Morkus from Orkus
A part of 4 9th level PCs has an adventuring day budget of 30k XP. A medium encounter is 4400xp for those 4 PCs. That's 6.8 encounters at medium. However, how do you categorize an encounter that's 4000? Is it easy? Medium?I thought that, that is what you meant but no harm to double check, there is enough cross talk in these conversations.
However, the sentence about 6 to 8 encounters per adventuring day does not match the encounter math when that is divided into the expected adventuring day XP.
As I pointed out in a previous post the expected adventuring XP per day implies around 3 deadly encounter or 4 hard encounter or 6 medium ones otherwise you are overrunning the expected XP accumulation per day.
Also, these are guidelines, so I think they play them looser than the exact numbers. They say that the adventuring day is 6-8 medium to hard encounters, but the numbers as you point out are a bit lower than that. In my experience the groups can in fact handle 6-8 medium to hard encounters during the adventuring day, so that's what I use. Of course I had to go to milestone leveling since they'd level too quickly if I used XP awards. Using the flat XP numbers and not the 6-8 per day model made the day too easy for the players/PCs.