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.
Let’s face it. If you don’t like puzzling out a bit of math then D&D is definitely not the game for you. I’ll be the first to admit that since D&D the first edition the math in D&D has gotten a lot easier. But it’s still a big part of the game. So if you believe many D&D players would enjoy a math puzzle in their games, you’re not wrong. Here’s how to do them well.
You want to use sphinx puzzles, pyramid puzzles or both in your D&D campaign. That’s a great idea. Thematically, both sphinxes and pyramids go together perfectly with puzzles. Meeting a sphinx turns a monster encounter into a puzzle challenge. And when players explore a pyramid they need to puzzle out how it is laid out first. So using puzzles makes a lot of sense.