Out of the Frying Pan: Eyes of the Iron Spike

Encounters have consequences. Every slain bandit has friends who will want revenge, and every devil banished back to the Eleven Hells reports its failure to its Dark Lord. What happens when the PCs’ daring deeds come back to bite them? The following encounter chains are more than just random encounters. Each conflict flows organically into the next, sometimes without even giving the PCs a chance to catch their collective breath. Each subsequent...

Out of the Frying Pan: Desert Dragonkin

Encounters have consequences. Every slain bandit has friends who will want revenge, and every devil banished back to the Eleven Hells reports its failure to its Dark Lord. What happens when the PCs’ daring deeds come back to bite them? The following encounter chains are more than just random encounters. Each conflict flows organically into the next, sometimes without even giving the PCs a chance to catch their collective breath. Each subsequent...

Out of the Frying Pan: Demons on the River Argent

Encounters have consequences. Every slain bandit has friends who want revenge, and every devil banished back to the Eleven Hells reports its failure to its Dark Lord. What happens when the PCs’ daring deeds come back to bite them? The following encounter chains are more than just random encounters. Each conflict flows organically into the next, sometimes without even giving the PCs a chance to catch their collective breath. Each...

Out of the Frying Pan: The Streets of Zobeck

Encounters have consequences. Every slain bandit has friends who want revenge, and every devil banished back to the Eleven Hells reports its failure to its Dark Lord. What happens when the PCs’ daring deeds come back to bite them? The following encounter chains are more than just random encounters. Each conflict flows organically into the next, sometimes without even giving the PCs a chance to catch their collective breath. Each...

Lethal Lairs Contest Winner

Congratulations go to James J. Haeck, who wrote the Monument to the Thunderer Lethal Lair! Excellent job, James! Again, many thanks go to all who submitted entries, plus our judges and kobold supporters out there for looking over the entries and helping decide who designed the most lethal lair for this...

Lethal Lairs: A Contest

Are you ready to put on your encounter design hat? Would you like to venture into the Southlands to craft your next bit of adventuring fun, then share it with the world? We think so! Using rules for the Pathfinder RPG or 5th edition D&D, design a Southlands encounter named “Red Cliff Raiders”, which uses a theme of desert bandits, and send it to us for judging. We’d also like to see a map about 24 by 36 squares large (this...

Encounter Codex: The Scribe’s Puzzle

Encounter Codex presents encounters you can quickly slot into any adventure. They are system neutral and easily adapted to any edition (and other game systems for that matter) with little effort—just add stats from your favorite monster manual. [previous encounter] __ Features of the Chamber • This cramped chamber has a domed ceiling nearly 15 ft. overhead. It is covered in an elegant fresco of subjects around the edge of the dome worshipping a...

Encounters of Fortune: Discarded Guardians (Part 3 of 5)

To celebrate the release of Open Design’s Soldiers of Fortune sourcebook for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, author Matt James brings you additional material for a military campaign. [previously] __ Azlazier, a wealthy merchant from the desert city of Cindass, has hired you to find an important relic. You have followed his map to where he claims an ancient society once lived. Once there, you battled giant camel spiders and an arcane...

Encounters of Fortune: The Tower of Zazerlae (Part 2 of 5)

To celebrate the impending release of Open Design’s Soldiers of Fortune sourcebook for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, author Matt James brings you additional material for a military campaign. [previously] __ Encounter Background During the last encounter, the PCs located the entrance to the abandoned dungeon and were attacked by roaming giant camel spiders. Now, they must enter the dark and mysterious complex. Any PC who makes a...

Encounters of Fortune: The Camel Spiders (Part 1 of 5)

To celebrate the impending release of Open Design’s Soldiers of Fortune sourcebook for 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, author Matt James brings you additional material for a military campaign. __ The riches and treasures diverted through the city of Cindass are quite remarkable and fuel a burgeoning enterprise for those motivated by money. Wealthy investors back dozens of archeological expeditions each year, and keeping these parties...

Encounter Codex: The Trial of Fate, Faith, and Fortune

Encounter Codex presents encounters you can quickly slot into any adventure. They are system neutral and easily adapted to any edition (and other games for that matter) with little effort—just add stats from your favorite monster manual. [previous encounter] __ A three-headed skeleton encased in ceremonial plate armor surveys this pillared hall from atop a throne of glass. Features of the Chamber The air in this wide hall is cold and drafty. It...

Encounter Codex: The Eye of Ihmrahotep

Encounter Codex presents encounters that can be quickly slotted into any adventure. They are system neutral and easily adapted to any edition (and other games for that matter) with little effort—just add stats from your favorite monster manual. [previous encounter] ___ A radiant yellow orb—like a miniature sun—gleams from beneath a veil of crushed rubies. Hieroglyphs inked onto the wrappings of nearby mummies shimmer in kind… Features of...

Secret Lairs: The Haunted Hovel

Sigard the Woodsman was a doting father. Ever since his wife was taken by the Black Death, his children have been his whole world. But, of course, this was before the brain mold… He could hear them laughing inside their modest home, preparing for the evening meal. They took his wife. Faster and faster, he kicked the rotating grindstone. He could hear them mocking him over the bustle of the dinner dishes. His axe, the tool of his trade, was now...

Secret Lairs: The Snow Star Cavern

Amid the wild snows, a tempting light shines, luring the lost or frightened to safety. Stumbling and numb with cold, these poor wanderers find a warm, inviting cave mouth at the source of the light. The brightness is obscured and then disappears entirely as the wanderer seeks shelter. Standing at the cave’s mouth, one feels an eager pulling, often confused with the allure of simple warmth. Once entered, the cave mouth sinks into the ground and...


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