This weekend I volunteered to run some games for a local charity gaming convention. The Save Vs. Hunger 2017 Convention was raising money for the Second Harvest Food Bank in Maryville, TN. They raised much needed funds for children hunger relief. If you are able, you should go to the 2nd Harvest website and donate. I am always happy to volunteer, but the adventure I moderated wasn’t exactly my favorite. There were a lot of things I didn’t like, and then I thought about the DnDAL adventures that I do like.

So I decided to put together an article about the convention one-shot games that are available.  But I don’t want to make a negative list. I wanted a listing of what I think are the best adventures that you can go pick up right now and play with your group.

All right, so I will just jump right into this and create a list with a little blurb about the adventure. I went to DMsGuild and looked through the customer ratings & comments to create a listing of the top 20 Adventurers League games. I will go in reverse starting with 20 and working to number 1 at the end…

20

DDAL05-01 Treasure of the Broken Hoard

Shawn Merwin

A famous relic hunter seeks adventurers to help her find caches of treasure hidden by the now- defeated followers of the Cult of the Dragon. Her maps and notes may lead the way to great wealth—or a terrible death. And do other parties have designs on the treasure as well?
19

DDEX2-08 Foulness Beneath Mulmaster

Tim Eagon

The sewers beneath Mulmaster have always been dangerous, with countless stories of brigands, murderers, and worse that lurk beneath the streets of the City of Danger. But those stories pale in comparison to a new threat under Mulmaster, one brought to light by a strange and disturbing corpse recently found
18

DDEX2-05 Flames of Kythorn

John Rossomangano

During a summer drought, Mulmaster is threatened by a series of arson attacks. As the populace riots, accusations fly blaming Thayans, residents of the ghettos, rowdy sailors, the refugees from Phlan and dozens of others. Can you solve the mystery before the city burns?
17

DDEX2-02 Embers of Elmwood

Daniel Helmick

A derelict raft drifts into Mulmaster’s harbor carrying a young woman. Delirious with hunger, the only words she seems able to speak so far have been “ash and fire.” The only other clue to her identity is an ornate tattoo. Is the woman insane, or is something nefarious at play?
16

DDEX1-14 Escape from Phlan

Chris Lindsay

Three important citizens of Phlan, who stand against the tyrannical dragon that rules, seek to escape and find refuge across the Moonsea. Can you extricate those that are vital to the factions before it’s too late?
15

DDEX1-13 Pool of Radiance Resurgent

Chris Tulach

Vorgansharax rules Phlan, using the Cult of the Dragon to extend his noxious gaze. But the green dragon seeks far more than control of the beleaguered town – ultimate power is nearly within reach. Will he reactivate the Pool of Radiance and ascend to greater prominence amongst his kind?
14

DDEX1-12 Raiders of the Twilight Marsh

Robert Adduci

A black dragon’s treasure horde has been located in the Twilight Marsh, and within it are secrets that hold interest to the factions. With the dragon marauding over the countryside, the horde is left unguarded. Now is the time to plunder its lair!
13

DDEX1-06 The Scroll Thief

Daniel Helmick

Scholars Square is a relatively quiet corner of Phlan, but a series of odd thefts have the headmasters of various schools in the area concerned. The headmasters’ pleas for help have gone unanswered by the Black Fist, and the Lord Sage of Phlan decided to reach out to you and your kind to bring those responsible to justice.
12

DDEX1-03 Shadows of the Moonsea

Greg Marks

Life on the Moonsea isn’t easy. Bandits, pirates, and cruel lords dominate the land, threatening those who make an honest livind there. Now, a new scorge is prowling the waters: A ghost ship has been striking small coastal villages, leaving its victims whispering about the “eye of the dracolich.”
11

DDEX03-14 Death on the Wall

Greg Marks

First Lord Torin Nomerthal and several his advisors will be leaving Hillsfar to inspect the Wall with only a small contingent of Red Plumes. The chance to strike is now!
10

DDEX03-13 Writhing in the Dark

Alan Patrick

An unexpected envoy arrives in Sporedome and offers to give aid against the fire giants of Maerimydra, if you are willing to help his people with a small problem.
9

DDAL05-19 Eye of Xxiphu

Merric Blackman

Baron Rajiram’s forces have secured the Nelanther Isles and have scoured the Sword Coast for treasures. Now they have begun to explore a mysterious island that recently just popped into existence nearby. SEER seems to believe that an aboleth artifact is their goal. It is up to the adventurers, in competition with the baron, as well as aboleths, the Kraken Society, and the mysterious caretaker of the island, to locate the Eye of Xxiphu and avert catastrophic disaster.
8

CCC-SFBAY-01-01 Plots in Motion

Jason Denton

In the midst of a ferocious storm, a band of mercenaries raids a lighthouse. Is this just a plot against trade with Mulmaster, or something more sinister? Journey down the River Lis and explore a forgotten keep in search of answers.
7

