I am a first time DM and have just finished running the Dripping Caves.
My party went in, guns blazing, and were almost wiped by the ogres. Moving forward, the encounters are well over the deadly encounter range from the DM's guidebook.
I want to lower the difficulty but I'm worried that I will overcorrect and create a new problem of fights that are much too easy.
How can I judge the correct difficulty for the fights they are going to have without making them too easy or too hard?