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"This was an amazing one-shot to DM."

"This is a well written and well put together mystery, which is an absolute rarity for modules."

"The writing and the art blend perfectly to set the right mood and there's a right blend of role-play and combat."

Banquet of the Damned is a mystery adventure for a party of 4th level characters. It takes place in the village of Womford (Forgotten Realms) during the fall but you can easily adapt the adventure to any farming hamlet.

An ancient evil lurks in the shadows of Womford. While everybody is getting ready for the annual pie contest, a vile creature is carefully preparing its next move. It’s only a matter of time before it wrests control of the gluttonous swine of Womford. Will your PCs stop it before it's too late?

In this adventure, you will find:

  • 20 pages of illustrated content (color)
  • 4 to 6 hours of gameplay
  • 4 new monsters never seen before, including the repulsive gulabus
  • A full description of the village of Womford
  • Digital maps for your virtual tabletop (PDF Only)
  • A printer-friendly DM Companion Booklet with monster stats and detailed scaling guidelines (levels 2 to 6; PDF Only)

Check out our other adventures on DriveThruRPG and on the Dungeon Master's Guild:

The Ghost and the Peddler The Chapel on the Cliffs The Butcher of Alcross Scarab of Death

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José María I December 11, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
I am going to run this in January. It is my DM comeback, my old players want a one shot and they miss my style (very Scooby Doo…ish), so I find this adventure suitable.
I want to make this special for them, so I am going to print the maps and use specific miniatures, but I have questions.
- What miniatures should I use (how many, models, etc)?
- How many encounters are there for sure?
- Is there a printable version of the maps?
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Paul M December 10, 2018 4:13 am UTC
I am so excited to run this adventure. Quick question for you or anyone else who would like to comment.
How do you make a document like this?

Get/make the page art
Put it into photoshop (make a template)
Add the words (find fonts)
Plan the layout
Add pictures
The end

??? Am I in the right ball park of ideas.
Thanks in advance for the help!

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Benoit D December 10, 2018 9:57 am UTC
I used InDesign and Photoshop for the layouts. I wanted to work with Word at first, but I couldn't set the bleed settings for the print version and so I ended up switching.

I'm not going to lie, it took me a while to learn all the graphic design stuff. It's a lot harder than it looks! Learning how to use the tools is the easier part. Learning how to make a document that is pleasant to look and read is the hard part.
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Nicholas B December 08, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
Running this on Friday for my group of seasoned players and 1 newcomer to the realm of tabletop gaming. One question I have about the DM map of Womford is the location of the 'Oven'. When I read the book it seemed like both Jacksal and Mortimer have ovens in their own houses, what is the building marked oven supposed to represent?

BTW, I'm really stoked about running this one. The document is laid out perfectly and I have enough information to speed things along if I need to (only got about 4-5 hours to run it). I am going to use the Mac Pie hook to get them into the town. I'll leave a detailed review once we run it.
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Benoit D December 08, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Let me know how it went :).

In Medieval times, people didn't normally have an oven in their house. The nobles provided basic services such as a public mill or an oven to the people living on their land (in exchange for taxes). Only wealthy people such as Mortimer or Jacksal could afford to have one.
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Nicholas B December 11, 2018 8:57 pm UTC
I see now that I must have skimmed over that in the PDF. Clearly states that, thanks!
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John T October 31, 2018 11:29 am UTC
It is mentioned at the end that the demon can be exorcised, but there isn't an exact method detailed for this. Are the PCs just supposed to leave the demon alone and bring the priestess NPC back?
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Benoit D October 31, 2018 1:50 pm UTC
You're right, I should have been more specific. I had something like in the Exorcist in mind :). A "plain" ritual that doesn't involve anything other than roleplaying. The party cleric should be able to perform it (if your party has one), but bringing Carla back to Dakara with a wheelbarrow and have the priest do the exorcism would also work.
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John T November 01, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Thanks for the reply! I was thinking of the cleric route, but my players aren't big into making a balanced party, so we have no cleric right now. Maybe I'll let them make a Religion check to remember a relevant exorcism.
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Grant R October 04, 2018 2:32 pm UTC
I used this as material for my first time DM'ing. Our group couldn't get together, and our DM wanted to play for a change - so I volunteered. This. Went. Amazingly. At first the story had the party chuckling, but soon they became grossed out by the grotesque nature of the story and monsters. I changed it up a little bit so that we could complete the whole things in one night (all in all we played for about 5 hours, and that was after I altered the story for brevity)
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Jeff C. S September 22, 2018 5:43 am UTC
I added this beauty to my Tomb of Annihilation game. We were short on players, so I created a village (protected by a huge wall) in the center of the jungle. The village was famous for its Chultan apples, and they held a pie baking contest every year. The pie tasting critic was lost in the jungle, but found and rescued by the adventurers. He led them to the village and the rest of the adventure played out as written - only a few location changes were needed but those were simple. It was a great session!
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Safa F August 20, 2018 12:02 am UTC
Hey! Do you have resources to expand this to a 6th-level party? Just bought it and realized it's scaled for 4th level! (Looks great btw)
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Benoit D August 20, 2018 4:05 am UTC
Hi Safa,

