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The pressures of one’s birth negotiate a difficult harmony with one’s destiny. A new path might be directly ahead, but how is one to know?

-Maurita Rousse, Talarian diplomat and self-proclaimed mystic

Start your own duet campaign! Teleport your way out of the confines of a castle to an ancient mountainside cavern with a secret waiting just for you...

First Blush is the inaugural adventure of D&D Duet, bringing you high quality, ready to play material focused on supporting adventuring parties of 1 Player and 1 DM.

This adventure is written for a first-level character in a one-on-one 5th edition D&D campaign. It encourages collaborative storytelling between the DM and the player and takes the PC through low-stakes social and combat encounters, culminating in a high-stakes combat far from home.

You’ll find everything you need to jump-start your own two-person game.

This product includes:

  • 2-4 hour introductory adventure adaptable to any setting and spanning 2 parts
  • All necessary stat blocks for monsters and NPCs
  • 3 print and play battle maps
  • 3 ready to go player sheets complete with background information and personality traits

This adventure is perfect for a first-timer or an experienced player looking to explore the hobby in a fresh (sans traditional group) way. This would also make for a great session zero or breakout adventure for a player before the character joins a larger party.

The storyline continues with Second Glance, a level two duet adventure, also available on DMsGuild!

And, after that, the narrative arc finds a resolution in Third Time's the Charm, available for download here.

Pick up the entire trilogy now conveniently bundled in The Crystalline Curse Trilogy!

Additionally, we have a fun, Sune's Day celebration adventure for pairs and parties, Cupid's Sparrow. Explore a small town during their Sune's Day festival, have a few surprising or amusing social encounters, and get to the bottom of the strange behavior in the Lovers' Nook Inn.

We'd love for you to check out our blog on dndduet.com

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Please leave a review and tell us what you think!


 
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Christopher F May 18, 2020 1:56 am UTC
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Pretty good first time module. However, Garren is missing Flametongue. It wasn't much to add it for him myself. Just wanted to let you know.
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Beth B May 18, 2020 1:33 pm UTC
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Christopher,
Thanks for checking out our work and letting us know! We'll make sure that we address that in the next update!
All the best,
Jonathan Ball
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Travis N May 10, 2020 2:54 am UTC
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There doesn't seem to be a region map or any discussion of the area of Es'tra Duhn. The pdf only goes to 14 pages and I've seen it mention it once had 16 pages? Very excited to run this adventure but dont have any back lore. Please help!
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Beth B May 10, 2020 6:45 pm UTC
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Hey Travis,
The reference to Es'tra Duhn is a mistaken vestige of our first upload. We updated the setting to instead be in and around Amn in the Forgotten Realms setting. The adventure will start in that city before moving to the Cloud Peak mountain range to the northwest of Amn. We made the change for a few reasons, but one is that you can find all kinds of background info on Amn and the Cloud Peaks by poking around a little.

Additionally, it was 16 when we first published it. Since then it got a fancier, more efficient layout so it is 14 total pages in the adventure file. That 14 doesn't count the character sheets and supplementary material. Thanks for bringing that to our attention! It is addressed now.

Thank you so much for checking out our work!! Please let us know what you think. I hope you all have a great time with it!

Best,
Jonathan Ball
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Luke C May 04, 2020 5:37 pm UTC
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Hiya, have just purchased this for my wife and I to play...but my library is empty and the order reads as no files available to download. Have I done something wrong or is this a problem on the websites end?
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Beth B May 04, 2020 6:07 pm UTC
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Hi Luke,
Thanks so much for reaching out! We're not sure how that could have happened. Maybe give the website a few minutes and then try refreshing the library again, or "repurchasing" the title at $0.00, and we'll see if that fixes it. I'll email customer service now and see if they can help too.
We'll get this fixed very soon! Sorry for the trouble,
- Beth
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Luke C May 04, 2020 6:21 pm UTC
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Hi Beth,

Thank you so much, it seems repurchasing for $0 has made it work! Didn't even cross my mind to do so. Very much looking forward to testing this out!
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Beth B May 04, 2020 6:22 pm UTC
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Hi Luke,
Would you please reach out to the customer service team: https://support.dmsguild.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
They are aware of the issue and working on it, but it may be helpful for them to have additional specific examples.
Again, we're so sorry about this, and we really hope you enjoy the adventure! Please let us know if we can help with anything else!
- Beth
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Beth B May 04, 2020 6:25 pm UTC
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Oh that's great! Sorry, I didn't see your second message! We can't wait to hear what you and your wife think of the adventure! We hope you have so much fun!
- Beth
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Joel T May 04, 2020 3:11 pm UTC
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Hi, I've read this through and have a few questions before running it if that's okay?

