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A "Ravenloft-esque" one-shot?


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Hi all,

I run occasional one-shot adventures for friends of mine who don't have the time for/interest in playing in a campaign. Since they are not regular players, I do a lot of prep work to create characters, and provide all the relevant information for their PCs (e.g., feat and spell descriptions) to make it as easy as possible for them and to minimize lookups from the one set of rulebooks (mine) which we will have available. This means I don't want to spend additional time actually creating an adventure, and so I am looking for some suggestions of a published product which meets the following criteria:

a) can be run within a single six-hour session (I am willing to cut down a longer option if needed),
b) has a "Ravenloft" feel (a request from one of the players - I try to vary the types of adventures I run for these one-offs and we haven't done one like that before)
c) is suitable for a group that includes a 15-year old and a 12-year old (this is less critical - I can always change things that are too "adult" and the kids can actually handle a pretty broad range of stuff).

Any thoughts? Pathfinder Society scenarios are always a good source but I am not sure if there is one that fits the type of session I am looking to run.

Lantern Lodge

"Return to Castle Ravenloft" (3.5 compatible, not Paizo)

It is set up as a large module, but it has rules for scaling it down to a "short series of adventures" or even a single night adventure. I liked it. It has one of the better flushed out castle maps I've seen.

I ran Act I and Act II as two one-night adventures and they were both fun. Act III would be a little harder.

Carrion Crown 1 - Haunting of Harrowstone

Definitely has Ravenloft-like feel. It would take much work on your part to condense to 1 adventure.

Gamemastery 0: Hollow's Last Hope

Could easily be made into a 1 night adventure and is not very complicated. It is also available as a free PDF. See "Free RPG Day" under "modules".


Ask in the PFS section. Someone will have an idea.


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Matt Filla wrote:

Hi all,

I run occasional one-shot adventures for friends of mine who don't have the time for/interest in playing in a campaign. Since they are not regular players, I do a lot of prep work to create characters, and provide all the relevant information for their PCs (e.g., feat and spell descriptions) to make it as easy as possible for them and to minimize lookups from the one set of rulebooks (mine) which we will have available. This means I don't want to spend additional time actually creating an adventure, and so I am looking for some suggestions of a published product which meets the following criteria:

a) can be run within a single six-hour session (I am willing to cut down a longer option if needed),
b) has a "Ravenloft" feel (a request from one of the players - I try to vary the types of adventures I run for these one-offs and we haven't done one like that before)
c) is suitable for a group that includes a 15-year old and a 12-year old (this is less critical - I can always change things that are too "adult" and the kids can actually handle a pretty broad range of stuff).

Any thoughts? Pathfinder Society scenarios are always a good source but I am not sure if there is one that fits the type of session I am looking to run.

Off the top of my head...

Get a copy of the original 1983 AD&D module I6: Ravenloft and run it straight, switching out the Pathfinder stats for monsters and spell effects. You can't get any more "Ravenloft" than the original!

Run the "Misgivings" section of Pathfinder #2: The Skinsaw Murders (Book 2 of Rise of the Runelords). I still think that's among the best "haunted house" RPG adventures I've ever encountered.

Run the "Harrowstone Dungeon" section of Pathfinder #43: The Haunting of Harrowstone (Book 1 of Carrion Crown).

I was going to suggest The House on Hook Street, but that would be too long to run as a single 6-hour session, and it's not really an adventure you can cut down.


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Thanks - good suggestions all. I thought of the Misgivings myself, and it is on my list of possibilities. I will take a look at the Carrion Crown AP as well.

I think I have Return to Castle Ravenloft somewhere as well.

I will also ask in the PFS section - good idea.

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