There’s a puzzle in my third adventure (to be released after I run it at TactiCon next Friday) that involves numbers. The puzzle itself is optional and could be handled with skill checks, but I decided to go ahead and make it a true puzzle for those players who enjoy that sort of thing.
And since this is D&D, just throwing a set of numbers out there didn’t seem like enough. Yes, I’ll give the Arabic numeral version of the puzzle to parties who don’t want to deal with extra complexity, but I decided to use runes to represent the numbers 1 through 8.
Now, I don’t know anything about runes and wasn’t quite sure how to find runes to represent numbers, so I decided to just create my own. I’m not an especially artistic person, but I figured I’d be up to the task of making simple linear runes.
To make them more decipherable, the number of pen strokes in each rune corresponds to its number. So, the rune for the number 6 has six strokes.
Feel free to use these at your own table, and let me know if you have any suggestions to improve them!