RPG Puzzles: Interview With an Expert Puzzle Designer

If you’ve visited our website before you know that we’re fans of puzzles for RPGs by Dungeonvault. These puzzles are great for more reasons than we can go into now. And today I have the honor of sitting down with the brains behind the operation; expert puzzle designer Paul Camp, to ask him how he … Read more

Outdoor D&D Puzzles: Forests, Swamps, and Jungles

Ah, the Great Outdoors. Breathing in the fresh air, running from Owlbears and whatnot. What could be better than exploring all the wilderness that D&D has to offer? Well, adding some puzzles to all that nature of course.  If you need some inspiration for combining puzzles with your forest, swamp, or jungle D&D setting, you’ve … Read more

How to Run Politics in D&D: A Practical Approach

Our party has always wanted to run a political D&D campaign. We imagined it to be filled with political backstabbing and double-crossing, shady deals, and broken alliances. But after only a few sessions I felt I had bitten off more than I could chew as a DM. And my players complained they felt like spectators … Read more

How NOT to Award XP for D&D Puzzles: Do This Instead

There is one thing that has always really annoyed us about awarding XP for puzzles in Dungeons and Dragons. Ready? Here it comes: If you present a puzzle to a first level party you hand out an amount of XP appropriate for that level. But if you present the exact same puzzle to a party … Read more

D&D Elemental Puzzles… Use Earth Air Fire Water

Dungeons and Dragons uses the four elements – earth, air, fire, and water – throughout its books. There are elemental monsters, spells, and even elemental planes. So it makes perfect sense to have elemental puzzles in your D&D world as well. In this article, we’ll look at two puzzles you can use to represent the … Read more

Two D&D Environmental Puzzles to Explore the Wilderness

Ah, the Great Outdoors! Who doesn’t love to breathe in the fresh air and explore the wilds? Unless of course, you’re in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign where the great outdoors are crawling with territorial Owlbears and the occasional Dragon. But that doesn’t stop our PCs. In fact, they expect to see monsters lurking behind … Read more

D&D Desert Puzzles for Pyramids and Crypts

Deserts in D&D can be very difficult to run because they are mostly defined by what isn’t there. There’s no water, no protection from the sun, and virtually no life. So you can’t really blame players if they choose to find some much-needed shade in a cozy pyramid or crypt. Even if they are riddled … Read more

Three D&D Puzzles for Toddlers and Crybabies

It’s the end of a long day and your players’ concentration levels are almost completely depleted. Still, you want to treat them to an intellectual challenge that isn’t too difficult for their weary minds.  So what do you do? You Google ‘D&D puzzles for toddlers’ and find this convenient article! Here are our recommendations of … Read more

3 D&D Combat Puzzle Encounters that Leave Players Speechless

In the magnificent world of Dungeons & Dragons players encounter and combat monsters all the time. But even with a wide variety of monsters combat can start to feel a little repetitive. After a while players start using the same tactics for every combat encounter. Tank at the front, healer close behind, ranged attackers at … Read more