How to run puzzles that can result in a TPK?

2021.10.19 04:35 moraisg247 How to run puzzles that can result in a TPK?

TLDR: I'll be using a puzzle that will probably kill everyone in the party if they don't solve it. Is it okay to do it, how do players see this kind of encounter and how could I change it if it's too much?

I've been running this D&D 5e game for a couple years now but most of the encounters have been combat or social interactions, rarely a hexcrawl, so I've decided to use a few puzzles for a change.

For some context: A huge eruption has just occurred and a ton of elementals are attacking a big city because one of the seals that keeps an ancient and immortal elemental creature in a deep slumber has been damaged. The seals were put in place a long time ago by a powerful set of scholars and warriors that followed a particular monastic tradition that focuses equaly in mental and physical prowess. As a means of defense, they set a bunch of trials designed to test one's mind and body, so that only those who are worthy, preferably followers of their monastic tradition, could have access to that seal and fix it in case of emergency. The emergency is happening now and the group was chosen to take on the task.

One of those tests is a flooding maze. The mechanics are pretty simple: it's one of those generic mazes you find on any children's book, except it's vertical, so instead of going left/right and front/back, they will have to go left/right and up/down, so there will be a lot of athletics checks for climbing. To add a sense of urgency, the maze is flooding a bit every turn, so if they take a wrong turn and have to go back, there is a possibility that they'll have to swim. In the end, it's basically "find the right path or drown" and I don't know if most people would find it fun.

So what I'm asking is:

1: Would you as a player have fun facing this puzzle?

2: Should I add a couple of "emercency exits" so a failure won't result in a TPK? If so, what could they be?

PS: Not sure if relevant, but they're five 8th lvl characters (cleric, barbarian, fighter, monk, wizard/cleric)
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