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This toolkit contains everything you need to create exciting one-shot adventures on a single sheet of paper in about 20 minutes. Developed and play-tested over two years, this guide contains the complete methodology, with a flow chart and descriptions of every stage, a dozen random tables to get your creativity flowing, and over 100 examples of adventure starting points, arranged by type and party tier.

Simply print out the template at the back, grab a pencil and some dice, walk through the steps, and you should have everything you need--without a lot of extra wasted effort--to play a 2-4 hour one-shot adventure straight away. Combined with the Spontaneous Dungeon Master's Companion, you can take your games even further into the realm of improvisation and creative surprise.

You can also take advantage of a video playlist full of examples of this approach to game preparation, including a series that takes you through real-time random-roll-based preparation, to a two-hour play-through of the adventure, and a debrief with the players afterward.

This method is designed to be used with 5e, but the approach is actually fairly system-agnostic. With a few minor tweaks to the fantasy-specific elements, it could easily work well to prepare adventures in any setting or RPG system.

My hope is that by using this toolkit you will--like me--save a ton of time getting ready for game night, and have even more satisfying adventures.

If you're looking for ready-made single-page adventures that you can grab and deploy within just a few minutes, be sure to also check out One-Page One-Shots: Volume One, with ten exciting ready-to-play adventures full of dungeons, monsters, and traps.

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Gregory T September 20, 2020 2:39 pm UTC
Hey thanks for all these terrific resources! Just getting back into the game after many years away, and this really opens up the flavor of that creative & open-ended way that we used to roll.
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Robert P September 20, 2020 4:48 pm UTC
Hey thanks for taking the time to drop this comment. Really glad to hear you're getting back into the game after many years away -- that's me too! -- and I hope this helps you prep. fast and maximise game time and fun.
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Daniel B July 16, 2020 1:20 pm UTC
Hi - This looks like a great way to approach setting up a one-shot and I'm looking forward to testing it out. One item I noticed in the example on the last page is that it says Godfrey has never met Gilda and that Gilda attempts to kill him and flee out the window. Are those supposed to be references to Ravenna?
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Robert P July 16, 2020 1:37 pm UTC
Nope, just names I pulled out of the air. The one-shot is meant to be playable anywhere (but set in FR as written). I do hope you enjoy testing it out and look forward to hearing more of your thoughts! :)
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Daniel B July 16, 2020 4:34 pm UTC
Sorry I wasn't more clear. What I meant was that in one part of the example it says Ravenna is possessed and the sister of Gilda, whom Godfrey caroused with and then left destitute with child. Then later in the same example it says Gilda, "whom Godfrey has never met" is under the influence of a spirit of retribution. The Act II section of the example then also says "Gilda attempts to kill Godfrey, then flee", but Act III says "The hunt for Ravenna is on." I was getting the impression that some of the references to Gilda should actually be Ravenna.
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Robert P July 16, 2020 4:38 pm UTC
Wow, you're totally right. The middle two references should be to the assassin Ravenna. I'll update it now. This may have been an early version or something. My proofreader wife is usually on it with this stuff.
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Robert P July 16, 2020 4:45 pm UTC
OK, I've updated that. Many thanks! Interested that you gave the sample adventure such a close read. I've been working on fleshing out all the examples in the toolkit to actually create adventures, and am done with quite a few of them. Out of curiosity--is that something you think the community would enjoy? Would you?
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Daniel B July 16, 2020 10:07 pm UTC
I'd certainly be interested in seeing them, yes! Thus far I've only skimmed the majority of the content but jumped to the example because I wanted a better understanding of where this was all headed and the purpose of each element before spending more time going through the steps you've outlined. It's kind of like seeing seeing the food you are going to be cooking before working through the list of ingredients.
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Robert P July 17, 2020 8:32 am UTC
Sounds like a good approach. Thanks again for spotting those inconsistencies. Bon appetit!
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