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Excellent post by Mike Shea on his 4e campaign.

What I Learned Running a 1 to 30 D&D Campaign : Critical Hits

My two favourite quotes:

"People would say things like “deep rumble strike” and then hit an invisible monster for 130 damage. Another would say something “astral wintersgate” and then negate an entire monster’s round of damage. There wasn’t a way in hell I could tell if they had a real power or were just making up nonsense words and then doing whatever they wanted to do."


and

"For some reason I don’t think I ever really remembered all the powers any monster had. To the last battle I often forgot many of the capabilities of the monsters I ran."

Great stuff!

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ninthcouncil
Dec. 1st, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
7400 powers! I knew there was a reason I didn't want to referee 4e. I have enough trouble keeping track of the ones my character alone has, and that only at 9th level...

Mmm, that blog has a high incidence of "geeks breeding true" doesn't it? Not only is Mike Shea the offspring of a fantasy author, but I have a strong suspicion that Dave Chalker is Jack L Chalker's son.
richgreen01
Dec. 1st, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, there's no way of keeping up with 7,400 powers so I don't bother! Actually, 4e is easier to run and definitely quicker to prepare for than 3.x

didn't realise about Mike Shea. Dave Chalker is indeed Jack Chalker's son.
ulthar01
Dec. 1st, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
Great article - but thank heavens we're still on heroic tier.
richgreen01
Dec. 1st, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sure we'll be up to the challenge! The other group have one paragon tier PC in already.
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