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Questions tagged [puzzle]

For questions related to the use and creation of puzzles in your campaigns.

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How do I communicate to my players that a door is, for the time being, absolutely locked to them?

I have a small dungeon in my campaign, a temple, that is a significant location for the broader story of my world. The players might very well enter this temple pretty early on in their adventuring. ...
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How can I present an “unsolvable right now” puzzle without frustrating my players?

I think me and my players are quite fond of puzzles in our TTRPGs, me designing them and they solving them. Last session I presented them with a puzzle that was unsolvable “at the moment”. I thought ...
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How can I handle a maze in a play-by-post game?

So, I'm going to be running a classic Mutants and Masterminds adventure next week, "Toys will be Toys". The crux of the game is the players racing their way through a series of rooms connected by ...
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How can my players even have a chance at resolving this Tomb of Horrors puzzle?

In the Tomb of Horrors hardcover from the Tales of the Yawning Portal, most of the time, when there’s a puzzle, either clues will be given to adventurers, or there will be an available check to solve/...
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What to roll to solve riddles?

I like to use riddles that the players are supposed to solve, like the classic “What walks on four legs at morning, two in the afternoon, and three at dusk?” If a player is unable to answer a riddle, ...
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How to make traps and puzzles more engaging?

Inspired by the recent UA about Traps I considered making trap/puzzle encounters more common, but I don't know how to solve an issue, which was mentioned in our gaming group. A player mentioned in ...
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How can I hide a chess puzzle in plain sight?

I'm working on a modern rural fantasy game, in which a house will be a dungeon. With the typical checkered linoleum pattern, the kitchen seems like a good place chess puzzle. I am leaning towards ...
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How can I make puzzles a challenge for the character, rather than the player?

I'm designing an adventure, in which at one point the party meets a giant who will only let them pass if they solve some puzzles. However, the problem is that the riddles are a test for the player, ...
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How to create a Number Puzzle? [closed]

I wanted to create a puzzle for my adventure. I found a very interesting book that has all sort of tips on how to create them: It´s called fourthcore alphabet. The puzzles there are very generically ...
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Puzzles vs the Swordsage

I'm playing as a Swordsage, and my DM is concerned that with Dance of the Spider and the Shadow Jaunt line, it will be impossible for terrain to be a challenge, making it hard to design puzzles. Is ...
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How can I design beyond “one-solution” obstacles?

When creating dungeons, I want to create a dungeon that allows the players to come up with their own solutions to an obstacle/puzzle, etc. However, I seem to be stuck on the "one/two solution" ...
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Designing Puzzles Requiring Halt Undead and Animate Dead

I am currently designing an adventure filled with several puzzles. The point of each puzzle is to get a character to use a power they don't know that they have in order to proceed. For example, for ...
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Designing and Implementing a Crypto-Puzzle Language

Currently I am in the planning stages for when I plan to run a game of D&D 4E, but this question its self is more system-agnostic. I want to design a written language that will come up in some of ...
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Resources for Complex Puzzle-Traps

I'm looking for resources for designing complex challenges - something that's not quite a puzzle and not quite a trap, but somewhere in between. There are tons of resources for really complex or off-...
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What field-specific puzzles can I give to engineering and psychology students?

A few sessions ago, I gave my players a puzzle that involved converting a decimal number to binary to figure out the correct sequence to open a door. Since my group consists primarily of computer ...
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How can I turn a B*-tree into a puzzle?

My players, being quite terrified of the consequences of injury (less research time), have asked me for a series of magical puzzles for their next adventure. I have decided that, roughly, it will ...
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How do I estimate puzzle durations?

I'm looking to run an immersive/ARG style LARP and I'm trying to block out the time that I'm estimating players will spend on different tasks. One part of this is going to involve puzzle solving, and ...
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What are some sources for in game puzzles for players?

I love to spice up campaign settings (dungeons in particular) with logic, mechanic or word-based puzzles. Can you propose valid resources for this ?