I am attending GenCon this year, and am running a trilogy of 4-hour adventures. These adventures are run in sequence, though I am not guaranteed to have the same players at the table for each step of the adventure. In many cases, there is information from Part 1 that must be known for Part 2, which must be known for Part 3.

I've never had this situation before, so I'm looking for what are considered 'best practices' for handling investigation missions.

What steps should I take at the beginning of each session to make sure that the players have complete and useful information to solve the mystery?

  • \$\begingroup\$ What is stopping you from just plain telling them all the necessary info as the intro to the adventure? \$\endgroup\$
    – Szega
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 21:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ I was told not by the folks in charge. I'm not sure why I'm getting that direction, but that's what direction I have. I'm under the impression they want to avoid spoilers for folks playing the series later in the convention. \$\endgroup\$
    – Adam Wells
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 22:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AdamWells I think that ^^ would be good to include in the question-post. Also, do you know whether your session-2 players will have played session 1? (Just not with you?) Perhaps there's a signup-contingency? \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Commented Aug 7, 2017 at 22:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you the author of the adventures? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 8, 2017 at 3:12

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My advice is that you should do the adventure in 3 different more or less self contained adventures all with a common theme. For example if the mystery is to recover an ancient artifact that was stolen, then for the first part you could have the players track down the artifact. In the second part you could have the characters could attack the thieves hideout to reclaim the treasure, connecting this to the first and throw in a plot twist by making a ransom note to start the adventure with. In the third part you could explain to the characters that the treasure is too powerful to let it possibly fall into enemy hands so the king hires the characters to dispose of the treasure in some way, for instance throwing it into the only known pit of fiery acid in the world, which just so happens to be guarded by demons. Connect the third part to the second part by saying that the king has ordered it to be destroyed after it was found by the prince, which caused him to go mad.

Now all this is of course a simplified version of what you would be doing, but you get the jist, make one adventure with three parts, and change something small about each part to make it not seem like a continuation or spoil the previous parts.

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    – Tim Grant
    Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 1:55

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