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Solstice Shenanigans: A Wintry One Shot

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The Winter holidays may be over, but you can still get in on the holiday fun! My second holiday-inspired one-shot is available now for pay-what-you-want! Love Bites!

The Winter Games are in full swing on the demiplane controlled by the powerful archfey lord of winter, Jack Frost. Games and challenges await the players, along with a baker's terrible mistake and a bout of mysteriously disappearing trees!

This adventure is designed to work as a short break from a main story set in any campaign setting. The characters find themselves magically transported to a wintry realm, where they can take part in several games, hunt down a rogue Gingerbread Golem, and thwart the plans of an evil druid who has been awakening the decorated trees and running amok.

The adventure contains a few new thematic magic items and several holiday spins on standard creatures.

I will be updating this listing to include additional resources like tokens and possibly extra maps as I finish them, but I wanted to get this out today so there's at least a week before the solstice to give people time to plan/prep. All that said, happy holidays and have fun!

Update 1: The pdfs got a minor update to fix some minor things. And the Game of Gifts Tokens got added.

Update 2: Two more maps: one for the field of gifts so you have something to lay the gift tokens on, and one for the fight in the forest. Also added tokens for all the creatures in the adventure.

Update 3: All maps have been accounted for. Fixed some resolutions on some maps. Added a commoner token for the snowball fight. Added names for several NPCs and some additional details throughout. This should be the final update unless I get any feedback suggesting changes that I think are too good to not include.

 
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Alyssa E January 18, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
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Yeah this has been great! I have run it for two sessions so far and will finish it on a third. All the players thoroughly enjoyed this campaign and it was my first time DMing! I created some maps that worked really well and wanted to share them with you. They were all edited on roll 20 so I take no credit for the art involved just the maps. My crew and I have a gorgeous set up with 49" tv in a table so the units are customized to that. I wasn't sure how to reach out or send these but I think others would enjoy them. Is there a way I could send them to you? - Zec N. (Alyssa's my Gf)
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Ian E January 18, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
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It makes me really happy seeing how many people picked this up for their first time DMing and had fun with it! If you want to share your maps, you could make an album on imgur or another image sharing site and post a link here. I'm curious/excited to see how they differ from the ones I included in the DM resource pack.
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Alyssa E January 19, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
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So after doing some research I am finding out that Roll 20 does not have a user friendly way of doing this. I did not realize that when I purchased Roll 20 that the things I created were going to be held hostage in their site. I can find a way to show you the maps I created but I do not think they will be playable. I understand Roll 20 does this to protect the art created by artists, It's just annoying that they cannot be shared...
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Alyssa E January 19, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
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Alright so I think I am going to have to piece together screen shots. It will probably take me a few days to get everything together.
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Ian E January 19, 2018 11:33 pm UTC
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If they can't be exported because of using their assets, you probably shouldn't do that actually. You might get in a bit of legal trouble. Shame though, I was looking forward to seeing them.
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Kirk M January 15, 2018 1:44 pm UTC
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Ran this for my group yesterday and is was a great change of pace for them all. Fantastic adventure.
Even though it took around 6 hours for my players to run amuck through everything... They had a blast!
Well done and look forward to a sequel! (Hint hint, nudge nudge)
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Ian E January 17, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
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Awesome! And yeah, I was a bit optimistic saying 3-4 hours. When I finally got a chance to run it, it took a little over 4 hours, and that was with cutting out a few of the fights. There will probably be a direct sequel next year (I've already got a few ideas). And in the meantime, I'm going to be putting out a few more Holiday-themed PWYW one-shots too. The next one will be out in time for Valentine's Day (hoping to have it ready for release by the 25th of January). It's called Love Bites and features an infestation of Love Bugs wreaking havoc in Port Nyanzaru. It should be a lot of fun!
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Tyler G December 24, 2017 1:20 am UTC
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First time DM here, ran this for some friends, was great! Only weak part was the Mimic encounter in my opinion - change the "rules" to ensure players can't cheese it.
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Ian E December 24, 2017 6:42 am UTC
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I'm glad you and your friends had a good time with it, and good on you for picking up the mantle of DM for your first time! Always good to hear about fresh DMs having fun! The thing with the Game of Gifts is that Gimble doesn't want his mimics to die or actually kill anyone (both of which are bad for business), it's more about just giving the characters a chance to gamble for a spell. It's not intended to be a full-out combat encounter, just a nod to the ubiquity of mimics in the form of a gambling game. What changes would you suggest though?
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Adam B December 16, 2017 3:32 pm UTC
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Regarding Adjusting the adventure - APL greater or lesser than what?
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Ian E December 16, 2017 5:57 pm UTC
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4 6th level characters, as stated in the introduction. It's bolded in the paragraph above the bullet points.
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