APs Suitable For Higher-Level Starts


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Hey all!

Our group is sick to death of playing low level (1-5th-ish, though that's approximate - I think we could survive skipping 1-4th or MAYBE 1-3rd levels if necessary) characters. Due to the infrequency of our play sessions and several unfortunate TPKs, low-level play is pretty much the only arena we've a lot of experience in, and we're suuuuper done with it.

Are there any APs that would work to begin the story with the second book, or in some other way make characters starting at 4-5th+ level workable while maintaining the integrity of the story?


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You could start Serpent's Skull easily with book 2 but that would be skipping what is by far the best part of the AP.


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TheBlackPlague wrote:

Hey all!

Our group is sick to death of playing low level (1-5th-ish, though that's approximate - I think we could survive skipping 1-4th or MAYBE 1-3rd levels if necessary) characters. Due to the infrequency of our play sessions and several unfortunate TPKs, low-level play is pretty much the only arena we've a lot of experience in, and we're suuuuper done with it.

Are there any APs that would work to begin the story with the second book, or in some other way make characters starting at 4-5th+ level workable while maintaining the integrity of the story?

I would just start them at level <insert appropriate number for you>, and suspend leveling until they caught up with the AP.

You are going to trounce a good portion of the first book, but I think that is better than completely skipping it since the first book of most AP's is generally the best book.

Additionally the GM can up the difficulty of the challenges in the first book. If the play is infrequent he should have enough time to do it for only 1 book.

edit: What can also work is that you give them the details of the first book as if they already played through it.

If you start at a high enough level to start at book then give them the details of the first two books. I wouldn't recommend just starting in the middle and ignoring the first two books completely.


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Vaellen wrote:
You could start Serpent's Skull easily with book 2 but that would be skipping what is by far the best part of the AP.

I was going to make pretty much this exact comment.

If you’re willing to have the DM narrate book one as a kind of “how did we get to here?” start to the campaign, then you could run any of them and just assume book one happened “off camera”. Most of the APs only have a few, key things the players learn in the first instalment. In my view, the first AP is usually more about getting the PCs interested - there’s rarely many events with any long term significance to the campaign (other than setting the scene).


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Have I got a thread for you.


You could start Runelords with Fortress of the Stone Giants--10th level, pretty easily.

Shattered Star is basically a long set of dungeon crawls. Do some narration and start with whichever levels you want at the appropriate book.

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