As a companion to my post on One Shot Adventure Creation: The Challenge, I would like to provide the following random chart of thirty-six different challenges that the Referee could consider. The essence of this chart can be summed up with the following sentence:
The party must [Challenge] before they can proceed with the rest of the adventure.
To create the following table, I looked at the six primary ability scores for D20 System-based games, and created six challenges each that emphasized a particular ability score. The end result of that exercise follows.
Table: Random Challenge Chart
d66 Challenge Result 11 remove an obstacle of significant size and weight 12 carry an object of significant size and weight over a significant distant 13 scale a significant height 14 swim a significant distance 15 survive a duel or combat 16 engage in a martial competition such as a joust or tournament 21 perform a delicate or intricate operation or repair 22 perform some sleight-of-hand or other act of manual acuity 23 navigate through a dangerous moving environment while dodging 24 navigate along narrow or slippery surfaces to avoid danger 25 engage an enemy at range 26 engage in a ranged competition such as an archery tournament or thrown weapon contest 31 survive an extremely hot or cold environment while travelling some distance 32 withstand a poisonous or diseased environment 33 perform a marathon task or forced march 34 survive severe weather or a natural disaster 35 endure an extended and torturous drudgery 36 endure a short but painful experience 41 engage in an intellectual competition such as a chess match 42 solve a challenging riddle or logic problem 43 outwit, outsmart or similarly overcome an opponent's defenses 44 translate something in a foreign language 45 investigate and research a solution 46 seek out the assistance of a skilled professional 51 locate an exploitable weakness in an opponent's defenses 52 obtain the blessing of a spiritual advisor or clergy 53 aid an unfortunate stranger in overcoming his immediate predicament 54 overcome a significant distraction 55 resist a significant temptation 56 face an extremely fearsome situation 61 lead a larger group to victory in an encounter against great odds 62 negotiate an exchange of services or items 63 soothe and becalm a savage creature or crowd 64 interrogate or seduce a member of an opposing force 65 persuade an authority figure to offer support 66 entertain a large crowd through performance
If you have any thoughts, comments or suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.