Upgrading from D&D Adventure System to a full D&D Campaign


Me and my gaming group recently decided to try Role-playing as it’s something that isn’t offered by any of the local gaming groups / stores. Since the popular hobby around here is miniature war-gaming, our group has been playing smaller and smaller games of Warhammer 40,000, trying to get as close to roleplaying elements as possible, until we decided to just bite the bullet and try something character based. We decided to try out Dungeons & Dragons, so picked up the latest game, Temple of Elemental Evil. We figured since it uses miniatures, it should be less of a shock to local players used to war-gaming.

Problem is, when we started playing we realised that Level 2 is as high as you can go, there’s no equipment and Experience isn’t even used for the one level-up that you do get (It’s bought with 1,000 gold). There’s no real character progression, stat customisation or roleplaying elements. There are Character Sheets in the box, but they’re not actually used at all by the game (they’re for D&D: Encounters, whatever that is). We have a 5th Edition Starter Set, but that’s all Pen & Paper, which none of the local groups are willing to play. The whole thing has just left the entire group completely confused as to how to get started and we can’t find any resources able to help us out.

So my question is, is there any way that people picking up a D&D Adventure System Board Game can upgrade to a full Dungeons & Dragons game? Assuming that there is no “Advanced D&D Adventure Systems Rules” that keeps the same game elements, but introduces character development:

  • Is there any way of using the boards and/or miniatures from Temple of Elemental Evil to play a real Dungeons & Dragons Campaign?
  • If so, how does a group get started with this?
  • Is there anything that a group moving from D&D Adventure Systems need to be aware of before starting Dungeons & Dragons?
  • Are there any tips you guys can give as to how make a smooth transition from D&D Adventure Systems to D&D 5th Edition (or what ever D&D System is most suitable)

Thank you all for your time, literally any information or links to resources on this would be greatly appreciated.