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King for a Day is a systemless fantasy sandbox campaign written in the style of Lovecraft, with more creep than gore. Set in a traditional anglo-saxon shire, the campaign is an extensive toolkit of people, places, and strange events all culminating in a horrific and unreal finale.


With nearly 200 NPCs and dozens of unique locations and stories, King for a Day promises to provide many hours of gaming entertainment.

King for a Day is recommended for mature players.

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370-pages of campaign-adventure, including nearly 200 NPCS, 50 storylines, and over a 100 pages of setting content. That's nearly 400 pages of gaming material.

Note: There are two versions of the same PDF. One is vertical and one is horizontal. The contents are exactly the same.


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Nicklaus M August 24, 2023 7:04 pm UTC
Is there any way to get this guy in hardcover? I'm terrified of a 400 page PoD softcover having less than stellar durability, especially with use at the table.
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Abraham Z July 02, 2023 8:10 pm UTC
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Jim, I ran your campaign twice, one of those times as an online campaign, both times successfully reaching their respective conclusions. Here's the playlist containing the sessions, and videos with some thoughts on those sessions, as well as a review at the end. The first session used a different adventure module as a campaign starter, but King for a Day begins at the end of that first session, all the way to session 5. I changed and adapted some things for our campaign world, but the fundamental aspects of your module, remained constant throughout the entire journey:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb_FGVUdpd7ezHymHDDwkerpjpz8J01S8
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jim P July 02, 2023 8:14 pm UTC
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Awesome. I look forward to this. I assume there are spoilers?
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Abraham Z July 02, 2023 8:30 pm UTC
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Yes, lots and lots of spoilers.
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Gunnar S May 29, 2022 12:46 am UTC
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Very disappointed in the print version, it is falling apart already, and I have only looked through it twice. The print version is glued at the spine and poorly at that. Do not buy the print version until this is corrected.
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jim P May 29, 2022 3:20 am UTC
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This is incorrect. If you purchased a softcover that is falling apart through this site, contact DTRPG with photos and they will replace it. If you got one directly from me through the kickstarter. That is another matter entirely.
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Gunnar S May 29, 2022 10:48 pm UTC
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Jim:

Let me clarify. I was referring to the poor quality of the binding of the print version of K4aDR from DriveThruRPG. In the past, I have generally had very good luck with DTRPG print books, however, this was an exception. I will take your advice and reach out to DTRPG.

In closing, there was no issue with the quality of the content or the print, only the quality of binding.

I hope this correction clarifies things a bit.

Gunnar S
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jim P June 21, 2022 11:40 pm UTC
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The print quality has nothing to do with my files. You got a bad glue-up job, because they are struggling to hire people during the pandemic. Anyone can get a bad printed book from any publisher on this site. All of us upload digital files to the same printer. DTRPG will replace the book if you send photos and tell them what happened.
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Luis O Moura D February 21, 2022 11:10 am UTC
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Hi Jim. This is a finely detailed piece of work! Congratulations.

If you have the time, there is a request that I want to make about the index. You may come to learn of it elsewhere.

All the best,
Luis.
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jim P February 21, 2022 1:34 pm UTC
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Okay?
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Luis O Moura D February 21, 2022 6:58 pm UTC
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The short of it is that I want to make an index of my own. Hopefully it won't be a bother to you, but it felt proper to ask.
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jim P February 21, 2022 7:19 pm UTC
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Fine by me
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John M February 04, 2022 11:02 pm UTC
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Hi Jim, just a heads-up that the blurb about Protocol being GM-less appears in the description. RPGers are generally smart but it might distract a frazzled gamer looking for something low-prep and casual to pick up.
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jim P February 04, 2022 11:04 pm UTC
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what in the heck?!?

how did?

i'll fix it. not that i know how. but thanks for the heads-up, mon ami.
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John M January 20, 2022 11:35 am UTC
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Hi Jim, do you think replacing humanoid tribes with outlaw (as in 'outside the protection and benefit of law', not as in criminal) groups of humans work? I'm working on adapting this to my campaign world which doesn't have non-human sentient creatures.
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jim P January 20, 2022 4:35 pm UTC
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So long as the populations of those outlaw groups aren't too high, I don't see an issue with it. There is one specific group you'll have to develop a good solution for (without giving anything away on this page), as they have a significant role in the setting. And don't forget, you have 50+ storylines to draw from. You don't have to use them all and thus not every group.
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John M January 23, 2022 11:24 am UTC
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Awesome, I've just started reading so haven't come to that group yet but I'll keep an eye out.
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Abraham Z December 31, 2021 12:18 am UTC
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Hi Jim, I have just purchased this, I have two questions:
1- Does this work better with rules light or simple systems?
2- Do you need to purchase the map pack to run it effectively?
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Abraham Z December 31, 2021 1:40 am UTC
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Thanks for your answers! When I actually get to run it, I will let you know how it goes.
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jim P December 31, 2021 2:19 am UTC
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Hi Abraham,

1-I ran this campaign four times before I sat down and wrote it up for publishing. I used 2nd edition, PF, and a modified version of dogs in the vineyard. And my advice is this. If you focus on the weirdness and the politics, stick to a rules-light game system. Black Hack comes to mind. If your group is used to getting into fights with orcs/goblins/gnolls/etc — and there are plenty of groups for doing that in this book — then go with your traditional system. Regardless, PF is way too crunchy for this and I would advise against it no matter what.

