Tag Archives: Challenge

Aesthetics of Play and Puzzles

I had the pleasure of guesting on the Dungeon Master’s Block podcast. We discussed puzzles and this post is the outline we started from. The podcast is more in depth with input from great people, you should listen to it: … Continue reading

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Aesthetics of Play and the Hook

Readers of the blog know that I like to think about how to use individual game elements in RPGs to serve the core aesthetics of play. In the past, I’ve addressed traps from this perspective and dived into Fellowship pacing, … Continue reading

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Is Failure an Option?

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to set conditions for failure in a tabletop RPG. On the one hand, tabletop RPGs lend themselves well to total and final failure in a quest because, while we strive to achieve our … Continue reading

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Richard’s Confounding Wall

In the caves underneath the Hall of Illumination, this puzzle guards a hint as to the location of Richard’s treasure hoard. It’s internal workings are magical in nature and so the secret can only be destroyed by dismantling it, it … Continue reading

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