Diffan wrote:John Robey wrote:5E is not as tightly balanced as 3.x/PF. That said, be merciful if the PCs are in over their heads and want to run for it. ;)This, however, I don't agree with. I don't know too many people that say that 3.x or PF is balanced at anything, beyond the first couple of levels. Especially when compared to 5E.
That'd open up a big ol' can of worms to get into; I suspect it may be a different idea of what constitutes "balanced." :) I always found building encounters via the XP budget to work very closely to the way intended, but that also meant that there was a pretty narrow band in which the PCs could operate.
5E seems like it would support a much wider range of encounters, thanks to bounded accuracy. (I say "seems like" because I've only been able to run three sessions so far.) That's what I meant by 5E having "looser" balance.
Ah, ok. When I hear 'tighter balance' I think more to the point of everyone contributing on a similar level overall towards overcoming challenges. In this regard, I don't think 3E/PF really applies past 5th or 6th level. But going by what you mean of balanced encounters with monsters and the like and how 5E is more open to a lot more versatility, I would agree with you.