I am new to DMing(this is my first campaign) and one of the pcs rolled a 18 str char and made a 20 str Barbarian.
What is the best way to deal with this at the early levels of the game where his hit rolls and damage bonus are enough to wipe the floor with even special npcs?
It feels weird to just make everything harder which would have 2 side effects 1)the barbarian would be the only character who could compete cleanly 2)it sidelines a legitimate character trait that the player rolled.
As an example I have a level 4 npc coming up who is for the most part by himself but the barbarian can take him to near death in one swing(with rage) if he rolls well and his other characters should have no problem finishing him off. There will be 4 level 1 PCs(Barb,Rogue,Wiz,Oracle) entering his house to question him.
More details on this encounter: Its listed as EL3 but its going to be very easy for him so I am trying to figure what good options I have for a lonely "loan" shark(see my pun there) and his baboon that makes sense. So there are no wizards or swarms of goblins in this case. Should I just throw a bunch more bystanders into the fight? The other problem I forsee is doing something like that is going to pump up their xp even faster pushing them ahead of schedule.
The other part of this is with armor and dex bonuses, most of the monsters they encounter at level 1 have pretty poor odds of hitting them. The first encounter they faced, they took 0 damage from npcs.
Any input on the situation will be appreciated. this is the second darkness campaign