Baldur's Gate 3's release has defied very high expectations. The game's humor, heart, boundless possibilities, and faithful recreation of Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition have won over even the most dubious fans. As beloved as it is, the experience offers isn't restricted solely to D&D video games.

Baldur's Gate 3 is more of an evolution of what works well in D&D rather than something revolutionary for the ruleset. In particular, there are premade D&D 5e campaigns for the tabletop RPG that offer more of what fans love about Baldur's Gate 3. Said campaigns are a logical choice for players who want to bring the same type of fun to their table.

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10 Critical Role: Call Of The Netherdeep

Alyxian, the villain of Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep premade DnD campaign

Baldur's Gate 3's NPC characterization is beloved above almost anything else. A large part of the game's charm comes from its origin characters like Wyll and Shadowheart, optional companions like Minthara and Halsin, and outright antagonists like Gortash. Every D&D campaign has a wide range of compelling NPCs to meet, but none quite like Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep.

The player characters aren't the only vital adventuring party in Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep. There's another group involved with the adventure from the very start, led by the tiefling hero Ayo Jabe. Much like in Baldur's Gate 3, the characters' interactions with the NPCs in this party drastically affect Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep's outcome and form a core part of the campaign's gameplay.

9 Princes Of The Apocalypse

Cover art for Princes of the Apocalypse premade DnD campaign; winged creatures fly with lightning.

Baldur's Gate 3 isn't a fully open-world RPG. However, it has a sandbox structure to its world map. Players have guidance on when to go and where, but they're almost never forced from one place to the next. The heroes travel from place to place as they wish, experiencing Baldur's Gate 3's world map's secrets at their own pace and in a unique order.

Most premade D&D 5e campaigns have significant guidance from one series of events to the next. Princes of the Apocalypse deliberately averts this with a sandbox approach. Players have immense freedom across a spacious campaign map. This can lead to peril if the party accidentally wanders into an area far beyond them, but it's also one of the few campaigns to match Baldur's Gate 3's open-ended adventuring.

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8 Icewind Dale: Rime Of The Frostmaiden

The first, Owlbear-like form of Auril the Frostamiden from Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden premade DnD campaign

Baldur's Gate 3's storyline is built on secrets and revelations. Players start out knowing almost nothing and have to figure out or learn about storylines, NPCs, and more as they go. Some of these revelations can change the dynamic between the player and another character. Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden is an ideal D&D campaign for players who enjoy this approach.

Most player characters have a secret in Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden. Some of these are more mundane or even comical, while others are dramatic — with far-reaching consequences on the campaign. It's up to players to choose when and how they disclose this information, while DMs use them to shape the plot. There are even secrets involving mind flayers or slaad infestation for players who want closer similarities to Baldur's Gate 3.

7 Waterdeep: Dragon Heist

The assorted villains of Watedeep: Dragon Heist premade DnD 5e campaign

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist takes place in the Forgotten Realms D&D setting's other iconic city, Waterdeep, rather than the titular locale of Baldur's Gate 3. Nonetheless, the two campaigns have a lot in common. Both have an emphasis on intrigue and social interaction alongside more commonplace violence, and encourage players to seek non-combat resolutions to their problems.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist also resembles to Baldur's Gate 3 in another way. Each playthrough has one of four potential villains at its center. These villains are fleshed-out, compelling, and driver the events almost as much as the player characters do. This makes it well-suited to players who enjoy Baldur's Gate 3's focus on its villains, like devotees of the Absolute.

6 Curse Of Strahd

Infamous vampire Strahd von Zarovich in Curse of Strahd premade DnD campaign.

Curse of Strahd is one of D&D 5e's most beloved premade campaigns. It's won fans throughout the edition for its compelling storytelling and entertaining structure. Curse of Strahd isn't a sandbox campaign like others in D&D 5e, but it isn't a linear expedition from one story point to the next, either.

Instead, Curse of Strahd encourages the player characters to explore as much of its map as possible in between scripted events in its many locations. The party must hunt down three artifacts tied to Strahd and a fated ally, all the while avoiding interference from Strahd and his servants. Its focus on thorough exploration and uncovering secrets will appeal to those who enjoy uncovering Baldur's Gate 3's world map.

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5 Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus

Cover art for Baldur's Gate Descent Into Avernus premade DnD campaign

Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus has clear ties to Baldur's Gate 3 that go beyond sharing a setting. The events of Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus impact Baldur's Gate 3's plot, most notably Elturel's brief sojourn to the Nine Hells. As a result, players who want more background on the game may enjoy it as a campaign.

Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus has even more emphasis on fiends and the Nine Hells than Baldur's Gate 3, well-suited to fans who enjoy those parts of the game's story. In addition, the player characters' desperate situation may lead them to ally with questionable or outright evil factions, much like the bleak options players are encouraged to choose throughout Baldur's Gate 3.

4 Tomb Of Annihilation

The cover art for Tomb of Annihilation DnD premade campaign

Exploration is at Baldur's Gate 3's center. Even when the player has clear goals in front of them, there's a vast world map that they can explore every inch of. It forms a core part of the game's fun. No D&D 5e campaign emphasizes exploration as much as Tomb of Annihilation, which forces the party to hunt across Chult for the Tomb of the Nine Gods and the Soul Monger.

Tomb of Annihilation's focus on hexcrawl exploration doesn't appeal to all D&D fans. However, it captures the feeling of poring over Baldur's Gate 3's map for both the player's goals and optional side content. Tomb of Annihilation's infamously high difficulty will almost suit those who play Baldur's Gate 3 on Balanced or Tactician modes.

3 The Wild Beyond The Witchlight

The major characters on the cover of the Wild Beyond the Witchlight premade DnD campaign.

Baldur's Gate 3 has as much combat as players would expect from a D&D 5e video game. However, many fights present players with options for bypassing them. Baldur's Gate 3 encounters can often be bypassed with stealth, persuasion, the fallout from prior interactions, or through the player's own ingenuity.

The Wild Beyond the Witchlight emphasizes this approach more than any other D&D 5e campaign. Most campaigns offer some encounters that can be bypassed, and players can always be creative. However, The Wild Beyond the Witchlight offers alternatives to combat almost every time. It's a rare D&D campaign that can theoretically be completed with no violence.

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2 Storm King's Thunder

The cover art for Storm King's Thunder premade DnD 5e campaign

Storm King's Thunder is one of D&D 5e's most ambitious and wide-ranging campaigns. It's also similar to Baldur's Gate 3 in its structure. The campaign isn't an open-world sandbox. There's a progressing story throughout that guides the player toward specific scenes and goals. However, there's an immense amount of freedom and many story branches to explore.

Storm King's Thunder is split into many narrative paths. It's not as open-ended as Baldur's Gate 3, but carries a very similar feeling. It's an ideal campaign for players who enjoy feeling like they're in the driving seat for a well-crafted story, but still only one part of a much bigger whole.

1 Out Of The Abyss

Demogorgon on the cover art for Out of the Abyss premade DnD 5e campaign

Out of the Abyss is another premade D&D 5e campaign that's grander in scale than its peers. Many D&D 5e campaigns deal with more localized, small-scale threats. Out of the Abyss ends with a mass conflict between D&D's Demon Lords. This feels closer to Baldur's Gate 3's storyline building up to the threat of a new god.

These are far from the only similarities. Out of the Abyss begins with players fleeing from several factions through unfamiliar terrain, slowly growing aware of the ongoing situation. This is very similar to Baldur's Gate 3's first act. Additionally, both heavily feature the Underdark and its inhabitants. Nonetheless, the slow shift from fleeing victims to epic heroes is the most significant overlap between the two.