Lost Mine of Phandelver (5th edition D&D)

Our introductory 5th edition D&D campaign

Our introductory 5th edition D&D campaign

Starting in July 2014, Wizards of the Coast released the newest version of their classic roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons.  I had not played in several years after getting burned out on the mechanics of 4th edition, which were considerably different than any of the prior editions of the game ever since the 1970s, but 5e has made a return to its roots.  The game now feels like a tighter, and somewhat simpler version of 3rd edition blended with 2nd edition, although it still retains some mechanics and innovations learned from 4th.

Lost Mine of Phandelver is the Starter Set adventure to give players a taste of D&D before diving into the full rules.  However, it is by no means a watered down or simplistic module for newbies.  It has some hand holding early on (such as explicitly telling a DM how and where to reward XP) but for the most part it is a tightly written scenario full of interesting NPCs, some great set piece battles and plenty of open ended sandboxish-go-where-you-want mentality.

Session #1 – On the Road from Neverwinter          stirges
Session #2 – The Goblin Hideout
Session #3 – Phandalin
Session #4 – The Redbrands Mansion
Session #5  – Thundertree
Session #6 – Reidoth the Druid
Session #7 – Venomfang
Session #8 – Entering the Mines
Session #9 – The Lost Mine Part 2
Session #10 – The Lost Mine Part 3
Session #11 – The Lost Mine Part 4
Session #12 – The Lost Mine Part 5
Session #13 – The Lost Mine Part 6
Session #14 – The Beholder of Mideon
Session #15 – Wyvern Tor
Session #16 – The Tome of Eight Legs
Session #17 – Return to the Lost Mine of Phandelver
Session #18 – Rattlebones
Session #19 – Neverwinter
Session #20 – Sewers of the Underguild
Session #21 – Lord Sangre & Eternal Evernight
Session #22 – “Time to Leave Neverwinter”

NEVERWINTER Finale

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. AMcNight
    Jan 26, 2015 @ 05:56:55

    Fun read. I like some of your modifications, too.

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  2. gldnbear93
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 13:54:48

    I’ve read through session 8> It looks like you all are having fun. The Thundertree encounters were awesome! Great setup with Reidoth aligned with Venomfang. I am running my game group through this adventure. We just started last weekend. Two of the players have never roleplayed before and did not know what to expect, but they seemed to have a great time and now have lots of leads to follow up. Where did you get the larger battlemaps of Thundertree and Wave Echo Cave?
    great stuff.

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  3. jmhauser
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 15:47:35

    Thundertree I found online. Wave echo map I actually purchased from the artist. Like a dollar for hi-res map

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  4. gldnbear93
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 22:10:58

    Excellent. Thank you. I just went to his site and purchased.

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  5. jmhauser
    Mar 15, 2015 @ 22:17:45

    Man, i got 12 hours of play from that map. it was so well done.

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  6. gldnbear93
    Mar 21, 2015 @ 18:25:38

    Recently finished reading through your session reports. I hope can keep folks as interested. I’ve got a budding idea to make Sildar a bad guy mastermind out to get the forge and build his own empire. I made a 3d version of Cragmaw Hideout using Fat Dragon tiles and cardboard. We have our second session tonight. The first session was fun with really only the Goblin Arrows encounter and then a lot of roleplaying and plot hooks in town. It’s my first DM experience since I was a kid and played Ad&D, other than doing some 4e with the kids a year ago.

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    • jmhauser
      Mar 22, 2015 @ 19:16:31

      Lost Mine is great. Was great, anyway. I’m hoping to wrap it up soon and reboot with Princes of the Apocalypse. Same writer and mapmaker, it looks great.

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  7. Brad B.
    May 17, 2016 @ 14:20:33

    Thank you for taking the time to write this up! Used Session #3 as a template when introducing my sons to the game. They are hooked!

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  8. Aorne
    Aug 22, 2016 @ 16:18:34

    Holy crop this looks good. Downloaded first pdf, I’ll read and give feedback. I’m working on my own story. This may inspire!

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  9. Kat
    May 02, 2017 @ 23:32:04

    Aw. You guys didn’t find Droop. 😦

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