Quote Originally Posted by Talakeal View Post
I do not count consumables.

The DMG defines resources as "Hit points, spells, magic item charges, etc."

Logically speaking, it would have to include HP, other wise the CR system would just throw up its hands in defeat the first time someone made a party that didn't include any casters (or casters that never get spell slots / don't get spell slots until mid-level).
Because it *does*. If your party is not the classic 4 man band of Fighter, Rogue, Cleric, Wizard (or characters with a very similar breadth and depth of abilities), the CR system is meaningless.