I’m not saying that I have to make my puzzles absurdly easy lest they be taken as insurmountable, but also that’s what I’m saying.
Actually, I don’t use puzzles super often, because I feel like they tend to break immersion – IE, the player with the 8 int barbarian is as likely to solve it as the player with the 20 int wizard – but when I do, I almost never get to be clever the way I want. The shared fantasy world is *not* something I have with my players. Either we’re in Faerun, but no one else has read the novels from a billion years ago, or we’re in a homebrew setting and my players have Candor’s reaction to start-of-campaign handouts. The ideal puzzle is pulled out of the lore of the dungeon or the world, you know? It exists for the players to feel frustrated for a bit, and then really clever.
That said, I’ll still occasionally slip in a puzzle like the puzzle from this comic – usually in a mad wizard’s lair, with plenty of warning that the aforementioned wizard was obsessed with numbers.
We are shifting gears on Patreon again, as Masterwork comes closer to being a final product and after we saw the reception to our paper minis.
Free Splatbooks will still be a thing, but they’re going to be a community unlocked feature. I am still working on the mechanics of this, but essentially, our Patreon community will have the keys to making various splatbooks free for everyone else. The goal here is to avoid PWYW (because, ironically, it costs money to set up that way on my store, and the DM Guild / DriveThru RPG get half of everything if we use them) without gate-keeping all of our content. The hope is that it’ll feel more like our general readers are getting gifts from our supporters. The splatbooks are going to start featuring more maps and modules, too, with an emphasis on custom monsters and items. And while it’ll remain 5e focused, I am definitely going to experiment with making these things usable with, or at least friendly to Pathfinder 2E.
The big focus on Patreon though is going to be Paper Minis. It’ll be the ONLY place you can get the black & white versions, the source files, and community-created minis.
Speaking of Minis, the votes are in from our delightful crew, and we’re going to start making a gigantic pack of paper minis to go with The Dragon Heist module. Look for updates soon.