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The reason only matters if it matters to you. XP is awarded for challenges overcome. Thus, if the troll presents a challenge both times, then yes, you should likely award XP both times. So lets imagine that the troll guards both sides of a bridge. You have to cross both ways. The first time, you outsmart the troll, but make not allowances for the return ...


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Intent Matters This is a case that could easily be argued either way. I will address the second part of your question, about intent. Yes, intent matters, or at least a good case can be made that intent matters. TL;DR - if your players are meta-gaming, you are entitled to shut it down. The longer form of the argument runs as follows: Experience ...


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Two Encounters Means Two Experience Point Rewards Experience points are not some finite resource that every monster or puzzle has and then player characters "suck dry." Experience points represent the characters gaining knowledge and skill from their experiences. Is battling the troll fundamentally different than outwitting it? Would I learn something else ...


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They get experience twice A slight tweak to your hypothetical shows why. They defeat the troll by outsmarting him; gaining XP. Disgraced, the troll King exiles him and appoints a new bridge troll. When they defeat this troll by killing it the party gets XP, yes? The only difference is that these are different trolls; if they get XP twice in my scenarios, ...


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Few creatures that the PCs encounter are single-minded killing machines, even for “monsters”. Animals are even less suicidally-bloodthirsty murder-machines. If you don't already know the attitude of a monster, especially of an animal, when the PCs encounter it (i.e., you haven't already decided that this wolf attacks two-legs on-sight because it's been ...


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I think if you are purely following RAW you will have to reward experience for both encounters. As you correctly did, you rewarded creativity for bypassing the encounter. If the party comes back to kill the troll later, you could perhaps change the rules of the encounter to better solve your problem (depending on what you want to do). Perhaps another ...



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