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Prompt: Write about puzzle boxes in d&d 5e.

Puzzle boxes are a type of magic item that can be used to create interesting challenges and rewards for your players in D&D 5e. A puzzle box is a small container that can only be opened by solving a puzzle, such as a combination lock, a riddle, a pattern, or a sequence of symbols. The puzzle can be simple or complex, depending on the level of difficulty you want to set for your players.

Some possible uses for puzzle boxes in your D&D 5e game are:

  • As a treasure: A puzzle box can contain valuable items, such as gold, gems, magic items, or clues to a larger mystery. You can place a puzzle box in a dungeon, a treasure hoard, or as a reward for completing a quest. The players will have to figure out how to open the box to claim their prize.
  • As a trap: A puzzle box can also be a trap, designed to harm or hinder anyone who tries to open it. For example, a puzzle box could release poisonous gas, summon hostile creatures, cast a curse, or trigger an alarm. You can use a puzzle box as a trap to protect something important, such as a secret passage, a hidden vault, or a powerful artifact.
  • As a key: A puzzle box can also serve as a key to access something else, such as a door, a portal, or a magical device. The players will have to solve the puzzle box to activate or deactivate the mechanism that controls the access. You can use a puzzle box as a key to create an obstacle for your players, such as preventing them from entering or leaving an area, or requiring them to find multiple puzzle boxes to unlock something.

Puzzle boxes can add variety and fun to your D&D 5e game, as they challenge your players' intelligence and creativity. You can create your own puzzle boxes using online resources, such as generators, guides, or examples. Alternatively, you can use existing puzzle boxes from published sources, such as books, movies, or video games. Some examples of famous puzzle boxes are:

  • The Lament Configuration from the Hellraiser series: A cube-shaped puzzle box that opens a portal to Hell and summons the Cenobites, demonic beings who offer pain and pleasure beyond human comprehension.
  • The Cryptex from The Da Vinci Code: A cylindrical puzzle box that contains a scroll with an important message. The cryptex can only be opened by aligning the correct letters on its rings. If someone tries to force it open, it releases vinegar that dissolves the scroll.
  • The Lemarchand's Box from The Room series: A series of intricate puzzle boxes that hide secrets and mysteries about their creator and his family. Each box requires solving multiple puzzles and manipulating various mechanisms to open.

Puzzle boxes are a great way to spice up your D&D 5e game and test your players' skills and wits. You can use them as treasure, traps, keys, or plot devices. Just make sure that the puzzles are fair and solvable, and that the rewards or consequences are appropriate for your game.