CCC-BMG-18 ELM 1-3 The Battle of Elmwood

David Brainard, Ben Heisler & Paige Leitman

As the Greengrass Festival gets under way, one might have a sneaking suspicion that something is awry. Will the adventurers be able to save their new home in the Battle of Elmwood?
6

CCC-BMG-17 ELM 1-2 The Lost Sanctum

Ben Heisler & Paige Leitman

Terrible news indicates that some vestige of the long-dead god Moander might be active in the forests near Elmwood. The Town Council is seeking clever adventurers to brave the perils of the Cormanthor forest to breach a lost wizard’s sanctum in search of a way to protect the town
5

CCC-BMG-15 PHLAN 1-3 Subterfuge

Erik Scott De Bie

An ambitious plan for the reconstruction of Phlan would expand the city walls to protect all the citizens. Now a band of emissaries sent to acquire necessary materials has gone missing in the wilds of the Dragonspine Mountains, and only the Heroes of Phlan can find them. But will it be in time to prevent catastrophe for the city?
4

CCC-BMG-14 PHLAN 1-2 Enemy of my Enemy

Will Doyle

Something odd is happening to the citizens of Phlan. Some have inexplicably gone mad and must be restrained, while others have developed strange magical abilities. No one is immune as it has affected young and old, rich and poor, strong and weak. Opinions about the cause are plentiful, but some theories seem more solid than others
3

CCC-BMG-08 HULB 1-2 Hulburg Burning

Mickey Tan

Violence is on the on the rise, even more than expected. The heat is rising. People run amok. But greed does not appear to be the flame behind it. Something much colder appears to drive the chaos. Can you track it downand remove it?
2

CCC-BMG-07 HULB 1-1 Hulburg Rebuilding

Dave Zajac

Since the rebirth of Hulburg, the strong have preyed upon the weak, with only limited protection offered by the law. Recently, any resemblance of law and order has been threatened, and even the towns greedy callous ruler cannot ignore the threat anymore. A war is brewing. Can you stop it before it is too late?
1

CCC-BMG-05 CORE 2-2 Songs of Law & Chaos

Alan Patrick

Omens speak of an old and forgotten power located within a played-out diamond mine in the foothills of Thar, and some believe that might be a solution to the current problems facing Melvaunt—or possibly the cause of them. With danger closing in, someone has to investigate.

So that is the list that I was able to gather from the data on DMsGuild (ratings & customer comments). I added some links to the author’s Twitter pages for the ones that I could find. You can easily pick up digital copies of those adventures through the DMsGuild. Play them at home or morph the story into your ongoing campaign. The great thing is that we can now play these adventures anywhere, and thankfully the DMsGuild was created that made this all possible. If the content creators ever make updates, additions or corrections, you get notified and can go get the additional content. As with all the OneBookShelf sites, it’s a great digital repository along with a consumer rating system. This listing may be skewed toward the newer releases since the older ones were given out to stores. So how ever you feel about an adventure, make sure to rate it, and add some comments. 🙂

After compiling the listing I noticed a LOT of Baldman Games adventures were at the top. I have played several of these adventures, and I think the kudos really go to all the writers, editors and administrators for the great work that they have been able to produce. Thank you Shawn Merwin! The work is top notch with great attention to details that make a D&D game just plain fun. BRAVO ZULU!

And here is a shout out to all of the D&D Adventurers League Campaign Administrators. They make sure the season adventures are there for everyone to enjoy: Robert Adduci , Bill BenhamClaire HoffmanGreg Marks, Alan Patrick, & Travis Woodall!

You can reach me at michael@tribality.com

Other Links

D&D 5e Adventurers League: http://dndadventurersleague.org

DMs Guild: http://www.dmsguild.com


If you have a lot of Titles that you’ve purchased in your library, and want to rate them. Then Use this link: http://www.dmsguild.com/account_orders_uncommented.php
It will allow you to quickly rate them, along with a link to write your review. I hope to revisit DMsGuild soon, and see if there are any changes in the adventure ratings.

 

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  • MTi

    Thanks for that Michael! I love the way the mini adventures for DDAL are made and I’m planning to invest on a couple or more on these to have for one-shots.

    Is it possible to also add the level for which they are intended?

    Thanks again!!!

    • There are level ranges for each adventure with a set level that the adventure was written for. Along with that, they have instructions for going up and down the level range.
      Beyond that, you’d have to make adjustments yourself.

  • ramak

    Sadly, most people that have ran or played these adventures (mostly on stores) can’t rate them, as its closed to those that purchased them there (including the ones that are available for free on Dragon+). Some good ones don’t even have reviews there. I think I would just open the rating system, so that more people can talk about these modules, and therefore more people are drawn to them. At the very least I would send special codes to people like Merric that coordinate the league and have reviewing blogs.

    I’ve scourged many many forums of people discussing AL modules, and some consistently praised ones are Dues for the dead (s1), Tales trees tell (s1) and Cloak and Dagger (s2). The intro for each season are also well regarded for introducing newer players.

    • The publisher (DnDAL) would have to send out the coupon codes to Reviewers.
      I don’t know if DnDAL does that as a regular practice.

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