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5/16/2019 5:46 am  #21


Re: A quick question about monster Hit Dice

It is pretty much inconceivable to me to not roll HP for monsters in old-school D&D and it's variants. 

The only time it would make sense to me to not do so would be in a tournament, to make sure encounters are of equal strength for all participating parties.

 

5/16/2019 7:13 am  #22


Re: A quick question about monster Hit Dice

Jimm.Iblis wrote:

achiriaco wrote:

I roll for every monster encounter

I started doing this too, admittedly using a virtual die roller to get quick, lined up results. It's probably OCD of me, but it does make me think about monsters as having existence outside of the the few minutes they are "on-screen" encountering your players.
For example, I had an encounter with four stirges my last game. Two had nearly max hit points—5 and 7, decided thus they were sated on something they attacked earlier—while the other two were unlucky in that they had 1 and 2 hit points—runts of the flock who didn't get in on that sweet giant rat action earlier.
This made the two starving stirges a little more desperate and reckless, while the other two... not so much. The two starving stirges were quickly dispatched, an the two fatties worked out that they'd best find desert somewhere else.
In another encounter I had a bunch of skeletons who wound up with 1s and 2s in hit points, so I decided they were turned and damaged by an NPC group elsewhere on the level.

TLDR rolling hit points stimulates my brain's verisimilitude ideator. 

This is the best argument I have heard for rolling individual HP.  
 


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5/16/2019 1:22 pm  #23


Re: A quick question about monster Hit Dice

I like rolling dice, so I always roll.

However, I'm also lazy, so if there are 20 orcs they will probably all have the same hit points. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cute.png


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5/16/2019 1:26 pm  #24


Re: A quick question about monster Hit Dice

Blackadder23 wrote:

I like rolling dice, so I always roll.

However, I'm also lazy, so if there are 20 orcs they will probably all have the same hit points. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cute.png

Yup. Basically me as well.


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And sweat at the daily round,
While in my soul forever
The drums of Pictdom sound?” 
 

5/17/2019 7:57 am  #25


Re: A quick question about monster Hit Dice

Jimm.Iblis wrote:

brain's verisimilitude ideator. 

Wishing I had this....

BTW
I would agree that rolling HD for each is the way to go...

 

Last edited by mavfire (5/17/2019 7:57 am)


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