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How The Lich Stole Christmas

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You’re a foul one, Mr. Lich
Your flesh smells like decay
For the crimes you have committed
There will be hell to pay
When the heroes come to save Christmas Day

How The Lich Stole Christmas is a short 3-4 hour one shot holiday adventure for characters of all levels. The encounters include variations for adventuring parties of each tier of play. The story unfolds through melodic rhymes that are certain to get the players into the spirit of the adventure.

Does your party have what it takes to save Christmas?

The door flew wide open, in blew the cold. 
A young girl stepped in, confident and bold. 
"I escaped from the bad things, I know where they are!
Inside of the mountain, it isn't too far."
Her parents embraced her, she was hugged and was kissed,
But the rest of the children were still being missed.
"Hello, strangers," the girl said. "You look quite brave.
Would you please help rescue my friends held in the cave?"

Christmas Kobold

This adventure includes:

  • Scalable encounters that make this adventure playable by characters of all levels.
  • Kobolds in Christmas hats!
  • The story told in a recognizable style that encourages the players to get in on the fun by creating their own rhymes.
  • Mad snowmen, an original creature presented with four separate stat blocks for each tier of play.
  • An original puzzle for the players to solve in order to accomplish their final goal.
  • Combat encounters that include different enemies, tactics, and mechanics based on tier of play.
  • A unique magic item presented as a reward to parties who complete the quest.

Christmas Treant

Wizard Sleeve Studios


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John C December 28, 2023 6:46 am UTC
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I was wondering what would be a good adventure to send these people on if you finish the tier 3 ending with an archmage as the villain who would be the boss of an archmage?
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Michael K December 28, 2023 4:40 am UTC
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Ran this on Christmas Eve and we had a blast. I knew my Mom would expect a final 'verse' at the end of the adventure so I prepared one, and I was right, she did! Thought I'd post it here in case anyone else finds it useful.

The group returned heroes, with the children in toe.
In song and in lights the town soon was aglow!
A feast was prepared and all spirits were high,
As the full moon appeared to light the night sky.
Mugs raised with a shout, all sang 'Hip hip hooray!
Three cheers to our new friends who saved Christmas Day!'
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Lauren B January 01, 2024 6:07 am UTC
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About to run this tomorrow for our nieces/nephews, really appreciate this final verse!
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Michael S December 24, 2023 4:12 am UTC
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I was asked to DM a one-shot without any prep today and this adventure turned out great! We completed it in under 3 hours.
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Kai M December 12, 2023 11:01 pm UTC
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Hi, I'm planning on running this for tier 3, but the final battle information for tier 3 + 4 and the conclusion, aftermath and loot are all missing from my pdf download?! Does anyone have any tips?
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Kai M December 12, 2023 11:19 pm UTC
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Upon further looks, I can't see the puzzle info or the kobold stat info for any tier! This really isn't useful at all...
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Steve "Jaspor" O December 13, 2023 3:07 am UTC
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Hi there. This sounds like it's most likely an issue with your download or PDF viewer, since nobody else has reported this issue and we haven't updated the file in years. I'd recommend trying to download it again. And if that doesn't work, maybe update your Adobe Acrobat reader. Hope that helps!
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Allen H November 22, 2023 5:09 am UTC
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I ran this for a few friends last year on my VTT and they loved it!
Now I have signed up to DM a one shot at a game bar and I am going to run this with dollar store Christmas props on tabletop. I need to bring pregen characters to this event. Does anyone have any ideas / sources? I’m running for 5 players at level 5 (tier 2)
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Beau Y December 20, 2023 1:22 am UTC
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This is probably too late for Allen, but D&D Beyond offers free premade characters and the ability to randomly generate characters as well. That would be my choice for premades for a story: Pick the broad parameters of the premades you want, hit the button a few times, and print off the good ones. (That said, this adventure is very flexible and probably almost any character would work.)
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Allen H November 22, 2023 5:09 am UTC
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I ran this for a few friends last year on my VTT and they loved it!
Now I have signed up to DM a one shot at a game bar and I am going to run this with dollar store Christmas props on tabletop. I need to bring pregen characters to this event. Does anyone have any ideas / sources? I’m running for 5 players at level 5 (tier 2)
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Keegan B November 21, 2023 1:58 am UTC
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This is amazing! I've grabbed a copy and can't wait to run it for some newbie D&D players at work this year.
How did others explain the light puzzle without giving it away? I understand the solution, but I can't quite figure out how to explain it without making the answer obvious.
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Steve "Jaspor" O November 21, 2023 5:37 am UTC
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Hello! Glad you like the adventure.
For the light puzzle, I'd recommend looking over the "Hints and Tips" section for ideas on how to let the players make skill checks to learn more about the solution. This way, you're not just giving it away, and players seem to be satisfied if they have to succeed on a skill check in order to earn that hint. Hope that helps!
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daniel F November 19, 2021 6:49 pm UTC
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This one-shot looks amazing! and I'm excited to run this over the holidays but the PDF seems to be faulty - The page containing Chapter two cannot be loaded!
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Steve "Jaspor" O November 19, 2021 6:53 pm UTC
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Hi Daniel. Thanks for the purchase. This is the first time I've heard of this issue. Can you try viewing it in a different PDF viewer - maybe within the browser itself, or within Adobe Acrobat - and see if that helps? Or on a different device? If none of that works, you can contact me on Twitter ( @AgentJaspor) and I'll get you a link to a fresh version.
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daniel F November 23, 2021 10:44 pm UTC
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I tried it in browser and it's working - Thank you for such a quick reply :)
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Tabs D January 16, 2021 3:43 am UTC
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Ran this over the holidays. Paladin was very excited to finally fight a lich, only to learn it was 4 kobolds in a trench coat. 10/10
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Zach V December 23, 2020 5:05 pm UTC
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https://imgur.com/gallery/PLa6DXH

