Forgive the lack of substantive posts this week, please. Working too much, grad school, all that. Instead of more blathering about games, here's something to think about.
Arriving on Gathox
10 minutes ago
Try to keep the dangers appropriate to the levels of the characters and the skill of your players. (emphasis added)While I mentioned that in OD&D Gygax points out that there are certain types of encounters that would make players angry, Holmes explicitly states that the goal is to challenge the players. New players with 5th level characters will likely be less effective than veteran players with 1st level characters, despite the additional hit points, better hit probabilities and saving throws, and more spells of the novice group. Because the veteran players will play smart. And maybe they can take on those Frost Giants or Vampires or Purple Worms at the 1st to 3rd level span of the Holmes edition.
What is classic D&D? That garbage system with negative AC?I responded to him this way:
Robbie, yeah, it's got negative AC in the book, but one of my house rules is to use attack bonus and ascending AC. It's still the version where Elf is a Class, not a race option. ;)So, trying to defuse the situation with a bit of humor. I haven't met the guy in person, but I'm wondering if our little group of RPGers are about to enter into a bit of a civil war?