1) In 'Receiving' it says the Chasm is about 20ft across, but the squares on the map suggest it varies between 5ft and about 15ft. Which is correct?

2) If it's meant to be 20ft, how did you plan for the PC to cross it? Neither pregen has a pack with rope, and a character can only long jump as far as their strength score. I don't see anything else in the description that suggests a way of crossing, and obviously the falling damage from dropping down would kill a PC.

3) There's no DC for the Wisdom (Perception) check to reveal the existence of Area 2 - does that mean that any result will reveal it to the character?

4) Is the PC expected to fight the Ice Mephit? At CR 1/2, an Ice Mephit is a deadly encounter for a single level 1 PC.

5) Same as 3 above, no DC given for the Investigation check to get a sparkly rock in the Collapsed Hallway - did you intend for any roll...See more
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Beth B May 04, 2020 6:07 pm UTC
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Joel,
Thank you for reading through the adventure and posting your questions. I'll address them in order.
1) The chasm is supposed to look daunting to the PC. The chasm is meant to be spannable with a good long jump. Ideally, the scenario would allow for some creative problem-solving on behalf of the PC. Perhaps they attempt to shove the desk over to shorten the distance? Maybe they use rope, clothes, or vines to cross?
2) We didn't go into the scenario with an "answer" already picked out. It really is up to the DM and player to work together to create a scenario in which the game can move forward.
3) Indeed. Since this is an introduction to D&D5E, we wanted to offer a few instances to set the rhythm of play and reinforce the idea that when the PC wants to see something, they roll Perception.
4) Combat in 1-1, especially at these low levels, might require a little DM-intervention if you do not want your game to suddenly and anti-climactically end. Keep track of your...See more
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Craig D May 02, 2020 1:05 am UTC
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Is there a Printer Friendly version still available? It looks like there is for the rest of these adventures.
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Beth B May 02, 2020 3:08 pm UTC
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We had one, but removed it because it seemed that a lot of people were getting confused. I just updated the printer friendly version and will tack it back on for you with some (hopefully) better labeling.
Hope that helps!
-Jonathan
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Lenon JackBurton M April 30, 2020 5:46 pm UTC
New DM here. Going to try and run a game but some group members are flaky. Would this be able to run with a DM and 2 new players? Thanks!!
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Lenon JackBurton M April 30, 2020 5:48 pm UTC
In case the others don't show...
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Beth B April 30, 2020 9:46 pm UTC
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Hi Lenon,
Yes, I think this would definitely work with a DM and two new players! We include a couple characters in the adventure, so you could use two of them. There's also a rogue friend, Remy, who you could tweak depending on the classes the players wanted and have those two leave the castle together, and then you would still have Garren, the DMPC/sidekick who they meet in the second half of the adventure!

I hope the other group members make it, but if they can't, I really hope you all enjoy the adventure! And please reach out if you need any help!
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Craig G April 11, 2020 5:03 am UTC
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This is a really good adventure for introducing a new player. The module is written well enough to help out a fledgling DM as well. Well done!
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Beth B April 11, 2020 2:59 pm UTC
CREATOR
Thank you so much, Craig! We're really happy you enjoyed it! That's exactly what we were hoping for with the adventure! :)
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Jesper D March 21, 2020 3:10 pm UTC
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Good day,

First of all thanks for this great adventure. I have some post-adventure questions, that might help with a possible future update, if you're going to do one ofcourse :-).
To start, the 3 pregen character sheets; if I'm correct, the proficiency with all the characters are the same, although the scores don't add up.
Would it be possible to adapt them and put the proficiency dot's in the right place?
Secondly, another comment about the chasm; what if you don't have a grapple hook, nor rope, or strong enough to manage around the desk?
We tried it last night, but if the chasm would really be 60feet deep (instead of the mentioned 20ft high sealing, when you go to the second level) and I dropped ue to a bad athletics or acrobatics roll, 6xd10 damage would quite kill me instantly. So which part is true? the sealing that is 20 feet high, or the chasm that is 60 feet deep (when in area 1)?

Again great adventure, starting with "second glance" in a few...See more
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Beth B March 21, 2020 4:54 pm UTC
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Hi Jesper,
Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention! We've fixed the character sheets and uploaded them, though it might take a little while for the corrected files to appear in the system.

