It's come to the point in our game where the party is going to enter the first major dungeon. They started higher level, around level 8, and we have a variable of 5-8 players. The last 3 coming depend on their circumstances that day so please format your answers as if we only have 5 players. (If you've read my other question on power player you'll know one character is so perfectionist built he can kill a CR 14 dragon in 2-3 rounds by himself with a potion.)
I find myself with a problem.
After reading all the core books plus the Dungeonomicon, I have no idea on the right number of monsters to put into the dungeon.
Things I already know
- How to determine a parties ECL
- How to determine a single encounters CR
- How many encounters a 4 man party takes to level based on these two numbers.
I'm expecting the group to level up by the end of this dungeon, possibly twice, and for it to last around 4 sessions, though it might last longer since they've been taking their time.
Things I can do
- I can build the dungeon layout.
- I know what types of monsters to include (Aberrations, Kobolds and Lizard Folk, Rock Golems and more).
- I've even decided a boss monster.
(The campaign is based on the ongoing war between Tiamut and Bahamut, and this dungeon is technically a cave.)
Things I am looking for:
How do I decide the number of encounters (fights) inside a single dungeon?
How do I adjust that number to accommodate for larger/smaller dungeons?
How do I determine an entire dungeons ECL? (Should that number be a range?)
These three things are all I am looking to learn.
(I'm not sure the Encounter Calculator is what I need as it seems to be set up for individual fights inside a dungeon. Not for the entire dungeon itself. )