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Questions tagged [one-shot]

"one-shot" refers to a game that is planned to only run for a single session.

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How do you transition from a one-shot to a campaign?

In previous games that I have both DMed and played, both homebrewed and published adventures, the games seemed to go nowhere. We went into the dungeon, slayed the things, looted the things, and left. ...
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How could Lost Mines of Phandelver be adjusted/altered to run as a one-shot?

I bought the DnD starter set that includes the adventure Lost Mines of Phandelver, intending to play it with some friends. While the opportunity never came up, the idea of running it as a much shorter ...
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How strict is the level guide in one-shot games?

I'm fairly new to D&D 5e, but a pretty quick study (thanks at least in part to this site!) I'll be DMing a one shot game at a family event in a couple of months. One of my players has played a ...
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Giving artha in convention one-shot

In Burning Wheel, artha is rewarded at the end of a session. I am running a four-hour convention game, and hence a one-shot, where this is less meaningful than in campaign play. Furthermore, the game ...
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How to quickly get into one-off characters?

After doing longer campaigns for a while, my group is now getting into a series of one shots to try different settings, systems and overall experiences. What I realized so far when playing one-off ...
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Is Fate Accelerated well-suited for a one-shot game?

Me and some friends want to try out Fate Accelerated as a one-shot game (three to four hours) to pass up the time during a hiatus in our larger campaign. However, one of them expressed concern that ...
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How to balance quest rewards for unbalanced characters?

I plan to run a Roll20 one-shot Naheulbeuk game with players who may have very unbalanced characters, some of them way more powerful than others. Of course, it may leads to some problems, but my main ...
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How to be sure that an adventure is short enough to end in one session?

Recently I am in the situation where I have to start mastering some adventures to people I don't know. They can have some experience or not at all. It's needed to end in just one session, because it'...
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A stresstrack/timer for FATE one-shot

I've been wanting to make a comical Fate one-shot, but never gotten the main mechanic to work, so looking for some suggestions. My idea is a fantasy setting, but instead of being brave warriors and ...
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How to reward/punish group rolls for perception? [closed]

I'm GMing a group of almost novice players, using my own (house-rules) game system. One has played some D&D, the two others only a previous initiation one-shot adventure of mine in my system. I'm ...
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DM advice for a very specific type of one-off

Uncertain Identity/Memory Loss Scenario I'm going to run a one-off adventure where the players are given nearly blank character sheets and must investigate my small sandbox to discover who their ...
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What was the first commercial RPG system designed and sold for one-shot games?

Nowadays we're all familiar with one-night games like Fiasco. But when I started playing back in the late 80's, all the systems I encountered were geared for campaign play. Sure there were "tournament ...
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Can having the ultimate outcome of a one-shot adventure rest on a final roll work?

I'm new to RPGs and I'm part of a group with more experienced players. My challenge right now is to create a short adventure as a one-shot (and that's why I'm asking here and not them). We use AD&...
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How much should I try to fit into a single introductory session of “Blades in the Dark”?

I love John Harper's Blades in the Dark, and some friends and I are going to be running some one-shot games at an upcoming convention. I want to have some sense of how much I should aim to fit in to ...
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Does Blades need any adjustments to work as a one-shot?

I love John Harper's Blades in the Dark, and some friends and I are going to be running some one-shot games at an upcoming convention. But, a lot of the things that make Blades so cool is how nicely ...
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How can I engage players after character death in a one-shot dungeon-crawl?

I am looking to run a one-shot adventure and want to have a fair chance of character death, but I would like for the player to remain engaged even if their character dies. I want the adventure to be ...
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What makes a system poorly suited for one-shot games?

Some systems (like Microscope or Fiasco) are commonly used for one-shot games, that is, games that take place in a single session. I never seem to hear of certain systems (like D&D or Dogs in the ...
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How long does a game of Montsegur 1244 take?

I have aquired a new one-session game, and as so often I plan to facilitate a session of it at some point during a board gaming afternoon, and for planning the time (can we play a short or a long game ...
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What is the Warhammer Fantasy RPG oneshot/campaign set in an inn?

I was recently told about a WFRPG campaign set entirely in an inn. But I can't remember the name of it. Does anyone know it?
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How to modify Apocalypse World for a one-shot game?

Apocalypse World has lots of elements that kick in between sessions or have long-term impact only, and so aren't very fun in a one-shot game. What rules, character roles and mechanics should I modify ...
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Sagas of the Icelanders in a short one-shot

I am considering running a short one-session game of Sagas of the Icelanders in the near future. I am aware of some good ideas to kickstart a session of that game, like the Juicy GM tidbits or the One-...
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Managing OOC player knowledge when using one-shot games as a prologue for a longer campaign

I have a situation where our group is a mix of people who are still at University and others have already graduated. Those of us who are finished all have jobs but live fairly close together and can ...
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How much dungeon should I plan for a three-hour one-shot of Torchbearer?

I want to showcase Torchbearer to some people, in a block with a length of three hours. How many turns and rooms should I put in there?
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Effective and efficient way to distribute starting wealth for a one-shot? [closed]

I'm looking to do a one-shot to try my hand at DM-ing. I've decided for everyone to be level 5 and I have built encounters around that fact. Based on the DMG, my player's characters will have about ...
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For a one-shot, how do I handle starting equipment above level 1? [duplicate]

I'm looking to do a one-shot to try my hand at DM-ing. In addition to this, I'm also building the setting and objective by myself as well. I've decided for everyone to be level 5 and have built ...
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How do I create pre-generated characters for a science fiction Fate Accelerated RPG one-shot?

