Using symbolism in D&D campaign design, Part I


The symbolism of numbers is the first type of symbol to be explored in this series.


Of late, this writer has been reading T.A. Kenner’s Symbols and Their Hidden Meanings. The book explores the idea of symbolism constituting a sort of subliminal language that we use to inform each other about the world around us. According to Kenner, this language can provide very focused meaning to very narrow audiences (such as the significance of the number 42 to Douglas Adams fans) to almost universal meaning (like the color yellow – the most visible to the human eye – being used for situations or objects that require attention, such as signage, traffic signals, and American taxi cabs and school buses).

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