Strip 362 - "Some exercise?"

28th Jul 2016, 12:23 AM in Cave of No Return
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Zaerosz 28th Jul 2016, 2:49 AM edit delete reply
Zaerosz
...aw hell, he's actually competent.
aodhstormeyes 28th Jul 2016, 3:01 AM edit delete reply


You mean people make villains who aren't competent in some manner?
Not intelligent enough to have backup plans/fail safes?
Not strong enough to fight on their own?
Not charismatic enough to have people to do all that for you?

Where's the fun in that?
Otaku 28th Jul 2016, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Otaku
Well, for the GM it can be hilarious when the party gets all psyched up to take down that insufferable fool you've been using as the face of the evil organization...

...only for them to obliterate the useful tool rather easily, some celebrating the victory before the real powerhouse villain shows up. If the GM plays it straight and gets lucky or simply wants to be vicious, the true boss battle begins when various enchantments or other buffs have worn off but before the heroes can restock/recharge!

Anyway, not every villain is competent all around. Why should the brilliant political schemer also be adept at melee combat? He's got guards for that! I've played so little D&D so long ago I've got to ask; if he-whom-we-love-to-hate is taking on such foes single-handedly, might he not be more than competent in combat?
aodhstormeyes 30th Jul 2016, 12:12 AM edit delete reply


I didn't mean make the villain good in all categories, one or two can make a formidable foe as is. And played right, a smart or charismatic foe can be a simple tool before the real villain shows his face like you said.
Otaku 1st Aug 2016, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
Otaku
Just checking. FYI one of the classic early GM mistakes I remember making is bouncing between overly powerful and under powered adversaries. Not that I could probably do it now either, but I learned a lot of it is using what you've got and using it well, just like for PCs.

Plus it can be so much schadenfreude when you "accidentally" let out that the NPC not only wasn't a "boss character", but was far lower level/point total/however characters are built in that system.
David Argall 29th Jul 2016, 10:05 PM edit delete reply


While there are a variety of exceptions, the Big Bad is routinely more than competent in melee or magic. He is supposed to be tougher than any of the challenges before him. While this may be early for him to show how tough he is, it should not be a shock.
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