“One looks down on the Abyss, the others delve deep where no Light is. Matching the forms and symbols of yore, the truth shall rise and lead you out of the doors”
- Cyclopean Inscriptions on the Well
An Escape Challenge consisting of a puzzle room and arena. Meant to demonstrate that fact that brains are required for combat as well as brawn. Best used on players who just use force to solve everything.
The second part of this ongoing list.
This is Part One of an ongoing list of possible puzzles for an escape room dungeon.
An ancient tomb set beneath a small hill-town holds a dark secret...
This is a method to randomly generate a branching dungeon graph that can be used to emulate the traditional lock-and-key style of dungeon that is prominent in the Legend of Zelda series of games.
The final test for Guild candidates is to complete the Escape Room.
A tall water filled room that guards an artifact or other important objective. A puzzle must be solved to reach it.
A maze in which there are clues that reveal the way through provided that you know how to perceive, interpret, and use them.
El Dorado LLC is a virtual theme park based off of the perception of 1990s southern California
Step on the floor tiles in the correct order to proceed.
Ding Ziu translates to 'Substitute Criminal'
A mechanical shrinking trap room. Complete the challenges before you get crushed. The name for this room is the same as the movie whose plot I got this whole idea from.
Sometimes a door is the best security system.
Sometimes the owner of a dungeon doesn't want to kill its intruders, just detain and embarrass them a bit.
A series of traps and puzzles that are sure to cause pause in your players without killing them..... maybe.
"This is a clean room environment. So we will have to pass through decontamination before we can enter." Researcher Gorgron Rogbutt, an Orc.
"Here lies a peasant child scarred by the heat of battle.
Fighting not for glory but because he just wanted to live,
His despairation led him to victory."
~ Carved on the ornate stone doors leading to the large tomb.
A very difficult puzzle which requires knowledge in simple leet speak to solve. It might take a while to figure out as you have to rearrange letters and numbers to form a sentence.
A puzzle that requires knowledge of the PGP Word List to complete. It is impossible without knowing this information. VERY COMPLEX! NOT FOR BEGINNERS!
This is a system of classification that admittedly I shamelessly copied from TES (The Elder Scrolls). It sorts traps and puzzles into four categories known in TES as The Four Tests. Examples of each that I made myself are included.
With a huge number of sacrificial victims, another realm long ago secretly bound a Prince of the land spirits, Iorstonn by name, thus ensuring the fertility, and improving the magical defences, of their realm. But binding that Prince to one spot has disrupted the weather and magical patterns (ley lines?) over half the continent. Things have become bad enough that a coalition has been formed to rectify the situation, once divinations have established the cause.
Your party is one of the teams assembled to do the rectification: find the binding object and steal it ("so that we can destroy it here in our realm, of course"...*) or destroy it over there. Presumably the Prince will be grateful to his rescuers and angry at the binders, but with a greater spirit like Iorstonn one can never be sure: such beings are "tricksy".
* Of course, the rulers of our realm might want to control Iorstonn for their own ends...