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This is the PDF version.  If you're looking for the Fantasy Grounds module, click here!

"Sorry, I can't make it this week!"

It can be hard to get all of your players together at the same time and place.  When other obligations pull a player away from your table, but the rest of the party doesn't want to pause the game for weeks or even months, what's a DM to do?  Kill off their character?  Relegate them to NPC status?  No!  "I Had To Go Because..." is filled with over 180 in-character "excuses" for why an adventurer needs to take leave of the party.

Inside these pages you will find...

  • d8 charts organized by Background, so that ghosts from an adventurer's past can come back to haunt them.
  • Options that are pressing but not life-threatening, so the party won't feel obligated to tag along.
  • Advice on reintroducing characters who've grown and benefited from an extended absense, and bring new boons to the party, rather than getting left in the dust.
"The neat thing about I Had to Go Because is that most of the explanations can be spun into one-shot adventures or story hooks that allow a character's story to continue even when the player isn't at the table." ~ Christian Hoffer, ★★★★★

"As a DM there's nothing worse than having to come up with reasons that some players are missing.  As a player, throwing one of these ideas at your DM saves them a huge headache and shows that you take the game seriously enough to think about that.  Either way, it's a good purchase." ~ Bryan H. ★★★★★


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Robert B December 31, 2019 9:21 pm UTC
Any chance you could adapt this to FG (Fantasy Grounds)?
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Ashley M January 01, 2020 4:54 pm UTC
I'll look into contacting someone about it! ^^
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Robyn N January 16, 2020 6:03 am UTC
It's available on FG now! :)
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Anthony K May 22, 2019 2:58 am UTC
Hello Ashley! This is Cassie from the YouTube channel Home Brew Crew.

I just wanted to let you know that we reviewed your 5e Supplement on one of our latest videos. We liked it a lot and wanted to share it with more people. You can check out the video below!

Thank you for making this awesome supplement! We try to find homebrew content that adds more to the game and is balanced, and yours did just that!

-Cassie, Home Brew Crew
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