Making D and D One-Shots Work

One of the problems many people run into during one shots is linking the characters together. If you’ve met in a tavern once, you’ve done it a thousand times. I have a little technique I like to use to link the party together and let players develop some fun backstory in the process.

At the beginning of the game, I give everyone an index card. They make up something from their backstory and write it on the card. Once everyone has done that, they pass it to their left. That person gets to figure out how they were connected to that event and they write that on the card. That whole process is repeated one more time. By the end of it, every character at the table is connected to a few of the other ones and I have some great info to work into my plot.

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