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September 26, 2015
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Comments: 7
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 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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Comments: 5
Ideas: 0
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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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
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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Comments: 7
Ideas: 0
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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Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
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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Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
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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Comments: 13
Ideas: 1
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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Comments: 14
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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Comments: 14
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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Comments: 23
Ideas: 1
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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Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
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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Comments: 9
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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Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Votes: 7 / 3.642857
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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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 2.750000
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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Comments: 15
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 3.888889
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
Hits: 4669
Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
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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Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 4.166667
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.

November 15, 2005
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.300000
Wall of Insight    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

You have all chosen to follow the Path of the Philosopher. Not for you the warrior Path of the Battlemage, fighter for justice, nor the Path of the Healer, worthy though it may be to heal the sick. Equally you have rejected the Path of the Artificer, the tinkerers, who work on devices and techniques, as well as the Path of the Loremaster, who merely delves and catalogues the knowledge of the past. No, you have decided upon the Path of the Philosopher, the highest calling, the way of true enquiry, where you will probe the realms of higher mathematics, ponder the meaning of truth itself and tease out the deepest secrets of nature and the workings of the world.

October 29, 2005
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Comments: 10
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 2.750000
The Sand Box    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

A Magical Puzzle Key for opening a door. Innocuous, somewhat simple, but fun to solve, if you like puzzles.

October 29, 2005
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 3.000000
The Acid Barrier    Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)

A magical barrier of acid blocks your path. Solve the puzzle to unlock the door.

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Castoria, Land of Shattered Stars

       By: Veretrix

Castoria was once a thriving and prosperous nation, a rich trade center for the surrounding lands. This all changed when, on one fateful night nearly a century ago, the Mist of Eternity rolled in and surrounded the land, obscuring more of the outside world as days and nights passed.

By the time the Mist blocked out the sun, a new light shone during what was assumed to be daytime: The Starpoint Spire, a mysterious place atop Castoria's highest peak in the northern-central region. Some say that there is some sort of building atop the mountain shining the dim "sunlight" onto the land, but it is only ever too bright or too dark to fully make out any structure, not to mention the mountain's immense height.

Not a month after the Spire's light lit up, the stars fell. Flaming rocks and debris from far-flung edges of space plummeted downward onto the eastern region of Castoria. Once the shower subsided, a strange energy from within the fallen stars transformed the eastern lands in what are now known as The Voidwastes, a barren gray land littered with craters and strange alien creatures (these can vary, but I had Pathfinder's Akatas in mind).

To the south, strange mechanism of eldritch origin are again at work after aeons of rest in the Ruins of Kchuthngnl, an ancient city of non-human creation that is estimated by scholars to be no less that five millennia old.

To the west, the once peaceful and serene forest, now known as The Plagued Woods, has been experiencing corruptions of the wildlife and humanoids living there. Some humans have reported creatures that appear not unlike a halfling, except that they can open their mouths to massive proportions to swallow creatures the size of an ogre.

When adventurers and citizens alike try to make an escape from Castoria, they are never seen again, and it is utterly unknown whether they found hopeful sanctuary or agonizing death withing the Mist's depths.

What is unknown to all residents of Castoria is that all of these events occurred because of the actions of a secret but powerful cult loyal to the Elder Gods who call the space between the planes their abhorrent home. The cult still lives on, larger than ever, and their plan is for the alien horrors to incubate and thrive within the dome of mist that now envelops Castoria, so that when the Elder Gods return as the cult's prophecy foretells, they will have an army of blasphemous creation at their disposal that they will use to make war with and enslave the denizens of the Material Plane.

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