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Treasure Map Alternatives

One of the most time honored adventure hooks is the treasure map. Essentially they exist to get characters from point A to point B [1], maybe with a little adventure in the middle. Here are some alternatives to the basic treasure map that serve the same purpose.

What clever alternatives have you used to guide characters to a new location? Let everyone know in the comments below.

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#1 Comment By David South On October 4, 2017 @ 3:36 pm

Here are two more options:

1. The NPC who knows the way – the NPC has been there before, but she can’t now, only the PCs can go there for her. She must describe what the PCs are looking for and warn them of dangers. But can she be trusted? NPCs for this could be sick, injured, in jail, or even just have other obligations like being a mayor. This NPC could either be the quest-giver or simply be someone who has information that others don’t have, and the PCs need to convince them to help.

2. The local legend – everybody’s heard of it. But does anybody know exactly where it is? The PCs will have to ask around, and decide which tales are true, which have truth to them, and which are far too crazy to be real. The old drunkard said he saw something while in the bog weeks ago … but was he just drunk? Is it worth hiking into a dangerous bog just to check?