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In The Black Midwinter

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In The Black Midwinter is a Festive adventure, designed for characters of levels 2-4, to be played in one (3-4 hour) session. The PCs battle an ancient evil threatening a remote village in the subarctic north. Very much the same as most D&D adventures, only this time, it’s Christmas themed! 

Here's a video I made about the adventure:

How To Run A D&D Game At Christmas - https://youtu.be/hr4Khkiteco


The adventure includes a new Legendary Item, The Deck of Merry Things (with full printable art to create a prop deck), five (or seventeen, depending on how you count) new monsters, ten additional magic items and four new alignments (really!).


The adventure has been revised and expanded in November 2018, with a chapter by chapter adventure synopsis, internal hyperlinks in the pdf, and separate printable files for the Deck of Merry Things and maps. Another version of the main PDF is included, with no background textures on the pages, making it more suitable for black and white printing. Also one more table, because everyone loves rolling on tables. 


This adventure is ideal for a one off, not entirely serious game separate from your regular campaign. Mulled wine, stupid hats and holiday cheer not included, but very highly recommended.

 
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Joshua D November 26, 2018 8:39 pm UTC
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Excited to run this one!

Any chance we could get a printer-friendly version?
Or perhaps the Low-Res version was mistakenly uploaded? My low-res pdf still has the blue backgrounds
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Simon P November 26, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
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Hi Joshua thanks for buying the adventure. I guess by this point I've created about 14 different versions of the pdf so I may have got a few of them mixed up. Rest assured I've just uploaded the printer friendly version that has no blue backgrounds.
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Joshua D December 13, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
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Ha! I figured that was the case.
Thank you very much!
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Ryan D November 25, 2018 10:28 pm UTC
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I’m struggling with ideas for how to help the party learn the secrets of Cratch. For example they could see the shrine to Klain but unless there’s a marker with a bunch of text it’s hard to imagine how they can learn the backstory - same for the other houses. I see there are effigies to the heroes, but I don’t think those would include much detail, simply because they’re the heroes of the town, and the townsfolk wouldn’t need to see more. I realize Caulkin could tell them something, but they would have to meet him first and convince him to talk , plus a scared halfling isn’t likely to relay the entire town history to a group of adventurers. There’s no other NPCs to talk to, unless we have Bran simply say it all, which doesn’t work that well either .

Maybe have it all in a packet the party brings with them? Am I missing something?
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Simon P November 25, 2018 10:59 pm UTC
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Hi Ryan
With the secrets I was thinking things like books and journals scattered around the village, paintings and tapestries depicting the history of the place, and your characters recalling stories about the area (with successful history/ religion/ arcana checks). You can initiate the latter by having them recognise a statue or carving and have it trigger a potential memory.
Hope that helps.
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Tom G November 15, 2018 10:40 am UTC
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Hi - just purchased and everything downloads and unzips fine except for the hi-res PDF. Unsure as to whether it is the laptop I am on currently but I haven't had any other issues.
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Simon P November 17, 2018 9:56 am UTC
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Hi Tom. This is working for me at the moment. You may have had issues because I've uploaded and deleted a few different versions of the file recently. I'd say give it a try now, and let me know if you're still having issues and if so I'll sort something out.
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Adrian M November 13, 2018 11:35 am UTC
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Hi there. The full size preview does not work for me (Firefox, Windows 7).
Also, I am not seeing for what level this adventure meant to be?
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Simon P November 13, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
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The preview script was trying to open the maps file, because of the file name, but I've switched it around now so the adventure PDF should open for you as intended. Thanks for checking it out (also the adventure is for levels 2-4, which I've added to the description).
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Adrian M November 14, 2018 7:04 am UTC
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Thanks for fixing these so fast!
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Adrian M November 16, 2018 12:49 pm UTC
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Bought it! Looks really good so far :-)
I will write a full review once I've had the chance to run it.

By the way I noticed in both the High and Low res documents that the following paragraph is repeated twice (probably an error):
"A hard (DC15) perception check near an occupied building (see the encounter table) may reveal the presence of an inhabitant. The only exception is the largest residential building- that of the halfling merchant Holan Kellister."
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Simon P November 17, 2018 9:51 am UTC
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I'd love to say that's in there twice because it's such an important detail but I have to cop to it and say oops. I'll get that fixed for the next upload. And I'll sack my copy editing elves.
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Christin H October 30, 2018 7:30 pm UTC
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I run a D&D club at the middle school where I teach. Would this be appropriate for a hoard of 12-15 year olds?
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Simon P October 31, 2018 6:11 am UTC
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Hi. There's nothing inappropriate for that age group in the adventure. However it is written to be a fairly silly and goofy game, which I guess some players of that age might bounce off of, but it's perfectly possible to dial the dafter elements back, so you have more of a traditional D&D game. You just need to gauge the sorts of things your players would respond to best. Good luck!
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Christin H November 07, 2018 12:41 am UTC
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Thank you!
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Angelo S December 14, 2017 5:13 am UTC
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I'm a pretty new DM and I just ran this adventure for 7 players -- 5 of which had never played D&D before. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed it. Since there were so many new players, the first encounter I ran were with 6 Snow Golems. I wanted them to have a good challenge, but also enjoy killing a few enemies. They killed of 5 of them and then managed to destroy the last one as he was running away. A great way to start the game.

I had them actually traveling with a cart which carried Djimmssun and all his goods. I kinda needed a NPC like Djimmssun just so I could chime in and say a few things every once in a while. I played Djimmssun as a big, fat jerk who kept berating the players when he found out that they were lost. Eventually Djimmssun ate way too much of his own goods and fell into a food coma and wasn't a factor in the later parts of the game.

The feast scene in the great hall was super fun and with so many players there was a good split between those that chose to...See more
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Simon P December 14, 2017 12:06 pm UTC
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That's great - thanks do much for buying the adventure and I'm glad you all had fun with it. I never anticipated it would be anyone's first exposure to D&D - that's crazy! I really need to write an adventure you can play all year round now!
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Steve C November 13, 2017 12:18 pm UTC
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I have a very silly retro original D&D game I run a few times a year this looks perfect for. Looking forward to running it this weekend.
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Simon P November 17, 2017 2:36 pm UTC
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Cool - Let me know how it goes!
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Steve C November 20, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
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It went extremely well. All in all, an excellent adventure that can be played from very light hearted and silly, to rather sinister (the Krampus & the Yule Boys can easily be quite scary). It can be easily adapted or extended. The movie references (Home Alone & Die Hard) are fun and surprised my players. The folklore Fae monsters (The Yule Boys, Krampus etc) are well implemented and characterful. My only request would be maps, while you include some excellent maps in the module copy, I had trouble getting them into a usable form. You might consider releasing a printable map pack as an extra, for those of us with more money than DPT skills :)

As for our play experience. I was running for a 6 original D&D characters of levels 9 - 12. I played up some of the mysterious & scary faerie angle for the scenario and used that to up the difficulty for the higher level characters. I gave the Yule Boys, Krampus, & the Julboken immunity to everything apart from blessed cold iron weapons (which...See more
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Simon P November 20, 2017 8:36 pm UTC
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That's brilliant. Really glad you and your players enjoyed it. And thanks for the terrific review!
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5E Solo G November 10, 2017 11:12 pm UTC
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This looks really cool! The Deck of Merry Things... hilarious, I love it! I'm getting this and running it for my party, will report back.
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Simon P November 11, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
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Excellent- thanks for picking it up. Hope you enjoy it!
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