View Full Version : 102 MacGuffins for adventurers to chase after

Prince Zahn
2016-04-05, 03:35 PM
Inspired by ddude987's 101 things to be found on an island (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?476347-101-things-to-be-found-on-an-island).

In many a-fiction story, the protagonists (and sometimes antagonists) are after something important, and unique in it's own way, yet replaceable with something just as important. I don't know about you guys, but I always get stuck trying to think of quest items for my players, it doesn't have to be strictly fantasy, just unique and interesting (Bonus points if you give the MacGuffin a name!). so to help fuel the imagination and prevent artistic blocks, let's try to come up with 102 MacGuffins to get adventurers hunting!

1. A priceless crystal rose.
2. Silk from a giant spider.
3.An ancient scroll that bears unearthly magical power.
4. A bejeweled wyrmling dragon skull.

2016-04-05, 05:49 PM
5. A small vial of mysterious glowing fluid
6. A huge vat of mysterious glowing fluid

2016-04-05, 06:21 PM
7. An ancient floating scepter.

2016-04-08, 04:08 AM
8. Chekhov's Actual Gun

Scarlet Knight
2016-04-08, 07:04 PM
9. a hat belonging to a ancient philospher : Schrödinger's cap.

Mister Tom
2016-04-12, 01:32 PM
Hope these are of some use...

10. the central missing piece of the map.
11. Evidence that the invasion was pre - planned.
12. A bronze figurine of the ancient mad Goddess Hubur.
13. An artificer requires some esoteric ingredients in order to recreate the Drum Inescapable and is willing to pay handsomely. These might include The tears of a Bone golem,
Ice and boiling oil in the same crystal decanter, the powdered horn of a living unicorn.

2016-04-12, 09:30 PM
14. The sudden realization that bone golems don't have tears.

15. The last remaining coin from a legendary pirate's treasure.

16. The rest of the coins from that legendary pirate's treasure.

17. A legendary treasure chest, containing a note saying that Friendship is the real treasure.

18. A legendary treasure chest, empty but so artfully-crafted that it belongs in a museum on its own.

19. The head of the spear wielded by the Orcish historical figure known as The First Warchief.

20. The spear wielded by some guy who is currently calling himself The First Warchief for whatever reason.

2016-04-14, 09:07 PM
21. Shackles that can bind a god.

22. A mongrelman descended from more than one race's royalty.

23. The PCs' real parents.

24. The recipe for a tea that only the king is allowed to drink.

Scarlet Knight
2016-04-14, 09:30 PM
25. A ancient jeweled blade belonging to the founder of the Knights of Malta: The Maltese Falcion.

2016-04-16, 11:30 AM
17. A legendary treasure chest, containing a note saying that Friendship is the real treasure.

This would get so many player groans.

26. The dragon skull containing the ban on the pun-pun trick, which an evil kobold seeks to destroy.

27. A crystalline poop.

28. The pot of gold which generates a double rainbow.

29. The lich's medallion phylactery floating in deep space.

30. A solid 10 ton block of adamantine situated in a dead magic zone, worth a fortune.

2016-04-16, 08:01 PM
(Interestingly, the friendship note was the only one I got from an RPG that was actually good. :smalltongue:)

31: A razor capable of cutting Superman's beard.

32: The world's largest peacock feather.

33: The world's smallest adult white elephant.

34: Sheet music for the song that unlocks a long-sealed temple.

35: Sheet music that proves who originally wrote a song for which the villain is currently taking credit.

36: An instrument that magically captures the attention of all who hear it as it's played.

37: A jellyfish that has allegedly been stinging people and turning them into mermaids.

Prince Zahn
2016-04-17, 02:01 AM
@Scarlet the Maltese falcion... Love it. XD

38. A fire Giant's golden locket.
39. An ancient slab containing ancient but invaluable lore (in futuristic settings: could be a laptop?)
40. The Holy flail.

Scarlet Knight
2016-04-18, 09:44 PM
40. The Holy flail. Touche!

41. Off the northwest coast of France, there’s rumor of hidden weapons once belonging to a fallen bard – the Brittany Spears.

2016-04-21, 10:18 PM
42. The list of names and cover identities of everyone on the spymaster's payroll.

Mister Tom
2016-04-24, 12:46 PM
43. A cursed ring of invisibility that must be destroyed by dropping it into a live volcano.