There should be a DM Companion Booklet with scaling instructions for a 6th level party :).
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Seth K July 14, 2018 3:31 am UTC
I used this for my first time as a DM when my brother and I were learning together how to play D&D. We loved it! We had no idea what we were doing, fudged lots of the rules, waited while I tried to read ahead, and had an amazing adventure filled with content from the published material, and tons of weird junk we made up together.
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Nirodha A June 21, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
* Spoilers Ahead *
"There's a small chance the players will fail to stop Mortimer before the pie contest" p 11. Well, my players are those players. They're hot on the trail of the Gulabus and heading into the woods with the dog leading the way. Chances are they will kill the demon, dust off their hands, and call it mission accomplished. They didn't even talk to Mortimer, who's at home baking pies! Hell, they'll probably stay for the pie contest, eat a ton, and end up dead or worse. Do the maggots die when the demon does? My DM gut says no. Please tell me I'm wrong. Just kidding, they're screwed aren't they?
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Benoit D July 07, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Eekkk sorry for the delay! I just noticed the comment :(.

That's a situation I hadn't thought about. I probably would have given my players a break and have the maggots die when the demon does, but I'm too soft. Having the PCs return to Womford only to find the village overrun with vomit spawns could be fun, though :). Mouahahahahahaa.

Out of curiosity, how did this happen? Did your PCs find the dog and decide to just follow it?
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Benjamin D May 16, 2018 5:33 am UTC
Just got my "print/softcover book" copy of the adventure. Wow!!!! I would easily have paid upwards of 20$ for this if I came across it in my local game shop. Great color, contrast, layout and print quality. Finished a read though and I can't wait to run this.
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Bobby H April 14, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
played this during a nerdfest cabin trip with some friends. Was a great mix of investigation and role-play, creepy but light hearted ambiance, and challenging encounters! Nice job!
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Kris S March 06, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
Is there a printer friendly version of the DM companion? The main booklet, I mean. Just one without the coloured background would be perfect.
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matias A November 02, 2017 8:05 pm UTC
I have 4 lvl6 pcs, is this suitable to them? Or do i have to change it a bit?
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Benoit D November 02, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
There's a printer friendly DM booklet with upgraded monster statistics so that you may run the adventure for 6th level characters. You'll just have to print the 2 pages with the level 6 stats.
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Benoit D November 02, 2017 8:20 pm UTC
Here's a link with the DM booklet. That way you can see for yourself if it suits your needs :).!ApcEy9OVC_3FgtlVPu8GJhLbNNOjLA
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Daphinie C October 28, 2017 3:06 pm UTC
Just bought this and it has the Raging Bull map pdfs from Scarab of Death instead of the ones I needed :(
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Benoit D October 28, 2017 3:10 pm UTC
Oh no, not again... There's a problem with the Dungeon Master's Guild website, the files are getting all mixed up because I used the same file names in Scarab of Death and in Banquet of the Damned... I thought I fixed it but apparently I haven't...

Let me try to fix the problem (right now).
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Benoit D October 28, 2017 3:20 pm UTC
I doubled checked the files in the product page, and none of them have the maps of the Raging Bull District. There's nothing more I can do on the Dungeon Master's Guild. I emailed OneBookShelf the other day about it but they still haven't answered.

Anyways, I'm currently uploading the maps on the cloud. Can you send me an email to and I'll send you a direct download link.
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Benoit D October 28, 2017 3:26 pm UTC
Actually, never mind. I can't verify that the people who email me also purchased Banquet, so I might as well share the files here while the guys over at OneBookShelf fix the problem.

You can get the maps here:!ApcEy9OVC_3FgtlB7TrAtX9BVFE-oQ

Again, I'm really sorry for the inconvenience :(.
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Daphinie C October 28, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
You are so sweet! Thank you so much for taking care if this! I have them downloaded if you want to remove the link now. If you'd like I can send a screenshot of the purchase library I think if you needed verification. Very excited to run this campaign tonight!

Thanks again for all your prompt help!
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Benoit D October 28, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Glad I could help!

A screenshot would be awesome. It would help OneBookShelf investigate the problem. Could you send it to when you have time?

I'm going to leave the link there just in case other people have a problem. The maps aren't all that useful without the adventure anyways :).
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Daphinie C October 28, 2017 8:34 pm UTC
All sent, thanks!

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Marinette M October 12, 2017 9:08 am UTC
About how long do you estimate the runtime of this with a group that tends to RP a lot?
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Benoit D October 12, 2017 10:13 am UTC
That's a tough question. Most of the adventure takes place in the village of Womford and there's quite a bit of information on the NPCs who live there.

The adventure typically takes 4 hours to complete. If your players roleplay a lot, they might need an extra hour or two.
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Marinette M October 16, 2017 1:25 am UTC
Thanks a lot. :)
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Christopher B September 15, 2017 3:50 pm UTC
What was updated with the file? DMS Guild does not show an update explanation?
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Benoit D September 15, 2017 3:59 pm UTC
Someone asked for DM and Player maps, so I uploaded a second set of maps for the players.

I also fixed a couple of tipos in the PDF and in the DM Companion. Nothing major, it was stuff like "Tables of Contents" instead of "Table of Content".

I also added a Photoshop file with the map of Womford so that you may change the name of the village (with Photoshop).
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