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    Εις οιωνός άριστος, αμύνεσθαι περί πάτρις Deathhappens's Avatar
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    Short question: How much would you adjust the pre-planned difficulty of an encounter to account for your players' preparations?

    Slightly longer version with more context (mild spoilers for Lost Mines of Phandelver):
    So my players got the ruins of Thundertree, met with the druid there, and were told he would guide them to the orc fortress if they could help him deal with Venomfang (small green dragon). Now, my party at the time consisted of only 3 players, all newbies, so despite my attempt to hint that the dragon was injured during the conversation (was planning on halving his hp and making him leave at a quarter hp), they walked, or rather ran after saying something rather insensible, convinced that they were absolutely no match for it. Now, about two weeks later in-game and several months outside, they return after going to Neverwinter and recruiting twice as many adventurers as their original number, including another permanent party member that joined us in the interim. Two weeks is a reasonable timeframe for the dragon to have healed significantly, but even at full health I doubt little Venomfang can so much as scratch ten adventurers working together (fortunately no wizards or sorcs, but they have a Cleric, Warlock and Bard), all level 3.
    I've been toying with "while you were gone, the paranoid dragon enlisted some of the orc bands roaming around the countryside", but I'm not sure if it would be "fair" of me to increase the difficulty just because they thought of something clever.
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    Aren't there dragon cultists as well? I'd think you can increase/buff their numbers/people, I feel like there are other things you can do as well
    Make the dragon set up an ambush, buff some stats, different environment, tactics.

    I'd probably buff the encounter since the party buffed themselves, and you'd probably want to reward them with a fun/good battle (and victory)
    most important is probably that they're having fun and that what you do makes sense, personally I don't think adding in orcs makes the most sense, but hey if you can get it to work.

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    The party spent a couple full sessions trying to figure out a way to use the cultists against the dragon(meanwhile the cultists were trying to sacrifice the party to the dragon, as per the module). They eventually settled on a half-hearted attempt to convince the cultists eating the dragon would also grant them powers and then sneaking away, so I ruled that in their absence the cultists further pissed off the dragon one way or another and got annihilated (anticipating trouble with the party, I'd fluffed most of them as noble kids playing at cultists with a bunch of horrendously inaccurate books and only two pr three combat-capable members).

    Making the dragon strike first, buffing him up and giving him various minion types (I initially planned on giving him control of the giant spiders and twig blights in the area, but rejected that on the premise that they can't be reasoned with and I really didn't want to give him spellcasting) are all options I've considered,my question was more along the lines of whether I should do it rather than how. I agree that a curbstomp battle would probably be boring after months of preparing for it, but some people seem to like that sort of thing, and I don't want to make the game feel like Skyrim where no matter how you level enemies scale with you.
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    It seems like you've answered your own question, actually.
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    He Was a Good King (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A short exploration of Beowulf's character as a hero and a king.

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    I can see arguments for either scenario, that's why I'm asking here to get a second (and third and fourth) opinion.
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    Honestly, unless there are story- or character-related reasons otherwise, I wouldn't change the encounter.
    My fanfics:
    The Gift (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot)
    - A duel between Cú Chulainn and Scáthach.
    Passion Acknowledged (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) (Lemon) - Shirou and Shinji finally acknowledge their feelings.
    He Was a Good King (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A short exploration of Beowulf's character as a hero and a king.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deathhappens View Post
    (I initially planned on giving him control of the giant spiders and twig blights in the area, but rejected that on the premise that they can't be reasoned with and I really didn't want to give him spellcasting)
    Maybe the dragon has a magic item in his hoard that lets him summon things?

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    That's a nice, fluffy option, although if I go through with it I'm probably going to go for the local orcs (bugbears, hobs etc) to link the whole thing back to what was supposed to be the main quest of the module.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Plus, if Reidoth the druid bites it (he'll be fighting with them), I need someone to give them the coordinates to the orc stronghold without having them go on another tangent. They've certainly earned it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I3uster View Post
    It's like with centaur girls, you're fucking a horse. Sure the human part is the one that moans but your dick is in the horse, no way around it.

    Once and always and nevermore.

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    I feel like the dragon still stands a fair chance? Dragons are smart, in a situation like that he has no reason to ever touch the ground. With the party still only being level 3 his breath would still likely be instant down for anyone who touches it. If he just stayed in the air doing breath strafes he would still be tough.

    But if they have a way to ground him, giving him minions is an option. I see it less as buffing the encounter and more the dragon being wary. Surely the dragon knows about the druid, and would be suspicious if the party starts working with him. Personally I had Venomfang actually (attempt to) manipulate the players into ridding the druid for him. So in your case I think Venomfang making some preparations in case the party returns makes sense.

    For the record the module also mentions Venomfang isn't particularly attached to his tower and will leave if seriously injured.

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    Okay, so checking the interest in my LMOP game:

    Zurv (has played)
    Spoony
    Sesto (has played)
    Trubo
    McJon

    Do I have that right?

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    Barring scheduling conflicts, yeah.
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    So if I'm reading this right DP is saying that the feature almost everybody hates that is bad and makes the forum objectively worse will never go away because that would negatively impact another feature that nobody has ever used and most likely never will use just in case someday, someone wants to use it. Is that right?
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    It's like if someone told me "make me a milkshake" and i was blind and they gave me the ingredients and I made a milkshake because milkshakes are good, but it turns out that milkshake was a bomb.

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    Trubo is in a Groundhog's Day of LMOP games. Will he finally break free from the cycle.
    He never sleeps. He never dies.

    Battle doesn't need a purpose; the battle is its own purpose. You don't ask why a plague spreads or a field burns. Don't ask why I fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saiga View Post
    Okay, so checking the interest in my LMOP game:

    Zurv (has played)
    Spoony
    Sesto (has played)
    Trubo
    McJon

    Do I have that right?
    Yeah but like timezones suck so maybe but me at the bottom

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    Quote Originally Posted by mAc Chaos View Post
    Trubo is in a Groundhog's Day of LMOP games. Will he finally break free from the cycle.
    All I really know about LMoP is it's pretty much Goblin Slayer episode 1.
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    Then I will ask that you pay closer attention
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    So if I'm reading this right DP is saying that the feature almost everybody hates that is bad and makes the forum objectively worse will never go away because that would negatively impact another feature that nobody has ever used and most likely never will use just in case someday, someone wants to use it. Is that right?
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    It's like if someone told me "make me a milkshake" and i was blind and they gave me the ingredients and I made a milkshake because milkshakes are good, but it turns out that milkshake was a bomb.

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    LMOP came out in 2014. Goblin Slayer started in 2016.

    Coincidence??
    He never sleeps. He never dies.

    Battle doesn't need a purpose; the battle is its own purpose. You don't ask why a plague spreads or a field burns. Don't ask why I fight.

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    That's two years apart; Goblin+Slayer is two words. And both years are even numbers, with a 20 in front - can't be coincidental.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zurvan View Post
    Yeah but like timezones suck so maybe but me at the bottom
    Thats was just the order of people who responded lol

    Okay can everyone let me know their timezone, and rough availability?

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    At the bottom of the list people you want to put in the game
    as in low priority

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