One Million XP

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  1. Kevin says:

    Little known fact: The local Rat Catcher previously attempted to reach level 30 via the “throw the Halfling Thief down the pit trap” route but someone kept raising that little guy back as a Zombie… At least that’s what I overheard during last night’s rumor gathering skill challenge in the tavern.

  2. Higgipedia says:

    IIRC, There is a point where you don’t get XPs for monsters a certain level below you. I want to say it’s like five or eight levels. So when the Rat Catcher hits 10th level or so, he needs to be finding bigger rats to catch.

    Also, IRC, the game according to the encounter design rules will have about 10 encounters per level. So that 300 fights to make 30th. I say “eh.”

    • greywulf says:

      I’m not sure there’s an actual published rule in 4e which says that you don’t get XP for monsters significantly below your level (or at least, I can’t find it), but I agree that if there isn’t, there should be. As with many things 4e, GM common sense is expected to apply. 30th level PCs shouldn’t get XP for slaying lowly Goblins (unless they’re really, really powerful Goblins of course, in which case all bets are off).

      As a pure exercise in silliness though (which this blogpost is), it’s fun to look at the numbers and play make-believe. Which is what role-playing is all about, of course.

      Third Edition D&D had the same encounter design rules (more or less), but they were partially hidden from view behind the smoke-cloud of Challenge Ratings and Encounter Levels. Ick.

      You could indeed get a party from 1st to 30th level with 300 level-appropriate Encounters, but where’s the fun in that? I’m much more a fan of using Encounters as punctuation marks and use Skill Challenges, Minor and Major Quest XP to make up the bulk of the rewards. Story-telling ftw! :)

  3. Roughly 333 Daelings must be allowed to eat you. Of course, since they take your form after you’ve already died, and steal your memories, plus there’s a 50% chance that they’ll destroy the body, that’s pretty dangerous. Just killing them, it takes a lot more.

  4. Mack The Mouse 2 says:

    In the immortal words of the one episode of South Park I’ve actually watched in the last, say, ten years:

    “Do you know how many boars it would take?”
    “… yes. Yes, I do.”

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