A 5e Tavern Replacement
The Strange Ways Festival is a 5e tavern replacement that is a great way to kick off a new campaign, provide a light reprieve for players between quests, or just bring together some friends to have some table time without the structure of an adventure or campaign. I’ve been using this format for years to provide opportunities to introduce players to the game or introduce disparate groups of friends to each other.
- The Arena (PVP)
- The Pit (PVE)
- The Toss (Unique Mini-game)
- The Dance (Social Skill Challenge)
- Faire Games (Combat Challenge)
- Ritual Theatre (Exploration Skill Challenge)
- Eating/Drinking Contest (Saving Throw Challenge)
- Fortune Teller (Exploration Encounter)
- Tattoo Artist (Character Customization)
- Caricature Artist (Character Exploration)
- Prize Table with 11 unique and weird Magic Items
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Introducing the Strange Ways Festival
The Strange Ways Festival takes the peaceful and fun-loving environment of a local fair or festival and uses it as a 5e tavern replacement. Consequently, this is an opportunity to bring your world alive with creative storytelling prompts and world-building questions.
What are the PCs’ favorite food and drink in your world? Find out in the eating content. Want to test your combat skills? Pit them against each other or monsters of appropriate difficulty. In addition, the prize tables are sure to delight DM and players alike. Custom tables overflow in this supplement with hilarious results from unique fortune tellers, pricing charts for Tattoo sizes, exaggerated features for caricature renditions of the characters, and more.
Also, If you’re rounding up your players for the first time, this can provide a 5e tavern replacement to end a Session Zero with a bit of play that doesn’t impact the greater story but can add a lot of depth to their characters.
This is the first production by WatcherDM from back when content creation for my favorite TTRPG was just a pipe dream. So, I hope you will enjoy the antics and creativity that came directly from my table experience. Also, don’t forget to leave a comment if you find yourself running this at your table! We love to get feedback so we can improve our content to best fit your needs. If adventuring is a strange endeavor, the strange ways festival is the matching respite.