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The Cryptex Campaign

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A number of lost journal entries from the queen's vizier chronicle the mystery of a lost god. Defaced coins from rival nations keep turning up in the pockets of assassinated clergy. A cult of warlocks deal in modified spell scrolls with odd symbols scrawled in the corners. This guide allows DMs to doll out in-game artifacts that hook players into a dark conspiracy that centers around the very cryptex that sits at your table

The Cryptex Campaign

The Cryptex Campaign is a guide for dungeon masters to build a customized physical puzzle that acts as an ongoing artifact for your players to tinker with and slowly unlock over the course of 5-8 sessions of a campaign.

Physical and Digital Supplies

This guide requires the user to purchase additional supplies that can total from $20 – $40 in materials. This guide includes:

– Buyer's guide for cryptexes and sticker paper

– An example cypher and accompanying font file

– A printable PDF for applying a cypher on top of your cryptex

Build a Lore-Rich Puzzle

The Cryptex Campaign begins with the party stumbling upon a cryptex covered in strange symbols. Slowly, through roleplaying and adventuring the party comes across a series of clues that both decode the cypher and engage with the deep lore of your world.

The Tweet that started it all 

Tweet from Jon Aldric (@5etrash). The tweet is also linked below.

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June 27, 2022
This title was added to our catalog on June 23, 2022.