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Artefact - The Treasure's Story, for Budding DMs

Artefact - The Treasure's Story, for Budding DMs

ARTEFACT, Dungeons & Dragons 5e on Roll20, Discord

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  • Duration: 2 to 4 hours

  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players

  • Experience required: Beginner

Price per player-session

About the adventure

DMs, this is a game for you! It's a world building game where I'll guide you through developing and creating a backstory for an artefact to use in your campaign. I backed it on Kickstarter quite a while ago, and everyone I've run through it has loved it. :-) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You rest, fallen or discarded in the dirt. But your body is not flesh, and you are not mortal. So, you wait. Seasons pass in flashes - cold following heat, rain following drought, death following birth - until one day, your wait is over. Someone lifts you up from the detritus, inspecting you, feeling your weight in their hands. They decide to keep you - they become your Keeper. Through them, you experience the world. You see them undertake great quests, or perhaps commit atrocious sins, all with your aid. You almost forget about the long time you spent in the dark, until, inevitably, you return to it. And then you rest, fallen or discarded in the dirt. You do not know how long you will wait for someone new to arrive. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ =============== "Dungeon Doodles" by Filter Forge is licensed with CC BY 2.0. It was modified to include the title. To view a copy of this license, visit


2 years on StartPlaying

76 games hosted

Highly rated for: Inclusive, Storytelling, Creativity

Additional Details

How to prepare

1. We'll need to be able to talk on Roll20 or Discord. You'll need to be able to hear music through Roll20. 2. Ideally I could send you a character sheet to print out ahead of time (or at the beginning of the session) so you could draw, answer questions, and make notes on it. That can all be done on whatever paper or note taking program you like to use for your GM notes too. 3. Choose which of these artefacts you'd like to develop and let me know: THE WEAPON - A tool of war: a blade, axe, or something stranger. THE SHIELD - A bulwark of protection: from towering scuta to deft bucklers. THE INSTRUMENT - Produces musical sounds, conventionally or otherwise. THE ORNAMENT - Jewellery, charms and trinkets: small but potent. THE DECK - A collection of worn cards, an oracle or something stranger. THE FOOTWEAR - Shoes: they are for going places, conventionally or otherwise. THE STAFF - A conduit for magic: a focus for arcane power. THE TOME - A receptacle of knowledge, lost or forbidden. THE AUTOMATON - A self-operating machine, responsive to orders.

What I provide

I'll bring the rules and outline and music (integral to the game). Discord and Roll20 links to follow!

Gameplay details

I'll guide you through the game, but almost all the content is generated by you. We'll have an Open Door if you need to take a break, and you can set any lines or veils ahead of time.

Content warnings


Safety tools used
  • Lines and Veils
  • Open Door
How will character creation work

Character creation is ... the entirety of the game! It will play out over six or more periods of reflection on questions I'll have for you as you spend time with and move from one to the next of your "Keepers," as you call the ones who have wielded you throughout the ages.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: Low
  • Roleplay: Medium
  • Puzzles: Low
  • Experience Level: Beginner

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