2-Yeah. If you're going to run it, I highly recommend the map pack. It has lots of great additional info and a map you can give to the players without them knowing anything they shouldn't.

3-Keep me posted on your campaign. I love hearing stories about what people do with it. It's really the best thing I've ever written. Still.
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Michael D March 11, 2021 8:31 pm UTC
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Site the map package have any extra material?
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jim P March 11, 2021 8:56 pm UTC
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It has big colorful maps. It has an extra map you don't get with this download.
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Dominic M May 21, 2020 10:58 pm UTC
Hi Jim, what's changed in the revised edition?
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jim P May 21, 2020 11:13 pm UTC
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All new art. Sixty more pages. A few new NPCs and some advice on using the storylines. In general, it's cleaned up. Less typos. Less sloppy sentences.
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Dominic M May 21, 2020 11:18 pm UTC
Thank you!
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Steve N April 12, 2020 8:52 am UTC
For what I've gleaned from reading the reviews, your "Full-sized Preview" is a bit annoying.
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jim P April 12, 2020 9:13 am UTC
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It was repaired a while ago.
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Allan P February 15, 2020 11:10 am UTC
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Is there going to be a POD option, and if so, if I could be so bold as to ask for a discount for those who have printed the previous version. It’s just freight to Australia is a lot.
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jim P February 15, 2020 11:32 am UTC
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alan. contact me privately. the PoD version is not available yet.
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Michael F July 10, 2019 10:46 am UTC
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Jim,

I don't mean to nitpick put page 100 under Rabbit-Ear Inn the line "He hired three barmaids — Ashley, Ora, Sunniva" should Ashley be Avery?

I like to but campaigns (especially ones this involved) I run into a local wiki. Doing so catches these kinds of things.

Thanks.
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jim P July 10, 2019 6:30 pm UTC
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great catch. you should e-mail notes directly to me, since i'm working on the revised edition.
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Michael F July 08, 2019 12:16 am UTC
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Jim,

Bought this about 2 years ago. I'm finally getting around to reading in order to run it. "Pillars of Power" is mentioned as a story trigger but "Pillars of Power" is not described in Chapter 8: Story lines?

Thanks
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jim P July 08, 2019 12:21 am UTC
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i changed the title to "brother's keeper" but didn't fix it in the text. six years later and you're the first person to catch it.

i'm working on the revised edition. i'll definitely be fixing that.
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jim P July 08, 2019 12:22 am UTC
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nope. that is not correct. i'll need to look into what is missing and why.

this would definitely be about the pillars located throughout the valley, but i need to make it make sense.

not sure how i missed this. i suspect a name changed, but i just might be missing text.
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Tom G January 18, 2019 11:33 pm UTC
I have read that this setting more-or-less had 2nd Edition D&D in mind. What would actually be the best system to use to run this? My curiosity is piqued...
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jim P January 18, 2019 11:55 pm UTC
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I have personally used 2nd edition, 3.5, and a modified version of dogs in the vineyard to play this adventure. The last one being the best of all of them because there is so little combat. Anything low-key and that doesn't focus on die rolls for every little thing is my recommendation.
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Raymond W November 21, 2020 6:59 pm UTC
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I think Wolves of God could work really well with a little adaptation.
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Donald F January 15, 2019 2:42 am UTC
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I just downloaded the interior choices LO and LO2 and the setting pdf. Are they all the same (I realize the LO and LO2 are single vs booklet style, but is there any difference from the setting (single page) vs the LO? BTW I love what I have read so far I just want to make sure I'm not missing something.
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jim P January 15, 2019 2:43 am UTC
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That's the only difference.
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Donald F January 15, 2019 2:49 am UTC
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Great, thanks for the quick reply!
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vilfer R December 19, 2018 1:16 pm UTC
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Hello, Jim.
I 've just downloaded it, it looks really great I m truly amazed!
I m thinking to run it in an no magic - Victorian Era world, in a distant and isolated area. Do you think it's possible to alter so heavily the frame of the adventure?
Thanks!
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jim P December 19, 2018 11:26 pm UTC
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the entire point of this is for it to be an isolated shire, far away from the rest of the kingdom with difficulty getting back and forth. if there's a train line coming in getting coal and taking it back to birmingham, the tone will be drastically different.
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