungeon as they explore the ruins of an ancient Wizard’s Tower.

Comes with free resource pack

Want to step your game up to the next level? This download comes with a free resource pack, including:

  • Printer-friendly copy of the adventure
  • Player handout to help with puzzles
  • Large copy of the dungeon map

Continue the path to adventure!

Follow up on the fun with two more Basic Rules Adventures - Horror at Havel's Cross and The Hound of Cabell's Tomb.

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Robert P November 18, 2022 12:47 am UTC
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I've run this once as part of an Eberron campaign with a character who wanted to use their brewer's tools. I'm going to run it again as part of a Dragon Heist campaign as part of a meeting the neighbors of Trollskull Alley side quest. This is an excellent adventure and I highly recommend it. Would love a FG conversion if one ever goes up for sale.
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Peter T November 13, 2022 2:10 am UTC
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Ran it as part of a homebrew campaign. The puzzle in the hallway was super clever. It was a hit!
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Brian S August 23, 2022 3:16 pm UTC
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Would like to talk to you about doing the conversion for Fantasy Grounds Unity.
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Matthew V July 30, 2022 12:05 am UTC
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I need a short adventure to play with a 9, 10, 11, and 69-year old (grandma), two of whom had never played before (10-year old and grandma), and this was exactly what I was looking for.
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teatime C February 10, 2022 8:13 pm UTC
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An excellent campaign for any beginner dungeon master! Easy to follow, and plenty of room to add your own storytelling.
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Koopacoon C December 31, 2021 2:47 pm UTC
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I’m about to run this to some friends, will this be too much for 3 level 1 PCs?
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Bree G September 12, 2022 1:05 am UTC
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I played it with 3 friends, two of them never player D&D before and all had level 1 characters. It doable. But depending on the rolls of the creatures your party maybe needs to make a long rest before advancing.
Had 1 character drop to 0 HP and another one to 1 HP during the fight. All spell slots used, they needed to make a long rest before continuing ;-)
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Evan C December 25, 2021 11:40 pm UTC
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this was a very straight forward and fun game to run very adaptable to add things if you want to and easy to adjust to party strengths. would make a great side quest in a normal campaign as well.
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David O August 30, 2021 2:22 pm UTC
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Ran this with some friends this weekend and we had a great time! It has everything you want to introduce someone new to the game: a fun npc, perfectly blanced combat encounters, a good puzzle, a mystery to solve, and loot to find. Thanks for putting this together!
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Ansh S May 20, 2021 3:12 am UTC
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Pretty straight-forward and lots of fun! We had a blast.
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Robert A April 20, 2021 3:49 pm UTC
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Ran this for a group completely new to d&d. Very fun and easy first adventure for newcomers.
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Fredde F March 13, 2021 10:01 pm UTC
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I ran this for 4 new players today. It went great and they are now onboard the hobby
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Pau C October 03, 2020 2:44 am UTC
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does anyone know how to download this?
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Andy H October 16, 2020 2:03 pm UTC
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The download links are at the top of this site, next to the article image!
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Steven H August 31, 2020 4:02 am UTC
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I ran this for my kids and my Tiefling Barbarian, wants the spider for a Pet. So, I have some questions. How long do the potions last? You mentioned a dead burnt Rat by the door. Did the Spider eat it, or did the spider try to eat it but burned it instead? What would you feed a Flaming Spider? Someone else mentioned that they let the spider flame on/off. Do you support that idea? Basically, I am curious how you envisioned the Spider.

My kids have been playing the Essentials Kit short adventures. But, they wanted something different. So, I tried this one and they really (really) liked it. Thanks for the excellent adventure.

P.S. When my oldest heard about the Well, she said "Uh-Oh, nothing good ever comes out of a Well in D&D."
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dragon F May 24, 2022 7:04 pm UTC
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the spider is bigger than the tiefling :)
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Kristen K July 05, 2020 8:46 am UTC
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I used this for my first time DM-ing, with a group of four all new players, and it went so well! The guide was easy to understand and the variety of encounters were both exciting and a good learning experience for my players. I customized it a bit by adding some additional NPCs and social interaction at the beginning of the game, in the brewery. I did have to beef up my monsters so that the players wouldn't one-shot them (I had all the rats fight to the death, and I gave the spider extra HP. The centipedes were destroyed in a single attack...) As a new DM, I also appreciated how straightforward the story was, so my players couldn't take it way too far off the rails and out of my comfort zone. (They did still manage to add a level of chaos, though.) Thank you!
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Robin F February 13, 2020 2:36 am UTC
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Is there any possibility that this could be made AL-legal? Would love to run it for some newer players.
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Lizzie C February 09, 2020 5:13 am UTC
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I ran this adventure as a first time DM with 8 players, 7 of whom were first time players. Everyone thought it was a lot of fun, especially the mosaic puzzle! The encounters felt a bit unbalanced; the giant rats were significantly more difficult to overcome than the giant centipedes or the spider. I would suggest adding a second giant spider or some minion spiders. Also, the rooms felt a bit cramped with so many players, so I would suggest taking some creative liberties with the dungeon layout to adjust for bigger parties.
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