A Ghastly Mess

A Ghastly Mess is a one-shot adventure for a group of 3rd-level characters that takes place in a haunted mansion, however, unlike your regular haunted house, the inhabitants of this building are far from scary. The ghosts of the former staff still live in it—or, well, unlive—not realizing they’re deceased and unable to move on because of it. The Lord of the mansion still awaits the return of his beloved, Lenore, for which he has commanded the staff to have the house in pristine condition.

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Help the only alive member of the staff, a sleepwalking old-man, clean the house, defeat any and all monsters that might be lurking in the somewhat abandoned building and help the ghosts pass on to the great beyond in this short but exciting adventure!

The story includes a host of interesting characters for your players to meet, each with their own unique personalities and accompanying art; an array of unique monsters specially designed to challenge your party in more ways than one; and a non-essential mystery surrounding Lenore’s fate and what happened to the members of the staff.

Now, you might be thinking “hey, this ain’t spooky at all, what gives?” and to that I say: how dare you?! Nothing is scarier than doing your chores! That’s why we built an adventure around it! That being said, A Ghastly Mess is not meant to be a scary story, but rather an interesting mystery-type of social adventure. Most combats can be resolved by running away, the stakes are low, and the NPCs don’t think of the situation as anything more than a normal day in their lives. The tragic aspects of the story have already happened by the times the characters show up, and the intent is for everything to go well from there.

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You might have noticed the incredible art that accompanies this supplement, well, we’re pleased to say that the module includes unique art for every prominent character in the story, as well as most monsters, all created by the incredibly talented Fran Bianchi! Like, seriously, just look at this ghost dog! Isn’t he a good boy? Yes, you are! Yes, you are! 

Oh, right, sorry. Alongside the document detaining the adventure, you’ll find a collection of color-coded tokens featuring that incredible art to be used for digital play.

We hope that you find this as enjoyable to play as it was for us to create! Have fun cleaning up our mess!


Table of contents

  • About the adventure

  • Who Should Play This Adventure?

    • Content Warning

  • Who/What/Where/Why

  • Plot Hooks

    • Please Check on My Relative

    • Mysterious Notice

    • Sleepwalking Man

    • A Troubling Curse

  • Introduction

  • Entering the Mansion

  • Inside the Mansion

  • The Dining Room

  • The Kitchen and Basement

  • The Library

  • The Study

  • The First Floor

  • The Attic

  • The Lord’s Chamber

  • Epilogue

  • Appendix A: Encounters in the Dining Room

  • Appendix B: Letters


Content Warning: The story contains some veiled suggestions of mass murder and suicide: the lord of the manor has killed his entire staff and then himself prior to the events of this module.

This product is produced by Dungeon Masters Guild and is priced at $4.95

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