The D&D Adventurers League is an ongoing official organized play campaign for Dungeons & Dragons. It uses the fifth edition of the Dungeons & Dragons rules, and features the Forgotten Realms setting. You can play D&D Adventurers League games at any place that features adventures bearing the D&D Adventurers League logo. You can create a character and bring that character to games anywhere D&D Adventurers League is supported.
Most D&D Adventurers League games are public, in-person play events. Typical venues for these events are game and hobby stores, conventions, and public-accessible game day events.
Running Your First Game
Follow these simple steps to get started!
- Find a store or public event, and contact the organizer. You can use our Store and Event Locator to help find one near you!
- Get access to the adventure you want to DM. The organizer can provide you with the access link and password to the resource center where all of the digital adventures are stored. You can download and print out the adventures if you’d like.
- Prepare your adventure. Make sure you read through the adventure and make notes where appropriate. D&D Adventurers League adventures are easy to prepare and run.
- Show up to the event on time or a little early. Help out the organizer with setup if necessary.
- Ask the players to provide you with some character details. This helps to keep the players immersed in the game, and make the game flow smoothly. Character name/level/race/class, passive Wisdom scores, and anything notable that might come into play (especially during social interaction) are good to jot down for each player.
- Run a fun game! As the DM, you help guide the players through the adventure, and facilitate the story coming alive. Make sure you follow the golden rule: Make decisions and adjudications during the game that enhance the fun when possible.
What You Need to DM
To Dungeon Master games in the D&D Adventurers League, all you need is access to a few things. Check the resources page to download materials.
- The D&D Basic Rules, available now.
- An official D&D Adventurers League adventure.
- A set of dice, pens/pencils, and paper.
- At least 3 players. (A legal D&D Adventurers League table consists of 3-7 players.)
- A place to play. This can be your local store or a public event (like a convention or game day). Some D&D Adventurers League games can be played at home or online as well.
- Optional nice-to-have things include a Dungeon Master’s Guide, note cards, miniatures, map surfaces, and a DM screen.
Where to Run Games
D&D Adventurers League play is focused on public play. This means that in order to maximize the selection of adventures available for you to run, you should DM in a space accessible to the public.
Game stores are supported through the Wizards Play Network, and receive kits with great materials in them to enhance your game. D&D Encounters (our weekly Wednesday program) and D&D Expeditions adventures are both available for your local game store to run.
Conventions and public events describe any in-person public play that does not happen in a game store. This can include actual gaming conventions, as well as a one-off public gathering or game days. The public must be able to participate in an event in order for it to meet the standards of qualifying as convention play (it can’t be a private or invite-only game). It’s best for a convention to partner with a game store, as the store can sponsor the show and provide kit materials to enhance the experience. Conventions can contact Game Support to request access to D&D Expeditions adventures on their own.
Online streaming includes play on various online platforms that is accessible by the public for viewing. You and your D&D Adventurers League group can get access to adventures just like a public venue, as long as you’re sharing your exploits with the world by letting others watch your play. Contact Game Support to request access to D&D Expeditions adventures for online streaming (you’ll need to provide your channel’s account name).
Private play includes home play and online play. Adventures themed around the current D&D storyline are considered official for D&D Adventurers League, so if you’re playing at home, you can still participate by picking up these adventures (for this storyline, Princes of the Apocalypse is available). You can bring their characters to a store or convention later on to participate in D&D Expeditions adventures.