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A Night of Fright! A haunting adventure of meddling heroes and their talking gnoll

Jinkies! Uldryn Beauregard is dead—and he’s left one million gold to anyone who can survive the night in his haunted mansion! But spooky things are going on, and nothing is as it seems. Luckily, Mystery LLC is on the case!

TL;DR Here’s what you get:

    • A four-hour parody-horror adventure that, if you’re asking me, is pretty funny
    • Five ready-to-play pregenerated characters, each with a custom sheet and token for digital play
    • 5 fully playable subclasses to continue the shenanigans of Mystery LLC
    • An interactive PDF and screen reader-friendly doc 
    • Maps! There’s even maps in this sucker. One with labels, one with grid lines, a blank one ... you can really go nuts if you’re into maps!
    • The ability to print out and frame that cover art, because look at it it’s so funny and cool

headshots of Mystery LLC

A Night of Fright is a parodic one-shot adventure designed to be played in a single four-hour session by five players. In a loving send-up of classic mystery cartoons, players will take the role of one of four meddling heroes—or their talking gnoll! Explore a haunted mansion full of traps, frights, spooks, scares, ghosts, ghasts, and ghouls to uncover old Uldryn’s secrets before it’s too late—for this is no run-of-the-mill real estate scam. There’s real danger in the mansion and Mystery LLC will need all the help they can get! 

(Yes, you can play this without the pregenerated characters or with less than five people. It’ll work fine, I promise. It’s just more fun to actually get to be Mystery LLC!)

With over 20 different possible encounters, no two games will be the same. A fully interactive PDF created by bestselling designer Lydia Van Hoy helps DMs easily navigate the digital format.

sample pages of A Night of Fright. Download screen reader-friendly doc for text!

Honestly, we just had a lot of fun making this adventure. So much so that we kind of accidentally created five new subclasses: Bespectacled Sleuth Rogue, Warlock of The Damsel, Oath of Traps Paladin, Way of the Coward Monk, and Bardic College of Snacks. These subclasses are fully playable, but a bit more on … let’s generously call it the “fun” side. They’re pretty balanced! Probably! Just don’t peek too close. Anyway, you could actually play a full campaign with the Mystery LLC gang and please do and send us stories. 

This adventure is purposefully designed to be a bit on the lighter side. It could fairly be stated that we openly flaunt generally accepted guidelines like “don’t build in villain monologues” and “don’t split the party.” But the result is a replayable, trope-laden game of memorable fun and moderate spooks that multiple playtesters said was “really fun!” 

To see a live play of this game, click HERE! The author of this game (me!) ran it on Twitch with One Shot Onslaught.

This adventure has a SEQUEL! Neat, huh? Check out A Night of Fright! 2: The Lich's Ghost right here!

cover of a Night of Fright 2. Shows Skoobi the gnoll pulling Sha-Gi the monk as he runs in fear from a ghostly woman. The rest of Mystery LLC stands ready to battle

 
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Blaine M November 28, 2020 7:50 pm UTC
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Hey Everyone, I am getting ready to run this game and I also just bought Dungeon Draft so i wanted to play around and I remade all 3 maps if you guys would like a full color and furnished map check it out here! hope you all enjoy!

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1945MWHj8jgKFofX-T4BjF1WGxm-sTMcS?usp=sharing
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William N October 31, 2020 12:25 pm UTC
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Hi, I'm a little confused, I'm entering the character sheets into roll20 and noticed none of the characters have backgrounds, which means theyre missing half their skill proficiencies and part of their equipment, is that intended?, furthermore, vellmah is missing her expertises
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Steven P October 31, 2020 2:00 pm UTC
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Yes, backgrounds are optional. These characters do not have a background outside of mystery solving! And basic equipment is not required for this game, but may be given at the DM's discretion.
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William N October 31, 2020 2:46 pm UTC
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aaah okay, and what about the stats? they all seem like they either have rolled or not got all 27 points from point buy
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Steven P October 31, 2020 4:16 pm UTC
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Because of the unique nature of the game, the stats were built around the characters instead of vice versa.
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William N October 31, 2020 6:50 pm UTC
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aaah gotcha, and what familiar does daphni have? or is it players/dms choice?
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Steven P October 31, 2020 8:28 pm UTC
CREATOR
Yep, as per the spell she can summon any familiar option.
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Katrin H October 30, 2020 3:43 am UTC
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I really loved this game, like probably one of the 2 best games I've ever been in. Almost everyone played their characters really delightfully. Even Dafni was delightful.

