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Claus for Concern: A Holiday One-Shot for Christmas

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Oh, no! Santa has been bamboozled! Something is wrong in the toy factory, and the workshop is overrun with frosty foes, wintry wrongdoers, and North Pole ne'er-do-wells.

A team of Santa's elves manages to escape the workshop warzone and recruit a party of adventurers to go take back toyland.   

Can our heroes muster enough cheer and joy to make sure all the good girls and boys get their holiday gifts? Or will everyone forever get stockings full of coal...whether they're on the Naughty List or Nice? 

"Claus for Concern" has over a dozen holiday and winter-themed magic and wondrous items, maps of all locations, and full custom stat blocks for enemies and bosses!

This adventure is designed for levels 1-5 with scaling adjustments for parties of different levels. Additionally, my estimation is that you can complete the mission in a 3-4 hour session, but you can easily shorten or extend it based on your party's needs. 

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This particular one-shot could go very well in any arctic campaign as a side story, and works particularly well with Rime of the Frostmaiden.

And don't miss out on my other FREE Christmas title, Stocking Stuffers and Side Quests, with 13 new magic items, 5 new monsters and stat blocks, and 2 fun side-quests for your party to show their Christmas spirit. Plus, my Halloween adventure The Liching Hour can still spook your party out even at Christmastime. Just replace Liar's Night with Midwinter or Simril
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Alan W January 23, 2023 9:27 am UTC
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We had our (very late) session today, and it was marvellous! Absolutely marvellous!

We ran "A Clause for Concern", an adventure which I strongly, strongly recommend. I initially downloaded it for free, but after playing it through and being so delighted with it, I felt obliged to pay the $2.99 suggested donation.

Unfortunately, I am unable to add a product I already own to my cart. My workaround in this case was to pay $2.99 to the same publisher for a Halloween one-shot. Of course, if I run that and it is equally as good...
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Logan B December 29, 2022 2:34 pm UTC
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I have 1 critique for this one shot. I think the big bad should have some legendary resistances. I ran my players through this and after a single Fear spell they were able to mop the floor with her and the Claws's. It was still fun but the final battle just lost any challenge after a single save or suck spell
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Taylor S December 18, 2022 6:33 am UTC
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This was so fun to run and play
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therin G December 17, 2022 12:43 am UTC
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i was wondering if there is any token icons or images for the monsters.
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BJ K December 17, 2022 3:25 am UTC
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There aren’t at the moment. It’s on my list (pun intended), but I haven’t been able to put them together yet.
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Hector C December 10, 2022 11:33 pm UTC
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Hi B.J.Keeton, I am getting ready to run this by adding items into the homebrew section of Beyond and redoing your maps on Dungeondraft with Forgotten Adventures items (they look so great), and I had a couple questions:

1. the Unmelting Ice Shard, you ask for a roll of d20 when the chart is 1-100, and then you say choose a spell. Im not really familiar with the surge, was this in error?

2. the maps from 8 to 9 are a little confusing, where do I add a landing for the stairs at 9?

Thanks for this module, it looks like fun :), if you would like my version of your maps once Im done building them please dont hesitate to contact me.
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R Scott F December 09, 2022 11:17 pm UTC
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Thinking of running this one shot for Christmas, but I had a question. Should I use milestone or xp for player levels? My guess would be xp as there doesn't seem to be any milestone spots, but I wanted to be sure.
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BJ K December 09, 2022 11:50 pm UTC
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I’ve always used the whole adventure as a single Milestone and leveled the party up once at the end. XP would work just as well, and all the values are in the Star blocks by CR (but obviously feel free to adjust as needed).
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Yannis T December 05, 2022 3:52 am UTC
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Getting ready to run this one shot for my group for Christmas
Just had one question.

One of the saves mentions losing all 'Holiday Spirit', it's in italics which makes me think it's a mechanic of some sort. But I can't see where else it's mentioned other than Santa's holiday bag of holding. Can someone explain what Holiday Spirit is and what it does/how to gain it?
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BJ K December 05, 2022 10:01 pm UTC
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It's a debuff for that specific encounter, and I've adjusted the wording in version 1.3.2 to read:

"That player and any player within 5 feet of them must make a DC 15 Constitution saving throw. If the character fails, they have Lost All Holiday Spirit. This counts as a condition. The player has disadvantage on all attack rolls against Eldara, as well as disadvantage on saving throws for 2 hours. They also lose the ability to smell or taste peppermint and cinnamon, making the holiday season much less enjoyable. This effect continues until the character takes a long rest (or is cured by a Claus)."
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Olha P December 02, 2022 8:19 pm UTC
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Hello, BJ K!
I would like to translate this your adventure into Ukranian, so DMs here could have some fun during XMas and play in their native language. What would you say, is it possible? All credits will be saved of course
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Ellen D November 29, 2022 9:39 pm UTC
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Hi! Just purchased this one shot! I have a few questions!
For Myra and her spellcasting, does she have two separate 1st level spell slots for spellcasting 1 and 2? Like two slots for cleric spells and 2 slots for wizard spells? Or would I make it 4 slots total to pick and choose between all of her spells?
Also is she supposed to have saving throws, or was that a typo?
And for the Frosty Winged Kobold, what do you think the DC for the CON saving throw should be for its Chill Wind attack? Its stat block just says to make a CON saving throw. :)
I will have 5 players, do you think if they're all level 5 that this would still be a challenging one shot as things are? I want it to be fun, but not tooooo easy haha.
Thank you!
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Ellen D November 29, 2022 10:03 pm UTC
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Sorry for the spellcasting question - I'm still kind of a newb when it comes to spellcasting and slots/multiclassing lol
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Olha P December 02, 2022 8:32 pm UTC
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Hello, Ellen
Myra has 4 spell slots of 1st level: two for Wisdom spellcasting and 2 for Intelligence, as it is said in her statblock. By dnd rules you can use all four slots for any spell of 1st level among those she knows.
About Saving Throws it is definitely a typo, my guess is she is proficient in Int and Wis, as all wizards do, or you can choose cleric saves, which are Wis and Cha.

