Lost Mines of Phandelver, the adventure included in the Dungeons & Dragons 5E Starter Set, can now be played for free on digital app D&D Beyond.
Based in and around the town of Phandalin, Lost Mines of Phandelver is a module for the fantasy tabletop RPG that sees players attempting to rescue two friends from a band of goblin kidnappers who are ambushing innocent civilians along the main road. Their quest will eventually take them into the town itself as the party is accosted by all manner of villainous individuals, from a gang of vicious criminals to a mysterious figure who seems to be the mastermind behind the whole diabolical plot.
An adventure intended for a group of around four to five players, Lost Mines of Phandelver is aimed at first-level D&D 5E. The scenario’s events and challenges are designed to take characters to level five by the end of the storyline.
Included in the module is a guide on how to play Dungeons & Dragons 5E, an index of the monsters and magic items that appear in the scenario, and a set of pre-generated adventurers for those players who aren’t sure how to make Dungeons & Dragons 5E characters.
As part of @WizardsDnD's Stay at Home/Play at Home initiative to help our quarantined community find some #dnd distraction, Lost Mine of Phandelver is accessible for FREE until May 5th! Enjoy this excellent adventure with your distantly social D&D family! https://t.co/Rg9ycG2tuI pic.twitter.com/wl0MazfCaT— D&D Beyond (@DnDBeyond) April 7, 2020
As well as being a common starting point for many D&D beginners, the Lost Mines of Phandelver module appears in the first episode of popular D&D 5E actual play podcast The Adventure Zone. Despite later veering off into an entirely separate campaign created by DM and host Griffin McElroy, the initial episodes of Adventure Zone’s first season are centred around the Starter Set adventure. The Adventure Zone is getting its own co-op board game, The Adventure Zone: Bureau of Balance, later this year.
D&D Beyond is an online toolkit and mobile app that enables players to create Dungeons & Dragons 5E characters and make their own campaigns using the available Dungeons & Dragons 5E sourcebooks and other materials. Whilst some of the content on D&D Beyond requires players to subscribe to a premium membership programme or pay to unlock, Lost Mines of Phandelver is now available to all account holders for free in response to the current climate of social isolation.
The Frozen Sick, an adventure module from the Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount sourcebook, was also recently released for free on Roll20 - a website that allows people to play Dungeons & Dragons online. As with the rest of Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount, The Frozen Sick is set in the world of hit D&D 5E video series Critical Role.
Lost Mines of Phandelver is available to view for free on D&D Beyond until May 5th.