I have admittedly only played it once but here are some notes I have:

-Give Fred some rope and other trap supplies in his inventory (best part of our game was Fred making ridiculous traps complete with crayon drawn schematics)

-The encounter closest to sitting room seemed really distracting to clue solving and kind of flubbed the party trying to split up when I rolled the max amount of monsters. I'd probably move it to the dinning room and have less monsters.

-Make the Scooby Snacks more powerful. (Our Scooby never used them. Said they didn't do enough to warrant using them.. which was a bit disappointing thematicly)

-Make one of the npcs really nice.(my group talked about murdering the others multiple times and I think horror excels better and villains seem more villainous if...See more
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Alex L October 28, 2020 11:37 am UTC
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This looks really fun, i'll be DMing to a group of friends this weekend. But i have a doubt, how do you decide how much of the family is dead? I cannot find reasons for them to be dead (or alive for that matter). I don't know if i'm missing something or what.
For the rest is really fun, and i'll porbably buy the second part (and all the rest that you do if there is more afterwards).
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Steven P October 28, 2020 1:12 pm UTC
CREATOR
Honestly, in almost every game I've played, the players almost completely forgot the family exists, which makes it easy for them to disappear. The family is purposefully made to be unlikeable so that they'll head off on their own, only to get nabbed off-screen. If Mystery LLC is sitting around or focusing in the wrong area, I often have a family member in another part of the house die, loudly screaming, to spur the players forward to investigate that.

Sometimes, the players keep the NPCs around and that's cool too--I usually have Very Scary encounters target the family in that instance, kidnapping people right in front of the players.
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Alex L October 29, 2020 5:21 am UTC
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Thanks for the response! I'll try to use them as a way to redirect the party if they are lost. I'm really curious to run the game for more than one group, it feels like it could have very different outcomes and experiences depending on the players.
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Katrin H October 30, 2020 2:48 am UTC
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I just use them as time markers. I kill one pretty quickly and then space the other 2 out. They were mostly ignored by my group until they died, and then they chase after the scream to find more clues. Also found it fun to spoil a trap Fred made with one of them.

Next time I run it however I think it might be more useful to use them as suspects. Maybe one gets ectoplasm on their shoes and ect. Red Herrings.
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Lee D October 25, 2020 12:24 pm UTC
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Just bought this and love the content that's included!

Anyone got any ideas for a 6 player go at it or how to create. 6th? The only character I could think of making was scrappy but unsure on race / class. Maybe kobold and make him annoying as possible? Haha
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Steven P October 25, 2020 1:10 pm UTC
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I saw a previous purchaser make a Yogi Bear parody as a guest star, and I thought that was really brilliant! Scrappy is also a very solid choice!
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Lee D October 25, 2020 3:35 pm UTC
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I never even thought about yogi Bear or any of the other Hanna Barbara characters, this would be a great choice!

Was thinking of making scrappy a barbarian with some sort of rage power called let me at em to go with the custom powers the others have but unsure what id make it do!
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Steven P October 25, 2020 6:28 pm UTC
CREATOR
He gets advantage on grapple checks while raging!
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Jim H October 24, 2020 12:50 pm UTC
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Looks like the Headings on (starting with) page 2 and 3 are messed up. Like something happened to the fonts when the PDF was being rendered.
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Steven P October 24, 2020 1:06 pm UTC
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Thanks for letting me know! Unfortunately, I'm not seeing this--I just downloaded it from DMG and the download looks fine. Maybe try re-downloading it?
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Jim H October 24, 2020 1:15 pm UTC
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Still doing it. Just downloaded the 'A_Night_of_Fright_Master.pdf' file. Maybe there's a font that I need to download? Like Page 3, the header above Adventure Overview.
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Steven P October 24, 2020 1:50 pm UTC
CREATOR
I'm sorry to hear it! The PDF should not require you to have anything special. I just re-uploaded the PDF and checked it, and it still looks clean on my end.
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Jim H October 24, 2020 2:24 pm UTC
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I can send a screen shot if you can let me know where to send it. What is the name of the font used for those headings.
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William O October 21, 2020 3:52 pm UTC
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Enjoying it so far but will be changing names because it is WAY too similar to Critical Role.
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Jess P October 22, 2020 3:38 am UTC
What do you mean? The names are a Scooby Doo parody?! Lol
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Jess P October 22, 2020 3:38 am UTC
What do you mean? The names are a Scooby Doo parody?! Lol
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William O October 22, 2020 10:02 pm UTC
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In Critical Role there is a character named Beauregard and their family runs a vineyard. Just want my players to know its a Scooby Doo parody and not a Critical Role one.
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Benjamin B October 18, 2020 3:27 pm UTC
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Hello
Do you think you could upload the maps as individual floors?
I am using a VTT and aligning the grids on the massive map is a massive pain.
Could you also do this with the DM maps?
Other than that my players are stoked to do this at Halloween and get all dressed up!
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Steven P October 18, 2020 6:20 pm UTC
CREATOR
Glad to hear you're excited! I put out a new maps zip file that should have what you need. For what it's worth, I don't recommend trying to line up the grinds to a VTT - they will not likely match up. I recommend using the blank maps and getting it pretty close, as the exact sizes have very little bearing in the adventure. Or you can pick up the official VTT version on Fantasy Grounds--it'll be cheaper in the bundle! https://www.dmsguild.com/product/324155/A-Night-of-Fright-PDF--VTT-BUNDLE?src=also_purchased
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Benjamin B October 18, 2020 8:06 pm UTC
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Those maps are perfect!
Thank you so much for the quick response!
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John D September 25, 2020 8:42 pm UTC
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Hello, I just bought your pdf pack for this months Halloween one shot. But I've noticed that the maps don't really match with the module book. I have maps for a ice themed adventurer of some kind and not the spooky mansion maps I was expecting, is this correct?
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Steven P September 25, 2020 9:21 pm UTC
CREATOR
What a STRANGE thing! It looks like the maps on this one and one of my other products got switched. I have no idea how that could even happen, but it should be fixed now! If you re-download the maps, it should be the mansion maps. Thank you for letting me know about this!
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Rani M July 20, 2020 8:41 pm UTC
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LOVE IT!
I just played this with my D&D group. (Unfortunately we were down a player so 1 person played shaggy and scooby) but beyond that this was fantastic!
Thank you for the for the Easter Egg (initials D.K. love his movies!)

