Free Role Playing Game Supplement Review: FVS12 – McAllister the Runaway

FVS12 – McAllister the Runaway is a free role playing game supplement published by Adventures in Filbar. This is an adventure for a single player of 2nd to 4th level, and is another holiday adventure that is describes as a tongue-in-cheek one, although it could still be dangerous. The adventure is probably intended for the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition game. It is set near to the town of Penchant, and given this and the probable system, is likely set in the Lands of Calentria.

FVS12 - McAllister the RunawayThis is an eleven page PDF which lacks bookmarks. The front page is the standard grey colour denoting a free supplement, and features a photograph of a run down but perhaps once impressive building, which is intended to be the place where the scenario is set. Around two thirds of a page has two stock images and one page has two maps of the building, one upstairs and one downstairs.

Slightly over a page is the Player’s and DM’s Backgrounds. Around a page and a half are two encounters leading up to the manor which is the primary location and the remainder describes the manor and the potential aftermaths.

The supplement has a single column layout, with no errors noticed. The images are the usual stock ones intended to illustrate parts of the adventure, and do the usual adequate job.

The adventure itself has the sole player hired to find a boy who has run away (hence the title). He is in an abandoned manor outside of the town, which a goblin has taken over and riddled with traps. The adventure is apparently based on a popular Christmas film, and those who have seen it will probably be able to guess what it is. Interestingly, there are two different endings for the final encounter in the manor, giving a choice as to just how to finish it.

The game stats may by for D&D 5E, but they can easily be changed to other systems, especially similar ones. Similarly, the setting of the adventure is not an important part of it, so it can easily be dropped into other fantasy settings.

Although mostly intended as a standalone adventure, this could be used to boost a character’s experience if needed. The adventure could be played as light-hearted, but the traps have the potential to be quite lethal (just like in the film), so it could be done in a much grittier manner. FVS12 – McAllister the Runaway is a good short adventure for a single character, and it’s free, so click here to get it.


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