I'm roleplaying a 2nd Ed. Dragonlance Kender Handler. I had no experience in roleplaying, and kender sounded like a great opportunity to do fun stuff. In particular, my hiding / sneaking stats are really good. However, I find I'm not doing all the damage I'd like in battle, often missing or not doing much damage on hits.
First fight against a goblin horde I spent dying, due to being in the blast area of a massive explosion and getting several lousy rolls. Second battle was against draconians, and I never got to do much.
It's quite possible that I'm not taking advantage of my abilities, but what I got from our DM was "since you're a hero, no backstabbing'.
I've studied a bit since then, and found a couple of things I didn't do in the session:
- taunting: I could have taunted enemies to focus on me, and that would have helped the party even if I got hurt.
- sneaking: as said, I don't really know how to take advantage of this: I don't recall now if my kender has a sneak attack ability, but I didn't use it at all if present.
What can I do to improve my combat?
- Our group is mostly beginning to play, so we aren't really combing the rulebooks, just winging it. The DM is experienced, though.
- I'm not trying to powergame, just to feel like I'm doing something. The actual answer could actually be "get better at rolling dice" :)
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I'll talk to the DM and try to understand exactly what does he mean by "no backstabbing". It's possible that I'm the one overly restricting what my character can do, and that flanking and such are allowed. Worst scenario, I know more about the game.