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Tutorial Adventure - The Dike is Breaking

Suggested Price $5.00

It’s simple. Before you’re willing to drop hard cash for the Starter Set or Player’s Handbook, you need to know if you and your friends will enjoy playing D&D.

That’s what The Dike is Breaking is made for. It’s a 2-hour romp of an adventure that walks players through Mad Mel's private town and tomb, teaching them just enough of D&D’s basic rules to let them decide if they want to pick up an imaginary sword and become an adventurer.

Have one of your friends read the adventure manual and print the rest of the materials, then enjoy an evening laughing and bashing skeletons with as little prep as possible.

While written for groups with no D&D experience, this adventure can be useful for players DMing for the first time or for introducing friends to D&D.

Hours: 2

Players: Up to 4, including the DM

Character Level: 1


  • Everything You Need for Your First Game: if it can't be downloaded, the manual says how to find it.
  • DM-friendly Narration: the adventure starts with almost everything written for the DM, then allows the DM to take charge when comfortable
  • a double-sided player aid so the DM doesn't have to explain all the rules
  • a black-and-white print-friendly map
  • character cutouts to serve as miniatures
  • simplified, pickup-and-play character sheets from the D&D Starter Set
  • a segway into the D&D Starter Set, so if your group enjoys the game, pay $20 and play on

If you have friends interested in trying D&D, please share this with them. Beginners will never find this adventure manual unless we tell them.

Feedback and donations are both greatly appreciated. The more of both you give, the sooner I'll be able to release an updated version with more illustrations, Wizard and Cleric player characters, spellcasting rules, and a higher possible player count.

Thanks to Ruth, Rex, Megan, Gina, Cort, David, Khiah, Tim, Jeff, Daniel, Austin, Jared, Anna, Joseph, Heather, Michelle, Rebekah, and Justin for their help in playtesting and making this a reality.

And thanks to Alec the DM, David/Tijiauah, and Alec/Gormeck for showing me what D&D can be.

Be heroes.

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Timothy O August 16, 2018 12:37 am UTC
Where is the player aid located? It is not listed in the files after purchase.
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Carl A August 16, 2018 1:27 am UTC
Hey thanks Timothy, I spaced and didn't get it uploaded on the initial release. It's edited and up now, so you should see it online in the next day.
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