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5E EN5ider #359 - Puzzle: Dandolo's Cryptic Box

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  • 359. Puzzle: Dandolo's Cryptic Box. Dandolo’s Cryptic Box is a puzzle opened by setting the right combination on four rings with pictograms or pictographic language. GMs can place a small item inside (such as a magic ring or a key to a dungeon's final treasure chest), or even a key piece of information crucial to the campaign. Each of the four rings has an accompanying riddle or clue to pursue—including a snazzy handout for players—to decode and find the correct pictograph. While all of these can occur at once, it's best to make finding them side quests of their own, creating an extended puzzle to gnaw at the imaginations of adventurers between sessions. It's not spooky but by golly this article is intriguing. Enigmatically designed by Phill Harmon, illustrated by Xanditz.
  • 358. Enchanted Trinkets: Occult Knicknacks. Halloween is nearly upon us and to satisfy those demons and devils soon to walk among mortals we have a second article of magic items for this month! Although not as grisly as the Reaper's Crop, this set of thirteen enchanted trinkets has many things that are up the same unearthly alley—witness the carver of a stone at work by using the ancestral chisel, hide your trail with a cat's paw brush, look into and share your own dreams with the dreamscrying bowl, predict the weather with a storm sight veil, or bring a sense of wonder by playing the twinkling harp to throw the stars up above your performance. Eerily designed by Joseph Colman, illustrated by Sade.
  • 357. ZEITGEIST #12: The Grinding Gears of Heaven - Part 2. Sailing above the dying worlds of the Gyre, the party seeks the power to save their own. In this part of the module the adventurers soar above over two dozen distinct worlds, stopping along the way to recharge their ship's levitationals and fight the Golden Legion army of devils, gargantuan undead space arachnid called vaknids, the savants of Shabboath, the carnivorous mandala of Thrag, Hunlow pirates, insectile guardians of the Hive Queen, and other craft plying the Gyre! Includes three maps: Motes of Gold, Egalitrix (the fortress of the Golden Legion), and Egalitrix Legion Command.
  • 356. Mini-Adventure: The Lady of Rust. There's always that weird noble, right? The one that insists on wearing some obscure scent, or only eats pastries, or refuses to travel without their own carriage, or keeps rust monsters as pets. Eccentric people like Lady Philomina—who keeps rust monsters as pets. This peculiar woman's strange quirk has more motive than simply being unique and rich however, and the adventurers will gradually uncover it as they investigate the situation with local silver mines that has sent the local economy off-kilter. Designed by the lupine Will Gawned, illustrated by Guilherme Sommermeyer, with cartography by Dyson Logos.
  • 355. Enchanted Trinkets: Reaper's Crop. Halloween approaches and we've got a satisfyingly creepy entry in the Enchanted Trinkets series focused on a dozen grisly, gruesome, and macabre magic items for GMs to reward their adventurers! Leave a morbid message with a chattering skull, paint a foe with deathly energies with a desecrated blood flask, supercharge your thinking with a jarred brain, and don't leave home without your lucky halfling foot! Horrifyingly designed by Andrew Engelbrite, illustrated by Rachel Maduro.
 
Mike Myler

Mike Myler


Mike Myler

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What was the original post about? The 'Changes of Zhou: Far Eastern Cleromancy'?
A member of EN staff was logged into the wrong account on Patreon when that was posted. Sometimes an EN5ider article (which Changes of Zhou originally was—same designer as today's puzzle box too!) makes its way onto EONS, the official What's Old Is New magazine, and that article just had a bit of a loopy route today.
 




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