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A charitable adventure for young heroes ages 5+

Extra Life

"There aren't enough 5th Edition products aimed specifically at kids, and it's a delight to see somebody finally producing something for that market. It also helps that this is a really fun, well-written adventure." - Loot the Room, an ENnie nominated RPG blog

"It was a great kid's adventure! It was a My Little Pony story about the Magic of Friendship." -@merlinofchaos

Looking for more family-friendly D&D? Check out Clonker's Guide to Being a Hero!

The young heroes are invited to Massie Littlefoot’s birthday party before she departs for wizarding school in Waterdeep. At the height of the party, Clonker, an ogre known to live nearby, steals Massie’s cake! The heroes must brave the forest and get Massie’s cake back before everyone goes home. This introductory adventure is designed for level 1-2 characters.

What Is This Project?

An Ogre and His Cake is an introductory 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure built for and tested by kids. It is every parent or guardian's dream to share their passions with the young ones they love. We hope Clonker, the lovable ogre, opens these doors for you.

We also want to support children and families who are unable embark on every adventure. All of our creator royalties (50% of what you pay, with the other 50% supporting the upkeep of the Dungeon Masters Guild and Wizards of the Coast) will be donated directly to Extra Life, a non-profit organization focused on supporting children's hospitals through communal gaming events.

What's Inside?

  • A beautifully designed single-session module with full-color artwork and cartography. A Printer Friendly version is also available.
  • Tips on how to run Dungeons & Dragons for young players.
  • Three original magic items.
  • Stat blocks for all NPCs and monsters.
  • High quality DM and player maps for easy printing or virtual tabletop use.
  • Specially crafted Kid Friendly Character Sheets, including a color-coded option.
  • Four premade characters for easy game night preparation.

Looking for More Ways to Give?

The Dungeon Masters Guild and its sister site, DriveThruRPG, support a number of charities through both direct donations and charitable products, such as this one. Here are some other charities the community currently supports:

RPG Creators Relief Fund:

Hero Initiative:

Red Cross:


Doctors Without Borders:
Also check out the Guild's own Monsters Without Borders, a collection of community created monsters that fully supports Doctors Without Borders!

Feeding America:
The Soggy Duck Grimtooth Ambush! Clonker Stats

About the Creators: Christopher Walz has been playing and running Dungeons & Dragons for over 14 years. His first memory of D&D is looking at the pictures in his brother’s Monstrous Manual before he could read. His favorite thing about tabletop roleplaying is watching his players take a world and make it their own, right before he mercilessly kills them with an intellect devourer.

Emmet Byrne has been role-playing and Games Mastering for almost 20 years. He got his start reverse engineering the second edition AD&D rules from the Baldur's Gate PC RPG and hasn't looked back since. He's played every edition of D&D between then and now as well as a multitude of other weird and wonderful tabletop RPG systems, and was involved in the AGE system content for Kobold Press's Midgard Campaign Setting. 

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Mr E December 22, 2021 6:01 am UTC
Would this be ok for young kids (4 years old)?
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Christopher W December 22, 2021 2:46 pm UTC
Hi there, and thanks for picking this up!

It is really hard to give an exact age range as every child and family is different. I think in terms of the narrative content, this is appropriate for many 4 year olds. There is some optional cartoon style violence and how the heroes tackle the major problem is largely up to them (with some obvious clues/hints for the DM to dole out).

In terms of playing the game itself (the dice mechanics, character abilities, etc.) I've seen kids of all ages react incredibly differently. If I had to give any general advice for particularly young players, it is to not get so caught up with the rules. Rolling the dice will probably be fun for them and you can just give them the target number they are looking for. Example: "You want to climb the tree to look around? Great! Roll this one and try to get a 10 or higher."
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Nick M September 09, 2021 4:43 am UTC
I havent played D&D in 20 years but my 7yo son has expressed an interest in the game and I'm excited to pick it back up to play with him. One thing that is not clear to me about these is whether or not we need the 5E players handbook / DM guide to help with the rules or if all of that is included in the module.
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Christopher W September 10, 2021 1:08 pm UTC
Hey Nick!

The general 5e rules material is not reprinted in this module, and shouldn't be for any DMs Guild product. However, you don't need the actual Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, etc. to play. You can use the freely available 5e "basic rules" and run everything in this module.

There are a number of sites that host the basic rules in various formats. I use a lot, but you can find the same information in lots of places by Googling '5e basic rules.'

Hope this helps!
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Sadie W December 18, 2020 9:13 pm UTC
Just ran this as a first ever game for my 6 and 7 year olds. They loved every second of it and asked immediately when the next adventure was going to be! They’re already hooked. My first time ever being DM too and I really loved it.
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Andrew F May 16, 2020 5:27 pm UTC
I just wanted to say thank you. I just ran this adventure over video chat for my kid's 7th birthday party and it went so well!
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Christopher W May 17, 2020 12:43 am UTC
Awesome! I'm happy it went well. Seven feels like a perfect age to start D&D.
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Gordon F February 27, 2020 3:26 pm UTC
There's a couple of maps included with this that don't seem to have anything to do with the adventure. Should there be other magic included?
Also, the rogue's character sheet mentions a spell sheet - should this be included in the bundle?
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Christopher W February 27, 2020 4:00 pm UTC
Hey Gordon!

Thank you for picking this up and supporting Extra Life.

The maps are for Clonker's hut. The color version is also in the adventure PDF itself, but we included them separately as well for easy printing, importing into a virtual tabletop, etc.

The rogue "spell sheet" mention is a holdover from the base sheet that slipped through. Everything needed for the rogue should be there.

