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December 22, 2016, 8:23 am

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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.

  1. Script 1: Riddle 1
  2. Script 2: Riddle 2
  3. Script 3: Riddle 3

There are many riddles to use, and you can make your own. Go HERE or HERE for some great riddlespiration.


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.


  1. Running your finger through the sand leaves a trail of silver light briefly. Hinting at the purpose.
  2. The picture must be drawn while facing the door in question so that it is "the right way up".
  3. Drawing the wrong thing summons a monster to fight.

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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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Voted axlerowes
December 31, 2016, 13:04
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.
Voted Mageek
December 31, 2016, 16:50
Neat entry method! I like drawing a lot and it makes the experience more interactive.
Voted Scrasamax
January 23, 2017, 12:19
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.
Voted Aramax
January 25, 2017, 15:09
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.
Voted Longspeak
February 3, 2017, 1:00
Good first idea. Belated welcome.
Voted Murometz
February 3, 2017, 10:10
Nifty, I like it!

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The Needy Dead

       By: Murometz

The PCs are hired by undead to rid their village community of an invasive necromancer.

As the PCs make their way, wherever they are going, they spot two zombies. The zombies approach but before the cleric can turn them, one starts throwing coins at the PCs while the other pleads with them, unable to pronounce the letters "L" and "H" due to some missing gums. "Peeth issen...no 'arm...coin...peeth issen!"

If the PCs don't slaughter the two zombies immediately, they will eventually come to learn that the two were chosen to find help by their brethren. The zombies want to hire the PCs to rid their community of an unwanted pest. An opportunistic necromancer.

Apparently, a small benign community of undead have taken residence in an abandoned village, living out their undeath as peacefully as the undead can. Recently, a malicious necromancer has invaded the village, and plans to enslave the entire populace with his malignant spells, raising a small army.

The PCs must battle the vile necromancer, even as he animates the very folks who hired the PCs in the first place, to slaughter them.

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