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An Introduction to D&D - The Wealthy Merchant
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An Introduction to D&D - The Wealthy Merchant


This campaign was created as a response to comments from some friends of mine. Though they were avid board game players, they didn’t want to try D&D because it seemed like too much of a time commitment with too many rules to learn before getting started.

This campaign uses stripped down characters and a simple campaign, and was made to give them a chance to try it for half an hour on a regular board games night. I’m putting it online in the hopes that other people can do the same with it and expand the community.

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Allie C June 13, 2021 9:41 pm UTC
This is an AMAZING resource for a group of new players and/or a new DM. I'm a teacher who has never DMed about to introduce a DnD club on my middle school campus. I've been wracking my brain on whether to use pregens (and then having to explain what the entire character sheet means while also teaching rules, which dice to roll, etc) or to slog through character creation before they get to play. Now I can have the best of both worlds! Having level zero sheets included is a fantastic idea, and the encounters really do touch on the multiple types of scenarios. Thank you for this!
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Cristen H April 10, 2021 4:17 pm UTC
Could we possibly get a more printer-friendly version of the actual adventure PDF? The background colors chew through printer ink like nobody's business.
Thanks for the great adventure!
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Dean P February 19, 2021 12:02 pm UTC

Just what I need to start a new group in my local library. Really good Introduction

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Andrew C January 14, 2019 4:59 am UTC
Honestly, this has been my favourite Introduction-to-D&D adventure ever. Super simple premise, just enough choice and freedom to give the new players the change to digest what a role-playing game actually is.

Personally I turned both the High Road and Low Road into full-fledged encounters and used complete level 1 PCs, skipping the level 0 included here.

I also added goblin bandits on the high road, whose hobgoblin leader gives the party a chance to negotiate, and a group stirges enjoying the flooding of the low roads. That plus the negotiation at the end makes for a good hour or two for me, perfect length for an introduction.

I've run this twice now with different groups and will continue to do so in the future. Well done!
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Lindsey M October 22, 2018 7:06 pm UTC
This one worked really well for my campaign and I was able to create more missions from this one! I just took the mission and let my players use their own characters.
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Kristopher W March 22, 2018 2:58 am UTC
I could be wrong but looks like you forgot to add Ranger Dex and proficiency bonus to the skills? (otherwise this is a cool idea!)
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Joel T March 30, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Thanks for the catch!
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Ken C August 13, 2017 10:00 pm UTC
Mistakes on the mages sheet ... it's Fire Bolt, not Fireball in the spell description. It's Purple Cloak, not Purple Cload in the item description.

Aside from that, well done.
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Joel T December 26, 2017 10:13 pm UTC
Thanks Ken. I've gone ahead and corrected them (though it may take awhile for DMsGuild to show the updates).
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