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Matthus
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Posted - 28 Nov 2007 :  12:45:07  Show Profile Send Matthus a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Do you play special Christmas games with your players, or rolepalying group, or where ever?

Traditionally I wrote some adventures for the last play-day before the end of the year, where the theme was about stolen cookies, a missing or late Santa Claus, a big snowball fight, things like that. The one evening fun normally has no connections to ongoing plays, doesn’t need to be in the cannon lore of FR, and is just for a lot of fun, while we all are nibbling our own cookies and are sipping mulled wine …

Running almost out of time and having none myself, I would like to ask if you have related fun games in your group and, more important, if you like to share your ideas for this year with me .

Thanks for any in-put!

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Posted - 28 Nov 2007 :  13:29:20  Show Profile  Visit Gelcur's Homepage Send Gelcur a Private Message  Reply with Quote
May I suggest this wizards webpage. It contains some holiday themed D&D content that I found amusing a few years back.

Happy holidays.

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DM: What are you looking for?
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DM: (rolls) Yes.
Rogue: We'll take it all, we may need it for the greater good.
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Posted - 28 Nov 2007 :  13:51:20  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Santa would be a resident of the Great Glacier in the realms perhaps>?

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Posted - 28 Nov 2007 :  15:56:12  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Gelcur

May I suggest this wizards webpage. It contains some holiday themed D&D content that I found amusing a few years back.

Happy holidays.



Very cute stuff in that link.

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Jorkens
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Now this would be a nice occasion to give those gnomes some focus.

The trolls have stolen the packages they planned to sell the Dalesmen for Christmas. The players need to get to the great glacier to talk to the old winter conjurer of the holidays (no, not Roy Wood) and try to get a good deal for the Dales before Elminster finds out that he will not get a new pipe. This will get him in a very bad mood for the holidays, something that can lead to panic among the lusty ladies of Faerun. Now, what the players don't know is that the holiday conjurer has made a deal with the small hairy people of the underground near the Dales and they have already sent their best men to steal the presents back and make this a wombling holiday for everyone.

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Posted - 28 Nov 2007 :  17:39:13  Show Profile Send Kuje a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Grins,

Maybe Santa is a evil proxy/chosen/high powerful cleric of Auril that she unfreezes every year to torment people with. :)

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Posted - 28 Nov 2007 :  17:46:04  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That's not possible...Santa is the kindest man in the world, in any setting.

"Instead of asking why we sleep, it might make sense to ask why we wake. Perchance we live to dream. From that perspective, the sea of troubles we navigate in the workaday world might be the price we pay for admission to another night in the world of dreams."
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Aravine
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Posted - 28 Nov 2007 :  17:57:47  Show Profile  Visit Aravine's Homepage Send Aravine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
so does he have reindeer pulling his sleigh, or polymorphed dragons, or a cross breed of reindeer and pegusi(if that's how you spell it)?

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quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

That's not possible...Santa is the kindest man in the world, in any setting.



He doesn't have to be. :)

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Edited by - Kuje on 28 Nov 2007 18:10:09
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quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

That's not possible...Santa is the kindest man in the world, in any setting.

He doesn't have to be. :)

Especially if you have seen Santa's Slay.

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No Santa's a good guy, but he has an evil twin. Actually that is a clone created by Auril that sends out junk-mail carrier pigeons and catalogs from magic shops to all the small children of the Realms. Auril knows that the insanity of these offers will make the season one of dread for all people in the Realms

The gnomes and their wombling friends have seen through this a long time ago and have promised the great wizard that they will find the impostor and give him a lesson. They will make him listen to the latest holiday songs and poems of the bards of new-Olamn whilst cataloging all the Wish-lists given by the mages throughout the last year.
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We here in my village in Andros island- Greece from the 6th of december until the 31, we play every evening (after 6 'o clock), in the coffee bars (they look like inns) of the village, poker with walnuts (the walnuts are sold from the cofee bars).. the persons who gain the walnuts they take them home each day in order to make a greek christma's sweet which is called PASTELI...it's a custom here every year ...

