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Newbiespud 3rd Nov 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
We can finally publish the October SpudShot... at the beginning of November. Could've been much worse! At least this session ended up very properly timed for the Halloween season.

SpudShot Oct 2016 - Fallout is Dragons: The Hills Have AIs
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61 Comments:

albedoequals1 3rd Nov 2016, 6:17 AM edit delete reply
albedoequals1
Ha! Start at level 16, the very idea. Serious players start at level ONE. Most games are already over by level 16.

Gilda's not going to know as much as she thinks she knows if she's used to being given everything at the start.
Digo Dragon 3rd Nov 2016, 6:28 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Interesting bit of trivia from my RP experience: campaigns I've played in that start high level never last more than two sessions.

I like level 1 starting out, but in some games I've run I'll go level 2, just so the PCs have a few more hit points to take a blow. If I start at 1st, often the first few encounters are low in combat just to get them used to the mechanics of their non-combat abilities before the 'ding' levels them up. :3
DeltaPangaea 3rd Nov 2016, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
A really nice method I've heard if you're just using averages rather than rolling for hp each level, is to give everyone their 0.5s upfront.

So like, if you have a d10 HD, you'd get 5.5 hp each level (So effectively an extra point every other level.

But using this, that guy'd get 5 hp, but at level 1 he'd start out with 10 extra HP, which is plenty to weather the initial storm of level 1.
Crimson Dawn 3rd Nov 2016, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
That is actually how 5e is after 1st level (well it rounds up that .5 but yea).
Freelance 4th Nov 2016, 8:10 AM edit delete reply
My DM always made new characters start at level 1, no matter what level the rest of the party was at. Yes that did mean occasionally throwing players into the deep end of the pool at times.
kitty 4th Nov 2016, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
I honestly havent played that many rounds of DnD, but I used to do a lot of pathfinder, and usually the GM there let us start new campaigns at level 5, I always liked that cause I prefered Rangers and I could get cute animal companions at once
FanOfMostEverything 3rd Nov 2016, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
I generally go with level 3-5 at the start. That way, not every hit is at the mercy of the d20, and players won't die due to a chance bit of misfortune. Plus, it makes everyone feel a bit more effective.

Beyond that, it gets hard to justify in-story why the PCs aren't already widely renown, certifiable badasses.
terrycloth 3rd Nov 2016, 10:45 AM edit