Puzzles in Roleplaying Games Guide, Links and Resources

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I’m a big fan of puzzles in roleplaying, but it can be hard to come up with puzzles sometimes as a DM.  There is also the debate about how much you should support players in solving the puzzle, and if a low intelligence PC can still solve these types of puzzles (at least using something other than a big ax or hammer, of course).

My usual rule of thumb, anyone can help solve the problem.  Players can use skills to get clues about the puzzle, but I like the idea of rewarding players with more when they don’t use clues.

Here are some resources for using puzzles in RPGs.

Tutorials and Suggestions

Preference is Puzzling: a great post suggest ways to incorporate puzzles into D&D and suggestions on how to deal with player vs. character ability and knowledge.

Runes for Puzzles: The runes can represent numbers or anything else you might need them for in a puzzle or riddle.

Mathematical Puzzles in Fantasy Games: Some great mathematical puzzles that can be used in fantasy games.

Braingle:  Brain Teasers, Riddles, Trivia, Brain Exercises and Games that can be adapted for your game.

Cloud Kingdom Games: Publisher of Riddles and Puzzles.

The Ultimate Puzzle Site: Tons of puzzles and riddles.

Enworld Discussion of Puzzles: This discussion has some great ideas for puzzles like a monster that sucks in all attacks against it.  What are the players going to do?

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3 responses to “Puzzles in Roleplaying Games Guide, Links and Resources

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  2. Thanks for putting these great links together. I am going to bookmark this for quick reference when plotting my next game. I always find riddles, puzzles, and logic problems hard to wrench into my game.

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