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At the Royal Christmas Eve party, the Queen is kidnapped by the evil Mouse King, and our adventurers are sent to rescue her. Into the mouse-hole your adventurers will go, where it leads, no-one knows.

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This is a Christmas themed mini-adventure based on the Classic story and ballet The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas tale of magic, mystery, and sugar plums, and I have re-written this 1816 German story by E.T.A Hoffman for a 51-page level 5 5e D&D adventure, that runs over 3-4 hours.

**Updated in 2018 to include**

* Images from the DMsGuild Creator Resources and Adobe Christmas Stock Art

* 7 new redesigned pre-generated characters featuring official 5e source material

* Gorgeous maps to print out

* New and improved Mouse King Monster Stats

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Brent W December 23, 2019 5:50 pm UTC
Hi! This looks like a fun adventure, looking forward to running it!
Are there any hi-res versions of the maps available? I want to print at 11"x17" for my players and I can't scale it due to the editing protection placed on the PDF. It also prevents editing of the character sheets and other useful things (such as imposing it to print as a booklet).
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Anjuli S December 17, 2020 12:48 pm UTC
I can attempt to separate the maps from the PDF and update as extra jpgs. I am worried about the quality as I lost the originals in a blue screen of doom and only have the PDF save here. I will try though!
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Carter V December 28, 2018 10:57 pm UTC
Is there a reason that for the warlock pre-gen you've decided to put a lot of points into WIS? Warlocks casting stat is CHA so I'm not sure why there's so many points being put into WIS. I'm just trying to make sure I understand these characters before I let my players run wild with them.
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Hanna F December 20, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
How easy would this adventure be to adapt to a smaller party? I can adjust encounters just fine, but the contents of the preview make me worry about whether or not there might be other considerations that necessitate the five characters provided, haha.
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Anjuli S December 21, 2018 7:05 am UTC
Hi Hanna
If you're fine with adjusting encounters then it should be ok. I would suggest maybe picking one or two pre gen to become a helpful NPC (Esp. for the boss fight and depending on the party size you have in mind). Each pre-gen has a specific hook that ties them to the tale, but that's more for flavour. If you're experienced with running DnD and one shots then it should be easy
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Clyde D December 14, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
Have the maps been translated to roll20 or some other flat medium? I wanted to run this online.
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Anjuli S December 14, 2018 5:15 pm UTC

They have not. This is because I do not know how to do that, and do not use Roll20 myself. It is something I am happy to research but I probably won't get a chance until after the festive season.

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Chris K December 16, 2020 4:52 pm UTC
My fault for not verifying ahead of time. This would be a great addition, but I don't know that there is an easy way to do that without recreating the maps.
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Anjuli S December 17, 2020 12:48 pm UTC
I can attempt to separate the maps from the PDF and update as extra jpgs. I am worried about the quality as I lost the originals in a blue screen of doom and only have the PDF save here. I will try though!
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Ken C December 11, 2017 12:25 am UTC
Congratulation on writing your first adventure ... never an easy feat and one you should be proud of :)

Just as a point of reference. You should never rely on another to pick up your, I assume, self-editing mistakes and submit them back to you. Always try to get another person to look at your work and find those mistakes before publication. Where possible, try to use an independent editor and proofreader. I'm aware that you have placed this within the guild as PWYW but you are asking people to donate to your work and are therefore getting paid. Once you are getting paid for your work, paying to have someone to edit your work should be a major consideration. Some of us that do editing for the guild do not charge professional over the top editing prices to get work edited (and in nearly all cases I believe we do a better job for the money spent). Something to consider.

As for PWYW, at 42 pages, you should have placed a $$$ on this, even if it was $US1. At PWYW, all those free downloads...See more
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Anjuli S December 17, 2017 10:42 am UTC
Hi Ken,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave some helpful comments for me. I've never written/done anything like this before, and so I will definitely take them under advisement. I will look at the changing the price as well.

I hope to write more adventures this coming year so I will look into getting a someone to proof them for me.

Thank you again,

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