Secondly, we're so happy that you enjoyed the adventure! For the chasm, we will definitely tweak that part in a future update, either including a grappling hook and rope there for the PC to use or an alternative with the stairs. The reason the drop is 60 feet and the ceiling on the lower level is 20 feet is that there's 40 feet of rock and flooring between the two levels, so the PC would be able to rappel down the first 40 feet and then have a free-hanging descent for the last 20.

Again, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us and letting us know how we can improve the adventure! We really appreciate it, and we hope you enjoy Second Glance! (It's one of our favorites!)
Best,
- Beth
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Jeandré D February 19, 2020 10:15 am UTC
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Is "First_Blush_Updated" a newer version than "PrinterFriendly_1.1"?

Thanks.
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Beth B February 19, 2020 3:49 pm UTC
CREATOR
Yes! Most of the adventure remains unchanged, but we updated the wording in a few places and changed the formatting. Since the printer friendly version doesn't have pictures, we kept it the same as the previous version.

I hope that helps! Please let us know if there's something further we can do to assist you!
- Beth
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December 15, 2019 4:56 am UTC
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So this is my first time running d&d and first time dm. Just running for a friend to see if we want to get more adventures. I have two questions.

1 I see the pre gen cleric, but can my friend make their own character. Or are some encounters reliant on that build and that character?

2. since it is my first time for d&d some of the rolls it says to make I am not clear on. I wasn't sure if I would need the handbook to understand this module, but things like insigh checks or different checks and a number. Is there somewhere in the module that gives a brief explanation or should I start looking for a copy of players handbook?
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Beth B December 15, 2019 3:30 pm UTC
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These are great questions, and thanks so much for picking up our module to get started with DMing! To answer your questions:

1. Your friend can absolutely make their own character! The only "necessary" thing from the pre-gen sheets is that the character has an amulet that's of significant personal value to them, as part of the adventure revolves around the amulet. Besides that, you're free to use any build you wish!

2. For the how to run D&D basics, there are two sites we recommend for people who are getting started that cover all the basics you need to know!

A—D&D Beyond Essentials, https://www.dndbeyond.com/essentials
Here, they go over the different aspects of play and the core rules in an easy-to-navigate way. The different numbers and checks you're seeing are called ability checks, and it's how the dice help bring in elements of chance to the game. They'll cover all of that in this post.

B—Wizards of the Coast, the company...See more
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Sara R November 27, 2019 4:41 pm UTC
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A great adventure to try out the different aspects of D&D for both game master and player. It was very well written, but it also allowed for you to go off-script.
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Beth B November 28, 2019 2:35 am UTC
CREATOR
Thank you so much, Sara! We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed it!
- Beth
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Ben S July 30, 2019 3:09 am UTC
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I’m really looking forward to running this! I’ve read through the first book and I’m seriously impressed with how well done it is! Especially for a beginner DM, I really appreciate that!

Anyway, once I’ve done this, are there any other adventures you think work well as a duet? Any official material or anything else here on dmsguild you can recommend? I’ve thought about trying to run my own, but honestly even the Essentials Kit (which I purchased) which promises to allow for duet-like playing is honestly not as high-quality as what y’all have here. So yeah, anything else out there for those of us playing duet style?
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Beth B July 30, 2019 8:03 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi Ben,
Thank you so much for your kind words! We super appreciate it! We have two other adventures that are connected to this one, Second Glance and Third Time's the Charm. They're both available on DMsGuild (you can search for their names and they'll come right up), and we actually have two more one-shot adventures coming tomorrow! So your timing is perfect!

We're planning to put up some material, either on our blog or youtube (or both) in the next few weeks that helps with scaling adventures for duet style play, which we're hoping will really help as this is a pretty common question. Curse of Strahd is probably our favorite WotC published adventure, at least for right now, and a few of the NPCs could work well as sidekick-esque characters, though we recommend not asking the player to run multiple characters till they're comfortable with their own.

We also recommend empowering (strategic over-powering) the PC with special magic items or perhaps abilities of two subclasses within...See more
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Ben S July 31, 2019 1:16 am UTC
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This is all very helpful, thanks! I had already purchased the two sequels y’all have, but wasn’t aware of the two new ones coming out. Will definitely be getting those at some point! Thanks again!
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Beth B July 31, 2019 5:24 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi Ben,
I thought you probably knew about them already, but I wanted to make sure! And our other two adventures are available today or whenever you're ready! They're linked below!

