Ask a question get an answer.

So this week I thought I would try something new. While on twitter I often ask questions for DMs and Players to answer. I often pick topics to stir up some conversation. Today I thought I should post the answers I get from everyone

Today’s question: How often do you have monsters run away? At what point in the fight do you decide to make them run?

GeekyLyndsay: Our monsters get morale rolls on crits, massive damage to allies in a single round, or straight up intimidation.

WolfSamurai: I make them run away if it makes sense to do so. Some monsters or bad guys I decide will fight to the death regardless. As far as when they run, usually when it’s clear that the PCs are going to win, barring a miracle (or two) for the enemies.

CombatCast: only when it’s ‘scripted’. Sometimes when there’s 1 or 2 guys left, I’ll have them start to run, but they never get far 😉

Neldar: Elites and solos will retreat unless cornered–especially if the fight has broken down into a slugfest.

sponng: When appropriate! My bible (Original AD&D DMG) has excellent tables when common sense is lacking. Most DMs don’t use common sense

AlioTheFool: When PCs are at “obvious win” point I have most intelligent monsters run. Proud or unintelligent ones fight to death.

WastexGames: only if the players want to bluff them or I need the monsters alive for the story.

Question #2: As a DM how often do you ambush your players while they are taking an extended rest?

Level30yinzer: never. I’ve never ambushed my players while they sleep. I probably should.

d20plusmodifier: Just enough to make sure that not everyone gets a rest at once. They always keep a watch.

WolfSamurai: Not often. Rarely at all, if the players are cautious about choosing their resting place and keeping it hidden.

countingku: That is what is good about being a fey creature, you can keep watch and rest too.

WastexGames: for me it depends on what the d20 says, I even let them make a case for modifiers, do skill checks to setup boobytraps, etc.

ObsidianCrane: Rarely. Ambushing sleeping parties with any sort of meaningful threat can mess a campaign up if you are not careful.

I think I’ll try doing a post like this at least once a week. I’ll take a day and just throw out questions on twitter and I’ll post all the responses here. After a while I might have a few great pages of DM answers to some common questions.

T.


Part idiot. Part old man. All geek. Thadeous can't think of anything interesting about him self right now. Know this though if he could it would be creative and funny as well as thought provoking.


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