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Prison of the Hated Pretender
Publisher: Hydra Cooperative
by Jordan R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/14/2022 17:10:53

I ran this as the first adventure site for a new 5e campaign I'm running. I'm trying to move a few steps from the current 5e zeitgeist to a more classical style of play with things like 1) resource tracking, and 2) no darkvision. Hated Pretender was the perfect scenario to introduce "old-school" concepts to my players.

It was 180 degrees from what they are used to. No Investigation or Perception rolls. No set-pieces or balanced encounters. They puzzled out the dungeon with experimentation and their wits. I nerfed the phantasms pretty significantly but they still ran away screaming and elected to try exploring again at night.

They managed to trigger both traps in the lower level, resulting in a PC going unconscious. I know in true classical play she would be dead but still, I think the party learned an important lesson.

Overall, hated Pretender has been one of my favorite scenarios I've run in my brief 3-year DM career. It threw the players for a loop but they adjusted quickly. It is also very evocative and can be used to drop hints about the wider world and really create a sense of mystery for the players. 5/5 would run again and again.

I also ran Winter's Daughter around the same time for another group and the effect was similar - they learned a few principles of classic-style play, adjusted quickly and had a blast. I know Winter's Daughter is highly praised for that aspect and I think Hated Pretender is its equal. I prefer the aesthetic of Hated Pretender.



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Legacy of the Dinosaur Druid
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Jordan R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/25/2021 11:52:19

Ran for my players and they had lots of fun with the puzzles, NPCs and different factions. They ended up aggro-ing the entire dungeon at once but it was a blast. The only thing it's missing is assets for VTT.



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Thank-you very much for running it, and glad that your players had fun! Other than maps, what assets would you like to see to help you run it on a VTT?
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Ythryn Expanded Towers of Magic Bundle - maps and extra content for Rime of the Frostmaiden
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Jordan R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/23/2021 14:54:58

Absolutely essential for Rime of the Frostmaiden, but can be used anywhere else as well. Great mix of the three pillars. Great presentation. Great maps. One of my best purchases on DMs Guild.



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Ythryn Expanded Towers of Magic Bundle - maps and extra content for Rime of the Frostmaiden
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Down the Hole!
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Jordan R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/29/2020 10:49:55

This should be on any DM's shortlist for beginner adventures. A good mix of puzzles and combat. It moves along quickly and I ran the whole thing in 3 hours, skipping one optional encounter towards the end. Each of the encounters has a little something extra to make it interesting rather than just a straight fight. A little light on the roleplaying, but in my experience most new players need to ease into that so I think it's well-balanced. I would love to see more from this author.



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The Corruption of Skyhorn Lighthouse
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Jordan R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/02/2020 11:16:48

Great little adventure that's easy to fit into almost any campaign. I love the way that the social encounters are handled. The included maps are wonderful and easy to use on VTT. The combat and item cards are just icing on the cake. This is a really good template for how a module should be laid out and what should be included. The only improvement I would make would be to include tokens for the custom NPCs and monsters. Overall, highly recommended.



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