For Frosty Kobold you may use rules from DMG, which states that easy DC is up to 12, and more difficult DC might be 13-15. My guess is that 10 for that save should be fair enough, although there are DC 15 saves in this aventure, so it might be some kind of "recommended"

As for difficulty, I did not played this adventure yet, and it looks like not very difficult for experienced 5 lvl PCs. I would advise lvl 3 or 4, when they already have one ASI and do not have fireballs :)
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Gayle R November 08, 2022 5:58 pm UTC
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Downloaded the Claus for Concern adventure to play with teens at our local public library -- the information included in this adventure made my job so much easier, from completed monster stats to maps. The "pay what you want" element made it possible to share DnD with young minds who have never played, and they all sound so excited about an adventure at Santa's workshop! Thank you so much, BJ!
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BJ K November 09, 2022 5:52 pm UTC
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Gayle, this made my day. My wife worked for 14 years in a public library doing marketing and programming so I am very well-versed in how tight budgets are for any programs and events, especially for kids and teens. I am glad to have been able to help in some small way. :D
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Ben N October 10, 2022 3:12 pm UTC
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I downloaded this to run as a one-shot with my normal campaign group, but added some flair (because that's what we DMs do, right?). I matched my PC's with each other, Secret Santa style, and had them create level 4 characters for each other. The only restriction I gave them was the source material, and let me tell you... they nailed it! A rogue in a bunny suit (a la Ralphie from a Christmas Story), a barbarian Yukon Cornelius, Buddy the human bard (raised by elves, of course), and a Grinch themed Gloom Stalker ranger. On the night of the campaign, they'll be matched up Secret Santa style again to gift each other one wondrous item of uncommon or common rarity. With the amount of creativity the team is putting into their characters, I'm really looking forward to running this campaign with them. Thanks for a fun adventure :)
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BJ K October 10, 2022 4:16 pm UTC
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That sounds like an amazing party to play with. I am 100% stealing the barbarian Yukon Cornelius for next time I run this and putting him in the village somehow as an NPC, haha
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William C December 23, 2021 5:40 pm UTC
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I'm having the same issue. It's saying I can't open the files with I download them
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William C December 23, 2021 6:00 pm UTC
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I just can't see the maps
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BJ K December 23, 2021 7:57 pm UTC
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I removed all the previous files, checked the ones I have to make sure they all open and are correct, and re-uploaded them to the title. You should be able to access them now. If not, that might be a server-side issue out of our hands.
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Him W December 23, 2021 11:33 am UTC
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Hello, I'm getting an error stating that all the files are missing?
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BJ K December 23, 2021 3:41 pm UTC
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Now that’s odd. I just went in and tested them and refreshed them. All of them should work now—they do on my end. The only one that might give issue is if you see one called v1.1, so be sure to download the v1.2. It and all the map files are downloading and extracting for me now. When I’ve had this kind issue with other titles in the site, logging in with a different browser has helped, as well as purging my browser cache.
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Glenn E December 13, 2021 4:26 pm UTC
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Do the wondrous rare items in Santa's Bag of holding require atonement? Concerning the Red Fur-Lined Hat; how long does the "Amorphous Form" last?
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BJ K December 13, 2021 4:37 pm UTC
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Hi, Glenn! I didn't add Attunement to the items from Santa's bag because of this being a quirky one-off and didn't want the players who had this inserted into their regular campaigns to have to decide between fun new Christmas items and their existing attuned items. But taking a look at them all right now, I'm making an edit to republish all of the Fur-Lined items as requiring attunement and for Amorphous Form to last for 10 minutes.

Thanks for helping me see that! Happy Holidays!
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Al S December 21, 2020 3:40 am UTC
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I ran this for my group and it was great. The writing had a very nice atmosphere and the items were interesting. Took us 3 hours and we skipped about half the combat for pacing

As is, I think this should be for level 3-5. My group is 3 level 3s, so for the boss battle I removed Santa and Myra Claws as enemies and brought her HP down to 75. Eldara at the end was still way too powerful for them. My group still could not get a hit in, so I had to Christmas magic her AC and HP because the fight was dragging. I don't think a level 1 party could handle a CR 5 boss

It would have been nice to have a weaker version of the boss battle printed there. And more suggestions on lower level combat. Still a good time!
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BJ K December 21, 2020 2:45 pm UTC
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Hey! Thanks for the feedback! I’m keeping a list of notes for the next update, and I think these are spot on. I appreciate the specifics on what made it harder for your party and will totally get in a scaled version of the boss battle and some lower-level alternates. Thanks again!
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Holt K December 17, 2020 7:53 am UTC
No indication of level or duration
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BJ K December 17, 2020 3:29 pm UTC
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I had the level range on the cover, but I had somehow forgotten to add it to the description. It's 1-5, so I updated that when I fixed the cover and added the medal. I also added that I estimate this one to be 3-4h, but it's hard to say. Thanks for the nudge on it!
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