A botched encounter: last nights game had a crazy hermit wizard, supposed to be more than an obstacle. Once the party faced him though, I decided, his lightning bolt would be just too harsh, it would have insta-killed one of the PCs. But then I woefully misjudged the reach of the parties mounted fighter. Two failed initiative rolls later, the party just punched that wizard into submission and even anihililated the djinn I had planned as a backup ... gotta learn hi level OD&D encounters ...

interestingly ... as I think about it, the problem was not to few hit points on the monsters side, but purely a problem of bad tactics on my side 🤔

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at least I saved everyone from tedious rolling down of hit dice ... and in a way, the players still got what they wanted ... albeit with only a weak feeling of accomplishment 😅

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