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 28 Nov 2007 :  23:03:40  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by HawkinstheDM

quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

quote:
Originally posted by Rinonalyrna Fathomlin

That's not possible...Santa is the kindest man in the world, in any setting.

He doesn't have to be. :)

Especially if you have seen Santa's Slay.



I think movies like that are evil.

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quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

Grins,

Maybe Santa is a evil proxy/chosen/high powerful cleric of Auril that she unfreezes every year to torment people with. :)

Oooh! I love this idea.

And maybe he'll "slay a dragon or two."

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Matthus
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Thanks for the suggestions so far, it looks like some sledge dragon racing for the nice Santa - cause Elminster is waiting for his new pipe. All the while his evil twin is blasting the party with the frosty and freezing breath of Auril, waiting for the gnomes to arrive with the latest holiday songs – or something like this .

And PASTELI sounds great too, don’t know if I can get the hands on something similar here.
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Jorkens
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Don't forget that the bad twin has the help of Aurils special servant, the feared priestess Frosty the No-man.

Somewhere in this story there should also be a treant with a love for large amounts of jangling jewellery, but I cant really fit it in with the rest.
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Aravine
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Posted - 29 Nov 2007 :  14:58:25  Show Profile  Visit Aravine's Homepage Send Aravine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Very Funny! but why is santa the pied piper?

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Alisttair
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Posted - 29 Nov 2007 :  16:52:12  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
SO what would Santa's stats be? Is he epic level? Probably wizard with low CON score (due to his big belly) and he definately has a bag of holding...

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Alisttair, may I sugggest you use the link? but if you can't Santa is a druid13/clr6?/rog2. his sleigh allows the driver to cast timestop infiately(only on december 25) and he is NG. what is he a cleric of? himself?

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 29 Nov 2007 :  19:48:20  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jorkens

Don't forget that the bad twin has the help of Aurils special servant, the feared priestess Frosty the No-man.

Somewhere in this story there should also be a treant with a love for large amounts of jangling jewellery, but I cant really fit it in with the rest.



You're killing me.

Forget being a cleric--Santa should be a god.

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Mace Hammerhand
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Posted - 29 Nov 2007 :  19:56:33  Show Profile  Visit Mace Hammerhand's Homepage Send Mace Hammerhand a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Being someone who looooooves Christmas (that was sarcasm boys and girls), and whose all time favorite Christmas movies include classics like Braindead and The Boondock Saints, I'd prolly have the players invade Santas home and give extra XP for creatures killed with ingenuity and enthusiasm... colorful slayage so to speak

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They must overcome the permanent sanctuary-aura in his home - on any attack made.

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AlorinDawn
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Posted - 29 Nov 2007 :  20:52:44  Show Profile  Visit AlorinDawn's Homepage  Click to see AlorinDawn's MSN Messenger address Send AlorinDawn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You could do the old cliché here of rescue the maiden in distress, but replace her with Santa hehe. Have Santa captured by a various evil organization or local ruler and have the PC's bust Santa out and help him recover his sleigh, flying reindeer or whatever, and his one-of-a-kind huge bag of holding.

You could have a bunch of his followers, which are fey-touched gnomes, or halflings contact the PCs to bust their boss out. There have been a decent number of "villains" in the many Christmas specials that have been on TV over the years you could tweak to make a convincing opponent.

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Posted - 29 Nov 2007 :  21:07:24  Show Profile  Visit Aravine's Homepage Send Aravine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ayunken-vanzan

They must overcome the permanent sanctuary-aura in his home - on any attack made.



even if they succeed, they can't attack. what's the point of rolling?

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Matthus
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Posted - 30 Nov 2007 :  10:51:15  Show Profile Send Matthus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It seems to get even more interesting than I thought… Thanks to all of you

The whole bunch of ideas, suggestions and incitations only need to be melted in a really great adventure - wish it would have been done already
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Nightmare Before Christmas anyone?

Anyone who likes to read something that's really dark and gritty and completely awesome ought to read The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. You can check out a little taste at www.BrentWeeks.com I should probably warn you, though, that it is definitely not PG-13 :-D

He also started a new Trilogy with Black Prism, which may even surpass the Night Angel Trilogy in its awesomeness.

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