Thursday, December 1, 2022

On gaming for the holidays

I have been very lucky to fall in with a gaming group that appreciates a good holiday adventure.  In 2021, we fit in sessions specific to the three big ones that close out the year here in the States, and we've already covered Halloween and reeling-from-the-weight-of-its-own-history Thanksgiving so far this year.  At least one Christmas adventure is on the schedule (a trip to Bedford Falls with Josh, using Eldritch Hack), and who knows...I've been wanting to run a session based on protecting some magi outsiders who are investigating the fulfillment of a prophecy over near Jerusalem a couple thousand years ago.

For some reason, I'm especially happy that we found the time for sessions specific to that big November harvest festival that just happened in the US, as it's easily forgotten in gaming during the busy fall and winter seasons.  Last year, Wil ran a really cool implementation of the storygame Dialect, in which we all played hyperintelligent turkeys looking to escape the farm.  For 2022, Rachel ran us through a version of the one-shot The Turkey Snatcher, which was tons of fun. 

I am right in saying that of those three holidays, Thanksgiving gets the least love when it comes to gaming, eh?  Is it possible that I only think it "deserves" a session because it happens to fall between The Scary One™ and The Big One™, which are bound to get a nod at the gaming table?

I've long thought that Lamentations of the Flame Princess (and its early modern sensibilities) would make for a nice Weird Thanksgiving tale. These days, if I put something together, I'd probably go with 5E but draw on the LotFP feel as much as possible.

Well, more drivel on holiday gaming coming soon...until then, let's honor the brief life of Rofl, my wood elf sorcerer who fell at the feathers of some Turkey Golems this year...

AI made this.

Wood Elf Sorcerer 5 (Proficiency Bonus +3)

AC 15 (Draconic Resilience)    HD 5d6+10 (37 HP)
Move 35, Initiative +2

STR 8(-1)    DEX 15(+2)    CON 14(+2)    INT 12(+1)    WIS 11(--)    CHA 17(+3)

Features:  Dragon Ancestor - Bronze Dragon, Fey Ancestry, Trance, Elf Weapon Training, Mask of the Wild

Skill proficiencies:  Arcana, Deception, History, Intimidation, Perception

Tool proficiencies:  None

Languages:  Common, Draconic, Elvish, Riedran

Attacks:  Fire Bolt +6, range 120, 2d10 fire; light crossbow +5, range 80/320, 1d8+2 piercing; dagger +5, range 20, 1d4+2 piercing

Spells Known:
0:  Control Flames, Fire Bolt, Gust, Mending, Prestidigitation
1:  Charm Person, Magic Missile
2:  Knock, Levitate
3:  Fireball, Lightning Bolt


  1. I wrote a Chrimble-themed adventure for LotFP, Midvinter, but a Thanksgiving adventure never occurred to me, despite the obvious puritans and buckle hats connection. I doubt I would do it justice anyway.

    1. So I must somewhat shamefully admit that I had never given Midvinter a good look...having corrected that now, I can't wait to run it. Looks like a great take on a holiday adventure and is actually the style I imagine a good Weird Thanksgiving romp would take. Maybe you should take a look at the depravity obscured by turkey and buckle hats sometime...!

    2. Thank you! Do let me know how you get on with it.

      Maybe I'll give the turkeys and buckle hats a go some time after all. :)

  2. I’m sorry but how can you possibly have 2 3rd level slots and not devote at least 1 of them to Dispel Magic?

    1. Well, that might explain why Rofl didn't make it to a second adventure... ;)