Dungeons And Dragons: How To Create The Perfect One Shot

Condensing a full adventure into a single night is no picnic. Follow these tips & save the day!

Wizards Of The Coast

Dungeons and Dragons can often be an intimidating game to crack into. The three base books alone offer nearly 1,000 pages of information to sift through in order to fully understand the base mechanics without digging into any of the tactics and improvisation needed to play the game in real-time.

That being said, it's the most popular tabletop RPG in the world for a reason. A streamlined character creation suite and action economy have removed much of the stigma from the game for players. Once someone's settled in, the game fits like a glove.

But what do you do if complacency sits in? If a Dungeon Master just wants a break from the world they've established and have been running for months? Or perhaps a player wants to experiment with becoming a DM for the first time and is feeling some trepidation about making the leap? Then a one-shot is just what everyone needs.

One-shots are just that: an adventure that's contained within a single evening's session, ideally. These games can offer up the chance for new versatility, themes, or campaigns to be explored without being committed to the ideas.

That being said, it doesn't hurt to have a plan before delving into a fast-paced adventure. Here are 7 tips to help get the most out of a One-Shot.


A former Army vet who kept his sanity running D&D games for his Soldiers. I'll have a bit of D&D, pro wrestling, narrative-driven video games, and 80's horror movies, please and thank you.