Horror/Survival 1-Shot for Lvl-0 Commoners - The Thing in the Shining Hotel

Horror/Survival 1-Shot for Lvl-0 Commoners - The Thing in the Shining Hotel

Homebrew Game on Roll20, Discord

Price per player-session

You will be charged when a session starts



  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours

  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players

  • Experience required: Open to all

Price per player-session

About the adventure

In a world of high fantasy sword and sorcery / monsters and heroes, a group of everyday commoners take refuge at the Overlook Inn as a blizzard rages outside. Someone is not who they say they are and everyone keeps secrets. Your goal is to accomplish the task you came here to achieve without spilling your secrets… or your blood. By the end of the night your original task may be forgotten as you do everything in your power to survive. Which is the most dangerous: the Thing in the Overlook Inn, the other twelve people, or YOU?

Game Designer

2 years on StartPlaying

Average response time: Under 1 hour

Response rate: 100%

Additional Details

How to prepare

You will need a microphone but no webcam. We will use Roll20 for the maps / character sheets and Discord for audio. Both tools are free. Please ensure that the software is installed, the servers are joined and mic is hooked up and working prior to the game. I will help you as much as possible. You can use digital dice in Roll20 or physical dice at your location.

What I provide

Maps provided in Roll20 Pre-generated Character sheets Discord server

Gameplay details

THEME The game's primary theme is Horror. The content and gameplay is in a fantasy setting, but takes a lot of inspiration from the novels/movies "The Thing", "The Shining" and "The Hateful Eight". GAMEPLAY This is NOT a traditional game about heroes with magic powers and awesome fighting skills. This is about regular, everyday people (or level 0 commoners) who are put into a horrific situation and must figure out how to survive. This will be a roleplay-heavy game, with little tactical combat. You will have to use your wits to figure out who/what the real monster is and deal with it together. Some PvP might happen. If your character dies, it does NOT mean you are out of the game. There are other NPCs for you to take over or you can choose to become one of the monsters / bad guys for the rest of the game. PLAYER SAFETY This game is rated R for horror, gore, violence and some adult language. I have an open-door policy (leave at any time, no questions asked, no judgement) and will discuss triggers, hard lines, veils prior to starting to make sure everyone is comfortable. We use the X,N,O system to immediately stop and address concerns. We will alter content or skip a section to accommodate everyone.

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How will character creation work

I have pre-gen characters for you to choose from. This is a one-shot game, not a long-running campaign and some characters WILL die off during the game. If you choose a character and decide it's not for you, I'm happy to work with you to redefine the character or pick one of the other available choices. If your character dies before the end of the game you can keep playing with us, either as one of the other NPCs or as a monster/bad guy.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: Low
  • Roleplay: High
  • Puzzles: Low
  • Experience Level: Open to all

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