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My name is Donald Robinson, and I am The DM Doctor (DM-DR). I am a full-time chemist by trade with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and full-time gamer (when I'm not being a dad) by life. Roleplaying Games (RPGs) from a variety of systems and formats have been my choice in games for over 23 years now.
As The DM-DR, helping YOU, the players, dungeonmasters (DMs) and gamemasters (GMs) alike, is the goal. Games shouldn't feel like work. You need resources? You need ideas? You need problems solved? How about bringing the most out of your campaigns? Just ask The DM Doctor.
Pathfinder (Paizo Inc.) and Dungeons and Dragons (Wizards of the Coast) are my specialties, but if you need help in other systems, then ask away. If I don't know the answer, we'll find out together. Mechanics and rules FAQs can be found everywhere, but getting involved with making your sessions and adventures memorable is what this blog is all about.

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Below you will find the puzzle. I will post the solution next week; however, if you need the answer so you can use this puzzle for your weekend game, then e-mail, tweet, or post on my facebook page.

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