I am running a one shot under the Fate Accelerated RPG system with a science fiction theme this weekend in lieu of our normal game. The characters will wake up on a ship that is derelict and on a ...
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Fate based minigames in a historic/fantasy realm? [closed]

I was reading through the demo chapter of Diaspora's Fate based sci-fi game and it featured a list of ships and some rules in order to play ship-to-ship combat as a mini-game, without any roleplaying/...
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A published one-shot adventure for a new Numenera GM [closed]

The Backstory: My girlfriend's birthday is next month, and I would like to run a one-shot Numenera adventure at a local game shop as part of the celebration. We both enjoy role-playing very much, but ...
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Does anyone know or have a introductory Planescape adventure?

I'm looking for an introductory adventure for the Planescape setting that I could use to sell people on Planescape. Ideally, I'm looking for an adventure that would satisfy the following criteria: ...
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Is there a good way to distribute pregenerated characters?

I am preparing for a game with a bunch of new players, with a mix of varying familiarity with the setting/system and RPGs in general. To get them to taste the setting ASAP I decided to play a one-off ...
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Is there any good 1 session D&D stories for beginners? [closed]

I am hoping to organize a small D&D night for me and 3-4 of my friends, who are all new to the game. I bought the starter set so I already have characters (Level 1 to start, but modifiable) and ...
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Running an RPG with fast Drop-In-Drop-Out capability for an open day

Our university will have some Open Days for prospective students over summer, and our gaming society wants to present itself. Any somewhat traditional way of playing an RPG will take too much of ...
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How do you enforce “niche protection” in one-shots with multiple PC options?

I usually GM point-based games without classes (like Star Wars D6, WoD -- Mage the Awakening or Wraith -- etc.) When I prepare an adventure for 5 players, I usually make more than 5 PCs to have some ...
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How to run time-limited one shots

I and some friends are determined to try for this winter running only one-shots. rotating the GM for each one different characters each time the adventure must be completed in a single session one ...
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One-off simple game with little to no character creation? [closed]

We are between campaigns and are looking for a good, short game to fill the prep time for the GM. Character creation must be very short. Minimal stats is best. We want to be able to start playing ...
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Preparing a one-shot with FATE

I was thinking of doing a one-shot Fate game the next time my main group is missing folk. I'd be using the new Fate Core rules. None of us have ever played any version of Fate before, but we're all ...
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Advantages and disadvantages in using a one-shot pre-gen to introduce a new system

In questions about how to learn new systems, or teach them, a common suggestion is to run a single-session game with pre-made characters and a pre-made scenario. In your experience as a GM and/or ...
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Running a one shot session in Dungeon World. How?

I'm going to GM a session of Dungeon World this saturday. My problem is that the book doesn't really deal with one-shot sessions in any detail. It discusses how to make sessions in great length though....
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Good starting levels for a one-shot?

My friends and I have a tendency to do one-time sessions that can last anywhere form 3–10+ hours. The difficulty I have when I'm going to be the DM is deciding what level to start everyone at. ...
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How to fit Shadowrun into a one-shot

I want to run a shadowrun game, but alas, I don't think my players or I have the time or the commitment to have an on-going campaign. So, a one-shot it is. Or a series of one-shots interspersed ...
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Difference between writing a one-off scenario and writing a quest for a campaign?

I want to get some of my friends into roleplaying by running a self-contained single-session game with them rather than an actual campaign opener (for lack of a better term, I'll refer to this sort of ...
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How can you translate Rashomon/The Rashomon Job into a one-off-game? [closed]

Inspired by: this. Related to: this. Rashomon, at the core of the movie, is about the subjective point of view of reality. Four people see the same events transpire. While the events are roughly ...
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How do I write a one-off scenario that could lead into a larger campaign?

Here's the situation: I've got a group of people interested in getting together for a fantasy roleplaying game, with me as their GM. This particular group hasn't all gamed together before, we're ...
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Role playing/plot focused one shot sessions

I am faced with a challenge with creating a one shot session for a couple of friends. From experience I can see that it is difficult to indulge players into setting, plot, world, characters in a ...
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How can I improve one-off play with paragon or epic tier characters?

Occasionally while running my low-level heroic tier D&D campaign, I run side stories from the setting's history to break things up, and it's a lot of fun. Not too long ago, I ran one with 10th ...
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How can I use this in a one-shot for The Esoterrorists?

Ehud Netzer, the Israeli archaeologist credited with discovering the tomb of the biblical King Herod, has died after falling during a dig. What spin can make this a great adventure for The ...
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What games are out there that could be played in a single night, with no prep? [closed]

What games are out there that could be played in a single night, with no prep? I have Spirit of the Century, but it really takes too long to make characters. So, in my opinion, it's great if you've ...
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How to quickly plan a fun one-off session?

I'm planning to run a few one-off adventures in D&D 4 for my group. They just don't have the time or energy for an ongoing adventure. We've done this a couple of times over the last few years to ...
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Choosing between Tales From the Floating Vagabond and Paranoia for a “one-shot.” [closed]

I'm in a group now, headed by a very (very) capable DM. We've been playing a very solid, very serious D&D campaign in an awesome setting entirely of his creation. However, some of the players have ...