Prince Zahn
2016-04-27, 03:36 AM
42. The list of names and cover identities of everyone on the spymaster's payroll.
this alone very much deserves a serious plot arc in and of itself! :3

also that is insanely funny, Scarlet! i don't know if I can top that!

44. an ancient monster's eye made of pure gold, whoever can claim it may receive his or her every desire. they call it The golden globe...
45. an adamantine needle hidden in a greedy farmer's meadow, I'd search the hay stacks if I were you.
46. A wild goose. (or geese. bonus points if they are your favored enemy.)
47. Suicune.

2016-04-27, 09:57 AM
48. A powerful kingdom and a mysterious druid organization once narrowly averted war over logging rights. Each abided by the magical bindings of their sacred agreement, but the kingdom's copy was destroyed and the druids' copy lost. Open war may erupt if the other copy is destroyed as well. Sinister forces seek possession of the humble piece of birch bark this promise was written on. CAN THE PCs WIN THE RACE TO RECOVER THE LOST BARK OF THE COVENANT?!

Scarlet Knight
2016-04-27, 02:28 PM
A pair of duelling swords given by Queen Victoria to Buffalo Bill Cody during his European tour: Buffalo's Sabres.

2016-05-03, 05:57 PM
50. A paradoxial material that is impossible to create or fabricate, the only way of obtaining it is by discovering a means of time travel so that you can go back in time and give it to yourself.
51. A means of time travel.

2016-05-03, 07:53 PM
go back in time and give it to yourself.

Sorry, I just noticed that, so I had to point it out.

2016-05-04, 07:46 PM
go back in time and give it to yourself.

I have that DVD.

52. A book that is the link to an illusory library of lost knowledge (that is, the books within the library are intangible, but the information is real). On Earth, we call this artifact a "laptop."

Professor Gnoll
2016-05-05, 12:45 AM
53. A vast axe, carved of black ice, that can quench any heat.

54. A young girl who is the sole heir to the throne.

55. A briefcase full of... something.

2016-05-05, 03:32 AM
56: The antidote to the poison slowly working its way through your bloodstream.

57: The antidote to the poison that is slowly killing off [name of important location]'s population.

58: The antidote to any song by Poison.

@V: Implying schmimplying. I'm outright asserting. :smalltongue:

Prince Zahn
2016-05-05, 02:04 PM
58: The antidote to any song by Poison.

Are you implying that The Cure has better songs?:smalltongue:

59. I seek a rare, autographed ceremonial blade signed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley and lost among their Hardcore Fandom. Yes, my friends, I want you to find me the KISS Army knife.

Scarlet Knight
2016-05-07, 09:31 AM
... the KISS Army knife.

Bra-VO, sir.

60: In an ancient monastic library lies Aristotle's book on Comedy, reputed to be filled with "Why did the White Swan cross to Rhodes" jokes...

2016-05-09, 12:30 PM
61: An infernal steamroller to repair the highway to hell.

2016-05-19, 01:39 PM
62. A hard drive with the last instance of any Adblock software

63. The last elf

64. The last dwarf

65. The last human

Mister Tom
2016-05-19, 03:06 PM
Somewhere in the catacombs below a mysterious foreign metropolis lies the only surviving fruit of an endangered tree. Yes, you have to find the last mango in Paris

2016-05-19, 03:14 PM
67: The blueprints of a ancient weapon.

68: A mask that shows the face of a dead demoness/goddess, needed to resurrect her.

2016-05-19, 04:42 PM
69. The Naughty List.

2016-05-20, 01:44 AM
70: A long-lost species of benevolent dragons is rumored to be survived by a single ovum that has miraculously survived the ravages of time in a hidden vault. That's right, I give you . . .

The Egg MacGuffin!

@V: By gratuitous sig-quoting, that's how. :smallsmile:

Scarlet Knight
2016-05-22, 09:57 AM
:smallannoyed: Nice job, Backwaterj! Now how are we going to proceed after that? I can't even...I just can't...

Medival Wombat
2016-05-24, 09:20 AM
A bullstatue, corrupted by the lord of hell, send to the material plane to seed chaos and destruction.

2016-05-24, 10:26 AM
72. A set of triplets who are the heirs to the throne, and write gothic poetry named Edgar, Allan, and Poe

2016-05-24, 11:43 AM
73. A certain number of necromancy items that are slowly becoming more powerful and must be destroyed before they destroy the world.


