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Do you want your world to feel alive? Do you want your players to feel the continual presence of danger as they make their way through the wilderness? Are you tired of rolling random encounters to liven up travel? That's where Hazardous Terrain Challenges come into play!

I've always enjoyed placing puzzles and intricate traps in my games to give my players something to do aside from roleplaying social situations then running to kill some creatures and repeating the process. Hazardous Terrain Challenges are similar to a trap or puzzle, but they are more complex than your average trap, more engaging than your average puzzle. The world itself comes to life and directly threatens your player characters' lives! 

The existance of a Hazardous Terrain Challenge in your game will keep your players alert to their surroundings at all times. When their skills are put to the test to traverse treacherous terrain, they find a new appreciation for the distances they travel, and the ever-present danger of the fantasy world they're exploring. Bring the world to life, and make it deadly!

In this volume there are two Hazardous Terrain Encounters for you to integrate into your game. They are more advanced forms of challenges that I created at my home table with my good friends while DMing some of my favorite personal campaigns. I have received a lot of positive feedback from the players who have engaged in these challenges, and that is why I've decided to hammer out the details, produce DM and player maps, descriptions and even difficulty scaling tables so you can run them no matter what level your players are. I hope you enjoy playing these Hazardous Terrain Challenges much as I did creating them.


  • Player maps (with 1 inch grid, ready-to-print and play with your players minis!)

  • DM maps (with annotations and labels that correspond to the book!)

  • Complete area descriptions and guide for DM

  • Introduction with explanation on how to run challenges (they're easy to run!)

  • Original artwork!

  • Scaling Charts to make these challenges playable at ANY LEVEL!

  • Loot & More!

Note that these challenges can be placed in any setting or any adventure, but it does contain an Altar of Elements, tying it very loosely to the Forgotten Realms and a few stories that take place there. This altar can be changed to fit any setting, including Eberron if need-be!

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Clayton E November 22, 2019 9:45 pm UTC
There is some usable material here. Keep in mind the entire pdf is 8 pages and several of those are maps.
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William N November 23, 2019 12:41 pm UTC
Thank you for the comment. To be clear, the entire pdf file is 13 pages in length. That does include a cover page with original artwork, an interactive table of contents page, the copyright information page, a products page in the back, and an introduction page with detailed information about the challenges and how to run them. I believe the 8 pages you're referring to only account for the two challenges themselves, which are about 4 pages each and do include 2 original hand-illustrated player maps that are formatted and sized to be printed and used with standard minis. There are also two original hand-illustrated DM maps with labels that correlate to text on the challenges. At only $2.95 the cost for each page of original content is less than 30 cents per page, which is a very reasonable rate considering the amount of time and effort put into production and testing. There may be future editions of the Hazardous Terrain Challenges collection with even more content to enjoy.
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