The Proving Glade: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/284455/The-Proving-Glade
In the Heart of the Forest: https://www.dmsguild.com/product/284452/In-the-Heart-of-the-Forest
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Sara R July 24, 2019 6:42 pm UTC
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I would be interested in the sample characters being put into D&D beyond. It's what we use for our other campaign. Do you think that's something you guys might do in the future, or have already done?
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Beth B July 25, 2019 7:06 pm UTC
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Hi Sara,
We don't actually use D&D Beyond ourselves, so I'm not sure there's a way for us to add them in that would make the characters universally available for everyone. But you are more than welcome to use the sheets as a jumping off point for making the same character or an iteration of them on D&D Beyond! Since, I believe, it guides you through the character creation process, that could be an interesting way to personalize them a bit for your own one-on-one campaign!
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Ruth M May 26, 2019 11:23 am UTC
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Would this work for a mother/son DM/player combination? I don't want to ick him out with romantic stuff! And is there scope for bringing #2 son into the story, or is it strictly one-on-one?
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Beth B May 28, 2019 2:25 pm UTC
CREATOR
Hi Ruth,
First, my apologies for taking so long to get back to you! Second, great question! This would absolutely work as a mother/son combination, and we've talked with a couple people who are playing that way and really enjoyed the adventure. This storyline isn't a romantic one, so no fear of icky-ness!

We do have a romantic backstory for one of the provided characters sheets, but he could create a different reason for why the amulet in the story is important to his character.

And yes, there's absolutely a scope for bringing in son #2! I think you could run two of the NPCs through the adventure, and that would be fine, especially if you wanted their characters to remain siblings. There's also a rogue NPC, Remmy, who is the main character's best friend. We've had a few people bring Remmy along with them, so if you wanted to use both of those characters, that would work well too.
There is a hero's quest element to the adventure with the amulet leading the PC to an ancient...See more
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Justin S April 29, 2019 11:22 pm UTC
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Is this duet a romantic adventure or would it be good to play with a friend too?
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Beth B April 30, 2019 3:06 am UTC
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Hi Justin, I'm so glad you asked! It would be great to play with a friend!

The first few social encounters are with the PC's mentors and a friend, and their adventures beyond that could also stay totally platonic! The narrative arc isn't romantic or anything like that, and one-on-one play is really flexible, so you can adjust the NPCs' genders as desired to best fit your and your friend's preferences. We've talked with several people running through this campaign with their kids (as an example of some of the variety since most of the comments here are from couples), and I think it would definitely work well with a friend.

Please let us know if there's anything else we can help with as you get going, and we'd love to hear what you think after you play!
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Robert Z April 28, 2019 12:46 pm UTC
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Hello, first off I would like to thank the authors for this little adventure. My (soon to be) wife will DM it for me this evening.

I have a little question about the provided pre-generated characters though. I've noticed for the cleric that some of the proficiency bonuses need fixing and that she starts with scale mail instead of chain mail (If I'm not mistaken clerics proficient in heavy armor can start with chain). The armor is just a tiny oversight (though I'll play her today with the medium armor and I think she'll try to get the funds to purchase a chain mail if she gets hurt to often :)), but it would be lovely to fix the proficiency bonuses, if you can change the files (I have no problem with them myself, it took 20 seconds to quickly go over them), since I can see many newer players and DMs trying this out and they could maybe get confused by some of those numbers.
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Beth B April 28, 2019 2:37 pm UTC
CREATOR
Oh no! Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention! And also congratulations to both of you! How exciting!

I will absolutely go in and fix those numbers, and I really appreciate you letting us know! I had the same thought that you're bringing up with the scale mail instead of chain mail, though perhaps leaving a note on the character sheet would be helpful for everyone to stay aware of their options? My other thought was that she wasn't necessarily planning to go into an overtly dangerous situation, so I'm not sure she would have been wearing chain mail, but I will definitely figure out a way of balancing that for the various parties.

We really hope you both enjoy the adventure! Please let us know how it goes after you play! (And make sure you pick up Second Glance and Third Time's the Charm too as they carry on the adventure!)
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Robert Z April 29, 2019 11:40 am UTC
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We haven't finished it yet, but we both love it so far :-)

My fiancee was a bit worried about DMing, but the module made it easy for her - she only prepared a couple of dialogs, so she wouldn't have to improvise to much.

I already picked up the next adventures, thank you again for the amazing content.
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Beth B April 29, 2019 1:58 pm UTC
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Yay!!! That's awesome! You've absolutely made my day, thank you! Making it easier for new DMs was one of our primary goals for this adventure, so I'm thrilled that's working out! I tend to prep dialogues too when I'm DMing just in case!

Thank you so so much! And please let us know if there's anything we can do to help along the way! :)
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