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Hello there adventurers and welcome to Wally DM! Thank you for purchasing my Journal of Puzzle Encounters. Within this journal you will find 60 puzzles that you can use to add an element of mystery, intrigue and fun to your fantasy role-playing games.

Your players will have their characters swapping out gems of an owl statue to open doors, turning their hand to stone to unlock a portal, or tasting a cube to see if its bitter or sweet in order to solve a puzzle.

Also included is a table of 100 weird rooms that you can use to populate your dungeons and bring out the creativity of both yourself and your players.

As you peruse the puzzles within these pages please remember that each puzzle is simply an idea for you to use “as is” or as the foundation of building your own encounters and ideas.

In a style of puzzles supported by thousands of wonderful subscribers to the Wally DM YouTube channel, the Journal of Puzzle Encounters will provide your table with legendary stories and moments they will always remember!

If you want more of puzzles just like these, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel, Wally DM. Tune in for a new puzzle video every month!

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Michał U July 29, 2022 9:47 am UTC
How many puzzles here are language dependent? English is not my native language, so any puzzles based on words, names or sentences will have to be redone if possible.
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MATT B July 27, 2022 3:31 am UTC
Is this suitable for solo play? Or does it rely on players not knowing information that’s too hard to avoid in the book?
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Stefan H March 05, 2022 7:52 pm UTC
Really different puzzles! Great work.
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Christian M November 29, 2021 5:37 pm UTC
I agree with previous reviews, this book is great. The puzzles are creative, and easy to implement in any game. I'm looking forward to using the Door of the Stone Hand in my next Dungeon World game.
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Travis M August 02, 2021 5:37 am UTC
Is there a sci-fi version for this type of book?
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Chris M February 17, 2022 9:34 pm UTC
Haven't seen one, but it wouldn't be too difficult to flavor most of these with sci-fi instead of magic, guns instead of other damage, etc.
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Robert R February 05, 2021 3:15 am UTC
Very cool supplement. I'm planning to use several of the puzzles/encounters in a game. With the Magic Mouth room I made the Magic Mouth attack them if they get it wrong. I thought I would share the stats. I made it for a level 8 party and made it pretty tough.

Magic Mouth
Medium monstrosity, Neutral
Armor Class 16
Hit Points 180
Speed 0 ft., fly 30 ft. (hover)
STR 10 (+0) DEX 16 (+3) CON 14 (+2) INT 14 (+2) WIS 14 (+2) CHA 14 (+2)

Skills Perception +5, Performance +5
Condition Immunities blinded
Senses blindsight 120 ft. (blind beyond this radius), passive Perception 15
Languages All
Challenge 8 (3,900 XP)

Psychic Scream. All creatures within 30ft must take a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw or take 5d10 psychic damage save negates.
Lick. Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 2d12+3 damage and DC 16 constitution save or target is paralyzed until it succeeds on a DC16 constitution saving...See more
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Robert R February 06, 2021 11:55 pm UTC
Psychic Scream is meant to have Recharge 6 btw
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Scott B October 25, 2020 11:06 pm UTC
Bought this yesterday, put the first two puzzles in my game today. The others looks good and not repetitive.

I can tell from the mention of 30th and 36th level casters that the author has "Master"ed the game. Some anachronisms from older editions remain, like Stone to Flesh, but they're all easy to work with. One works requires knowledge of spell components that fortunately did stick around to the newest edition.

There's one puzzle with 12 keys, 7 are normal keys, but I can only identify three that aren't normal. I'm not going to introduce a puzzle I can't solve myself.

But I've already gotten my money's worth. Like I said, lots of ideas, and the puzzles aren't too difficult mostly. (You want your players to feel they're smart, not to feel you're smart).

I would note that it's good to give puzzles like these while there are still places to explore, so the game doesn't grind to a half while the players who love puzzles work on it. Don't make a puzzle...See more
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Richard L October 25, 2020 1:19 am UTC
Would be nice if you could copy and paste text from the book instead of it converting it to nonsense. Not sure if it's just something weird that happened or if it was a deliberate attempt to prevent people from copy and pasting; if the former, okay. If the latter, that's absolute BS. I paid for it, I should be able to copy and paste whatever I want for use in my own games.
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Nick W October 25, 2020 3:40 am UTC
Hey there Richard, thank you for buying my book. I hope you enjoy it. I am not sure why you cannot copy and paste from the pdf. Please know, that it is definitely nothing that I did and I agree, you should be able to copy and paste it however you choose. The pdf i uploaded was to the specifications required by DriveThruRPG.

With that being said... try putting it in an online PDF to WORD converter. That may do it. Keep me updated! I amsuper excitedyou chose to get this book and look forward to hearing back from you
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Richard L October 26, 2020 5:58 pm UTC
PDF to Word converter might do it, but probably more effort than it would take to just type up the needed parts. I do appreciate the reply, and definitely getting use from the book - not many good puzzle sources out there for these games, so it's nice to have a new one out there to use.
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Paulo Jorge Soares F March 03, 2021 3:11 am UTC
Hey Nick, great work here! Congrats on the success!

Regarding Richard's comment, I decided to believe you when you said that you don't agree with a copy-protected PDF so I'd like to point out that when you upload a title to DTRPG (any title, any format), on the new title set up screen, there's a VERY easy to miss checkbox to decide whether the PDF you're uploading will allow copies or not. This choice can be edited. Maybe it's the case that you missed that box and it's ticked for copy protection?
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Samuel T September 27, 2020 5:35 am UTC
Are any of these social puzzles? Because I really suck at social puzzle type things.
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Christoph O September 20, 2020 6:12 pm UTC
I don't know you. But goddamn I love that little book you made. Your puzzles and rooms are very inspiring. And my party will surely have a blast going through some of them.

Good job all around, and best of luck with whatever you plan on doing in the future.
I sure hope you keep creating stuff like that.
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David W September 19, 2020 3:12 am UTC
I am not good at making puzzles at all and this has helped me out so much! Very easy to understand and it's great being able to mix and match different different ones to make something awesome.
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Robbe C September 18, 2020 8:40 pm UTC
This book is amazing! Loved the youtube channel from the start and I am using these puzzles (or inspiration from them) throughout my campaign!
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J K July 14, 2020 10:35 pm UTC
Just got the PDF (and the print copy on the way), it looks great so far, thanks!
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Josiah A July 14, 2020 6:31 pm UTC
Been looking forward to this for awhile!
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Charles M July 14, 2020 4:51 pm UTC
Thanks, Wally for a great book of puzzles, my players will love them.
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Troy T July 14, 2020 4:03 am UTC
Awesome book, love the PDF can't wait to have the physical copy in my hands. Puzzle are well described and easy to insert into your game with great ideas how to tweak them to fit.
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