The Sand Box RIddle
A simple addition to the riddles often used to open doors or paths in a dungeon. The party are presented with a riddle and then have to draw the answer in the sand box.
You are presented with three doors. Each door is marked with a polished brass plaque. On each plaque is an engraved script. In the middle of the room is a simple stone plinth about waist height to a human and atop it a similarly carved stone box, about 18 inches to a side and about four inches deep. The box has no lid and inside it is full of pure white beach sand.
- Script 1: Riddle 1
- Script 2: Riddle 2
- Script 3: Riddle 3
If the players draw their answer in the box, they are able to open the door with the corresponding riddle. I have the players draw for real on scrap paper and if I feel it is suitable ( i am very lenient) then the door opens.
- Running your finger through the sand leaves a trail of silver light briefly. Hinting at the purpose.
- The picture must be drawn while facing the door in question so that it is 'the right way up'.
- Drawing the wrong thing summons a monster to fight.
Bind the penalty to what is drawn. For example, if the players draw a troll because they think that is the answer, it penalizes them by summoning a troll. Or the players need to draw a tool that helps them get past the objective, and maybe draw a piece of rope or something. Like with genies, the illustration could be misinterpreted (intentionally?) by the DM for good effect. 'That's not a rope! That's a snake!'
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Those links are really help full if planning an RP involving riddles. This is a nicely described little detail to toss in to a dungeon or encounter somewhere.
Neat entry method! I like drawing a lot and it makes the experience more interactive.
I dont use a lot of riddles in games but since I don't this looks like a good way for me to actually introduce them.
4/5 Rarely disagree this far on votes. While the sub is very basic, it is HIGHLY useful and the idea of having to draw in the sand is Fantastic.Very Original.
Good first idea. Belated welcome.
Nifty, I like it!