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The Contract: Replayable One-Shot for D&D 5e

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The Contract

A Re-playable One-Shot for 5e where no two games are alike
Now a Platinum best seller!

The Contract is a re-playable one-shot with more than 1,000 possible combinations. The DM rolls for key plot points like combat encounters and surprise endings; players roll at the beginning of the game for secret objectives that connect their characters to the story.

The Matriarch of a harbor town knows that tonight, something evil and powerful will come to kill her Heir. If the Heir lives, that enemy's power will be broken. If he dies, the delicate peace she’s built on the wrong side of the docks will crumble into violence and chaos. So the Matriarch hires a party of capable adventurers with a simple directive: "My Heir lives until morning." But nothing is ever that simple, and nothing is as it seems. Can you survive the night?

For 3-5 players with first-tier characters (levels 1-4); takes around 4 hours to play.

This adventure is perfect for introducing new players to the game, beginning a new campaign, or just taking a night off your regular campaign.

For any questions or comments about this adventure or any of my other works, you can find me on Twitter @sparkotter

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Version 2 introduced new secret objectives, a new magic item "Sunder," and updated language to give players and DMs more options in playing the game.
Version 2.4 includes minor copy edits and an updated "More by the Author" section.

 
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Emily H June 06, 2020 5:25 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Hi, I have a question about the Mooks - In the assassin table it says to use the Captain stat block, but right below where it explains who to use based on number of players, it says Veteran and makes no mention of the Captain. Which should I use? Thanks! Looking forward to running this soon.
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Lucas Z June 07, 2020 4:25 pm UTC
CREATOR
Thanks so much for asking! Use one Captain in each encounter to stay within the DMG's deadly XP threshold for each party. I'll update the adventure to fix this. So glad it's going to be at your table!
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Ben B March 26, 2020 1:03 pm UTC
PURCHASER
I'm planning on running this adventure in a few days and have a question. Are you meant to roll for the boss and assassin separately, or should you match up the assassin with the appropriate boss? For example, if you rolled separately then the boss could be from the assassin's guild and the assassin from the cult of Umberlee, which feels strange.
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Lucas Z March 27, 2020 12:14 pm UTC
CREATOR
Thanks for the question, Ben! I wrote them as separate rolls because I think it's interesting to have that mystery as part of the game. You or your players can work out why the guild might have resorted to hiring a cult instead of going themselves; maybe they needed a fall guy?

It's totally up to your discretion, though - you can absolutely choose matching bosses and assassins. It depends on what your players would enjoy and how much time you have for the session.
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Daniel B October 31, 2019 7:37 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Any VTT versions of this?
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Lucas Z November 02, 2019 2:51 pm UTC
CREATOR
Not yet; I'll have to consider that for the next update.
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Clare M August 25, 2018 11:55 pm UTC
Hi, can you tell me more about the plot points being determined randomly? Does the DM role for them? Do player decisions influence them? Thanks!
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Lucas Z September 01, 2018 2:45 pm UTC
CREATOR
Sure! The DM rolls on provided tables for key plot points like combat encounters and surprise endings. Secret objectives connect the players to the adventure, and players roll for them at the start of the game.
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Lucas Z September 01, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
CREATOR
I've updated the description to make this more clear; thanks for your question!
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Sam M June 11, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
What level range is this?
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Lucas Z June 22, 2018 11:59 pm UTC
CREATOR
Thanks for asking! I optimized it for 4th-level characters, but it works for parties in the first tier of play. I've updated the description to say so.
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