The 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons has been around since 2014. It is the most recent in a long line of releases that have delighted players for nearly 40 years. Since the release of the 5th edition, many official rulebooks and modules have been created. At this point 14 different adventures have been published by Wizards of the Coast, quite a staggering amount of material. From the Rise of Tiamat to the Ghosts of Saltmarsh, there are so many different settings to explore.
While many Campaign sourcebooks and additional rulebooks were also released, we will be looking at the published adventures here. Stories that were already written for your players to engage in. This by no way means that you couldn’t use one of these books as a setting for one of your homebrew campaigns though.
As we show you these modules, we will be ranking them from worst to best. Although none of these modules are what you would call bad, some definitely work better than others. Some were published before a uniformed design was implemented whereas others just seem to miss their mark.
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14. Hoard Of The Dragon Queen
This is the first official adventure module to be released for 5e. It was published before the three core rulebooks were even finalised. In this module, you and your ragtag gang of adventurers find yourself in the middle of an invasion from the Cult of the Dragon. Towns are being raided and their riches stolen. Groups are forming to stop this threat, and they just so happen to need some help.
While most players enjoy this module for the story, there are some complaints. As stated above, this book was written before the three core rulebooks were finalised. This means that some of the encounters can feel unbalanced. The adventure can also seem completely on rails. You are shifted from one place to another at the will of the story. While this isn’t too much of a problem. With some players even preferring this, it can feel a little jarring at times.
While these criticisms are valid, they really aren’t too much of an issue. If your party is looking for a classic style adventure in Dungeons and Dragons then Hoard of the Dragon Queen is a solid choice. With a good story and villains, you can’t go far wrong. If you’re looking for more afterward, there is even a sequel to help carry on your adventure.