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DDAL05-02 The Black Road (5e)

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Caravans are having a difficult time getting through to Parnast via the Black Road.

Organized attacks by orcs and other monstrous humanoids working in concert with one another have folks baffled. Little do they know that an unusually intelligent hill giant, going by the name of Bad Fruul is to blame.

SEER has sent her emissary Hsing, to task your group to accompany a caravan with a very special cargo destined for the Shrine of Axes in Parnast, and to figure out who is responsible.

A Two Hour Adventure for 1st-4th Level Characters

 
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Maciek S May 10, 2019 11:15 am UTC
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Best regards from Bethesda Studios, I wouldn't have found it otherwise. I like what I see and I might use it for my homebrew campaign. Great work.
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Ashlea J May 10, 2019 5:20 am UTC
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I've played this adventure with one of my groups, but I wanted to personally purchase it in support/solidarity after the whole Bethesda fiasco. Thanks for the amazing adventure!
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Justin J May 09, 2019 2:47 am UTC
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paige… think of all the traffic this is going to get now. xD
my kids will love this adventure
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Paige L May 09, 2019 1:13 pm UTC
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I hope they do!
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Vis S May 08, 2019 11:55 pm UTC
I imagine this product will see a little more traffic lately given Bethesda's recent Elder Scrolls RPG plagiarism fiasco...
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Paige L May 09, 2019 1:13 pm UTC
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I mean, it’s not cool, but kinda flattering. :-)
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Zackary B March 12, 2019 4:13 am UTC
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Overall I really enjoyed this adventure, my players unfortunately ran into issues with their dice rolling however. I particularly enjoy the use of weather and regional effects, and would love to see more of that.
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Michael J T January 11, 2019 3:58 pm UTC
I enjoyed this adventure quite a lot. It was my second AL stand alone as a player, and it was a good time. The one portion of it that could use some work is the final encounter. WE played it, and came pretty close to dying, which was great. Unfortunately it seemed to end very flatly. I was also a bit disappointed that there wasn't more of a focus on the exhaustion mechanic. If you add a mechanic to the game that has tanky warriors taking off armor during the day, there should be some encounter that takes advantage of that. i'm glad I played it, and I may run it myself. Nice work.
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Efe G November 19, 2018 10:41 pm UTC
This adventure is great for the beginners. It shows how d&d is not just rolling dices and hitting monsters.
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Dan L November 12, 2018 7:57 pm UTC
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An excellent adventure. As a first time DM, this was a great adventure to run and everything I needed was there in front of me! It's a great mix of encounters with plenty of opportunity to expand the story!
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Mark B October 04, 2018 1:28 am UTC
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An excellent adventure for beginning players and DMs. Probably one of the best modules written for AL.
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Jeremy B September 10, 2018 9:21 pm UTC
Just ran this module today. Straight forward that transitions into the Parnast story arch. Really enjoyed it.
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Brian C August 26, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
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One of my favorite tier 1 game, with some opportunity (if they want) for RP interaction with NPC enemies, but more importantly a great opportunity for creative problem solving.
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Andrew M July 24, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
Ran this adventure last nigh with a mix of levels 2 and 3 characters (And one level 1). Beyond the fact that there seem to be a few misprints in the module, it's a fun one to run. Rated as a two hour adventure, we took our time and completed it in three and a half!

It's fun with a nice mix of combat encounters and an environmental challenge in the middle that sets up Storm King's Thunder perfectly.

One of the better Tier 1 modules IMO.
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Joshua L July 01, 2018 9:05 pm UTC
This is the adventure I carry in my backpack just in case I ever need to run a 2-hour module on short notice. It's easy to run and fun to play.
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Nicholas H June 22, 2018 2:39 am UTC
I ran this adventure with a good mixture of levels but I did have 3 brand new AL players at 1st level. The choices in this adventure caused the group to roleplay more than many of my groups and they even changed their mind once or twice (including one player persuading all the others to pay the toll). This setup a very challenging final battle for the low level characters but it caused them to work together, with the protection fighter saving many lives by imposing disadvantage. This adventure overall caused my players to think outside the box both in combat and out of combat. 10/10
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Tony F May 20, 2018 3:59 am UTC
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Encounter D2 Fight the Hobgoblins suggests for a weak party to: "remove hobgoblins, add a goblin." Literally, that suggests removing all of the hobgoblins, but I was hoping for clarification as that seems like too much of a reduction. I suspect that it's a typo and should say either "remove a hobgoblin" or "remove two hobgoblins". Thanks!
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Jonathan G April 23, 2018 2:44 am UTC
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This is the best intro module to 5e for Tier 1 hands down. Its fast. Its easy. There's lots going on here and plenty of roleplay opportunities. It adds a setting flavor that is different from typically fantasy and introduces SKT perfectly. You could basically write a complete campaign around this single module.
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Paige L May 03, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
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Wow! Very kind words - thank you.
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