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27th Apr 2013, 6:00 AM
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Balancing Act
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Newbiespud 27th Apr 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
There's a reason they say Never Split The Party, and it has less to do with TPKs than you think. In truth, how much splitting your party can handle is dependent on what your group of players is comfortable managing, but they're still words of sage advice.

52 Comments:

ChaosDX1 27th Apr 2013, 6:15 AM edit delete reply
Amazing how he can write one thing and say another at the same time. He can multitask.

...Wow, first post possibly?
Digo 27th Apr 2013, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
Oh no, for my group it's all about the TPK--

Examples:
Party splits up to search a mansion for the keys to the basement. Wizard somehow nearly breaks his neck playing on the bed.

Party splits up to opposite ends of a wide cave room to figure out a puzzle. Rogue somehow breaks into the next room and nearly eaten by wolves.

Party is discussing important plans with the king. They split up so they can tell the queen too. Half the party gets beat up for messing with the guards, the other half arrested for summoning a demon as part of their explanation.

Conclusion: My party is very self destructive. :D
Boden King 27th Apr 2013, 7:15 AM edit delete reply
I want to hear more about that last example. Why did they summon a demon? Who was the idiot who pissed off the guards?
NR 27th Apr 2013, 10:06 AM edit delete reply
I concur, I am very curious to know why a demon got involved in the explanation.
Aegis Steadfast 27th Apr 2013, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
Aegis Steadfast
It's not a proper explaination if you don't summon demons.
Digo 28th Apr 2013, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Prior to the party reaching the king, the party was off at an abandoned temple. They had found a cult there sacrificing people to summon demons. After the party destroyed the cult, they took the altar apart and brought it back.

For reasons I'll never know, when they spoke to the king, they apparently thought that showing him the altar wasn't enough. They summoned a demon from the later to show him how evil the cult was.

Poor king was nearly killed. XD
TheStratovarian 28th Apr 2013, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
TheStratovarian
Yeah, i can understand from the player perspective. The one time one of the group decided to go another way, 2/3rds of the group died by his hand.

The groups minimaxed warrior, decides he is right, runs off, and gets a lovely natural 1 on his will save against a vampires dominating gaze. Returns, kills the cleric, the rogue, and the warrior (in his sleep). The wizard, with a lucky roll, is the only one to wake at the silent killing, and runs, managing to get into a nearly tower safely before he can catch up. Having only a few rounds before he breaks in. He makes a mad dash to the top of the three story place, and gets off a very lucky dispel magic to break the charm. Cue the minimax going 'oh beeep' at his actions.
Zmaxter 27th Apr 2013, 6:21 AM edit delete