On the Tough Fighter, and Really Scary Skeletons

If you took the hit points of the party, and added them all together, they would still have fewer hit points than my fighter.

Though it hasn't been useful as of yet.

An ignominious death lurks in my future.

Also, have the skeletons in your next encounter be doing the following, for the most frighting undead encounter in the world.

7 comments:

  1. This had me thinking: what if there were one common pool of hit points, that is, the HP of the party? When that pool runs out the game is over. A shared resource that everyone would have to contribute to.

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  2. @jensan

    I can see that introducing maybe-interesting possibilities. Everyone's "hit points" means something different (luck, skill, sdc, etc. but overall it's just a countdown to doom...

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  3. @Jensan:
    I think the idea is intriguing too. Expanding on Zak S's "countdown to doom" you could even have a "doom table" with different results as to what actually happens when the count hits "0". Maybe a roll for each PC -- killed, captured, fled but killed in flight, fled to safety (but perhaps lost treasure or equipment),etc.

    @-C:
    Yikes! Scary picture.

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  4. I didn't realize what they were doing till it was too late.

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  5. " for the most frighting undead encounter in the world."

    Perhaps. Stumbling upon an orgy of zombies, corpses, and living captives would be worse, I think.

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  6. Given that they don't have sex organs (or any organs), I wonder what those skeletons are so excited about.
    female skeleton: "Have you put it in yet?"
    This reminds me of my favorite Halloween joke:
    A skeleton walks into a bar. He says to the bartender, "I'll take a beer and a mop."

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  7. "This had me thinking: what if there were one common pool of hit points, that is, the HP of the party?"

    Stafford and Laws did that in Hero Quest. It makes for a very abstract experience in combat. Too much so for me, but that's partly because it was by no means the most abstract part of the combat system. On its own, I think it might be workable.

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