74. A parallel universe where Amnestria isn't completely hare-brained.

2016-05-24, 01:19 PM
#75. A embarrassing baby-photo of the big bad.

No-Kill Cleric
2016-05-24, 03:21 PM
76. A mermaid's tears of joy.
77. A hair from a 3 week old unicorn's main. No one-month old unicorns!

2016-05-24, 08:46 PM
78) The phylactery/artifact of a nigh-godlike lich, containing his consciousness, that has slowly been drained of part of its power by the seal put on it. At this point, it could be destroyed... but also could grant great power to the user.

79) The magic thingy at point B, needed to save the fair city of point A from... well, something.

80) The hole-y grail. No one has managed to drink from it yet.

81) A spear and magic helmet.

2016-05-25, 12:24 AM
A spear and magic hel-met?

2016-05-25, 09:12 AM
A spear and magic hel-met!

2016-05-25, 10:00 AM
82) the plot

Scarlet Knight
2016-05-25, 06:17 PM
83) The characters must find the little girl who welds a magic stethoscope that allows time travel : Doc McGuffins.

2016-05-26, 01:57 AM
84: An evil misunderstood aboleth has enslaved a legendary local hero: a quick-draw mage specializing in blasting with magic wands. The local authorities want him back unharmed.

I give you:
A fish-called wander!

2016-05-27, 11:07 AM
85. The three golden hairs on the head of a devil.

2016-05-27, 06:28 PM
85. The three golden hairs on the head of a devil.

The idea of a party of adventurers hunting down my ex-wife fills me with joy.

86. An arrow that never misses and can kill anything, as long as the target's true name is spoken by the archer just before letting it fly.

2016-05-28, 04:44 PM
86. A d20 that controls the fate of the world... provided you roll anything higher than a 5. Fate as an AC of 5.

2016-05-29, 06:33 PM
88) The lost spellbook and notes of a very powerful and very dead Mage.

2016-05-31, 01:41 AM
89: A race of obese evil gourmands have recently a book of great power hidden by their ancestors. It is up to you to recover this book of dark arcane secret fudge recipes before they unleash its unholy power on the world! Will you succeed in retrieving...

...The Omnomnomicon?

2016-05-31, 01:49 PM
90. A magic hat that summons a swarm of monsters under the bearers command.

91. Teleporting shoes.

92. A sacred crystal that keeps the world alive

Scarlet Knight
2016-05-31, 09:09 PM
93. A shovel belonging to an ancient Biblical king: the David Spade.

2016-06-01, 09:27 AM
94) The dagger of an infamous assassin of old, infused with their malice, cruelty, and lust for power.

2016-06-02, 03:16 PM
95) The missing gemstone that will plug the hole in their dragon friend's armor, rendering him completely invulnerable and safe while he rampages against his enemies.

2016-06-04, 11:33 AM
96. The head of a sorcerer private detective that was stolen years ago. (Don’t worry- he had a spare)

Mister Tom
2016-06-08, 04:30 PM
97. A reclusive mercenary werewolf Lord- who agrees to provide her services in return for the chance to hunt the party through the alleyways of the old city next full moon.

2016-06-09, 01:01 AM
98. an apparatus for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands
Ladys and Gentelman, find the: true McGuffin!

2016-06-09, 04:10 AM
99: A single strand of magical angel hair pasta, said to grant eternal life and beauty, has been swallowed by one of an ancient race of primitive reptilian humanoids. Are you prepared to start looking for . . .

A Noodle in a Sleestak?

2016-06-09, 11:05 AM
100. True love.

101. A red herring.

102. A wild goose.

Prince Zahn
2016-06-10, 02:27 PM
Since I already said a wild Goose....

102. A unique asteroid that can lead to groundbreaking discoveries.

Either way fantastic job everybody we did it! 2 for 2!

2016-06-11, 07:40 AM
*nod, get treat*

I agree, good job!
what was your faves?

Prince Zahn
2016-06-11, 11:35 AM
Well it's not a competition, but I'll tell you the ones that I really liked :
My fave normal MacGuffin :A mermaids tears of joy
My favorite pun : The Brittany Spears
My favorite silly: an embarrassing baby photo of the big bad

You guys can share yours too by the way.

2016-06-11, 01:58 PM
82) the plot

The sheer snark here kind of tickled me.

Scarlet Knight
2016-06-18, 08:41 PM
My favorite normal MacGuffin: A red herring
My favorite pun ( sooo many): The Egg MacGuffin