Sometimes the goal is slow steady resource attrition. Hit points are a resource.And it isn't much of something I care about if your goal is just to reduce my character's hp by any means necessary. I can play the 15 ft pole and dismantling every door starting at the hinges game, but if the entire goal is just to make us lose hp, just tell us how much we lost and let's move on to something more interesting.
Did you-as-PCs know this already?Because we were in a dungeon where none of the monsters were intelligent, all of them were undead,
If the door was that decrepit I'm surprised the DM had you roll at all. The only roll I probably would have had would be one to somehow determine how much noise you made.and both the characters had high enough athletics scores to break down the doors, we just couldn't roll above a 7.
And why couldn't we retry? Does the decrepit wooden door suddenly become indestructible just because a character rolls a 2?
Personally, I would have just let the low roll mean it took longer and was louder (two things that didn't matter) and moved on. But this DM insisted that we roll, every single time, despite no time limit, no consequences, and no other way to go other than forwards.
No player IME ever complains when they happen to find the gold and miss the cursed key.Fine, "I thoroughly search the room" Better? Or am I going to miss the gold under the bed but get cursed by the key in the drawer just because I didn't specifically tell you how I'm specifically touching or not touching every item in the room?
Every player IME complains "But I didn't say I was touching it!" when they trigger the cursed key.
So, bloody well tell me in specifics what you're doing, 'cause I'm tired of having that argument over and over again.
Yes it does; in that oftentimes someone's houserule is a better solution than what the RAW provides.And when discussing the game as it exists with other people, your houserules need not apply. Yes, you can make vampires shoot lasers out of their mouths. No, it doesn't really matter when talking about how to use vampires from the MM.