Bad D&D puzzles are unfortunately very common. And they are usually something the DM enjoys but the players do not. Still it’s fun reading about the terrible, dare I say merciless, ideas DMs come up with to torment their players. And you learn what not to do. So let’s get into it. 8. Puzzles that … Read more
There is something about graveyards that just screams Dungeons and Dragons. Maybe it’s all the undead in D&D. Maybe it’s all the dungeons that fit so nicely beneath a graveyard. In any case, it just works. But what about using puzzles in a graveyard? Well, that also works great. So here are a couple of … Read more
The light and mirror puzzle is a classic found in many fantasy computer games. But will they work just as well in your D&D game? The short answer is yes. You can simply copy and paste light and mirror puzzles from your computer game and put them in your D&D game. Players activate the light … Read more
Since the beginning of Dungeons and Dragons an eternal war between good and evil, light and darkness has been brewing in the multiverse. It certainly has been the backdrop for – dare I say – most old school D&D campaigns? But how do light and darkness work in Dungeons and Dragons, and how can you … Read more
When you introduce puzzles into your Dungeons and Dragons game, you want to make sure your players actually enjoy solving them. Chess puzzles have been popular for hundreds of years, so it stands to reason your players would enjoy them as well. Or do they? I set up a little experiment to test which type … Read more
In Dungeons and Dragons most of the game mechanics are oriented towards combat. But D&D offers a wide assortment of non-combat challenges to add variety to your game. In fact, the Dungeon Master Guide mentions three pillars of adventuring: The first is combat. But the second and third are social interaction and exploration. You could … Read more
You want to give your players a difficult D&D puzzle challenge. Because the harder your puzzle, the greater the reward when they finally do manage to solve it. But designing a difficult D&D puzzle is a lot harder than it looks. There’s a couple of tricks I use for difficult puzzles. In this article, I’ll explain how to set up hard puzzles your D&D players will enjoy.