Our game group likes to celebrate holidays every year with holiday themed games. We have been playing online here over the last year due to COVID so that changes things for our normal games. We plan lots of themed potlucks or order food as a group for our games. For me playing D&D and other Role-Playing games is a very social thing. Most of my social life comes from my game group. So celebrating holidays with game is right up our alley. There are a ton of holiday themed adventures out there. Just go to DriveThruRPG and search Christmas and a ton of winter fun lighthearted adventures will pop up, or just make your own. This year we played How Orcus Stole Christmas.
How Orcus Stole Christmas is a lighthearted silly adventure full of Christmas fun. There are tons of little elements referencing classic Christmas movies and traditions. They are slightly twisted and terrible. The good part is that this leads to lots of laughing and giggling. The Crueltide Elves have attacked the News of Newsville. We changed that element in our game just calling them the Whos of Whosville embracing the classic Doctor Seuss book How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Some of the references I didn’t get until players commented while I was running them. I leaned into those elements after picking it up from them.
While our party convinced the Whos from Whoville to engage in human sacrifice towards the end of the game, not all parties will get that gruesome and cruel for the holiday cheer. But, many will.
The adventure is not the most complex one out there, but it is easy to work with and change for your party. The place it shines is all the Christmas winter wonderland puns, and it is easy to go off what is presented in the book and wing it as the players go their own way instead of following what is laid out in the book. These are the kind of modules that work best for our group. It gives you the areas and the elements and the Players get to delve in and go where they want to go and do what they want without being restricted to following a predetermined path to make the adventure work.
How Orcus Stole Christmas is put out by Frog God Games and available as a PDF on their website. They also just came out with another Orcus themed module for Christmas called Orcus on 34th Level and it is also available in PDF there. The two modules are available for Pathfinder, Swords & Wizardry and 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. I normally try to post links to the modules I list here, but right now their site seems to be down, so I will attempt to return and add them when it is back up and running.
Overall I would say they are both modules worth picking up and running if you are looking for a silly and fun festive game night for the holidays.