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||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?|
|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|
|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?|
|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||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||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||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!|
|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||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||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||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||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.|
|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||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||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|
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|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||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|
|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?|
|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||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 Benham, Claire Hoffman, Greg Marks, Alan Patrick, & Travis Woodall!
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D&D 5e Adventurers League: http://dndadventurersleague.org
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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.