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Doesn't help that he does as much damage as an orc warchief or an ettin.
If you're curious: He's a refluffed, (slightly weaker, because his "Command" ability only works on dogs instead of other orcs) Orc Blade of Ilneval from Volo's guide. He's the same CR as an Ettin, so that tracks. I tend to run pretty tough encounters, to keep them exciting, but I'm 'generous' to the PCs (in that I support their ideas and don't tend to have my monsters particularly organised. They are up to whatever they were up to for the story. Trying to kill PCs is usually an unwelcome distraction for them. Even these orcs, who love nothing better than killing PCs were actively trying to dig their way into the crypt, and are tired, frustrated, and distracted by that.)
 


True, but it's fine now too, really. IMO, having players get worried that they are going to die, right before they win, is perfect. Barring bad rolls, this should happen here. I mean, maybe someone will drop, but I doubt anyone will die. Knock on wood.
 

@KahlessNestor You wrote that your Hunter's Mark "faded" but isn't the DC just 10? (Half the damage taken, minimum 10, so 22 damage would be the minimum to make the dc11. You took 19 high). You got a 14 and a 12. Should be fine.
 

Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
With two players in single digits and third one on one against the orc, i'd say the encounter went perfect. The dogs performed badly, low damage, almost no hits and no one prone...
 

gargoyleking

Adventurer
I know it's only the one orc, but giving it extra attack AND extra damage dice is pretty harsh. We'll probably still beat him, but there's 2 others yet to go and we're burning through a lot of resources for a first encounter.
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
With two players in single digits and third one on one against the orc, i'd say the encounter went perfect. The dogs performed badly, low damage, almost no hits and no one prone...
Had it been an actual ettin, it would still have 70% of its total hit points. So it is "easier" than an ettin. If the dogs had succeeded with their trips, that person would definitely be making death saves now.

I'm not complaining. It is a tough encounter. Some bad rolls on our part are a significant part of how poorly we're doing. Sometimes the dice do this.
 

MetaVoid

Explorer
And Tommi was off on his own and there was very little in a way of killing from distance and I'm alone and...and...imagine if that one orc didn't fall down :)

I will be the closest to the tank in this party with AC 18 (not great, but there are spells) - I'm currently sitting at 20. Against +5 modifier and +3 modifier...and I still got hit several times. Sometimes the dice roll the wrong way
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
There were a lot of missed rolls in the first three rounds. All of Escella's eldritch blasts missed (maybe one hit?). That is balanced by the hounds not tripping anybody. Because give that orc advantage on his attacks and we would have been toast.
 

Starting to work on resolving the round. Hey, a little poll: Who here uses the "dark mode" (black background instead of white)? I just tried it for the first time, and I like it (other than my GM-blocks - the spoiler blocks within it wind up black-font on grey background, which I find hard to read, so I think I'll pull them out of the GM-block.)

Also, @MetaVoid - "Vairar Move: AU12 (yes, I realize I probably trigger OA)" You're in luck - ORB5 got the orc with "shocking grasp" so he can't take OAs...
 

jmucchiello

Adventurer
Yeah, I use dark mode. You have to select the text in the GM blocks that are also in spoiler blocks to see them. I thought about reporting it in meta but was distracted I think.
 

Neurotic

I plan on living forever. Or die trying.
I used it before, when the forums changed I didn't bother. And it iz better on the phone except for yellow text
 


gargoyleking

Adventurer
Ok, looks like the only issue is with spoilers in the GM blocks having black text on a black background. Maybe if you do a color tag inside of the spoiler to rock white or light grey text?
 



KahlessNestor

Explorer
You might consider ways to up your AC :( maybe just shield spell? mage armor?
I now have just barely enough gold to get a breastplate. But his AC is actually 15 when dual wielding. Shield spell isn't a ranger spell, and mage armor wouldn't be better than what I'm wearing, really. More Dex is about the only other way.
 

KahlessNestor

Explorer
@KahlessNestor You wrote that your Hunter's Mark "faded" but isn't the DC just 10? (Half the damage taken, minimum 10, so 22 damage would be the minimum to make the dc11. You took 19 high). You got a 14 and a 12. Should be fine.
Right. Thanks for catching that. Been playing too much Savage Worlds and must have thought it was an opposed check LOL I fixed it on my character tracker. Also fixed my AC.
 

KahlessNestor

Explorer
With two players in single digits and third one on one against the orc, i'd say the encounter went perfect. The dogs performed badly, low damage, almost no hits and no one prone...
I was particularly pleased to be able to use my Hordebreaker abilities. Just wish I'd hit more. But it took the dogs out quick, at least.
 

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