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November 23, 2015
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Halving Yin-Yang    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

A geometric cut puzzle that can be inserted into any dungeon/door/treasure chest.

November 4, 2015
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Votes: 3 / 5.000000
The Guest Star Portends    Dungeons  (Desert)   (Puzzles)

A desert-themed astrological puzzle inspired by a 2000 year-old analog computer, an ancient supernova, and the Ziggurat of Ur.

October 17, 2015
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Cryptic Language - Times Ultra-New Roman    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

Worn runes on ancient ruins, scrawled annotations on old maps, scribbles in the margins of arcane tomes – cryptic text is a central part of the adventuring experience. Basic encryption schemes are an excellent way to embellish your campaign with a consistent textual theme while allowing for the inclusion of messages hidden in plain sight. This post describes a simple connected cipher perfect for arcane languages and alien text.

September 26, 2015
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Votes: 5 / 4.500000
Voodoo Reinforcement Learning    Dungeons  (Swamp)   (Puzzles)

Can you beat the swamp witch at her own game? Voodoo Reinforcement Learning is an interactive puzzle that will set your party on edge.

September 20, 2015
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Votes: 4 / 4.375000
Guard Riddles    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

A primer on guarded doors, honest and dishonest sentries, and tricky questions.

July 31, 2015
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Votes: 4 / 4.000000
25 Horses    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

A new twist for a classic puzzle. There are 25 statues of horses around a chessboard, and need to be arranged properly to proceed.

July 10, 2015
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Votes: 7 / 3.857143
Tangrams (or Seven Piece Puzzles)    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

A shape assembly puzzle that can be inserted into any cask/door/wall in a dungeon

July 2, 2015
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Votes: 7 / 4.285714
Phantom Paths    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

Phantom Paths is a mirrored motion puzzle that requires collaboration among three players. Ready to be inserted into pretty much any dungeon or setting.

August 16, 2014
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Votes: 4 / 4.375000
Necropolis    Dungeons  (Underground)   (Puzzles)

It lies nestled deep in the wooded hills surrounding Craeger’s Crossing, carved from the living rock of the outcroppings which dot the landscape. Evil may not enter. The living may not enter. None who have sought the remains of Sir Valyrian and the Mirror of the Zealot have ever returned. Now it is your chance to perish.

Necropolis is a self-contained role-playing puzzle adventure for three players. Heavily influenced by Dungeon & Dragons and the Tomb of Horrors, this adventure is specifically designed to strip away all of the extra fluff and focus on puzzle solving and sweet, sweet, horror.

September 10, 2013
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Votes: 9 / 4.055556
Demonic Pipe Organ    Dungeons  (Underground)   (Puzzles)

Mora stepped up to the wicked-looking pipe-organ; the carved demonic head which it was made from leered silently at him. Sweating with anxiety, Mora looked back to his friends before swallowing hard and shakily bringing his fingers to the ivory.

Mora pressed the keys down into several minor chords, and a thunderous peal of music echoed, sounding mockingly similar to a church. Suddenly, the eyes of the carved head lit up with fire, and with a *WHOOSH* a pillar of flames burst into life around Mora. The man's screams were cut short after just a second and the fire disappeared just as quickly. Mora was gone.

After a moment of shocked silence, Mora's friends cheered excitedly.

April 13, 2013
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Ideas: 1
Votes: 9 / 3.555556
Pendulum Puzzle    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

The Pendulum Puzzle is a simple ordering challenge backed up by a neat rhyme. Ready to be inserted into pretty much any dungeon or setting.

January 15, 2013
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Ideas: 1
Votes: 6 / 4.916667
The Sorcerer's Knot    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

"We followed the map as best we could, periodically checking our bearings using the chronograph and the sextants that the seer had given us. Eventually we found the deserted location that corresponded to the coordinates on the rapidly disintegrating map. And we began digging...

"We started a trench that went down about fifteen feet into the baking sand and headed due South. After a few hours our spades rang with the sound of steel on stone and as it did so the group gathered round to see what we had hit. Some hand digging revealed a dark black stone that had been carved with a strange texture on it's surface like a series of overlapping layers of petrified tendrils frozen for perhaps a thousand years. It looked and felt utterly alien, and yet our goal lay in the centre of this forbidding artefact.

June 1, 2012
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Votes: 12 / 4.541667
The Seating of the Stuffy Dinner Party Guests    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

"Don't just laze about! Help with the seating arrangement! The guests will be here any minute, and the king said everything must be perfect tonight or heads will roll! Now remember, the King must sit at the head of the table with her majesty at his side. Lord and Lady Pemberton must sit next to each other but not next to either the Knight-Commander Gren or his wife.. The Priest Lenard mustn't sit next to any of the attractive Ladies, and the Matriarch will certainly cause a ruckus if not placed in a respectable seat, but don't put her near the wine fountain either. Also, the Ladies...."

October 20, 2010
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Votes: 5 / 4.200000
Four 5s (A Puzzle Dungeon)    Dungeons  (Underground)   (Puzzles)

A bare bones dungeon concept, you can add the monsters and the treasure al a cart, but the big bads in this crawl are the puzzles.  

A celebration of Strolen's 5555th post.  

August 9, 2010
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Ideas: 1
Votes: 7 / 3.428571
Painted Minotaur Room    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

Painted walls and a shadowy figure ... how can these insubstantial elements open that all-too-solid door?  A locked-room puzzle with multiple solutions!

February 25, 2010
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Votes: 8 / 3.687500
Chapel Pipe Organ    Dungeons  (Underground)   (Puzzles)

A tricky-ish puzzle that will work for both low and high level players.

June 27, 2008
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The Pirates' Map    Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Puzzles)

The party has obtained a treasure map, and it seems pretty straightforward… but digging in the indicated area for hours has revealed nothing…

September 26, 2007
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Wizard's Challenge    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

A local Wizard, rumored to have lost his mind, like he has his hand, Has issued a Challenge and a prize for all. Simple-Enter his tower and find him to claim your prize.

Dragon Lord
September 13, 2007
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Votes: 9 / 3.777778
The Nobleman's Daughter    Dungeons  (Other)   (Puzzles)

When a young noblewoman goes missing the real cause may not at first be apparent.

November 17, 2005
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Maranesh's Challenge    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

Maranesh, God of Magic, wearied of the multitudes of humans who came to him, clamouring to be taught the secrets of magic. So it was that he devised a test that would separate the worthy from the unworthy.

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       By: Raptyr

Foot Coral. It attatches to a foot like moss, almost gluing itself to an organism. It gets its food supply from the ground, and does not leech off the host in any way. It is not a malignant organism, and is entirely harmless. But it only grows on human feet, and even then, never on the left foot. An organism that it grows on can feel touch through the coral, but not pain. Removal of the coral is painless, but why would you want to?

Texturally, if fells like a dry, non slimy amoeba.

Ideas  ( Lifeforms ) | October 22, 2011 | View | UpVote 3xp

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