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Newbiespud 24th May 2018, 6:00 AM edit delete
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I'm not the only one whose brain went in this direction for a second, right?

Though to go on another tangent for a second, I've personally got nothing but disdain for riddles. Maybe it's a flaw in my brain, maybe I've never had the satisfaction of solving a really good one, but riddles as clues / hints / puzzles have never brought any table of mine much fun and can go straight into the bin as far as I'm concerned.

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arcictgray 24th May 2018, 6:04 AM edit delete reply
Ah, the joy of solving riddles. The joy of knowing that if only you had a telepathic link to the creator of the riddle to think like he does everything would make sense.

The only real way to make a riddle that players will get is if they have demonstrated knowledge of or thinking paths similar enough to the line of thinking required to understand the riddle you are making. In a way, it's "riddle" enough just to create challenges for players.
nathan400 24th May 2018, 6:10 AM edit delete reply
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I've taken to not having solution's to my puzzles, and letting the first decently clever thing my players come up with be the answer.
Wulfraed 24th May 2018, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
I once proposed an alternative response to the traditional Sphinx riddle (4 legs morning, 2 legs mid-day, 3 legs evening)...

The shadow of a table angled such that the morning sun reveals all four legs, and noon the front pair overlap the rear pair, and evening a diagonal pair overlap resulting in three legs in the shadow.
Balrighty 24th May 2018, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
Alternatively, I think the most appropriate answer in a D&D world is "a mimic". In the morning, it's a four-legged table. In the middle of the day, it's a replica of a suit of armor. And in the evening, it's a three-legged milk stool.
Truthkeeper 25th May 2018, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
The best way to stump any party with a sphinx or other riddlegiver is to make them give the reasoning for their answer, and not accept "Because that's what everyone knows the answer is" as a reason.
ZzzDJ 28th May 2018, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
There was a riddle given to my group in a Pathfinder game... It went something like this,
"If you have me, you want to share me, but if you share me, you don't have me."
The "right" answer is "A Secret".
OUR answer was, "Virginity".
Honestly, I think our answer is more accurate, given that even large-scale projects known by dozens or hundreds of people have been kept functionally secret.
Chakat Firepaw 24th May 2018, 7:52 PM edit delete reply
That's basically just a variant on the quantum ogre. No matter what the players com up with, it's right and leads them to the next part of the adventure.

My rule about riddles is to not use ones reliant on puzzling out wordplay. Instead use ones that require logic, analysis or at most realizing that an oblique description is of some nearby object, (e.g. "behind those with no arms but four hands" to describe a safe covered by the picture "Dogs Playing Poker").
Greenhornet 26th May 2018, 5:23 AM edit