A Series of Unfortunate Rolls
ACT I THE LOST MINE OF PHANDELVER
ACT I, EPISODE 1 – THESE ARE YOUR FIRST STEPS
Four adventurers are hired by Gundren Rockseeker to escort his supplies from Neverwinter to Phandalin. On the route, they are ambushed by goblins that they trace back to Cragmaw Cave. Inside they get caught up in a mutiny plot among the goblins over power of the cave, and try to rescue a human prisoner.
ACT I, EPISODE 2 – WAYLAID
The party escapes the cave with the rescued prisoner Sildar Hallwinter and discovers that someone known as the Black Spider arranged the goblin ambush and is looking for a place known as Wave Echo Cave. They journey to Phandalin to deliver the supplies, meet the local townsfolk, and try to find leads on Gundren’s whereabouts. They learn about a man named Iarno Albrek who can help them find Gundren, but Iarno has been kidnapped by ruffians and taken to Tresendar Manor.
ACT I, EPISODE 3 – OUT OF SIGHT, IN YOUR MIND
Ruffians, traps, and monsters await the group in Tresendar Manor. After dispatching some henchmen and rescuing some prisoners, they are attacked by undead skeletons. Things only get worse as they find a secret cavern and are stalked by a psychic monster known as the Nothic.
ACT I, EPISODE 4 – HELL NO, IARNO
Having survived the frightening encounter in the cavern, the party moves forward and tricks a group of drunken guards and a bugbear. They hear evil chanting and battle some cultists before discovering that Iarno Albrek is actually an agent of the Black Spider. They capture Iarno alive and return him to Phandalin.
ACT I, EPISODE 5 – BEAST MODE
Upon questioning, Iarno reveals the only way to find Gundren and Wave Echo Cave is to go to Cragmaw Castle. The group makes the week-long journey to the castle and gets into plenty of owlbear-related scrapes along the way. Inside the castle they dispatch what goblins they can but find they are not truly prepared for the foes that still await them.
ACT I, EPISODE 6 – SHIT JUST GOT REAL
An extremely long battle with a grick weakens the party as they continue to search the castle. They come face-to-face with the supposedly invincible king of the goblins but are allowed to leave with Gundren under the condition that they do not go searching for Wave Echo Cave. Gundren is horrified to learn of what has transpired up to this point in Phandalin and his fears are realized when they return to find the town burning.
ACT I, EPISODE 7 – CAVE OF WONDERS
The group saves the few they can in the rubble of Phandalin and prepares for the long trek to Wave Echo Cave. They deal with beasts and ghosts alike once inside and rally together to defeat the Black Spider’s pet and the invincible goblin king.
ACT I, EPISODE 8 – PEST CONTROL
Deeper in the cave the party is confronted by those who destroyed Phandalin. Later they are thrown for a loop by magic doors and infinitely repeating hallway puzzles. Finally they confront the Black Spider for one final epic battle.