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    Question Kick Posterior Mode?

    Now, I'm starting a campaign with some rather amateur players who couldn't powergame if I gave them a Punpun suppository, and I was thinking of ways to balance things out. Since they're so incredibly fresh to the game, and the cinematic types, I think my plan may work.

    I keep my computer handy for DMing, and play atmospheric music for most of combat. I was thinking mayhaps having the players each give me a combat themesong for their character, and then once per day, for one turn per level, as a free action, they can enter "Surge Mode".

    Cue their theme music over the normal battle music, and have the character (just that character) receive bonuses as if under "Inspire Competence" and "Inspire Courage" from a bard of equal level. In addition, all Critical Misses they roll during that turn are instead just 1s, not Auto-whiffs. (Can you imagine it? Hero gets all dramatic, theme music blares, and then they whiff on a Kobold and get an arrow through the head. Not pretty.)

    So, would this ability be broken for a group of n00bs to have? I'm thinking it will be fine, but I'd like some sage (or thyme, or parsley) opinions on it.
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    Default Re: Kick Posterior Mode?

    That's an interesting idea, and I would say that it's not too broken for your n00bs. On the other hand, they are pretty inexperienced; despite the intuitivity of your idea, you've got to consider if adding one more rule for them to keep track of would really help.
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    Sounds fine. I'd really allow that for any party, as it hardly seems over-powering or anything more than a slight nudge.
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    Sounds fun and fine.
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    Default Re: Kick Posterior Mode?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inyssius Tor View Post
    That's an interesting idea, and I would say that it's not too broken for your n00bs. On the other hand, they are pretty inexperienced; despite the intuitivity of your idea, you've got to consider if adding one more rule for them to keep track of would really help.
    The other option is rather bonuses for the player (that they'd have to be aware of, sort of) you make them detriments to the NPCs. Then only the DM needs to know that the AC of that critter dropped by 2 (or what have you).

    I'd say be careful of getting them "dependant" on the mechanic. It might make a game fun, but I - as a new player - can occasionally forget what is a "since you're new you can" and what is "this is the way it is".
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    No, it wouldn't be broken. I don't see why you would need to do this, though. CRs are not calculated with 'optimal' Characters in mind, but with Characters similar to the Archetypes.
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    I don't think it'll be game breaking. I mean, why wouldn't they fight harder against the BBEG than the pack of wolves that ambush them on the road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew View Post
    No, it wouldn't be broken. I don't see why you would need to do this, though. CRs are not calculated with 'optimal' Characters in mind, but with Characters similar to the Archetypes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h_v View Post
    I don't think it'll be game breaking.
    Agreed. But:

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    I mean, why wouldn't they fight harder against the BBEG than the pack of wolves that ambush them on the road?
    Because either one could kill them?
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    Default Re: Kick Posterior Mode?

    I, honestly, am a little opposed to the idea; this is how homebrew rules get ingrained in a player's head. While the bonus is nothing gamebreaking, what you may wish to do is just scale things back a little bit. I.E., an encounter with 7 Orcs might only have 5 Orcs until they get the hang of things.

    Alternately, you might want to just scale back enemy tactics and intellegence for a while and increase the difficulty as they improve.

    Or, there's also the good old fashion flubbing of rolls behind the DM screen. 'Whoops, that Orc missed you narrowly.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClericofPhwarrr View Post
    Because either one could kill them?
    Granted, but I was thinking of something along the lines of the stakes being higher, so the characters are really cutting loose.
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    Might be difficult trying to play 2 people's themes when both invoke their cool in one fight though.

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