Today we are talking about one of the modules that made D&D easier for a generation of new players. But why is this module so good? Light spoilers ahead although I will try my very best to avoid any main plot details.
The Lost Mine of Phandelver is a starter box module for any new and old players of D&D. The box includes the module, a rulebook (complete with monster stats and spells that are in the game), a set of dice, and 5 pre generated character sheets. And all of this comes at a super affordable price. It really is a deal that can’t be beat. This whole set makes it easier than ever for new players to learn. All in all, you really just need one person to understand how everything works. When I first got this, I took 3 weeks to look everything over and learn how to play D&D (granted I tend to overplan). Most of it was just understanding the rules and how the character sheets functioned, the rest I learned along the way.
If you aren’t new to D&D I bet you’re asking yourself, what about the actual module? The adventure is for levels 1-5 and it features many of the monsters you would expect from D&D. The module includes; Goblins, Orcs, Ruffians, zombies, skeletons, Giant Spiders, several dungeons and maybe even a Dragon. If you like to learn more about running an awesome dragon read our series ‘How to Run: Dragons’. The story involves you taking a job to deliver some supplies to the town of Phandalin. It doesn’t take long to realize that there is something more going on than meets the eye. You are called to action with a threat that is localized to this very small section of Faerun, granting you the chance for some heroics. This module also brings a lot of classical situations in D&D such as; a gang of Goblins waylaying travelers, a few enemy hideouts, and a town full of people that need help. But most importantly this module invokes a feeling of a classical low level adventure, making it feel like it’s the first time you played all over again.
If you are new to D&D then prepare to fall in love. This module has the true beginnings of an adventure, granting plenty of opportunities to show what you and your character are made of. If you are part of a group that has been considering playing the game or if you are online looking to play the first time then I can not suggest this module enough. The pregenerated sheets alone really help a group dive right into the game and relieve a lot of the stress that overwhelm some people when they first get into this game and see all the numbers and letters on the character sheet. The person who will have to do the most work, as per usual, will be whoever decides to be the Dungeon Master (DM). But even that is simplified with the smaller rulebook when compared to the source material of the Player’s Handbook (PHB).
All in all The Lost Mine of Phandelver module provides that classical feeling of a new adventure all the way through. It’s perfect for new players because of its ease of access and less dense source material for a new DM. And old players get to feel a sense of nostalgia as they play through classical adventure like settings and fight monsters that often represent D&D.
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