Thursday, February 02, 2006

In the Heat of Battle

When I'm DMing, I tend to forget special qualities of my bad guys. When you're in the "DM fog" you just are too in the moment to remember every little detail. I'm talking about stuff that you've even written down. When the combat is on, I tend to take note of two things--AC and hit points. If my baddie is going to attack, then I look at the weapon/spells/special attacks. But the SQ is almost always an after thoughts especially when dealing with multiple NPCs. The PCs might launch a spell at my guy and I forget all about spell resistance. The same can be said of damage reduction. I wonder if they make robot DM secretaries?


Blogger Brad said...

I was thinking about this very same thing myself while creating an NPC to post on CMB (probably tomorrow).

It's a 12th level NPC spellcaster, and for me it would be tough to keep everything straight as far as spellcasting options.

I'm wondering if a small notecard with a few key tactics and abilities written on it might be useful when running an NPC who has a variety of combat options.

I guess I'll find out in my Eberron game! :D

12:21 AM  
Anonymous Mark Gedak said...

Might I suggest, rearranging you bad guys statblock so

DR is next to hp
SR is next to saves

My players do this to great effect, almost many have "DODGE" written on the top of thier character sheets.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Bret said...

I don't know if I'm happy with either suggestion. The trouble with a notecard is, you just don't know what you might need given the unimaginable tactics PCs come up with. Best to have everything in front of you. As for pairing DR with hp and SR with saves, any particular reason, Mark?

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Because when I take damage from combat I subtract hit points (then my brains see, hey wait I've got damage reduction so I don't take as much as I thought)

Whenever spells are cast, I think saving throws so when my players begin casting I immediately look there (I often forget SR myself) but not that their are in the same place there is only one place to look.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous DQG_neal said...

I got so bad forgetting to do certain things in comment, my wife who tends to sit opposite me at the table used to have little stickies on her name card (we keep name tags of characters in front of us for reminders to us keep in character). The stickies would be reminders for things I can do or should check ahead of time. it was kinda sad.

12:02 PM  

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