But honesty, this Mod is worth far more than the $5 I paid for it. The scenes are well laid out, lots of information and clues, I had to improvise on a couple things, but my group loved it!
I would love to see this group write another Mod with these Characters!
Hands down, best night of D&D our group has had in a while, lots of laughing, joking, voice attempts and so much more.
I did print everything off, I found it much easier to flip through the pages in page protectors in a binder and have copies of the maps on my TV and Laptop.
The most important thing was that my group had fun!
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Steven P July 20, 2020 8:47 pm UTC
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Thank you sharing your story! I'm really glad to hear you all enjoyed yourselves :D I'll let you in on a secret: there is another book coming soon! Check out @stevenpankotai on Twitter to keep up on its progress!
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Keith W June 10, 2020 6:19 pm UTC
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I like this, but unfortunately, my screen reader can't read image files as text so I can't read the pregens. Is it possible for the pregens to be done in a PDF with readable text?
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Steven P June 10, 2020 6:32 pm UTC
CREATOR
That's a terrible oversight! I have the pregens in text format and will make them into a reader-friendly PDF this evening. Thanks for pointing that out, and I apologize for the inconvenience!
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Keith W June 10, 2020 6:41 pm UTC
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Thank you very much.
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Steven P June 10, 2020 8:53 pm UTC
CREATOR
I just updated the product with a PDF that has accessible character sheets. If you re-download you should get it! Thank you for your patience, and if you have any issues with it or the product don't hesitate to say so and I'll make it right.
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Keith W June 11, 2020 4:07 pm UTC
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Thank you very much.

Now that I can see them, I'm curious, which version of the gnoll race did you use, or did you create your own for this?
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Steven P June 11, 2020 4:12 pm UTC
CREATOR
We made our own, based primarily off of the homebrew gnoll stats provided on the D&D Wiki: https://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Gnoll_(5e_Race)
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Daine S June 09, 2020 8:53 pm UTC
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Reposting from elsewhere before leaving a review as well!

"Oh wow, this was a DELIGHT to read! Im going to be vague to avoid spoilers for folks but I love the idea of multiple villians! They both give a lot of options for DMs to work with. The Clue Cruiser is a stroke of genius. I love the rebranding of the cousins and the write up on how to dm them. The nods to other mysteries and capers the gang have solved.Finally the stat blocks are top notch. Well in line! The subclasses really ring true to the Gang. All in all this is amazing! I will and do recommend this HIGHLY to anyone who is a Scooby Doo or campy 'mystery', 'kids on bikes' kind of fan. Super good!"
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Henry H June 09, 2020 7:54 pm UTC
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I just purchased it and reading through it still but I really appreciate the inclusion of the tokens and maps in a serpate folder for my FantasyGround campaign
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Steven P June 09, 2020 7:55 pm UTC
CREATOR
I'm glad! I did all the playtesting for this online, and I knew I wanted to make it easy for people to play during the pandemic. I hope you enjoy it!
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