I used this as an introduction to a town in the game I am playing set on the MTG Plane of Innistrad and we played through almost all of it in one long session.
The options for the motives and awareness of various characters make it versitile as a quick one shot or to build up and intergrate into your world as I am. I'm using the witch as a self-exiled Bitterheart Witch looking to test the mettle of adventurer's in the town, due to the events of another one shot I will be using and the hooks for other enemies at the end of this one shot.
The story is great and there are distinct and interesting elements to the one shot, beginning with mysrty and investigation, combat, varying puzzle and skills checks and most probably a lot of fun confusion and more combat, which really give this a balanced and enjoyable tone.
The comabts themselves can be deadly, but the advice on ways to scale it back and react to the situation are fantastic and have given me some food for thought when creating my own combat encounters.
The puzzles themselves are both ridiculously easy and devilishy frustrating, with one being a simple few skill checks that can lead to a gentle flow of skeletons that are enough to keep the party busy/ distracted, as well as suprised by how they keep coming, without being too deadly (unless they hang around), while the other main puzzle is such a cheeky head-scratcher that will be solved in seconds by more observant and perceptive party members, or devolve into absolutely ridiculous logical arguments that go round and round and leave everyone confused and unsure, as well as almost certain to get into another combat.
I left them about to mee thhe witch and look forward to her being a presence on-going on my campaign, aiding and tasking the party with quests to beneift both her and the surrounding area, although I can totally see them being a great little boss battle for this as a quick one session one shot.
The writing and ideas are great and work right out of the box as it were, but were also easily reframed and worded to fit my setting and situation.
Thank you ever so much!
Good hunting and happy gaming :)