I made a map intended for use with the final encounter and lights beforehand
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Steve "Jaspor" O December 23, 2020 5:06 pm UTC
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I love it, thanks for sharing! The tree and that room look great!
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Zach V December 23, 2020 5:16 pm UTC
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https://imgur.com/gallery/A9ct7dY

Ended up finishing up the map after I realized the kobold fight took place in front of the lights
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Zach V December 23, 2020 5:29 pm UTC
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https://i.imgur.com/J89opdn.png

Here's a christmas treant token using the art from your book as well
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Angel B December 12, 2020 5:59 pm UTC
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I created a map for this on Inkarnate, everyone is free to use it

https://inkarnate.com/m/Yyn2wG--lichchristmasmap/
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Jessica D November 29, 2020 11:26 pm UTC
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I just bought this and plan to run it with my family for Christmas. I remade Appendix C. The Cave, however which I'd share but I dont see if it's possible to post an image. Thought more people might like an alternate map. But that aside, I can't wait to run this! I've been reading through it and it seems very fun for my family that has no experience with DnD, as well as an easy one-shot to help me learn the ins and outs of Foundry vtt
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Steve "Jaspor" O November 30, 2020 3:34 pm UTC
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Hi Jessica. Thanks for the purchase, and would definitely be interested in checking out the map! You can contact me on my Twitter (found in the credits) and I'd be happy to broadcast it so others could use it. Thanks!
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Courtney W December 04, 2020 9:00 pm UTC
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I'd like to check out your map too. Is there a place you have them that others can grab?
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Aaron R December 07, 2020 2:39 am UTC
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Would love to see this as well! I just made the switch from roll20 to foundry also!
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Jessica D December 12, 2020 4:20 am UTC
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I just shared it on my twitter account @sheplaysit Posted both with and without grid :)
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Jessica D December 12, 2020 4:20 am UTC
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I just shared it on my twitter account @sheplaysit
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Jessica D December 12, 2020 4:20 am UTC
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I just shared it on my twitter account @sheplaysit
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Lauren B January 01, 2024 6:03 am UTC
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For reference, this is the tweet from Jessica with the map: https://twitter.com/ShePlaysIt/status/1337612893043322880
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Tom G June 07, 2020 12:50 am UTC
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I just finished running this for 3 kids (aged 8-9) and one adult and it was an absolute blast. I've also been running my son through LMoP and he said this was much more fun! It's got a really nice balance of serious combat and serious silliness. The only real complaint I have is that the map doesn't really make much sense. But I just found something online and made it work for myself. I'll definitely be looking for more adventures from these folks.
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Aaron R November 16, 2020 4:12 am UTC
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Hey there! I'll be running this adventure this Christmas for my family via roll20. I'd be very interested to know what map you found that you ended up using instead if you wouldn't mind sharing =).
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Tom G January 19, 2021 10:54 pm UTC
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Sorry... just saw this. I honestly don't remember. Just something I found with some google searching. I hope you had a good time running the game!
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Jeff F December 27, 2019 12:57 am UTC
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I bought the adventure...but have a question...I'm missing the stats for an awakened tree? Where do I find that?
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Steve "Jaspor" O December 27, 2019 3:03 am UTC
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Thanks for the purchase! The awakened tree is part is the freely available Basic Rules for D&D 5E. You can find the stat block here: https://www.dndbeyond.com/monsters/awakened-tree
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Rafael D December 23, 2019 5:50 pm UTC
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Just bought it and I'm super excited to play this with some friends that I'm trying to introduce to D&D with a special christmas one-shot.

Just one question: I know this game has different tiers for different levels of adventurers, but to make it balanced within these tiers, what size of a group was it thought for? Thanks in advance!
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Steve "Jaspor" O December 23, 2019 10:56 pm UTC
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Thanks for the purchase! The encounters are balanced for a party of 4-5 characters. If you have fewer, take away a creature. If you have more, add a creature of the same type.

Enjoy the adventure!
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Alex B December 21, 2019 5:44 am UTC
I don't understand the door puzzle, I can't see a way for the players to even figure out there is a puzzle let alone solve it, even knowing the solution I have no idea how i'd go about solving it, could someone who understands please explain how it works.
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Alex B December 21, 2019 6:07 am UTC
never mind I got it, I feel like an idiot now, accidentally skipped an entire paragraph.
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Max J October 07, 2021 4:48 pm UTC
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Can you explain the puzzle to me? Honest question. I feel like I may need to rework it slightly for my group.
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Steve "Jaspor" O October 07, 2021 5:05 pm UTC
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Hi Max.
The section entitled "The Solution" explains it in great detail. The short version is there are two patterns interwoven (every other bulb) and there is ONE bulb that doesn't fit the pattern. The "Hints and Tips" section should help nudge the players in the right direction if they are struggling to figure it out. Hope that helps!
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Max J October 14, 2021 12:43 am UTC
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Thank you! I wasnt quite sure if I was understanding whether or not the patterns are interwoven. I think I get it now!

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