Quick Adventure Random Tables for a D&D One-ShotBy Duncan Thomson on
The characters are dramatic barbarians trying to infiltrate a cult. It involves shapechangers, starts with a funeral and at some point there is a romantic complication.
Random tables For Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
Quick Adventure Tables for One-Shot Adventures
A One-shot is a stand-alone adventure that takes one session. Or sometimes a few if things overrun.
The players get to play different characters, explore different genres and try out new rules or situations.
It's an opportunity for someone to try running a game or a regular DM to take a break or run an idea they've had in their head.
These tables are here to give a quick-start for an adventure.
The Characters Are...
|1d20||Quick Adventure Characters|
|4||from the same village|
|8||shapechanging members of a ruling family|
|11||all ogres (or other monster)|
|12||despised monster hunters|
|14||secretive guild artisans|
|15||chaotic folk heroes|
|16||members of the same crime family|
|18||veteran instructors at an academy|
|19||imprisoned lords and ladies|
|20||heroic leaders of a temple|
|1d20||Quick Adventure Objective|
|1||investigate why a spirit is not at rest|
|2||recover a legendary chariot|
|3||steal something from a vain storm giant|
|4||explore an elven shipwreck|
|5||find someone at festival where everyone is a shapechanger|
|6||investigate the history of a necromantic crown|
|7||slay a fiendish beholder|
|8||survive an elemental apocalypse|
|9||destroy a bejeweled artifact|
|10||infiltrate a cult|
|11||capture a famous awakened beast|
|12||protect a fortified tavern|
|13||collect a bounty on a flamboyant orc warchief|
|14||steal a herd of dinosaurs|
|15||escape from an arcane asylum|
|16||find a buyer for a cursed boat|
|17||put on a fashion show|
|18||befriend an honorable archmage|
|19||destroy a walled noble's estate|
|20||complete a ritual in a magical laboratory|
|1d20||Quick Adventure Theme or NPC|
|3-4||a desperate apprentice who betrays them|
|5-6||a criminal organization|
|7-8||an attractive barbarian who falls in love with a character|
|11-12||a dangerous mercenary who has important information for them|
|15-16||a talkative sage who turns out to be the villain|
|19-20||a young sorcerer who offers them aid|
It Starts With....
|1d20||Quick Adventure Start|
|1-2||a chase scene|
|3-4||foes about to ambush them|
|5-6||a disrupted wedding|
|7-8||the group camped and about to be attacked|
|9-10||a local festival|
|11-12||a sinking vessel|
|13-14||the loan of a magic item|
|15-16||the characters in a fight|
|19-20||the characters outside some ruins|
At Some Point...
|1d20||Quick Adventure Partway Through|
|1-2||there is a fire|
|3-4||they uncover a secret stockpile|
|5-6||there is a romantic complication|
|7-8||someone betrays them|
|9-10||a ghost gives them aid|
|11-12||there is a planar portal|
|13-14||an old friend appears|
|15-16||they encounter a magical trap|
|17-18||there is an earthquake|
|19-20||a rival turns up|
These tables and more like it are available on DM's Guild in One-Shot Adventures.