Looking For D&D Short Story to introduce D&D environment.

EBass

Villager
Hi there, I'm a literature teacher and I'm gonna teach my kids about Tolkien and Tolkien inspired worlds. I thought it would be a cool idea to have them design their own "Adventurers" and play a D&D lite scenario to get them involved.

I really wanna find a short text, that kind of introduces the whole D&D aesthetic through a short story. I know I've come across these things in sourcebooks, like little 6 page or so stories that tell about a short adventure, on an encounter, or something but I can't seem to find one in the few PDF sourcebooks, DM guides and player guides I have here. I wonder if someone can point me in the direction of one?

So to recap I need

A short story (2 to 6 pages or so)
Occurs in a traditional D&D world (No shadowrun or whatever)
That ideally kind of explains/occurs in the D&D dynamic (adventuring party of different classes doing adventure stuff)
Ideally would have some nice visuals as well not just a wall of text. (my students aren't native speakers, so stuff like this is very helpful for them)

Thanks a lot.
 

jayoungr

Adventurer
I'm not quite clear on whether you want a short fantasy story with a bunch of characters similar to a typical group of PCs going on an adventure, or a story that would show players at a table controlling their characters.

If you're looking for the latter, or if the latter would be acceptable, what about showing them some Knights of the Dinner Table? Quite a lot of the strips are even available for free online (kodtweb.com).
 

Legatus_Legionis

< BLAH HA Ha ha >
If they are familiar with The Chronicles of Narnia (ie, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), anything that takes place in Narnia would be considered fantasy (D&D).

My group started as us wanting to Role Play as Knights of the Round table, so if they know of the history of Camelot, King Arthur, Merlin, they already know of fighters, wizards, etc.

Or Disney's The Sword in the Stone (see Little Golden Book series).

Those books would work great for short stories and visuals, but not having a D&D world/setting.

Shrek is another series if they are familiar with, introducing D&D into is fairly easy.

But an existing setting in a short story/visual form?

D&D has been in comicbook/graphic novel form, but I don't know they fit your criteria.
 

EBass

Villager
I'm not quite clear on whether you want a short fantasy story with a bunch of characters similar to a typical group of PCs going on an adventure, or a story that would show players at a table controlling their characters.
The former

Thanks for the ideas, but I'm specifically looking for a party of heroes on an adventure in a D&D like setting in short story form. The sort of thing I've definitely found in sourcebooks before. Something like the below from Shadowrun..

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Bohandas

Explorer
I'm not quite clear on whether you want a short fantasy story with a bunch of characters similar to a typical group of PCs going on an adventure, or a story that would show players at a table controlling their characters.

If you're looking for the latter, or if the latter would be acceptable, what about showing them some Knights of the Dinner Table? Quite a lot of the strips are even available for free online (kodtweb.com).
or Order of the Stick
 

Ashrym

Hero
Forums with fanfiction threads or adventure journals are a place a person might look. Enworld has Story Hour, for example.

 

aco175

Adventurer
The Dungeons and Dragons cartoons are only 20 minutes long each. The kids would like this so much better than listening and using their imagination, that may lead to doing something creative.
 

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