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  1. Hawk (reply)

    5th March 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Wow! So excited to able to interact with you cats via the NEW website!! Congrats! O.k., that’s three exclamation sentences in a row. I’ll calm down now. 😉 Anyhow, as I listened, a word popped into my head. Let’s talk about depth. When Player Character Groups encounter something, especially when it comes to combat, DMs hope they act with a purpose of simultaneity. We want them to use teamwork as part of a solution. To accommodate, I agree with you in stating it vital that DMs focus on planing encounters in depth. Some may wonder what in the heck I am talking about. Really, it’s just another way to frame what you guys covered on today’s podcast. Joe talked about building challenge by splitting HP among various foes, and also, by adding more powerful characters ” and / or challenging terrain “in depth.” Now, players are having to think about the multiple layers and I wholeheartedly agree that this adds to the fun. Pretty soon, a simple frontal attack (boring) turns into an ebb and flow of success and failure on both sides. It’s fun to ponder the results as everyone negotiates the threat and potential of sword, spear, arrow, bite…but ALSO, time and space and freedom or restriction of movement. Combat is more fun in depth, no doubt. But, don’t forget story arc can be planned this way as well. In fact, I would argue that with little effort, a DM can simplify planning by maintaining the story one or two encounters ahead in all likely directions. O.k., enough said. Enjoyed it!! Thanks guys. Out.

    • We Speak Common (reply)

      5th March 2020 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Hawk!

      Depth is a great word! and something DM’s are always trying to build into their games. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head here, and if the depth gets players thinking about the space around them AND moves the story on, you’re winning!

      Thanks for the comment!
      B.

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