Hope this helps!
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Gordon F February 28, 2020 1:02 pm UTC
Hi Christopher,
The maps are called Fort Ruin and Frostshield Tower Inn - I think these are from Clonker's Guide.

By the way - the adventure is great. My kids are really enjoying it
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Christopher W February 29, 2020 9:06 pm UTC
That's really strange, those were actually for a Christmas-themed adventure I released this year. I can't begin to fathom how they would have been uploaded to this adventure instead. Even if I misclicked, I assume they would have come in as a separate .zip, not just entirely replace the An Ogre and His Cake maps.

Whatever went wrong, it should be fixed now. Please go to your library and find the file called ''. This should have everything you need. Sorry for the mix up!

I'm happy you're enjoying it!
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Neven M June 09, 2019 3:18 pm UTC
I've ran this today as an introduction to D&D with three of my young brothers (8, 10 and 11 old) and they absolutely loved it! Even our 3 year old baby sister had fun just being around, rolling dice for the enemies, and commenting from time to time!

I couldn't ask for a better child introductory D&D adventure!

I wish there are more products like this!

That being said, I had to translate the adventure to my native language (Croatian), which wasn't a big deal, but I couldn't translate the character sheets entirely, because the fillable PDFs are fillable only on certain sections. Here's an image preview of a Human Fighter:

So, the creators, is it maybe possible if you can include completely editable character sheets, or maybe point me in the right direction of how can I edit the blank PDFs? Which software have you used to make the sheets, or anything useful at all? :)

Cheers, and thanks again for this amazing...See more
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Matthew C October 27, 2018 7:12 pm UTC
Does this have a sequel? IIRC you guys were working on one.
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Christopher W October 28, 2018 3:41 pm UTC
Hey Matthew! Thanks for your continued interest in An Ogre and His Cake.

We shifted gears a little bit and instead of a true sequel, we are launching a collaborative project where a lot of fine Guild creators are producing family-friendly content. Clonker will have his own commentary on each adventure.

We just launched the project today, actually, so don't expect it anytime *too* soon, but the wheels are turning!
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Michael P September 12, 2019 2:09 am UTC
Hello Chris,

Since its almost been a year, I was wondering where I could find an update on this. Definitely tracking. I ran this with my kids and our neighbors as a joke, 6 months later we are all still playing.
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Christopher W September 16, 2019 8:03 pm UTC
It has certainly been a while. We saw a number of production setbacks, but Clonker's Guide to Being a Hero is here!
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Lynn R October 10, 2018 3:38 pm UTC
I ran this with my three nieces ages 8, 11, 12 last weekend. It was the first D&D experience for the 8 & 11 year old and it made a great introduction for them! There are a lot of options for interactions in the module, I didn't use all of them but was able to modify them appropriate to our time and experience level. I printed some pictures of baby creatures for the menagerie such as owlbears and griffons and had them roll for the creature reactions to feeding and petting which they got a kick out of. And now these three young magic users have an NPC ogre friend who they might invite on a future adventure to provide a little muscle to back them up! Great job on this content, would love to see more like it.
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Christopher W October 10, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
I'm happy to hear you all had fun! There will definitely be more adventures like this in the future and little bit more Clonker.
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christopher S July 17, 2018 10:16 am UTC
This is great. As a parent with three young ones that are interested these themes are well suited to them and a good introduction to fantasy and role playing.
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Christopher W July 18, 2018 1:42 pm UTC
Awesome! I am glad we hit a positive note with you and your children. Let us know how their adventures go!
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Jim B July 04, 2018 4:38 pm UTC
I really don't like products designed to 'talk down' to kids, like they're somehow lesser. I play tested my brother's DND campaign material at 8 years old, playing stuff written for a much older age group. And the whole reason I so quickly fell in love with it was that it felt so real and (for want of a better word) adult, not dumbed down. So I really don't see the point in a product like this-I'm sure it is great, but equally sure it is misguided. A real world with real stakes and freedom is what children want, not this.
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Marc B July 06, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Do you have children? My daughter's face lit up when she met a pair of fairies in this adventure, and the tone, length, and setting of the adventure were all right up her alley. For her at least, and for me as a parent, both the execution and the intent were perfect. I never felt like the adventure 'talked down' to her; it appealed to her tastes.

Also, I think comparing an adventure like this to a homebrew campaign or a campaign setting book is inherently flawed. I've DM'd a campaign for my daughter and other kids (all below age 10), and we do play in a world with "real stakes and freedom." This is more accurately compared to a one-shot or an Adventurer's League module. It could certainly be expanded into a full campaign with all of the grown-up decision making that we all enjoy in D&D.
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Craig W July 08, 2018 12:12 pm UTC
I don't understand why you'd be pessimistic about something designed to be more kid-friendly? I'm about to use this to get my 5 year old into gaming. It's not about "dumbing down", but it IS about bringing things to his level. He's 5. He's not going to play D&D like I do, or even like older kids do. Cynicism is really unnecessary. If a particular module can help get more kids into the game, how can it be a bad thing???
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Nicholas C July 10, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Wow, have you heard of terms like ‘Parentified’ for example? The notion that kids are still building up their mental faculties and still haven’t fully develop to understand like how we adults do. Kids just needs time to grow up in their own terms, and this module is perfect for them.
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Eric M June 29, 2018 11:21 pm UTC
I love this! I have some cousins who want to play d&d so this would be perfect for them! I would love to see more stuff like this.
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Christopher W June 29, 2018 11:47 pm UTC
Thank you so much for supporting this cause!

We would love to continue making kid-focused products if there is a demand. I know this was an absolute joy to write.
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