In my few years as a DM I’ve run some of the official adventures of wizards of the coast and of the DM’s guild. But so far Tales from the Yawning Portal had one of my favorite Dungeons.
Favorite Adventure I ran
The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan is not without reason one of the most famous Dungeons and Dragon Dungeons. From start to end it has a very distinct feeling of dread.
The party finds themselves inside a gas-filled tomb, this immediately creates a feeling of ‘we need to get out of here and fast’. So unlike many other dungeons the players do not want to take a rest in here.
Furthermore there are a lot of interesting encounters like a talking lobster and a giant snail god. Every room is filled with surprise, wonder, puzzles and a scary feeling of what’s behind the next door?
It is also set up in a way that you can take multiple routes and do not have to do every chamber. I bet that if I would run it for a second group it would be a totally different experience.
It’s a hard dungeon not only for the PC’s but also the players as well, not everything can be solved by just throwing an intelligence check.
All these reasons add to the fact that The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan is one of my favorite adventures.