This past Saturday I had the wonderful experience of DMing a holiday themed one off adventure for some of my friends.
I originally had planned this adventure as more of a puzzle and riddle sort of dungeon crawl, but I figured that would be a little one note, so I started to look up some monsters to add into the mix. It was a larger group this time around, which meant that I got to have some fun choosing monsters for the encounters.
I found a plant creature that was called Silver Bells, and that’s what really got the holiday spirit going. (That creature was eventually cut due to time constraints.) I had Deer and Gremlins to stand in as reindeer and Santa’s helpers. There was a Gelatinous Cube which looked a lot like a giant fruit cake. For the big boss I had a Satyr acting as a Krampus. Can’t have the good guys trying to take out Santa… just didn’t seem right. Paizo does have the stats for an actual Krampus, but I figured a CR 8 was going to be a bit much for a group of level 2 adventurers.
I loved everything about this adventure. Especially the moment where one of the group tried eating the fruit cake… didn’t end up too well for her. It was a great blend of holiday spirit and killing things. Maybe there will be more themed adventures in the future.