Introduction I recently viewed a collaboration between Matt Colville and Satine Pheonix. During that, Matt brought up an evocative image of a monster’s hand coming through to grab an unwitting player character. That image stuck and is the inspiration for the following “Out of the Box.” It brings in some familiar and some new elements. […]
Introduction Have you ever needed an icebreaker encounter for either a new group, or maybe introduce a new D&D player to the concept of roleplaying without challenging their untested knowledge of any rules? I have. Often new players are uncomfortable with the concept of roleplaying, especially in front of established or experienced players. A way […]
Introduction Terrain is everything to an fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons encounter. It determines the intent and feel. It determines what monsters can be used or what spells might work. It sets the stage. But what if the terrain were to change…say almost instantly? What if the player characters weren’t ready for a change in […]
Introduction In a previous encounter within Series 1 (Auntie Knows Best) there was mention of a Hag Eye. This device was being employed in a manner to draw the characters into the clutches and machinations of a green hag by the name of Auntie Treeshadow. A later encounter introduced a night hag in a mercantile […]
Societies all over the world have their own way of doing things. Regardless where you are from, I bet you’d be surprised how cultures on the other side of the world did some of the most common things. The way we make a meal, prepare a home, treat the loss of a loved one, or […]
Many entries in both the Monster Manual and Volo’s Guide to Monsters indicate one or more monsters have some sort of relationship with each other. What I’d like to present here is one between a Monster Manual entry (Bullywug) and Volo’s (Froghemoth).
Out of the Box hasn’t featured an aquatic encounter in a long time, so I think we’re overdue. I’m not sure how many followers and players will remember this simple rule of physics, but the material of an item (its density) is less important than its shape and volume (based on displacement). If an object […]
Inspiration for encounters can come from a number of sources. Common ones are books, movies and other literary or performance arts. This latest one comes from one you might not expect – an old game. Minesweeper. In this case, the field isn’t a logic exercise to reveal where a mine or other explosive device might […]
I have personally looked through a Monster Manual and told myself that a particular monster could not be used to its potential without me being accused of being a “dick Dungeon Master.” One of those creatures is a Harpy. They may have a low intelligence, but they’re smart enough to use the Luring Song to […]
It is a widely known fact that life comes in many shapes, forms and varieties. The lifeforms in fantasy add to this melange. However, we tend to see those fantasy creatures as certain “accepted” forms. The mythologies of the world, too, add to this list of accepted forms. Nearly all ancient races had some form of […]
To expand on an opinion expressed by others more famous than myself (an easy achievement to accomplish), much of what we assume in D&D comes from a generic fantasy world. We tend to also assume the appearance and behavior of certain cultures and races. What I’d like to do in this encounter is bring an […]
Magic items as encounters has become an accepted option within this series. However, there’s one particular dynamic that has yet to be really explored fully – sentient items. Sentient items allow for a completely new approach to magic items as it not only allows the introduction of some cool magical effects, but essentially allows for […]
All the Out of the Box D&D Encounters in one place Greetings all! I can remember a particular time when Nerdarchist Dave said, “We have to find a way to collect all of these (encounters) together. There must be some way.” Wish granted!
Free Out of the Box D&D Encounters adventure “Out of The Box” is now over a year old. It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long. From ship-to-ship Cockatrice invasions, to Mimic and Otyugh BFFs, Flying Goblins, Bullywug cavalry, Medusa bounty hunters, and young Dragons smitten with false bards. There have been puzzles, a […]
I’ve already explored the concept of monsters or treasure as encounters, but not usually as monsters covered in treasure. It’s one thing to face a foe and rifle their pockets and pouches after defeating them … it’s another thing entirely when the monster you face is plated in treasure that you risk damaging should you […]