D&D 5E "When DMing I Avoid Making the PCs have 'pointless' combats." (a poll)

True or False: "When DMing I Avoid Making the PCs have 'pointless' combats."

  • True.

    Votes: 85 56.7%
  • False.

    Votes: 65 43.3%

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
In my songbird exame there is no consequence for failure, thus you are 100% correct it COULD be resolved without die rolls. If, as a GM, I forced the party to roll initiative and step through the order until it was the rogues turn, which them let them roll and kill the songbird....I would have just ran a pointless combat, would you agree?
I could very easily see this becoming a roll-initiative situation! Consider the following - and I've seen similar sequences played for real at my table many a time, though never in my memory specifically involving a songbird:

DM: "There's a songbird about 30 feet from you; it chirps merrily a few times, then flies away."
Rogue One: IC pulls out bow and arrow, takes aim OOC "I need some target practice and Grog always needs a snack - I'll shoot it down."
Druiddon: IC notices what Rogue One is doing "No way are you shooting that bird!" OOC: "I try to stop him from shooting by grabbing his bow."
Grog: IC "Grog like birdie. With salt, and ale." OOC: "I block the Druid's attempt to interrupt the shot."
Magelet: IC "Sigh - here we go again. I'll keep watch on the countryside while you guys argue about a bird." steps to a high rock nearby
DM: "Looks like I need initiatives for everyone except Magelet, and I'll roll one for the poor little bird - hey, maybe it can get away fast enough that all this becomes moot."

At which point we now have a combat involving 3 PCs and a fleeing songbird. That the PCs are opposing each other rather than the bird is irrelevant; it's still a combat, and whether there's any significant or lasting consequences won't and can't be known until it's been played through.
 

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JiffyPopTart

Bree-Yark
I could very easily see this becoming a roll-initiative situation! Consider the following - and I've seen similar sequences played for real at my table many a time, though never in my memory specifically involving a songbird:

DM: "There's a songbird about 30 feet from you; it chirps merrily a few times, then flies away."
Rogue One: IC pulls out bow and arrow, takes aim OOC "I need some target practice and Grog always needs a snack - I'll shoot it down."
Druiddon: IC notices what Rogue One is doing "No way are you shooting that bird!" OOC: "I try to stop him from shooting by grabbing his bow."
Grog: IC "Grog like birdie. With salt, and ale." OOC: "I block the Druid's attempt to interrupt the shot."
Magelet: IC "Sigh - here we go again. I'll keep watch on the countryside while you guys argue about a bird." steps to a high rock nearby
DM: "Looks like I need initiatives for everyone except Magelet, and I'll roll one for the poor little bird - hey, maybe it can get away fast enough that all this becomes moot."

At which point we now have a combat involving 3 PCs and a fleeing songbird. That the PCs are opposing each other rather than the bird is irrelevant; it's still a combat, and whether there's any significant or lasting consequences won't and can't be known until it's been played through.
The players turned the situation into one where there would be a consequence for failure, thus switching to combat would then be appropriate in that case.
 


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