RPG based on the genre of Treasure Hunting Action Adventure Movies.
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Allan Quatermain: King Solomon’s Mines
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Romancing the Stone
The Librarian: Quest For The Spear
Maps & Keys
Soldier of Fortune
Rival Treasure Hunters
Traps & Tricks
Third World Natives
The Ark of the Covenant
The Holy Grail
Hindu Stones of Power
Seal of Solomon
The Mason’s Hoard
Famous Work of Art
Spear of Destiny
Some Treasures will be in several parts hidden separately.
Lost City of Atlantis
Shang Ri La
The Wreck of Noah’s Ark
The Great Pyramid
The Amazon Jungle
Spring of Eternal Youth
Polar Ice Caps
These are often written in ancient, dead languages.
(Latin, Linear B, Heiroglyphics, Runes, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Cunniform)
They are often fragmentary, by accident or design.
Sometimes they appear in books (Tomes, Grimores, Scrolls)
on paper (Parchment, Leather Hide, Clay Tablets)
The ink may be invisible, requiring a substrate or
catalyst (lemon juice) and energy (Heat)
Special lenses or glasses may be required to see it.
Sometimes clues can be found in/on sources other than Documents:
Tapestries, Architecture, Paintings, Floor Tiles, landscapes,
Coffins, Arms & Armor, Furniture, Relics, etc.
Sometimes these require machines (enigma)
They may be a list of numbers referring to letters or words in a another text.
Guessing Passwords require knowledge of the person who built or uses the security system.
This is a regular movie trick:
You have to be in a certain place at a certain time and know
how & where to look to have a clue (location) revealed.
Keys can be anything:
A Gem, staff, pipe, chemical, weight, etc...
Often deadly traps can be avoided, disarmed, by correctly
interpreting the symbolic clues in some arcane manuscript.
Many Secret Societies funtion to protect or find specific Artifacts.
Some Sample Secret (& not so Secret) Societies:
The Knights Templar
Holy order of Christian Knights.
They excavated the Temple Mount during the Crusades.
The Templars may have found the Holy Grail.
A name for the universal language spoken by all mankind, before
the fall of the Tower of Babel.
The Language of the Gods
The Spear used to wound Jesus during the Crucifixion.
The Ultimate Rennaissance Man.
Inventor, Artist, Scientist, Genius.
His Creations are readily incorporated into any conspiracy.
Adventurers Card Game
Artifact Board Game
For Tone I want something more modern and less Victorian.
Also, monsters (Vampires, Dinosaurs, Cthulhu myths) should be secondary.