Questions tagged [strategy]

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How can a Mystic circumvent magical fog disrupting line of sight?

One thing I've found frustrating in recent games is that I, as a Mystic (from this UA), need line of sight to many things to be able to use my abilities. Recently, we've encountered. a lot of fog. ...
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Players make a single plan with no backup plan, then complain about DM unfairness when their plan fails [closed]

I have been running a campaign that recently has had two very roleplay/exploration heavy arcs (really 1 arc, and the consequences of that arc). The arc in question was a heist, where the players were ...
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Is there a guide to implementing realistic army logistics in D&D? [closed]

I just read Grain into Gold. If you don't know it, it is a guide for creating a realistic medieval/fantasy economy. I just wanted to know if there is any equivalent for fantasy army management, ...
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How can I discourage/prevent PCs from using door choke-points?

To keep this from being voted as a duplicate of this, let me clarify. The other question asks for DM tactics to battle chokepoints. Its answers are all focused on fighting at these choke-points. I ask ...
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How do I ensure tactical combat is interesting for my large party?

I am writing a custom PbtA hack to reboot an old play-by-post-RPG that I used to run on a lightweight, but overly random original system. The party contains 8-9 players (which worked out before the ...
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Armor of Agathys and Damage Prevention [closed]

A character in my group has multiple ways to reduce/prevent incoming damage, among others the Heavy Armor Master feat and such things. This wasn't a big problem so far. I could just throw more bad ...
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What do strategy vs tactics mean in tabletop RPG combat? [closed]

What's the difference between "strategy" and "tactics" in the context of tabletop roleplaying game combat? I have some idea of how these terms differ in English and I've read the SE tag descriptions ...
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How do I compensate for really low health early on?

So I have generally low health in our 5e D&D campaign, and my first level-up hit point roll got 1 (Constitution 11). All of the other players ironically rolled and got the max possible natural for ...
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How to make a tavern defensible quickly? [closed]

I have a group that is about to run into a small village that has already been repeatedly attacked. The few survivors are nearly exhausted, and can barely go on defending themselves. There will be 2 ...
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My DM asked me to betray the party; How do I beat them? [closed]

After we chose classes but before we really solidified our character sheets, my DM privately messaged me and asked if I wouldn't mind playing the part of the double agent sent to infiltrate and, at ...
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Strategic play elements for Microscope

One of my players only likes games with strong strategic, tactical, or deductive elements. I would like to try Microscope, but he is one of my core players, and I’m concerned that it would bore him. ...
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What's a Solid Way to Strike up a Conversation With a LE Devil outsider without the Gate Spell?

My DM has allowed me to make a vampire / hexblade player character for our weekly game. Naturally, my character's motivations include betraying her old boss (vampire lord) and murdering him. Her back ...
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Do NPCs understand target priority strategy? [closed]

Most everyone agrees that the strategy of attacking "the squishies" first in a combat scenario is generally the best idea, except in some specific exceptions. Often, then, the decision on whether or ...
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How effective would a mech be in a city environment? [closed]

By mech, I mean any bipedal war machine of around 22ft height. We all know tanks are notoriously bad fighting in a city. They lost Hitler Stalingrad, and by extension, the War. Why is this? Is this ...
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Needing a Plan to Win [closed]

I am new to D&D and I am joining a campaign that automatically starts me in level 6. We are playing 3.5 version. I am a half-elf fighter with an alignment of chaotic neutral. I want to play my ...
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When to use scarce resources in combat?

How does one choose when to use scarce resources (e.g. powers you can only use once per day or encounter) in combat? I am particularly concerned with D&D, but I believe the concept carries over ...
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What are some good sources for combat tactics for a GM to use?

My players are extremely strategic, and they're consistently (and too easily) defeating groups of enemies that I intended to present a real challenge. Probably for the same reason that I suck at chess,...
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What happens when a creature falls on another creature?

If I successfully teleport a creature 4 square above another creature, and it falls, what happens? Is damage done to one or both?
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How do I make and use tactically interesting terrain?

I'm running 4e but I think this applies everywhere. I want to use terrain more often in my fights. My best fights are the ones that revolve around interesting terrain. The problem is that I don't ...
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Is it possible to turn Tenser's Floating Disk into a chariot?

Is it possible to turn Tenser's Floating Disk into a chariot in AD&D 1st edition? There are several problems that I'm not sure can be solved: How would the harness be attached to the disk? Can a ...
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As a DM is it better to focus fire on defenders or on a weaker target?

As a DM if you wage a fair fight, the defender is something of a spoiler for your monsters. A defender usually has high hitpoints, high defenses, marking abilities, and ally protection abilities, all ...
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What are some “ideal” marching formations?

It often happens that your party is approaching an area in which you just know combat will soon ensue. Or, when a combat encounter presents itself, you may be given an opportunity to arbitrarily ...