Last year, around this time I had an idea, an activity for my (non-existent) gaming group. I had it again this year just this past weekend, and I thought that I would share it with you today.
You are going to take your gaming group on a fieldtrip to your local corn maze. This time of year you can find them all around, and the cost to get in ranges from as little as $4 to no more than $10 per person. Most of the time when you go to a corn maze, they give you a map. You and your players are not allowed to have maps, nor are they allowed to look at the posted maps. They are allowed to have a piece of paper and a pencil. You can also allow them to bring a single bottle of water, and if you’re feeling really generous, a compass. That’s it! Now go on into the maze, and start mapping! Even if your group all decides to work together, everyone is to make their own map as they go.
When everyone manages to make it out of the maze, compare your maps to each other, and to the posted maps of the maze. Whoever has the most accurate map gets a prize! What prize? I don’t know, it’s your group, you pick!
An accurate map is useful in a corn maze, however due to their limited size and porous walls it isn’t exactly vital. In the depths of the underdark, hundreds of feet below rock and dirt, with vile monsters and dangerous traps between you and your next glimpse of sky, where darkness and death lurk just beyond your torchlight, an accurate map can mean the difference between life and death.