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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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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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Carlos S December 16, 2020 9:03 am UTC
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Love the story. Question? I don't see stairs on the map leading from 8 to 9? And on village DM map should the 2 and three be swapped? Thanks
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BJ K December 16, 2020 2:28 pm UTC
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Hi, Carlos! I will adjust the stairs from 8-9 to be more clear in the next update. As it is, I see them continuing down from 8 to the western alcove in 9. And regarding the village map, I have it as the workshop being the southernmost building in town behind the walls with more of the collected buildings available for the village. But if it works better for your party, swap em up!
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Imeel S December 14, 2020 6:17 am UTC
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Do you have player versions of the maps? Like maps without the numbers on them. I usually run games on roll20 these days so that would make things a lot easier for me. It'd be super helpful if you could include the grid dimensions of the map as well, so that it'll be easier to align it on roll20.
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BJ K December 14, 2020 3:40 pm UTC
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I added the images as a ZIP just now for player maps with no numbers. The squares *should* be 5ft to 1 square. The village map doesn't have a grid from the artist, but it should line up with Roll20 pretty easily. :)
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William J December 12, 2020 4:32 am UTC
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The first map, page 3, has a key which refers to "1: Courtyard where the sleigh lands.".
But there isn't a '1' on the map. I assume it's basically in the middle?
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BJ K December 12, 2020 1:57 pm UTC
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You are absolutely right. I have updated the map to in v1.01 of the PDF. Thanks for pointing it out!
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